Jonathan French

Call 1997

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Jonathan has practised at the commercial Bar in Leeds since 1997, where he has developed a substantial practice including appearing in building claims before the TCC and the Court of Appeal. He is recognised for being approachable and for giving clear advice.

Construction work undertaken includes:

  • Building disputes
  • Professional negligence actions concerning engineers, architects and surveyors
  • Design, supply and installation of computer systems
  • Neighbour nuisance and trespass claims
  • Work and materials contracts
  • Claims arising out of fires
  • Claims by and against local authorities

Construction Cases

Advising upon withdrawal of easement of support by property developer

£650K claim by sub-contractor against hotel development main contractor

Advising upon negligent installation of electricity sub-station

Direct Access claim against main contractor of domestic house building project

Advising upon and appearing in £800K flooding claim against landlord by bar owner

Successfully representing architect and consulting engineer on dispute over £2.3 million project for construction of a Gurdwara

Representing waste management company on £300K claim regarding defective air purifying system, successfully settled at mediation

Appearing in £20 million buy-to-let property portfolio dispute

Representing laser cutting company over £300K claim for supply of defective computer system

Appearing in nuisance/trespass claim against leading North-East property developer

Representing fish & chip shop concerning uninsured losses due to fire

Advising upon land development/construction claim against city council

Strange & others v Westbury Homes (Holdings) Ltd & Persimmon Homes Ltd [2009]

EWCA Civ 1247, [2010] All ER (D) 148 (Jan): Proper measure of damages for the residual diminution in value of 3 residential properties following remedial works. Successfully appeared for 3 homeowners in Court of Appeal.