JONATHAN LAFFERTY’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and other dispute resolution, often with a cross-border or international element.
Jonathan has considerable experience of conducting litigation in the High Court (particularly the Commercial Court) and the Court of Appeal, as well as proceedings in other jurisdictions.
Jonathan acts for clients in a wide range of industries, including global financial investors, automotive manufacturers, oil and gas majors, auction houses, pharmaceutical clients, and technology and entertainment companies. Jonathan has acted in multi-jurisdictional disputes involving breach of contract, allegations of oral contracts, and professional negligence. Jonathan’s work has included leading English authorities on the formation of oral contracts and also on the duties of an auction house to a consignor.
Jonathan has acted for defendants to consumer action claims, both individual claims in the County Court and mass claims in the High Court in a number of group action proceedings. Jonathan has also supported those clients in similar proceedings in other jurisdictions.
Jonathan has further experience of contentious insolvency proceedings, including both corporate insolvency and personal bankruptcy proceedings. Jonathan has also acted for clients seeking to enforce their intellectual property rights in respect of trade secrets, patents, trademarks, and copyright.
Prior to joining Sidley, Jonathan trained at a Magic Circle firm, qualifying as an associate in the firm’s Dispute Resolution department in 2015.