“a highly astute legal mind”
“very reliable, has excellent people skills, and is clear in his advice”
Legal 500 Asia Pacific
“Very experienced and skilful advocate. Knows the key issues the tribunal wish to be addressed on. Exceptional in cross-examining expert witnesses.”
Jonathan Bellamy has an established litigation, arbitration and advisory practice in commercial law. His sector experience includes commercial transactions, construction, infrastructure, energy, insurance and reinsurance, sale of goods and services, IT contracts, PFI, outsourcing, financial services, information law and data protection/GDPR, professional liability and professional sport.
He is ranked as a leading barrister in the UK in international arbitration, insurance and reinsurance and professional sport, in the Asia Pacific and EMEA regions in Commercial (tier 1 and band 2) and in the Asia Pacific region in Construction, Energy & Infrastructure (tier 1).
Jonathan is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a practising Chartered Arbitrator in commercial, construction and professional sport sectors.
Jonathan has an expansive commercial practice in advisory and contentious matters in UK and internationally – endorsed in the Directories as a tier 1 commercial practitioner having “excellent people skills and clear in his advice” and as “very well regarded for disputes in Asia.” He brings strong intellectual, analytical and numerical skills to simplify and explain complex material in a persuasive and effective manner for clients and before courts and arbitration tribunals. He is an experienced cross-examiner of factual and expert witnesses. He is focused on achieving the best possible commercial outcome for his clients.
Jonathan is regularly instructed at an early stage and is an experienced dispute resolution strategist. He acts in all forms of dispute resolution procedure; Commercial Court, TCC, DIFC courts, domestic and international arbitration, adjudication, expert determination and mediation. He is experienced in dealing with urgent interim remedies and cases involving complex factual and technical issues on liability and damages.
Recent commercial dispute experience includes Commercial Court litigation concerning bank guarantee claim and financial services regulatory cross-claims arising from equity and derivative trading in Singapore, sale of goods and services, trade credit insurance, energy, (carbon and renewables), information law and data protection/GDPR, IT and software contracts, media and entertainment and professional sports contracts.
He is a Registered Legal Practitioner (Part II: Full Rights of Audience): DIFC Courts.
Jonathan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb). He sits as a sole and panel arbitrator in domestic and international commercial arbitrations by institutional appointment (including ICC, DIAC and CIArb) or ad hoc.
In addition to various international common law jurisdictions in Asia, North America and the Caribbean, Jonathan has experience of applicable civil law systems including: Egypt, France, Netherlands, Romania, Russian Federation, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and UAE.
Jonathan has an established litigation, arbitration, adjudication and advisory practice in construction law. His practice includes domestic litigation, adjudication and expert determination and international work and arbitrations under the auspices of major institutions (including ICC, SIAC and DIAC) involving complex contractual, insurance and professional negligence disputes. He is endorsed in the Directories as a leading practitioner in Construction, Energy & Infrastructure and “very experienced in construction disputes.” His sector experience includes international commercial construction under the FIDIC form, power station decommissioning, ship-building, wind farm, biomass plant, hotel, retail, healthcare, PFI, local government, leisure and premium residential works. Recent experience includes representing employer in USD 100m SIAC arbitration of FIDIC form dispute concerning construction of hotel and apartment complex in central Asia and sub-contractor in DIAC arbitration (UAE law) of loss and expense dispute concerning premium residential development in Dubai.
Jonathan’s professional liability work in this sector covers a wide range of construction professionals including architects, structural engineers, soil engineers, quantity surveyors, claims consultants and surveyors in relation to commercial construction, ship-building, healthcare, local government, leisure and premium residential works. Recent experience includes acting for a metropolitan borough council in multi-million pound claim against architects and contract administrators arising from defective design works and ineffective contract cost management.
He is experienced in dealing with cases involving complex factual and technical expert evidence issues on liability and damages.
He is a Registered Legal Practitioner (Part II: Full Rights of Audience): DIFC Courts.
Jonathan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb). He is on the TECBAR Panel of Arbitrators and Adjudicators. He sits as a sole and panel arbitrator in domestic and international construction arbitrations by institutional appointment (including ICC, DIAC and CIArb) or ad hoc.
Jonathan’s professional liability work covers a wide range of professional disciplines including: accountants and auditors, construction professionals, expert determiners, financial services practitioners, insurance brokers and intermediaries, lawyers (solicitors and barristers), planning consultants, surveyors and valuers. Recent experience includes:
Jonathan is a Registered Legal Practitioner (Part II: Full Rights of Audience): DIFC Courts. He has an active practice as a Chartered Arbitrator in the professional liability sector.
Jonathan advises and acts in commercial and regulatory banking and finance disputes domestically and internationally, and in on and off-shore jurisdictions.
Recent experience includes:
Jonathan is a Registered Legal Practitioner (Part II: Full Rights of Audience): DIFC Courts. He has an active practice as a Chartered Arbitrator in the banking and finance sector.
Jonathan has been appointed as a lead counsel to the independent Foskett Re-Review Panel into the historic banking fraud at the HBOS Impaired Assets Unit at Reading and Bishopsgate.
Jonathan advises and represents clients as Counsel in international arbitration in commercial and construction disputes and regularly co-counsels with and drafts submissions for foreign registered lawyers.
