Jonathan Eley


Jonathan Eley

Contact details


  • Chambers UK, 2016
  • Legal 500, 2015


Jonathan spent three years teaching at a leading independent school before joining Farrer & Co in 1999 as a trainee solicitor. He qualified in 2001 and became a partner in 2008.


Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

"Jonathan Eley impresses with 'his calm approach and ability to see the wider picture'"

Legal 500

Jonathan advises employers and senior executives on the full range of legal issues connected with employment, including large-scale redundancies, TUPE, team moves, contract changes and employment litigation.

His employer clients include media organisations, charities (including schools), NDPBs, galleries and museums and professional firms (including other law firms, accountancy practices and barristers chambers).

Jonathan is recognised as a key individual in the field of employment and within the schools sector in the legal directories.  Recent entries have stated:

"Outstanding lawyer" Jonathan Eley is described by one commentator as "very calm, considered and always on the end of the phone." He handles a wide range of issues, including child protection, pupil discipline and admissions". Chambers & Partners 2017

"Jonathan Eley is commended for his experience in contentious matters relating to staff, pupils and parents." Chambers & Partners 2012

"Jonathan Eley impresses with 'his calm approach and ability to see the wider picture'" Legal 500, 2011

Who we help

Jonathan, a former teacher, acts for a large number of leading independent schools in relation to pupil, parent and employment issues. His experience extends to handling sensitive child protection matters, pupil exclusions and disciplinary issues, parental complaints, special needs and disability law and all employment-related work. He is a regular speaker at sector conferences and in schools.

Go to Schools

As well as advising law firms and accountancy practices, Jonathan also acts for barristers chambers in relation to their constitutions, membership and employment arrangements.

Go to Professional practices