"Jonathan is very good at articulating the situation and responding with ease. He has a good relationship with both the solicitor and the clients. He is approachable and has a keen eye for detail which always has the client’s best interests in mind. He is very reliable and we would often use him as our go to barrister" (Legal 500 2021)

"Highly regarded junior with extensive experience in disputes arising from real estate developments and transactions. In addition to representing clients in boundary disputes and professional negligence claims, he also specialises in insolvency matters. He has further knowledge relating to the law of adverse possession and rights of way. He has undertaken advocacy in the county courts as well as the Court of Appeal and the High Court". “Jonathan is a safe pair of hands and good on real property. He is well prepared and puts up a good argument." (Chambers & Partners 2021)

"Very easy to work with. He gets stuck in and takes a commercial view of things." "He's really good on his feet and grasps complex matters really quickly.” (Chambers & Partners 2019)

"Jonathan Rodger pulls no punches. He tells it like it is even if that's not what the client wants to hear, which is ultimately what matters." "He can be relied upon to provide honest, accurate, thorough and practical advice, and is a fantastic advocate who will fight your client's corner to the end." (Chambers & Partners 2018)

A recognised specialist in the Business and Property Courts in the north east and throughout England and Wales, Jonathan has a client base across the country and is always willing to travel nationwide in pursuit of his clients’ objectives. He covers all aspects of Business and Property work: commercial and traditional chancery, real property, landlord and tenant and insolvency. He also has a related expertise in licensing and business regulation. He is the only barrister to be highly ranked by Chambers & Partners in all four Business and Property categories in the north east—Restructuring/Insolvency, Chancery, Real Estate Litigation and Commercial Dispute Resolution.

Jonathan combines intellectual heavyweight, practical commercial acumen, good judgment of characters and personalities and a relentless appetite for work. His goal is to provide a flexible, responsive service, pragmatic and commercial advice and effective representation in his fields of practice. He has an uncanny ability to communicate effectively at all levels with Judges, clients, witnesses and litigants in person. Judges in particular regard him highly for his sensitivity in handling the latter.

Jonathan sits as a Deputy District Judge on the North Eastern Circuit and as a Fee-paid (part-time) Employment Judge of the Employment Tribunals in the North Eastern Region.

Principal Practice Areas

  • Commercial disputes
  • Company litigation including shareholder disputes
  • Contentious probate & Inheritance Act claims
  • Contract disputes
  • Company Directors’ duties including disqualification proceedings
  • Insolvency
  • Landlord & Tenant (commercial and residential)
  • Licensing
  • Partnership actions
  • Professional negligence
  • Real property
  • Restraint of trade

Remote Working

Jonathan is fully equipped for remote working and has available to him at home a dedicated 350mbps (upstream and downstream) internet connection, together with the latest and most comprehensive hardware and software solutions. This enables him to participate in multi-way and multiple video-conferences in high definition, to produce and to send and receive large volume e-bundles and to provide advice and representation in any scenario regardless of distance. He is adept at appearing in Court remotely on a variety of platforms and is well-versed in the production and management of e-documents. At the outset of the current public health emergency, Jonathan worked with the north east's senior judiciary to develop remote working methods in the Business and Property Courts in Newcastle and Leeds. Already he has established in-depth experience of conducting multi-day trials, contested applications and conferences remotely.


  • Deputy District Judge - North Eastern Circuit
  • Fee-paid (part-time) Employment Judge of the Employment Tribunals - North Eastern Region
  • Bar Council Barrister member of the Judicial Appointments Commission Advisory Group.


  • BA (Double-First Class Honours), Peterhouse, Cambridge
  • Queen Mother's Scholar, Middle Temple
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • North Eastern Circuit Commercial Bar Association


Lives in coastal Northumberland. Educated at RGS Newcastle upon Tyne.

Authorised to accept instructions under the Bar direct public access scheme.

Clerking team

Steve Walker

Lead Civil Clerk

0191 245 9589

Lead Employment Clerk & Civil Clerk

0191 300 9359

Civil & Criminal Silks' Clerk (Leeds)

0113 3235 955

Civil Clerk

0191 245 9556

Clerk (Middlesbrough)

01642 247 569
  • "Jonathan is excellent and his knowledge is outstanding. He is professional, very prompt and robust in his approach"

    Real Estate Litigation, Chambers & Partners 2022

  • "Jonathan is an excellent barrister: professional and very prompt and robust in his approach. His knowledge is also outstanding." "Jonathan Rodger is excellent and I really rate him - he is a thorough team player and judges are effusive about him"

    Commercial Dispute Resolution chambers & Partners 2022

  • "A brilliant barrister"

    Restructuring/Insolvency, Chambers & Partners 2022

  • "He's one of the most commercial barristers I've come across"

    Chancery, Chambers & Partners 2022

  • "A very reliable junior. He has a keen eye for detail which always has the client’s best interests in mind."

