Jonathan Chadwick

Head of Commercial


Jonathan is an experienced litigator who heads up the commercial litigation and corporate recovery department. Recognised early as a rising star, Jonathan achieved partnership at a comparatively young age. In 2008 he became the head of commercial services in the firm. Jonathan is a member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association and the Fraud Lawyers Association.

Jonathan acts for clients who include lenders and finance companies, businesses, business owners and insolvency practitioners in relation to insolvency, business rescue, and litigation work. Over the last few years Jonathan has been involved in advising clients involved in fraud cases, with a view to civil proceedings to recover assets. Jonathan regularly assists distressed companies and acts in insolvency acquisitions. He also advises on directors duties. Typical cases for funders include acting for the lender in security enforcement, unsecured recovery actions, professional negligence claims, fraud and theft cases. He is supervised by Louise Hebborn.

Jonathan has actively monitored developments in litigation funding in advance of the changes to the litigation landscape in 2014. In adapting to the changes he has helped lead Stephensons’ litigation team to a position of providing innovative and effective litigation funding solutions to help clients control the financial risk and certainty of litigation.

Areas of specialism/expertise include:

  • Administrations
  • Asset recover and tracing
  • Banking disputes/litigation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business disputes
  • Construction insolvency
  • Corporate reconstruction
  • Corporate support
  • Commercial litigation
  • Crisis management
  • Director disqualification
  • Fixed charge property receivership
  • Fraud
  • Liquidations
  • Litigation funding/third party funding
  • Injunctions/emergency action
  • Insolvency sales and purchases
  • Personal insolvency
  • Property insolvency
  • Public sector advice
  • Security enforcement
  • Solvent re-organisations
  • Third party claims

Jonathan's team continues to provide advice to the insurers for the British Chamber of Commerce membership nationally.

In 2010 Jonathan became an elected local council member in Wigan for the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and is the Vice-President of the Wigan Chamber of Commerce.

Jonathan also acts as Chief Operating Officer at Stephensons, with overall responsibility for the firm's helplines, call centre, finance and HR, estates and offices, risk management, compliance, facilities, IT, sales and marketing teams.

Jonathan is one of the members of the founder board at the Wigan Youth Zone.

Notable cases include the landmark Court of Appeal decision - Dunnington v Collector of Taxes (1999).

Jonathan is married with two sons. Jonathan keeps a watching brief on the ups and downs of Bolton Wanderers Football Club, he is also a keen photographer.