Jonathan Cohen QC

Jonathan Cohen QC

'Excellent advocate', Jonathan Cohen QC has 'a good grasp of the complexities'.  He attracts praise for his 'reassuring nature'.
Legal 500 2013

Experience

Year of Call: 1974
Year of Silk: 1997

Education

BA (Kent)
 

Appointments

Recorder
Deputy High Court Judge (Family Division)
President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal

Profile

Jonathan has been Head of Chambers 2003-2012. He acts in difficult financial cases and is praised for his measured, strategic and commercial approach. His children practice encompasses both public and private law cases. He acts also in professional negligence cases arising out of family work. He sits as a Judge in both children and money cases and acts in and conducts out of court discussions and settlement meetings. His very wide experience is called upon by clients from all over the country.

Professional Memberships

Fellow of International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Family Law Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Directories

In addition to having a highly esteemed matrimonial finance practice, Cohen is also noted for his wealth of experience in serious children cases.

Expertise: "Sometimes it's difficult to justify the cost of a silk, but he's worth every penny."
Chambers & Partners 2014


 

'Excellent advocate', Jonathan Cohen QC has 'a good grasp of the complexities'.  He attracts praise for his 'reassuring nature'.
Recommended as a Leading Family Silk  in the areas of Children Law and Family Law (including divorce and and ancillary relief)
Legal 500 2013

Jonathan Cohen QCis a "wonderful" family law practitioner and a deputy High Court judge in the family division. Highly adept at children cases, he is further noted for his matrimonial finance practice, and is an expert in high-value ancillary relief cases.
Recommended as a Leading Family Silk in Chambers & Partners 2013

Jonathan Cohen QC has ‘a calm, reassuring manner that endears him to court and clients alike’.
Legal 500 2012
Recommended as a leading Silk in the areas of Children and Family (divorce and ancillary relief) Law

Jonathan Cohen QC is one of the set's few matrimonial finance specialists. He also handles children work, and solicitors go to him "for those cases where you really need the judge to listen to the strength and simplicity of your main points."
Recommended as a Leading Family Silk in Chambers & Partners 2012

Head of chambers Jonathan Cohen QC is a highly experienced silk with a mixed finance and children practice. He earns the respect of judges with his measured and strategic approach.
Recommended as a Leading Family Silk in Chambers & Partners 2011

Jonathan Cohen QC is ‘highly intelligent, numerate and commercial’
Recommended in Legal 500 2011 as a Leading Family Silk in the areas of Children Law (including public and private law) and Family Law (including divorce and ancillary relief).

Jonathan Cohen QC is popular, he is "a thorough and effective financial specialist".
Recommended as a Leading Family Silk in Chambers & Partners 2010

Recommended in Legal 500 2010 as a Leading Family Silk in the areas of Children Law (including public and private law) and Family Law (including divorce and ancillary relief).

Jonathan Cohen QC is part of a sizeable contingent of members at the set who receive briefs in both financial and children-related matters.  Commentators note that he "doesn't have the aggression of some barristers," deciding instead to deploy a "steady and clear" style of advocacy: "When he speaks people listen."
Recommended as a Leading Family Silk in the areas of Children and Matrimonial Finance in Chambers & Partners 2009.

The 'formidable' Jonathan Cohen QC
Recommended in the Legal 500 2009 as a Leading Family Silk in the areas of Children Law (including public and private law) and Family (including divorce and ancillary relief).

As head of chambers, Jonathan Cohen QC epitomises the set in being best known for his work with children but also having a respected practice in matrimonial finances. “A very civilised man who relates well to prickly clients,” in the courtroom he is “a good and convincing advocate who is excellent at persuading judges of the rightness of his cause.”
Recommended as a Leading Family Silk in the areas of Children and Matrimonial Finance in Chambers & Partners 2008 Jonathan Cohen QC is also recommended in The Legal 500 2008 as a Leading Family Silk.