Jonathan is a partner and has an outstanding reputation in commercial property and business sales. Recognised for his expertise in Chambers and Partners UK legal directory, Jonathan handles a wide variety of work in London and Hertfordshire, from multi-million pound acquisitions to big ticket leases for large corporate occupiers.
With his business acumen and understanding of the local market, Jonathan is much sought after by a wide range of clients including owner-managed businesses, developers, investors, banks and landowners. They know he’ll get the job done – quickly and quietly.
Jonathan works for a very wide range of clients who are involved, one way or another, in property. These can be owner managed businesses in Hertfordshire, London or in the wider area, developers looking to acquire sites for future potential planning gain, new or expanding businesses looking to lease or buy or sell premises, property investors who wish to add to their portfolio, land owners and farmers looking to increase the value of their sites, and banks and other lenders wishing to secure loans against property.
He works closely with his clients’ accountants and surveyors in order to give the best possible advice in the transaction.
The values of transactions he works on is spread over a wide range. Jonathan could be dealing with the purchase of a multimillion building in London, or an industrial unit in Hertfordshire for under £100,000. On the development side, Jonathan deals with the grant of options over garden or farm land for less than £50,000, and options over larger sites to be worth several million pounds when planning permission has been obtained. On the business side, Jonathan buys and sells small businesses such as restaurants, pubs, off licences and the usual range of high street enterprises, where property forms an important part of the transaction.
Jonathan graduated with a degree in European finance and accountancy. He started his career as an auditor and accountant, working for large financial and banking organisations, before retraining as a lawyer. He qualified as a solicitor in 1997, and joined Turner & Debenhams (now Debenhams Ottaway) in 2002. He became a partner in 2003. Jonathan also qualified as a notary public in 2001.
Jonathan is a member of the Notaries Society and Interact.
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Chambers and Partners 2017
Jonathan Foy is often called upon to handle lease work for high-profile corporates. Clients say ‘Jonathan pays attention to detail, is proactive, and highly experienced’.
Chambers and Partners 2015
Jonathan Foy is well versed in a range of commercial property matters, including acquisitions, disposals, and landlord and tenant work. Of late, he has been instructed to act on sizeable, big-ticket lease matters for various corporate occupiers.
Brian Alcock, Director of Pitstop Autocentres Limited
We were very impressed by Jonathan Foy throughout our lengthy and difficult transactions – the surrender of a lease of our existing premises, and the grant of a new lease and associated documents, in what was a very important business move for us. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jonathan to anyone we know who needs property advice, and look forward to working with him again.