Jonathan Cole

Senior Associate

Jonathan is a solicitor within our Dispute Resolution team whose practice covers a broad range of commercial disputes for corporates and individuals including contractual issues, professional negligence, company/partnership disputes and insurance claims across a variety of industry sectors. He also has recent experience acting for a variety of sports professionals and clubs.

Jonathan is involved in various forms of alternative dispute resolution and has represented many clients in mediation with a high success rate of settlement. He adopts a commercial and pragmatic approach to litigation and aims to provide clear and straightforward advice to his clients.

Having trained with a national firm in Sheffield, Jonathan moved to a boutique firm in Leeds upon qualification as a solicitor in 2011. He made the move south to join Goodman Derrick in July 2017.

Jonathan’s recent experience includes:

  • Acting for a European rugby union club in an appeal against the suspension of one of its players.
  • Acting for a property company in a claim against its commercial lender for misrepresentation and multiple breaches of the lending facility.
  • Acting for a Canadian TV personality in a contractual dispute with an auction house involving a classic Lamborghini.
  • Acting for a retail business in a contractual dispute with a well-known pop star for her failure to comply with various social media and promotional obligations.
  • Acting for the trustees of a national drinks company pension scheme in a claim for professional negligence against its former administrators in relation to a failure to equalise and close the scheme.
  • Acting for a UK postal service provider in a substantial and complex contractual dispute with various European postal operators over brand usage and exclusivity.


1997 - 2004 Lady Manners School

2004 - 2007 University of Leeds

2008 - 2009 College of Law, York

Out of the office

Jonathan enjoys all things sport related and particularly rugby union, although his playing days are now well and truly behind him. He is also a keen traveller and has made it one of his life’s ambitions to visit every country in the world.