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Jonathan Cary

A specialist in banking and finance disputes, Jonathan Cary is a heavy-hitting commercial disputes partner based in London

With extensive experience acting in litigation, arbitration and contentious regulatory matters, Jonathan advises a broad range of clients, commonly in matters involving large financial institutions.

On the contentious regulatory side of his practice, Jonathan advises on and conducts investigations relating to potential enforcement actions, including anti-bribery and corruption issues, across Asia and elsewhere.

Jonathan is also a member of RPC's Competition Litigation team, with a particular focus on follow-on damages claims.

Directory quotes

"Jonathan Cary and Alan Williams were right across the detail, knowing the case inside out and back to front, and showed great judgement throughout." - Legal 500 UK 2023

Recommended - The Legal 500 UK 2022

"Jonathan Cary is an impressive individual, with very sound judgement. He was very good at handling what can a very difficult and extremely demanding client, including giving them the advice they need (even if they don’t want it); he manages to tread the line of ensuring the client knows that as their lawyer he is entirely on their side, but also the objectivity to give them unvarnished advice. He is a clear thinker, calm and collected." -  The Legal 500 UK 2022

Recommended - The Legal 500 UK 2021 

"Jonathan Cary really merits his reputation as a heavy hitter in this space.  His extensive cross border UK/Hong Kong experience and calm collected style has made him a really useful contact." - The Legal 500 UK 2021

"Jonathan Cary is impressive, with a deeply commercial, intelligent and client friendly approach." - The Legal 500 UK 2020

Recommended - The Legal 500 UK 2020 

Recommended - Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017

The practice was bolstered by the arrival of Jonathan Cary from the firm’s London office in 2014. Cary specialises in banking and finance disputes and contentious regulatory matters. - Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015

Recommended - The Legal 500 UK 2014


Inter-Pacific Bar Association


London Solicitors Litigation Association

Financial Services Lawyers Association

The Law Society International Division

Relevant work

Advising a multi-national company on potential arbitration claims arising out of it entering into a series of complex currency derivatives transactions

Advising a hedge fund in respect of losses incurred under a synthetic CLO

Acting for an international auction house in a dispute with a bank over the priority of respective security interests in a valuable collection of antiquities

Acting for numerous banks, companies, funds and individuals in investigations by various Hong Kong regulators (including the Securities and Futures Commission, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, and the ICAC), including in related internal investigations