“He’s smart, clever, tactical and a pleasure to listen to in court. Judges really pay attention to him and he has excellent judgement in financial cases.”
Chambers & Partners 2017

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 Family Lawyers
Family Law Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Directories

Financial silk with a wealth of experience of handling high-value disputes for clients following relationship breakdown. He sits as both Recorder and Deputy High Court Judge in the family courts and is widely commended for his judgement.
Strengths: “He’s smart, clever, tactical and a pleasure to listen to in court. Judges really pay attention to him and he has excellent judgement in financial cases.”
Chambers & Partners 2017


“His years of experience quickly becoming evident; he rightly commands great respect in court.”
Legal 500, 2016

Lauded for his skill in the field of very high-value financial disputes. He regularly handles cases with complex jurisdictional matters attached to them.
Expertise: “Jonathan combines a fierce intellect with a depth of experience and a quiet authority. He commands the respect of his clients, peers and the judiciary.”
Chambers & Partners 2015

He is calming and reassuring with clients, and has a strong forensic approach.

A really solid professional of the old school; a fine performer in court who reads his tribunal excellently.
Recommended as a Leading Family Silk  in the areas of Children Law and Family Law (including divorce and financial remedy)
Legal 500, 2015

Jonathan Cohen QC ‘He has immense knowledge of the law, and a perceptive and focused approach with clients.’

‘Marvellous to work with and a true heavyweight; he commands great respect in court.’

Recommended as a Leading Family Silk  in the areas of Children Law and Family Law (including divorce and financial remedy)
Legal 500 2014

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 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.
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.”
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.
Chambers & Partners 2011

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

Jonathan Cohen QC is popular, he is “a thorough and effective financial specialist”.
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.”
 Chambers & Partners 2009.

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

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.

18/08/16
[2016] EWHC 2149 (Fam)
06/07/16
[2016] EWHC 1672 (Fam)
30/07/13
[2013] EWCA 964
11/12/12
[2012] EWCA Civ 1641
15/08/11
[2011] EWHC 2207 (Fam)
23/07/09
[2009] 2 FLR 1574 : [2009] 3 FCR 650 : [2009] Fam Law 1019 : (2009) 106(31) LSG 18 : (2009) 153(30) SJLB 28 : [2009] EWCA Civ 791
04/03/09
[2009] EWCA Civ 412
16/03/06
[2006] 2 FLR 1128
20/12/02
[2003] 1 FLR 942
23/03/01
[2002] 1 FLR 166