    Commercial. Legal 500 2022

  • "Jonathan will provide the client with the best advice even when it is not something they want to hear. He is good at being able to manage the clients expectations and see them get the best outcome. He is very tenacious but authoritative and this seems to work well with all of our clients"

    Legal 500 2021

  • "A strong advocate who provides advice to private individuals and corporate clients across the full spectrum of commercial disputes. He has an in-depth knowledge of real estate and insolvency law in particular". “He is an extremely talented lawyer with great knowledge and experience in a wide range of areas, and working with him is a very positive experience"

    Chambers & Partners 2021

  • "Established chancery practitioner with experience of complex and high-value claims. He has expertise in insolvency matters, property disputes and breach of contract cases". “He has a nice advocacy style and judges like him Chambers and Partners 2021"

    Chambers & Partners 2021

  • "Undertakes complex corporate and personal insolvency work as part of his mixed commercial and chancery practice. He has particular expertise in complex, high-value bankruptcy proceedings and has additional expertise in misfeasance claims made against directors"."A safe pair of hands." "He's well regarded by judges and really knows his stuff"

    Chambers & Partners 2021

  • "He's personable, hard-working and quick-witted." "He is a very good tactician." "Very client-friendly." "Enthusiastic and very hard-working, with lots of experience." "Experienced senior junior offering prompt and practical advice and acutely aware of the remit risks of the case to a client against their available financial resourcing." "He is focused on sensible resolution, either by negotiation or a fight in court." "He is very commercial, giving clients sensible and practical advice." "He is very experienced with a natural gravitas."

    Chambers & Partners 2020

  • "Reliable and approachable, with a keen eye for detail"

    Legal 500 2020

  • "His practical understanding of the objectives of insolvency office holders, and tactical nous in seeking to achieve them via the relevant legislative framework, are invaluable"

    Chambers & Partners 2019

  • "He is excellent in mediations on commercial disputes. He has a very good mediation strategy that he employs. He is my go-to for Newcastle-based mediations. He is very well respected by the judiciary and puts the case forward in best way possible"

    Chambers & Partners 2019

  • "Very good and personable"

    Chambers & Partners 2019

  • "Very easy to work with. He gets stuck in and takes a commercial view of things." "He's really good on his feet and grasps complex matters really quickly"

    Chambers & Partners 2019

  • "Authoritative with a meticulous eye." "A cross-examiner who pulls no punches."

    Legal 500 2019

  • "He just rolls up his sleeves and gets stuck in, always very responsive and he recognises that insolvency is pretty urgent." "He's prepared to fight your corner in court and he gets his point across to the judge"

    Chambers & Partners 2018

  • "Very good on paper and in court. His advice is concise and clients find him excellent to deal with." "He cuts through arguments" "….shrewd and very good at getting underneath witnesses' skins."

    Chambers & Partners 2018

  • "He is approachable and has a keen eye for detail which always has the client’s best interests in mind. Very reliable and good on his feet."

    Chancery, Legal 500 2022

  • "I have always enjoyed working with him. He is incredibly knowledgeable with meticulous attention to detail." "He provided sound advice and was very approachable"

    Chambers & Partners 2018

  • "He's one of the most commercial barristers I've come across"

    Chancery, Chambers & Partners 2022

  • "He has a great bedside manner with clients." "A pragmatic barrister, who is great with clients"

    Legal 500 2017

  • "He combines strong technical skill with commercial judgement.”“Very good at mitigating situations and great at managing client relations.”“He provides sound advice and is extremely well thought of in the Newcastle area.”“He is very approachable, clients understand exactly what he’s saying and his pleadings are clear and succinct"

    Chambers & Partners 2017

  • "Recommended for Chancery disputes.”"He has recent experience in boundary and rights of way disputes"

    Legal 500 2016

  • "He is most effective.""His experience in property cases is why solicitors go to him.""He is very good at cross-examination. I have a lot of respect for him.""An experienced senior junior who offers prompt and practical advice. He is acutely aware of a case's risks to a client and to their financial resources." "Very well prepared and comes across well in court"

    Chambers & Partners 2016

  • "He has excellent technical knowledge, and gives sound practical and commercial advice.”“Sharp in trial, yet personable and client-friendly.”"Very responsive, and gives clear advice"

    Legal 500 2015

  • "He is very commercial, and gives clients sensible and practical advice.""Jonathan is always willing to give firm advice and back that up in court"

    Chambers UK 2015