Jonathan Cornthwaite


IP & Commercial

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Jonathan specialises in intellectual property law including copyright, trade marks, databases, designs, domain names and confidential information; information technology law, including the licensing of software; commercial law including e-commerce law; data protection law and UK and EU competition law, including in particular anti-competitive agreements and abuses of dominance.

Recent Experience

  • Making English legal history by winning the first-ever appeal against a decision of the Company Names Tribunal.
  • Advising on the valuation of brand names in a high-profile celebrity divorce.
  • Successfully defending a household-name client from regulatory accusations that it had engaged in anti-competitive practices.
  • Advising on the head contract and sub-contracts required for the outsourcing to a client of a major Ministry of Defence project.
  • Advising a client on a major international data protection compliance project involving more than 30 countries on which a US $2b hive-off depended.

Career History

Jonathan has been a partner at Wedlake Bell since 1988. He qualified as a solicitor at a firm in Lincoln’s Inn in 1979. He holds a BA(Hons) in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford and an MA(Hons) in Medieval History and Law from the University of Cambridge.

Jonathan regularly speaks on topics such as copyright law, recently giving an annual lecture at the University of Cambridge.

Jonathan is an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars of the Centre for International Legal Studies, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He sits on the Electronics, IT and E-commerce Committee of the Licensing Executives Society International (one of the world’s largest IP organisations); he serves as a director and the Honorary Secretary of The City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society; and is on the speaker panel of The Society for Computers and Law.

Jonathan is a member of the Intellectual Property Lawyers’ Organisation, the Society for Computers and Law, the Federation against Software Theft Legal Advisory Group, the Licensing Executives’ Society, the Law Society’s Competition Section, the British Spanish Law Association, and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce.

Jonathan speaks Spanish (fluent), Italian and French.


Jonathan writes regularly for a number of publications including Corporate Briefing and E-Commerce Law Report Journal.

Jonathan was one of the principal contributing authors to A User’s Guide to Copyright, (Bloomsbury Professional), the author of IP and the Internet (Monitor Press) and the editor of Marketing Law That Matters (Financial Times Pitmans).

He is also the author of the UK chapter of The Internet: Laws and Regulatory Regime (Juris Publishing), the UK chapter of International Licensing (BNA International Inc) and the chapter on intellectual property law and competition law of Acquisitions and Investments (Globe Publishing Limited).

Jonathan sits on the E-Commerce Law Reports Journal editorial board.

"Competition Law Firm of the Year – England"

— Global Law Experts Awards 2015

"Competition Law Firm of the Year – England"

— Corporate INTL Magazine 2016

"Most outstanding Competition Law Firm – UK"

— Corporate Livewire Innovation and Excellence Awards 2016

"Law Firm of the Year – Competition – UK"

— M&A Today Global Awards 2016

"The ‘very thorough and responsive’ Jonathan Cornthwaite is 'recommended'."

— Legal 500, 2017