Jonathan Gale
Jonathan Gale


Jonathan Gale appears regularly in the High Court and County Court on a range of commercial and property-related matters. In addition to his practice as a barrister, he is a qualified mediator.

Jonathan regularly advises on property, including disputes regarding rights of way,  trusts of land and service charge provisions in commercial leases,. He has appeared before the First Tier Tribunal of the Property Chamber, and acted in trials involving allegations of Proprietary Estoppel and adverse possession.

He advises and is able to put forward a robust case in negotiation and mediation to achieve very good results.

In 2011, he was awarded Oxford University’s prestigious Diploma in Intellectual Property Law, and can advise on all aspects of intellectual property. He has particular expertise in matters to do with online infringement, and advises as to IP in computer software. In 2013 he addressed the Patents County Court (now the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court) on the test for the admission of survey evidence in trade mark cases, as had been recently formulated by the Court of Appeal. More recently he has been involved in more trade mark and passing off cases before IPEC.

Jonathan acts for finance companies, in interlocutory hearings as well as at trial, and has appeared and advised on a wide range of contract disputes, including consumer credit cases and cases on guarantees.

He appeared in the Court of Appeal in Whaleys (Bradford) Ltd v Bennett Cubitt [2017] EWCA Civ 2143 [2017] 6 Costs L.R. 1241, where he successfully appealed on the subject of indemnity costs.
Jonathan has often appeared in the companies court in Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and London, and acts in corporate and personal insolvency cases including experience of setting aside statutory demands.

He is appreciated by solicitors for his thoroughness and approachability, as well as his intellect. He puts lay clients at ease in conference and in court, whilst always judging the best way to put their case.

Recent Cases:

  • Boundary dispute involving adverse possession claim
  • Urgent injunctions for the withdrawal of youtube copyright claims alleged to be fraudulent
  • Copyright inquiry as to damages in IPEC
  • Resisted a fraudulent claim for beneficial interest under a trust of property
  • Appealed refusal to set aside an order for sale
  • Advocate in various mediations in property  / commercial / IP disputes
  • Design Right case
  • Adverse possession claim in Property Tribunal
  • Leasehold Enfranchisement valuation
  • Passing off case in IPEC
  • Delivery-up order
  • Trusts of land cases in County Court and Property Tribunal
  • Trademark case in IPEC
  • Passing off case transferred from HC shorter trials scheme to IPEC – settled in mediation
  • Obtaining a Norwich Pharmacal Order for disclosure of the name of the sender of offensive emails
  • Resisting the admission of survey evidence in a trade mark case
  • Land Registry First Tier Tribunal boundary determination claim
  • Claim to a prescriptive right of way
  • Mediation in a dispute about unpaid invoices and alleged defective work
  • Advising as to ownership of copyright in computer software which had been licensed for development
  • Advising as to the possibilities for the recovery of cherished vehicle registration plates
  • Advising as to the appropriate measure of compensation in relation to the discharge of a restrictive covenant

Reported Cases

Moviebox Megastores (International) Limited, Oriental Start Agencies Limited, Moviebox (Birmingham) Limited v Mohammad Akram Rahi, Shazia Manzoor, Azeem Ud Din Qureshi [2023] EWHC 501 (Ch)

Luen Fat Metal and Plastic Manufactory Limited v Funco (UK) Ltd [2022] EWHC 951 (IPEC)

Luen Fat Metal and Plastic Manufactory Limited v Jacobs & Turner Limited [2019] EWHC 118 (IPEC) (Trade Mark infringement / invalidity)

Innovation Events Management Limited v Unity in the Sun Ltd [2019] EWHC 2138 (IPEC)

Whaleys (Bradford) Ltd v Bennett Cubitt [2017] EWCA Civ 2143 [2017] 6 Costs L.R. 1241 (availability  of indemnity costs)


Oxford University – Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice (2010-2011)

Gray’s Inn – Called to the Bar (2009)

BPP London – Bar Vocational Course Very Competent (2007-2009)

BPP London – Graduate Diploma In Law Commendation (Part Time) (2005-2007)

Cambridge University (Churchill College) – BA (Hons) 2(i) / MA Cantab (1996 / 1999)

Phoenix Dispute Solutions – Mediation training – 2021

CIArb Mediation training 2022



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