Jonny specialises in dispute resolution. His practice spans a number of sectors, including manufacturing and transport, and he advises clients on a broad range of issues with a particular focus on technology and the energy transition.

Jonny regularly deals with contractual disputes, regulatory issues, shareholder/partnership disputes, breach of warranty claims, disputes involving the Commercial Agents Regulations, unfair prejudice claims and claims involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants, breach of fiduciary duties and breach of confidence.

Jonny helps clients to resolve these issues through negotiation, mediation, expert determination, early neutral evaluation, arbitration and litigation. He also works with clients to develop strategies for avoiding disputes or resolving them at an early stage.

Jonny is also the firm's representative on a consortium that is seeking to scale and expand the deployment of connected and autonomous logistics which is being led by the North East Automotive Alliance.


Examples of recent experience include advising:

  • A chemicals company in relation to a number of disputes with the operator of a chemicals park relating to the provision of services and utilities by both parties, including in relation to the accuracy of steam meters at the site
  • PD Teesport Limited in relation to a successful claim against P&O North Sea Ferries for damages for breach of contract (failure to achieve a minimum volume guarantee in a terminal and stevedoring agreement)
  • A train operating company in relation to a dispute concerning the performance regime in a train services agreement
  • Several local authorities in relation to claims by the providers of waste management services for a price increase pursuant to change of law provisions as a result of the removal of the red diesel rebate by the Finance Act 2021
  • A holiday park operator in relation to the enforcement of restrictive covenants against one of the sellers of a transportation company, which included obtaining interim injunctive relief
  • A retailer in relation to a dispute with the provider of anti-virus software following a security incident involving malware. 

"Jonny Gribben is a very good litigation strategist. We have had some really good results together."

The Legal 500 2023

"Jonny Gribben is really excellent. Great to work with and always a pleasure to work with him as counsel."

The Legal 500 2023

"Jonny Gribben makes dealing with litigation extremely easy. He has a great knowledge of the business - as well as great expertise - and he does all of the heavy lifting on our matters. His advice is well thought through and extremely practical."

The Legal 500 2022

"Pragmatic and commercial advice, available when needed, no query was too big or too small."

The Legal 500 2022

'The "excellent" and "intelligent" Jonathan Gribben is experienced in handling a range of commercial disputes, including unfair prejudice and breach of warranty claims.'

Chambers and Partners 2020