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Year of Silk: 2013
Year of Call: 1997
jadkin@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Jonathan Adkin was amongst the first of his generation to take Silk. His practice covers all aspects of commercial and chancery dispute resolution, with a strong emphasis on substantial and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. He has often had cases listed in The Lawyer's top 20 cases of the year and has previously been named by The Lawyer as one of their "Hot 100" lawyers.

Jonathan has acted in some of the largest such cases in recent times, including Berezovsky v Abramovich, Patarkatsishvili v Anisimov, the Pugachev litigation, the Madoff litigation and the actions arising out of the collapse of Halliwells and Glasgow Rangers. He regularly appears in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division and has appeared as advocate in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Privy Council. Jonathan is also an acknowledged specialist in arbitration, both domestic and international.

Much of Jonathan's work is international in nature. In addition to his English practice, he has substantial experience as an advocate in offshore jurisdictions, and has been called ad hoc to the bars of Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and Gibraltar. He is also registered as an advocate before the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts, in which he has appeared in the Court of First Instance and Court of Appeal.

Areas of Expertise and Cases


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Commercial and Chancery Litigation

Recent cases include:

Kupeli v Kibris Turk Hava Yollari Sirketi [2016] EWHC 930
Lead counsel for the defendant airline in a major class action arising out of the collapse of the national airline of Northern Cyprus.

T v Bank H [2016]
Lead counsel for the Claimants in a $120 million LCIA arbitration concerning the alleged breach of an SPA for the sale of a Ukrainian bank.

H v Z [2016]
Lead counsel for the Claimants in a $40 million LCIA arbitration concerning the alleged breach of an SPA for the sale of a Georgian bank.

JAS Financial Products LLP v ICAP PLC [2016] EWHC 591 (Comm)
Lead counsel for the Claimant in a multi-million pound financial services contract claim.

Gudavadze v Anisimov [2014] (Commercial Court)
Acting with Michael Brindle QC in a multi-billion dollar oligarch dispute involving issues of Russian and Georgian law. One of The Lawyer magazine's top 20 cases of 2014.

Berezovsky v Abramovich, Berezovsky v Hine & Ors [2012] EWHC 2463 (Comm)
Lead counsel for one of the Defendants at the trial of the multi-billion dollar claim by Boris Berezovsky against Roman Abramovich and others. One of The Lawyer magazine's top 20 cases of 2010.


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Banking and Finance

Recent cases include:

T v Bank H [2016]
Lead counsel for the Claimants in a $120 million LCIA arbitration concerning the alleged breach of an SPA for the sale of a Ukrainian bank.

H v Z [2016]
Lead counsel for the Claimants in a $40 million LCIA arbitration concerning the alleged breach of an SPA for the sale of a Georgian bank.

Central Bank of Ecuador v Conticorp
Lead counsel for the defendants in a $150 million claim against the former senior management of a collapsed bank.


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Civil Fraud

Recent cases include:

Tatneft v Bogolyubov & Ors [2016] (Commercial Court)
Lead counsel for one of the principal defendants in a $380 million fraud claim by a Russian state oil company against Ukrainian oligarchs.

JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank v Pugachev [2016] 1 WLR 160
Lead counsel for third party respondents in a multi-billion pound fraud claim by the liquidator of a Russian bank against a former senior manager.

Orb ARL v Ruhan [2015] EWHC 262 (Comm)
Lead counsel for the principal protagonist in a multi-million pound dispute concerning the alleged fraudulent breach of a property sale and development agreement.

Chevron v DeLeon & Ors [2015] (Gibraltar)
Counsel for one of the principal defendants in a multi-billion dollar conspiracy claim arising out of an allegedly fraudulently obtained Ecuadorian judgment.

Madoff Securities International Ltd v Raven [2014] (Commercial Court)
Lead counsel for one of the defendants in multi-million pound claims against the former directors of the London branch of the Madoff operation. One of The Lawyer magazine's top 20 cases of 2013.


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Company

Recent cases include:

Smithton v Naggar [2014] 1 BCLC 602
Acted for the Claimant in a multi-million pound director's misconduct claim concerning issues of de facto and shadow directorship.

