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Jonathan also has nearly twenty years experience of Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Litigation in the High Court of Northern Ireland. He regularly acts for a wide range of clients including local and multi national companies, SME’s, family businesses, property developers, financial institutions, local government agencies and high profile charities.
Jonathan is a keen proponent of ADR and has successfully completed the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation training provided by the Law Society of Northern Ireland.
Jonathan is also a Committee Member of the British Irish Commercial Bar Association (BICBA).
Jonathan Forrester is the managing director of the firm and has a robust commercial litigation practice focused on construction and property-related disputes. “He has a strong reputation as a leader both in the firm and in litigation more generally,” explains a market observer. Jonathan is “a master of litigation and can work miracles in complex cases where others would struggle to present a case or viable defence.”
Jonathan has built a reputation for handling disputes arising from large, high-value property development projects, including disputes pertaining to commercial leases and development projects, as well as liability claims for social housing, retail and sports sector clients. He is also adept at assisting with cases involving applications before the Lands Tribunal. Clients note, “he has the ability to get to the heart of issues,” and “is a very bright, personable, hard-working and commercial lawyer.”
According to interviewees, he is “keen to get involved and make it happen – energy is the word with him.” Interviewees are impressed with his “ability to instantly pick out the key points in a dispute”. Clients confirm that Jonathan is “renowned for his aptitude at complex, high value contentious property matters” and have commented that “Jonathan is very knowledgeable and extremely industrious, and always has a first-rate working knowledge of cases”.
An industry insider notes: “He’s very bright, personable, hard-working and commercial.” He has an extensive background in helping clients with contentious matters, including proprietary estoppel claims and inheritance issues. “He has a good focus on detail and is responsive and well organised – he delivers his service in a very methodical way.”
Jonathan Forrester is also adept at construction litigation, and has carved an additional niche in representing charities and social enterprises.
Jonathan handles trust and probate litigation for a number of the firm’s charity clients.