The Law Society

Property Litigation Association

Appointed Trustee to the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust


Jonathan Ross

Partner, Property Litigation

Jonathan has substantial experience in dealing with all areas of commercial property litigation and, in particular, disputes as to Development Agreements and also as to dilapidations, rent reviews, business tenancy renewals, rent and service charge disputes, forfeiture and professional negligence claims.

Jonathan has practised in the area of real estate litigation for 35 years and is recognised by both the leading legal directories, Chambers and Legal 500, as one of the leading individuals in this field. He is recognised in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, which highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. He is also recognised as a Band 1 Ranked Lawyer in Chambers UK 2021 for his work in real estate litigation matters.

He has a "hands on" approach based on his detailed knowledge of the law and provides clients with comprehensive and comprehensible commercial legal advice. He believes the key to providing a good commercial service is communicating effectively on all issues, including costs, and considering all available options to resolve matters quickly and commercially on the best possible terms.

Jonathan was Partner and Head of Property Litigation at Saunders Sobell and Forsyte Saunders Kerman in the 1990's before becoming a Partner at Denton Wilde Sapte in 1996. In 2002 he joined Forsters to develop its Property Litigation team.

He is the past Chairman of the Property Litigation Association and a Member of Arbrix and is a regular speaker on the law and contributor in the legal and property press.

The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022

The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill is being finalised in Parliament and should receive Royal Assent by the next quarter day, 25 March 2022. The Act will be called the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022.

Commercial Real Estate

Covid-19 and commercial property rent recovery: new code of practice and restrictions on remedies to be extended

On 19 June 2020, the Government published the Code of Practice for commercial property relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic ("the Code"). The Code was drafted by a Working Party comprising landlord and tenant representative bodies.

Covid-19 and commercial property rent recovery: new code of practice and restrictions on remedies to be extended

A quick guide to the rent collection minefield

With substantial sums still outstanding for the March Quarter, landlords face an even tougher battle collecting rents for the coming June Quarter. This Guide looks at the options likely to be available in light of Government action to date and future likely restrictions.

A quick guide to the rent collection minefield

Awards and recognitions


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"Jonathan Ross is a highly regarded practitioner who is sought after for disputes relating to commercial property." Chambers UK, 2022
"He is very clever and very thorough. He recommended a course of action that proved to be 100% correct and successful." Chambers UK, 2019
"They are very knowledgeable about the art and heritage sector and whenever you deal with them you feel very confident they know what they are doing and can deal with any matters we put in front of them."
Chambers HNW, 2020