DeLiefde Inc v Katzman & Ors [2012] (Jersey)
Acted for the Claimant in a $1.6 billion derivative action against directors and shareholders of a property investment fund in respect of a cancelled rights issue.


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Restructuring / Insolvency

Recent cases include:

Glasgow Rangers Football Club plc (in liquidation) v Collyer Bristow & Ors [2015]
Lead counsel for one of the Defendants in a multi-million pound dispute arising from the collapse of Glasgow Rangers football club. One of The Lawyer magazine's top 20 cases of 2013.

Belltrey v Victor Chandler Ltd [2014] (Chancery Division)
Lead counsel for the Claimant in a m
ulti-million pound corporate insolvency dispute concerning the well-known gaming business.

Hill Insurance Ltd (in liquidation) v KPMG [2014] (Gibraltar)
Lead counsel for the Claimants in a complex multi-million pound dispute arising out of the collapse of an offshore insurance business.


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Partnership and LLP

Recent cases include:

Fennel v Haliwells LLP [2014] EWHC 2744
Lead counsel for the Claimant in a complex dispute concerning the collapse of the well-known Manchester law firm.

W v S [2014] 21 IoM
Lead counsel for the Defendants in a multi-million pound dispute concerning the operation of an Isle of Man limited partnership.

Berwin v Schneider [2013] (Chancery Division)
Lead counsel for the Claimant in a high value solicitors’ partnership dispute arising out of an allegedly fraudulent partnership agreement.


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Trusts

Recent cases include:

Williams v Central Bank of Nigeria [2014] AC 1189
Lead counsel for the Claimant in the leading Supreme Court authority on the applicable limitation period for accessory liability in breach of trust claims.

Abdulla v Abdulla [2013] EWHC 4281 (Ch)
Counsel for the Defendant in one of the leading authorities on the costs of trust proceedings.

Page v West [2010] WTLR 1811
Counsel for the Defendant in one of the leading authorities on variation of trust applications.

Cawdron v Merchant Taylors School [2010] WTLR 775
Counsel for one of the Defendants in one of the leading authorities on the proper characterisation of charitable trusts.


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Offshore

Recent cases include:

Al-Mojil v Protiviti [2015] CFI 020
Lead counsel acting for the Claimant in a multi-million pound jurisdiction dispute before the DIFC Court.

Trustee 1 & Ors v Attorney General & Ors [2015] SC (Bda) 41 Com (Bermuda)
One of the lead counsel for the Defendant trustees in a multi-billion dollar Bermuda purpose trust dispute.

Estate of Edward St George v Sir Jack Hayward & Ors [2014] (Bahamas)
Counsel for the estate in probate litigation arising out of the death of one of the Bahamas’ leading industrialists.

Re: Q Trusts [2013] (Bermuda)
Counsel for the Claimants in multi-billion dollar Bermuda trust proceedings.

Miselva v Kay [2012] (Gibraltar)
Counsel for the Claimants, with Lord Goldsmith QC, in a multi-million pound fraud claim. 




All Quotes

"Highly confident and very able, he can turn his hand to just about anything." "He has a good, robust court manner and takes no prisoners." Chambers & Partners 2017 (Chancery: Commercial)

"Unflappable and commendably pragmatic when dealing with issues requiring great urgency." "A very fine draftsman and a powerful advocate." Chambers & Partners 2017 (Commercial Dispute Resolution)

"He's very commercial. He cuts through nonsense and provides very crisp and clear analysis of a case." "Adkin is very effective. He sticks to the issues and puts his case plainly and simply." Chambers & Partners 2017 (Fraud: Civil)

"Remarkably confident on his feet and a young silk who punches well above his weight." Chambers & Partners 2017 (Offshore)

"A real powerhouse, who stands out from his peers; he is simply brilliant." Legal 500 2016 (Commercial Litigation)

"Very effective in large-scale litigation." Legal 500 2016 (Company & Partnership)

"Unflappable and commendably pragmatic on issues requiring great urgency." Legal 500 2016 (Company & Partnership)

"He masters the case and the court - at his best in a head-on fight." Legal 500 2016 (Fraud: Civil)

