Jonathan Cohen is one of the preeminent barristers in his fields of practice. He is annually ranked by the Chambers & Partners directory as a leading junior in both employment law and commercial litigation. In the employment law section of the 2014 directory, where he is placed in band 1 (the top 10 juniors in the country), he is described as:
"One of the leading juniors at the Bar…a great tactician and a highly skilled advocate. He is also fabulous in front of clients and oozes authority".
He has a mixed employment law and commercial litigation practice with a particular expertise in applications for all forms of interim and injunctive relief. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Oxford University. He was called in 1999 and joined Littleton Chambers in 2007. He is the author of the civil fraud chapter in Serious Economic Crime, published by the Serious Fraud Office in 2011.
He has appeared in some of the most significant reported employment law cases of recent years in both the Employment Tribunal and the High Court, including Madarassy v Nomura International PLC, the leading Court of Appeal decision on the burden of proof in discrimination claims, James v Greenwich Borough Council, the key Court of Appeal decision on the employment status of agency workers and Tullett Prebon v BGC, a blockbusting city financial services dispute making front page news in the financial press.
Highlights of 2013 have included appearing for Glencore Xstrata Plc in one of the most widely reported High Court battles of the year and in two major pieces of Russian litigation, the on-going JSC BTA Bank fraud and a substantial dispute in the Companies Court between Galina Besharova, the wife of Boris Berezovsky and Ede & Ravenscroft, with which she is engaged in a Russian joint venture.. He is already instructed in 2014 in two important Court of Appeal matters and in two Supreme Court cases, including by interveners in the Supreme Court in Van Winkelhof v Clyde & Co, arguing that LLP Members have the right to bring whistleblowing claims.
Jonathan has been recommended as a leading junior in the leading legal directories for some years. A selection of recent comments from those directories include:
“everything you want from a barrister; excellent on his feet, good with clients and responsive. In court he is determined, strong and gets to the point quickly.”
“A fearless and analytical advocate, loved by clients”
“Described by his opponents as “knowing the law” and “extremely persuasive””
“a tough advocate”
“receiving nothing but good reports”
“has dogged determination and fine cross-examination skills.”
He has a reputation for combining powerful advocacy with strong legal skills and a commercial and cost sensitive approach to litigation.