Jonathan is a corporate lawyer with outstanding specialist knowledge of partnership and LLP law. He works closely with clients across the professional services sector, advising them on large transformational and business critical transactions.
Jonathan is one of a few genuine experts in the field of transactional work involving partnerships and LLPs. He has extensive experience of the full range of corporate matters and frequently advises on private company M&A transactions, especially in the professional and regulated sectors.
Most of Jonathan's work involves acting for professional firms undergoing change, executing transactions or requiring complex constitutional work. He regularly advises on mergers or acquisitions by one firm of another, LLP conversions, preparing new constitutions and joint ventures.
His experience includes advising on one of the first private equity-funded purchases of a law firm following deregulation of the market under the Legal Services Act. He also acted on the merger that created the country's largest property agency and was lead adviser on the LLP conversion of a global top 10 architectural practice.
Jonathan's clients appreciate his approachable style. He is acknowledged for his efficient, pragmatic way of blending forensic knowledge with practical answers, providing effective solutions to niche problems.
His clients include traditional professional service firms, such as solicitors, accountants and property professionals; and FCA-regulated entities such as asset managers, wealth managers and independent financial advisers.
Jonathan’s client base centres on UK-based firms with a London focus. He also acts for overseas clients, often ultra-high-net-worth individuals with both UK and international assets.
Jonathan demonstrates particular commitment to his field of specialisation: he served for six years as honorary secretary and committee member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners. He contributes regularly to publications and seminars on LLP and partnership law; and he co-authored The Butterworths Guide to the Legal Services Act. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
Jonathan is the firm’s Graduate Recruitment Partner.
Association of Partnership Practitioners; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
Jonathan is ranked as a leading expert in Partnership and LLP law in both Chambers UK and the Legal 500. Recent quotes include:
Jonathan Haley is "someone who inspires confidence in clients," according to market commentators. (Chambers UK 2021)
"Farrer & Co is now one of the leading firms for partnership transactional and non-contentious matters. The team is led by Jonathan Haley, who is completely unflappable and who engenders the utmost confidence in clients." (Legal 500 2021)
"Jon Haley is a class act; polished and professional he inspires confidence in the client always. He is very capable and excellent in resolving problems." (Legal 500 2021)
"...an absolute fountain of knowledge" (Chambers UK)
"...knowledgeable and charming" [Legal 500]
"...extremely efficient and sensible" (Chambers UK)
"...a consummate negotiator, who is highly attuned to professionals" (Legal 500)
"...an expert in non-contentious matters and is admired for his ability to 'quickly plough through the detail and come up with solutions'." (Chambers UK)