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Jonathan Karas KC

Jonathan Karas KC
Called 1986
Silk 2006


Jonathan has appeared in numerous leading cases. His practice embraces all aspects of land law and related areas including

  • Complex commercial transactions and leases
  • Rights over land including rights of light
  • Planning and compulsory purchase
  • Valuation disputes (including in the context of rating and taxation)
  • Minerals, manorial rights, commons and greens
  • Rural affairs (including agriculture and forestry)
  • Water (including waterways, canals and sewerage and water infrastructure)

His expertise makes him a natural choice in cases where property, planning and public law issues coincide or collide.

Jonathan regularly acts in arbitrations (the details of which are confidential) and is himself an arbitrator. He is a FCIArb, a member of the Agricultural Law Association Disputes Resoluction Panel and a member of Falcon Chambers Arbitration.

  • Publications

    "The Law of Rights of Light" 2016. Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing.

    Jonathan is subject editor of Hill and Redman's Law of Landlord and Tenant and author (with David Elvin KC) of Unlawful Interference with Land second edition (2002).

    He has made a substantial contribution to Halsbury's Laws of England being a contributing editor to the Compulsory Acquisition title (1996), editor of the Distress title (2000, 2007 reissues), the Forestry Title (2007 and 2009 re-issues) and editor of Perpetuities and Accumulations volume (2013).

    He has delivered Blundell Memorial Lectures on the award of damages in lieu of injunctions (2007) and the quantification of release fee damages (2014).

    Articles of his may be found on the RICS website, in the Estates Gazette, the Journal of Planning and Environment Law and the New Law Journal.

  • Professional


    Member of:-

    • Agricultural Law Association
    • Chancery Bar Association
    • Planning and Environmental Bar Association
    • Property Bar Association
    • Compulsory Purchase Association.

    Before taking silk he served on the ‘A' Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (2000-2006) and before that on the Supplementary Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (Common Law) (now the ‘B' Panel) (1995-2000).. He regularly acts for and advises public authorities.

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