Southampton and Salisbury based law firm Trethowans has bolstered its Commercial Litigation Team with the lateral hire of Chambers ‘Leading Individual’ Jon Kelly as a Partner.
Jon is a very experienced lawyer with extensive commercial litigation experience and a niche expertise in banking and insolvency related litigation. At his previous firm he headed up a Commercial Litigation team in Southampton and more recently headed up the Banking and Finance team. Jon’s commercial experience includes contractual disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes, professional negligence claims and property disputes. On the banking and insolvency side, Jon specialises in complex disputes which involve advising on enforcement strategies, actions on guarantees and security realisation through court action, LPA receiverships and other insolvency procedures. Jon has represented some of the largest UK banks as well as a range of other financial institutions and insolvency practitioners.
Jon’s abilities and reputation are acknowledged in Chambers and Partners (a key independent guide to the legal profession) in which sources have praised him for his ability to "understand exactly what business moves clients want and need to make, across different departments and markets”. He has also been described by sources in this publication as an "excellent negotiator” and "a highly effective operator who achieves good results for the client”. The latest edition states that Jon "attracts praise for his user-friendly advice and quick turnaround time”. Sources in another leading publication, the Legal 500, describe Jon as providing "sound and pragmatic advice”.
Jon is well-known in the South coast business community. Commenting on his arrival, Jon said "I am delighted to be joining the Commercial Litigation Team at Trethowans. Trethowans has an excellent client base and my broad experience of commercial disputes together with my particular expertise in banking and insolvency matters complements the existing skills within the team. The firm continues to invest in key areas and I look forward to being part of the ongoing development and success of its commercial practice.”
Simon Rhodes, Managing Partner, said the appointment showed the continued commitment to improving the strength and depth within the firm for the benefit of its clients. "I am delighted to welcome such a talented, well-regarded individual to the firm. Jon’s arrival underlines our commitment to providing the very best service for our commercial clients. With the high quality lawyers that we already have here, the firm is better placed than ever to look after the needs of our clients.”