Jonathan Fowles


Year of Call: 2004

For his intellectual rigour and incredible responsiveness – he is affable and pragmatic and is a very creative and innovative thinker who finds solutions.”

“He is incredibly knowledgeable about charity matters generally, gives very good practical advice and is a terribly likeable man.”

Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners

Practice Overview

Jonathan has a traditional chancery practice, encompassing charities, trusts, probate, and property. His main specialism is in charity law, in which he takes on non-contentious and contentious work. His practice in non-charitable trusts, probate, and property is focussed on contentious matters. It is not unusual for his cases to combine one or more of his specialisms. He is co-author with William Henderson of Tudor on Charities, 10th Ed. (2015 and 2018 (Suppl.), Sweet & Maxwell). 

News & Events

  • News

    London Borough of Merton v Nuffield Health [2021] EWCA Civ 826

    Jonathan Fowles appeared (with Cain Ormondroyd of Francis Taylor Building) for the London Borough of Merton in an important charities... Read More

    News

    Serle Court joins ThoughtLeaders4 Disputes as a Community Partner

    Serle Court is delighted to announce its partnership with the ThoughtLeaders4 Disputes community.  Our members of chambers are recommended... Read More

  • Events

    Careers in Charity & Social Enterprise Law Q&A

    Location: Online via Zoom Read More

    Virtual Conference Session

    Top 10 #SerleShare Updates 2020

    Location: Read More

  • “Has the ability to distil very complex concepts and make them accessible and understood by a lay client.”

    The Legal 500
  • “A man steeped in charity law…He’s down to earth, pragmatic and commercial. He knows charity law inside out, but he doesn’t allow his esoteric knowledge of the law to cloud his decision making.”

    Chambers & Partners
  • “Has a deft and practical touch.”

    The Legal 500

Education & Qualifications

New College, Oxford: - MA, Literae Humaniores

City University, London - Postgraduate Diploma in Law

Karmel and Bedingfield Scholar (Gray’s Inn)

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association

Charity Law Association

Property Bar Association

BSB Registration

Jonathan Fowles appears on the Bar Standards Board Register as Jonathan James Fowles

VAT Number

863546990

Public Access

Jonathan accepts public access instructions in the field of charity law. 

In the Press

Comments in The Times "Margaret Thatcher library money is spent before a brick is laid" 28 February 2019

News & Events

  • News

    London Borough of Merton v Nuffield Health [2021] EWCA Civ 826

    Jonathan Fowles appeared (with Cain Ormondroyd of Francis Taylor Building) for the London Borough of Merton in an important charities... Read More

    News

    Serle Court joins ThoughtLeaders4 Disputes as a Community Partner

    Serle Court is delighted to announce its partnership with the ThoughtLeaders4 Disputes community.  Our members of chambers are recommended... Read More

  • Events

    Careers in Charity & Social Enterprise Law Q&A

    Location: Online via Zoom Read More

    Virtual Conference Session

    Top 10 #SerleShare Updates 2020

    Location: Read More