"A real heavyweight in insolvency law, who sees the angles quickly." Legal 500 2016 (Insolvency)

"Very effective in trusts disputes." Legal 500 2016 (Private Client: Trusts and Probate)

“He’s a brilliant advocate who offers good judgement and good analysis. Judges like him and he pitches the case just right.” “He inspires confidence at every turn and is able to cut through the most complex disputes with ease.” Chambers & Partners 2016 (Commercial Dispute Resolution)

"His advocacy is just brilliant. He is very punchy but balanced, firm in his advice and incredibly bright." Chambers Global 2016 (Dispute Resolution: Commercial)

"He is incredibly bright, very good with clients, and excellent on his feet. He is able to speak on the same level as them and be commercially pragmatic." Chambers Global 2016 (Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery)

"He's commercially savvy, calm under pressure, and always on top of the law." Chambers & Partners 2016 (Civil Fraud)

"Clients really love him, and he has a brilliant personality." "He is very good at analysing difficult points of law and gives clear answers." Chambers & Partners 2016 (Offshore)

“He works at a ferocious pace and his advocacy is sublime.” Legal 500 2015 (Commercial Litigation)

"He has an impressive and imposing courtroom manner, and is quick to understand his brief." Legal 500 2015 (Company)

"An excellent advocate, always well prepared, and good on paper and in court" Legal 500 2015 (Partnership)

“He is extremely hardworking and an effective and robust advocate.” Legal 500 2015 (Fraud: Civil)

“Very impressive.” Legal 500 2015 (Private Client: Trusts and Probate)

Recommendations

Commercial Dispute Resolution
Chancery: Commercial
Fraud: Civil

Offshore
(Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2017)

Dispute Resolution: Commercial
Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery
Offshore

(Chambers Global 2017)

Commercial litigation
Fraud: civil
Company
Partnership

Private client: trusts and probate
Insolvency

(Legal 500 2016)

Civil Fraud
Private Client
(Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2017)

Legal 500 UK 2017 Silk (London) of the Year - Private client: trusts and probate

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Jonathan Adkin QC

Jonathan Adkin QC

Year of Silk: 2013
Year of Call: 1997
Email: jadkin@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Jonathan Adkin was amongst the first of his generation to take Silk. His practice covers all aspects of commercial and chancery dispute resolution, with a strong emphasis on substantial and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. He has often had cases listed in The Lawyer's top 20 cases of the year and has previously been named by The Lawyer as one of their "Hot 100" lawyers.

Jonathan has acted in some of the largest such cases in recent times, including Berezovsky v Abramovich, Patarkatsishvili v Anisimov, the Pugachev litigation, the Madoff litigation and the actions arising out of the collapse of Halliwells and Glasgow Rangers. He regularly appears in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division and has appeared as advocate in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Privy Council. Jonathan is also an acknowledged specialist in arbitration, both domestic and international.

Much of Jonathan's work is international in nature. In addition to his English practice, he has substantial experience as an advocate in offshore jurisdictions, and has been called ad hoc to the bars of Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and Gibraltar. He is also registered as an advocate before the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts, in which he has appeared in the Court of First Instance and Court of Appeal.

Areas of expertise

Recommendations

Commercial Dispute Resolution
Chancery: Commercial
Fraud: Civil

Offshore
(Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2017)

Dispute Resolution: Commercial
Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery
Offshore

(Chambers Global 2017)

Commercial litigation
Fraud: civil
Company
Partnership

Private client: trusts and probate
Insolvency

(Legal 500 2016)

Civil Fraud
Private Client
(Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2017)

Legal 500 UK 2017 Silk (London) of the Year - Private client: trusts and probate

Quotes

"Highly confident and very able, he can turn his hand to just about anything." "He has a good, robust court manner and takes no prisoners." Chambers & Partners 2017 (Chancery: Commercial)

"Unflappable and commendably pragmatic when dealing with issues requiring great urgency." "A very fine draftsman and a powerful advocate." Chambers & Partners 2017 (Commercial Dispute Resolution)

"He's very commercial. He cuts through nonsense and provides very crisp and clear analysis of a case." "Adkin is very effective. He sticks to the issues and puts his case plainly and simply." Chambers & Partners 2017 (Fraud: Civil)

