Jonathan Ward

Jonathan Ward

Call 2019 – Middle Temple

Jon is a former solicitor and partner with a Devon firm. He transferred to the Bar completing a reduced period of pupillage under the mentorship of Russell James. As a former solicitor, Jon has a good idea of how to provide the best service to solicitors and clients alike.

His experience and expertise rest in particular in property and trust matters and commercial and construction matters and he is building a busy practice in these areas. He has experience in both non contentious and contentious practice and is equally comfortable in advisory work and advocacy.

Jon has appeared in the County Court and advised on matters in the High Court and in appeals. He has experience in general civil matters, personal injury (to include MOJ portal claims and stage 3 oral hearings) and housing matters.

In addition to practice, Jon is a lecturer in law at Plymouth University, responsible for Land Law. He is undertaking a PhD in property and planning law.

Property and Chancery

Jon accepts instructions relating to


restrictive covenants (interpretation, s.84 applications, breaches, enforcement, discharge), adverse possession,

boundary disputes,

alteration and rectification at HM Land Registry,


constructive and resulting trusts,

proprietary estoppel,

gifts and loans,


option agreements,

contracts for the sale of land (including specific performance, rectification and rescission),

leasehold covenants,

residential landlord and tenant matters,

commercial landlord and tenant matters,

possession claims,


professional negligence claims,

construction contracts,

construction disputes,

complex geotechnical and engineering disputes.


Jon accepts instructions relating to:

Partnership disputes,

Shareholder disputes,

Director disputes,


Joint Venture Agreements,

Business to business disputes,

Business to consumer disputes,

General commercial contracts,

Professional negligence claims,

Tortious matters.

Jon also accepts instructions in non-contentious and advisory cases.

Qualifications, scholarships and awards

LL.B (Hons), First Class. Plymouth University.

LPC, Distinction, University of Law

Plymouth Business School PhD full scholarship

Dean’s List (Plymouth University)
Best law graduate
Best property law (land and equity and trusts) student
Law Society best dispute resolution skills student
Best first year law student

Publications and Conference Proceedings

Ward, J., ‘Conjoined Appeals – PNRAG v SS CLG (1), Cuadrilla Bowland Ltd (2); Frackman v SSCLG, Lancashire CC, Cuadrilla Bowland Ltd, Cuadrilla Elswick Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 9. Case Commentary’, Journal of Environmental Law and Management, (2018) 30

Channing, I., and Ward, J., “Homophobia, Brexit and Constitutional Change”, Safer Communities, 2017

Ward, J., “Acquiring the right to get to the light at the end of the tunnel; rationalising property theory”, PLR 2016

Modern Studies in Property Law – 2016 (International). Ward, J., ‘Acquiring the Right to Get to the Light at the End of the Tunnel – Rationalising Property Theory”

Association for Law Property and Society – 2016 (International). Ward, J., ‘Sense and Sensibility – Rationalising Property Theory”

International Asociation of Legal and Social Philosophy (IVR) 2016 (International). Ward, J., “Fracking with our Property”

Institute for Social Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER), Conference 2017, Channing, I., and Ward, J., “Homophobia, Brexit and Constitutional Change”