He is ranked as a leading barrister in Commercial (tier 1) and Construction, Energy & Infrastructure and in international commercial arbitration and litigation in the Asia Pacific region.
Jonathan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb). He sits as a sole and panel arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations by institutional appointment (including ICC, DIAC, CIArb and PCA) or ad hoc. He accepts arbitral appointments in all sectors of his practice. Recent appointments include:
Jonathan has an established litigation, arbitration and advisory practice in commercial aviation law. His practice includes domestic work in the Commercial Court, international work and arbitrations under the auspices of major institutions including ICC, LCIA and SIAC. His experience includes aircraft and asset leases, charters, sales, maintenance and service agreements.
Jonathan has experience in upstream and downstream disputes, joint ventures, warranty and indemnity disputes, insurance and construction and engineering disputes in the oil & gas, natural resources and renewable energy sectors. He has international experience in oil & gas disputes predominantly in Asia including Indonesia.
In the nuclear sector, Jonathan has experience in infrastructure, site and transport insurance and reinsurance and third party civil liabilities.
His work has extended to involve associated environmental, remediation insurance and health & safety issues in the energy sector.
Recent experience includes advising an Indonesian joint venture party in JV/shareholders dispute concerning ownership and valuation of oil & gas and geo-thermal energy company, subject to English law, seat Singapore.
Jonathan’s insurance and reinsurance work covers all the usual issues arising in coverage disputes, including the construction of insurance policies, fair presentation of risk and fraud. He has dealt with all categories of indemnity and contingency policies and financial lines, including public liability, professional indemnity, property insurance, trade credit insurance, environmental liability, business interruption, product liability, contractors’ risks, cyber risks, D&O and nuclear and energy risks. In reinsurance matters he has dealt with proportional and non-proportional contracts. He has experience in international insurance and reinsurance disputes in the Middle East and Asia and civil applicable laws, including UAE law. His work includes insurance regulation and subrogated insurance recovery claims. Recent experience includes:
Jonathan is regularly instructed to advise and act in disputes arising from sale and supply of goods and services contracts and associated payment financing agreements and soft IP issues both domestically and internationally and in arbitration as well as litigation.
He is experienced in disputes concerning compliance with express and implied quality standards, technical specifications, breach of condition and/or warranty claims, exclusion and limitation clauses and the quantification of consequential loss claims. Jonathan also has experience in restraint of trade and competition law issues.
His practice includes IT and software contracts and domestic and European claims under the Commercial Agents Regulations.
Recent experiences includes:
Jonathan’s sports law work covers a range of commercial and regulatory practice areas from commercial contracts, insurance, professional liability, employment law and discipline to judicial review. He is described in the legal directories as “very strong at sports cases with a commercial and arbitration angle” and “a first-rate football litigator and a renowned arbitrator.” Recent experience includes:
Jonathan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb). He sits as a sole and panel arbitrator in domestic and international professional sport and related commercial arbitrations by institutional appointment (including Sport Resolutions UK, the FA, EFL and UCI) or ad hoc.
Jonathan has been recommended as a leading barrister in commercial litigation, international arbitration, construction, energy and infrastructure, insurance and reinsurance and as a leading barrister and arbitrator in professional sport by various directories including Chambers UK, Legal 500 and Legal 500 Asia-Pacific and Legal 500 EMEA.
Legal 500 2022: International Arbitration: “Very experienced and skilful advocate. Knows the key issues the tribunal wish to be addressed on. Exceptional in cross-examining expert witnesses.”
Legal 500 2022: Insurance and reinsurance: “Great for difficult and complex insurance points – he is a real authority on the subject and always provides considered commercial advice. Also, a first-class advocate.”
Legal 500 2020: Sport: “Jonathan is a go-to counsel for sports regulatory work; he is unparalleled in this area.”
Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021: Construction: “Incisive with his legal mind, astute with a disarming manner.”
Legal 500 EMEA 2021: Commercial: “has ample international disputes experience, is very practical in his approach and is aware of the culture of businesses in Dubai and the region.”
Chambers & Partners 2021: Sport “He is very good and provides excellent service.”
Legal 500 2021: Insurance and reinsurance: “A highly astute legal mind”
Legal 500 2021: Sport: “Incisive with his legal mind, astute with a disarming manner”
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2020: Commercial “Very well regarded for disputes in Asia”
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2020: Construction “Very experienced in construction disputes”
Legal 500 2020: Insurance and reinsurance “He knows his stuff and turns round work fast”
Chambers & Partners 2020: Sport “Favoured by governing bodies and others for difficult regulatory matters in sports such as football and horse racing”
Chambers & Partners 2020: Sport “a very good grasp of sport regulations and lots of experience in the area. He gets right to the kernel of the problem”
Legal 500 2020: Sport “Very strong at sports cases with a commercial and arbitration angle”
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2019: Commercial “Always has an eye on the commercial goal of the client”
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2019: Construction “Good at offering alternative arguments to difficult issues”
Legal 500 2019: Sport “A first-rate football litigator and a renowned arbitrator”
Legal 500 2018: Sport “Thorough, pragmatic and tactically astute”