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.

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What Clients Say
  • The team take a creative approach when dealing with problems in the property industry, always looking for solutions where others tend to settle for unsatisfactory compromises.

    The Legal 500 2022
  • Jonathan handles a variety of commercial property matters, including leasing work, sales and acquisitions, and secured lending. He offers pragmatic and sensible advice and is knowledgeable in his field of expertise.

    Chambers and Partners 2022
  • 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.

    Brian Alcock, Director of Pitstop Autocentres Limited
  • Jonathan was thoroughly professional throughout the process, he actively listened to our concerns, issues and needs and tailored his advice which was comprehensive and documented in a professional manner. We received prompt replies to any queries that were made via email or telephone.

    Alamiyah Educational Foundation
  • We very much appreciated your help and kindness at a very difficult time for us personally. We know you went out of your way to provide support for us and we want to let you know how grateful we are for that. We look forward to working with you again in the future.

  • This is the second time we have approached Debenhams Ottaway to support a small local business with an office move. Jonathan’s flexibility and advice was paramount. My strongest point is definitely not legal, unless dealing with mental health law! Our service is currently under constant pressure as we are community care. Jonathan walked by our side and ensure the completion with our best interests at heart. Response times and communication were at its best!

    Annie Fitzgerald, Care for Freedom Limited
  • He has always provided us with very professional and supportive advice.

    Marco Lombardelli, Global Rail Construction Ltd
  • He has always gone the extra mile to help and support us, and we feel very confident in the advice we receive.

    Chambers UK 2024
  • Jonathan takes the time to understand our business and objectives.

    Chambers UK 2024
  • Jonathan is an experienced solicitor with good knowledge and ability.

    Chambers UK 2024