Jonathan Rodger


Year of Call 1999



General Profile


Jonathan is based at Enterprise Chambers' Newcastle upon Tyne branch, although he is willing to travel throughout the UK in pursuit of his clients' needs and objectives and appears regularly in courts throughout the North, Midlands and London areas.

 

Having joined Enterprise Chambers in August 2000, Jonathan covers all areas of work undertaken by Chambers, his goal being to provide a flexible service and pragmatic advice and representation in corporate and commercial matters. He also has developed an unrelated expertise in taxi licensing disputes, both in the Administrative and Magistrates' Courts.

 

Recent highlights from Jonathan's practice include successfully defending a £1.5million commercial dispute in the TCC turning on the enforceability of a written contract, successfully obtaining a possession order in the High Court on behalf of a government department in a landlord and tenant/human rights dispute, and successfully prosecuting a judicial review of conditions imposed in a private hire vehicle operator's licence.

 

The Directories

 

"He just rolls up his sleeves and gets stuck in, always very responsive and he recognises that insolvency is pretty urgent." "He's prepared to fight your corner in court and he gets his point across to the judge."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)

 

"Very good on paper and in court. His advice is concise and clients find him excellent to deal with." "He cuts through arguments."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)

 

"….shrewd and very good at getting underneath witnesses' skins."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)

 

"Jonathan Rodger pulls no punches. He tells it like it is even if that's not what the client wants to hear, which is ultimately what matters." "He can be relied upon to provide honest, accurate, thorough and practical advice, and is a fantastic advocate who will fight your client's corner to the end."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)

 

"I have always enjoyed working with him. He is incredibly knowledgeable with meticulous attention to detail." "He provided sound advice and was very approachable."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)

 

‘He has a great bedside manner with clients.’

(Legal 500 2017)

 

‘A pragmatic barrister, who is great with clients.’

(Legal 500 2017)

 

“He combines strong technical skill with commercial judgement”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

“Very good at mitigating situations and great at managing client relations”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

“He provides sound advice and is extremely well thought of in the Newcastle area”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

“He is very approachable, clients understand exactly what he’s saying and his pleadings are clear and succinct”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

“Recommended for Chancery disputes”

(Legal 500 2016)

 

"He has recent experience in boundary and rights of way disputes.” 

(Legal 500 2016)

 

"He is most effective."
(Chambers & Partners 2016)

 

"His experience in property cases is why solicitors go to him." 
(Chambers & Partners 2016)

 

"He is very good at cross-examination. I have a lot of respect for him."
(Chambers & Partners 2016)

 

"An experienced senior junior who offers prompt and practical advice. He is acutely aware of a case's risks to a client and to their financial resources." 
(Chambers & Partners 2016)

 

"Very well prepared and comes across well in court."
(Chambers & Partners 2016)

 

“He has excellent technical knowledge, and gives sound practical and commercial advice”

(Legal 500 2015)

 

“Sharp in trial, yet personable and client-friendly”

(Legal 500 2015)

 

“Very responsive, and gives clear advice”

(Legal 500 2015)

 

"He is very commercial, and gives clients sensible and practical advice."

(Chambers UK 2015)

 

"Jonathan is always willing to give firm advice and back that up in court."

(Chambers UK 2015)

 

“Very competent and user friendly.”

(Legal 500 2014)

 

“He has sound judgment.”

(Legal 500 2014)

 

“He has a very approachable style and an ability to communicate matters in a straightforward way to the lay client, combined with being authoritative in court.”

(Chambers UK 2014)

 

“He is extremely good on his feet in a trial.”

(Chambers UK 2014)

 

"knowledgeable and user-friendly" he is applauded for his "highly personable" approach

(Chambers UK 2013)

 

Jonathan Rodger is highly popular with instructing solicitors, who hail his advocacy skills.  He handles a variety of disputes including landlord and tenant, property and insolvency matters.  Recent high profile instructions include acting for Maymask in its ongoing high-value litigation with the New Northumbria Hotel.

 (Chambers & Partners 2012)

 

Jonathan Rodger - Jonathan Rodger is "a well-prepared and tenacious" brief whose recent high-profile instructions include acting for Hartlepool United FC as creditor in re Billingham Town Football Club Ltd.

(Chambers & Partners 2012)

 

Based in Newcastle, Jonathan Rodger is another of the set's dynamic advocates.  Peers assert: "He's very approachable but is a great street fighter when need be." 

 (Chambers & Partners 2010)

 

Jonathan Rodger has the respect of numerous instructing solicitors, who consider him to be "commercially astute, decisive and able to turn out quality work to tight deadlines." 

(Chambers & Partners 2010)

 

"Always reliable and helpful" Jonathan Rodger has an expert niche in taxi and private hire licensing 

(Legal 500, 2009)

 

Jonathan Rodger "combines intellectual and commercial acumen with a hard-hitting courtroom style." 

(Chambers & Partners 2009)

 

..."always a pleasure to work with" 

(Chambers & Partners 2009)

 

Jonathan Rodger has established an excellent practice. 

(Legal 500, 2008)

 

Up-and-coming Jonathan Rodger is building a profile as one of Newcastle's most promising barristers.  Commentators are impressed by his decisive approach, noting: "He is authoritative beyond his years." 

(Chambers & Partners 2008)

 

The market deems "user-friendly" Jonathan Rodger "one of the North's first choices" for complex contested work.  Solicitors have duly noted a series of "solid performances" in court. 

(Chambers & Partners 2008)

 

Newcastle-based Jonathan Rodger is handling some substantial work for a 2000 call. 

(Legal 500, 2007)

 

Jonathan Rodger is "a junior with a lot of promise." 

(Chambers & Partners 2007)

 

Chancery lawyer Jonathan Rodger "really knows his insolvency law" and is said to be "very good on his feet as well as being excellent at giving general technical advice."

(Chambers & Partners)

 

Areas of Emphasis

 

Insolvency - corporate and individual

Landlord and Tenant - all aspects both in commercial and residential fields

Property - including conveyancing, easements, covenants, legal and beneficial interests in land

Contract - commercial disputes

 

Career & Associations

 

BA (First Class Honours) Cambridge

CPE/Dip Law, City University (commendation)

Called to the Bar 1999

Member of the Chancery Bar Association

Member of the Property Bar Association.

 

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