"Remarkably confident on his feet and a young silk who punches well above his weight." Chambers & Partners 2017 (Offshore)

"A real powerhouse, who stands out from his peers; he is simply brilliant." Legal 500 2016 (Commercial Litigation)

"Very effective in large-scale litigation." Legal 500 2016 (Company & Partnership)

"Unflappable and commendably pragmatic on issues requiring great urgency." Legal 500 2016 (Company & Partnership)

"He masters the case and the court - at his best in a head-on fight." Legal 500 2016 (Fraud: Civil)

"A real heavyweight in insolvency law, who sees the angles quickly." Legal 500 2016 (Insolvency)

"Very effective in trusts disputes." Legal 500 2016 (Private Client: Trusts and Probate)

“He’s a brilliant advocate who offers good judgement and good analysis. Judges like him and he pitches the case just right.” “He inspires confidence at every turn and is able to cut through the most complex disputes with ease.” Chambers & Partners 2016 (Commercial Dispute Resolution)

"His advocacy is just brilliant. He is very punchy but balanced, firm in his advice and incredibly bright." Chambers Global 2016 (Dispute Resolution: Commercial)

"He is incredibly bright, very good with clients, and excellent on his feet. He is able to speak on the same level as them and be commercially pragmatic." Chambers Global 2016 (Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery)

"He's commercially savvy, calm under pressure, and always on top of the law." Chambers & Partners 2016 (Civil Fraud)

"Clients really love him, and he has a brilliant personality." "He is very good at analysing difficult points of law and gives clear answers." Chambers & Partners 2016 (Offshore)

“He works at a ferocious pace and his advocacy is sublime.” Legal 500 2015 (Commercial Litigation)

"He has an impressive and imposing courtroom manner, and is quick to understand his brief." Legal 500 2015 (Company)

"An excellent advocate, always well prepared, and good on paper and in court" Legal 500 2015 (Partnership)

“He is extremely hardworking and an effective and robust advocate.” Legal 500 2015 (Fraud: Civil)

“Very impressive.” Legal 500 2015 (Private Client: Trusts and Probate)

Commercial and Chancery Litigation

Recent cases include:

Kupeli v Kibris Turk Hava Yollari Sirketi [2016] EWHC 930
Lead counsel for the defendant airline in a major class action arising out of the collapse of the national airline of Northern Cyprus.

T v Bank H [2016]
Lead counsel for the Claimants in a $120 million LCIA arbitration concerning the alleged breach of an SPA for the sale of a Ukrainian bank.

H v Z [2016]
Lead counsel for the Claimants in a $40 million LCIA arbitration concerning the alleged breach of an SPA for the sale of a Georgian bank.

JAS Financial Products LLP v ICAP PLC [2016] EWHC 591 (Comm)
Lead counsel for the Claimant in a multi-million pound financial services contract claim.

Gudavadze v Anisimov [2014] (Commercial Court)
Acting with Michael Brindle QC in a multi-billion dollar oligarch dispute involving issues of Russian and Georgian law. One of The Lawyer magazine's top 20 cases of 2014.

Berezovsky v Abramovich, Berezovsky v Hine & Ors [2012] EWHC 2463 (Comm)
Lead counsel for one of the Defendants at the trial of the multi-billion dollar claim by Boris Berezovsky against Roman Abramovich and others. One of The Lawyer magazine's top 20 cases of 2010.

Banking and Finance

Recent cases include:

T v Bank H [2016]
Lead counsel for the Claimants in a $120 million LCIA arbitration concerning the alleged breach of an SPA for the sale of a Ukrainian bank.

H v Z [2016]
Lead counsel for the Claimants in a $40 million LCIA arbitration concerning the alleged breach of an SPA for the sale of a Georgian bank.

Central Bank of Ecuador v Conticorp
Lead counsel for the defendants in a $150 million claim against the former senior management of a collapsed bank.

Civil Fraud

Recent cases include:

Tatneft v Bogolyubov & Ors [2016] (Commercial Court)
Lead counsel for one of the principal defendants in a $380 million fraud claim by a Russian state oil company against Ukrainian oligarchs.

JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank v Pugachev [2016] 1 WLR 160
Lead counsel for third party respondents in a multi-billion pound fraud claim by the liquidator of a Russian bank against a former senior manager.

Orb ARL v Ruhan [2015] EWHC 262 (Comm)
Lead counsel for the principal protagonist in a multi-million pound dispute concerning the alleged fraudulent breach of a property sale and development agreement.

Chevron v DeLeon & Ors [2015] (Gibraltar)
Counsel for one of the principal defendants in a multi-billion dollar conspiracy claim arising out of an allegedly fraudulently obtained Ecuadorian judgment.

Madoff Securities International Ltd v Raven [2014] (Commercial Court)
Lead counsel for one of the defendants in multi-million pound claims against the former directors of the London branch of the Madoff operation. One of The Lawyer magazine's top 20 cases of 2013.

Company

Recent cases include:

Smithton v Naggar [2014] 1 BCLC 602
Acted for the Claimant in a multi-million pound director's misconduct claim concerning issues of de facto and shadow directorship.

DeLiefde Inc v Katzman & Ors [2012] (Jersey)
Acted for the Claimant in a $1.6 billion derivative action against directors and shareholders of a property investment fund in respect of a cancelled rights issue.

Restructuring / Insolvency

Recent cases include:

Glasgow Rangers Football Club plc (in liquidation) v Collyer Bristow & Ors [2015]
Lead counsel for one of the Defendants in a multi-million pound dispute arising from the collapse of Glasgow Rangers football club. One of The Lawyer magazine's top 20 cases of 2013.

Belltrey v Victor Chandler Ltd [2014] (Chancery Division)
Lead counsel for the Claimant in a m
ulti-million pound corporate insolvency dispute concerning the well-known gaming business.

Hill Insurance Ltd (in liquidation) v KPMG [2014] (Gibraltar)
Lead counsel for the Claimants in a complex multi-million pound dispute arising out of the collapse of an offshore insurance business.

Partnership and LLP

Recent cases include:

Fennel v Haliwells LLP [2014] EWHC 2744
Lead counsel for the Claimant in a complex dispute concerning the collapse of the well-known Manchester law firm.

W v S [2014] 21 IoM
Lead counsel for the Defendants in a multi-million pound dispute concerning the operation of an Isle of Man limited partnership.

Berwin v Schneider [2013] (Chancery Division)
Lead counsel for the Claimant in a high value solicitors’ partnership dispute arising out of an allegedly fraudulent partnership agreement.

Trusts

Recent cases include:

Williams v Central Bank of Nigeria [2014] AC 1189
Lead counsel for the Claimant in the leading Supreme Court authority on the applicable limitation period for accessory liability in breach of trust claims.

Abdulla v Abdulla [2013] EWHC 4281 (Ch)
Counsel for the Defendant in one of the leading authorities on the costs of trust proceedings.

Page v West [2010] WTLR 1811
Counsel for the Defendant in one of the leading authorities on variation of trust applications.

Cawdron v Merchant Taylors School [2010] WTLR 775
Counsel for one of the Defendants in one of the leading authorities on the proper characterisation of charitable trusts.

Offshore

Recent cases include:

Al-Mojil v Protiviti [2015] CFI 020
Lead counsel acting for the Claimant in a multi-million pound jurisdiction dispute before the DIFC Court.

Trustee 1 & Ors v Attorney General & Ors [2015] SC (Bda) 41 Com (Bermuda)
One of the lead counsel for the Defendant trustees in a multi-billion dollar Bermuda purpose trust dispute.

Estate of Edward St George v Sir Jack Hayward & Ors [2014] (Bahamas)
Counsel for the estate in probate litigation arising out of the death of one of the Bahamas’ leading industrialists.

Re: Q Trusts [2013] (Bermuda)
Counsel for the Claimants in multi-billion dollar Bermuda trust proceedings.

Miselva v Kay [2012] (Gibraltar)
Counsel for the Claimants, with Lord Goldsmith QC, in a multi-million pound fraud claim. 

Qualifications

MA (Hons), Balliol College, Oxford

Dip. Law, City University

Memberships

Commercial Bar Association

Chancery Bar Association


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