About Jonathan

Jonathan Oxley is a Member and Managing Partner at Lupton Fawcett LLP.

Jonathan became the firm’s Managing Partner in April 2018.  As well as managing the firm, he continues to practice as a corporate lawyer, specialising in buying, selling and financing companies. He also advises on employee share schemes and employee share ownership. Jonathan particularly enjoys working with dedicated, creative and entrepreneurial business people who are looking for pro-active counsel to contribute to the growth and success of their business ventures. He has a particular focus on SME businesses where the benefit of his experience, as the manager of a business, is a great asset to clients. A long-standing client describes Jonathan as “customer focused, knowledgeable, reliable” and as having a “can do attitude”.

When not at work

Jonathan is a former Chairman of the Yorkshire and Humber region of the Institute of Directors (IOD), he continues to represent the IOD in the region on devolution and the Northern Powerhouse.  He is also Chairman of the Yorkshire Shadow Monetary Policy Committee which is run by Lupton Fawcett in conjunction with The Yorkshire Post.

Professional Societies

  • Law Society
  • Leeds, Law Society
  • Institute of Directors

Specialisms

Sectors that Jonathan is involved in:

Pharmacies, Start-Up Scale-Up

Accreditations / Awards

Avoiding future legal problems when starting a digital business. 1

There has never been a better time to start a new business

Technology has put at our disposal not only great tools for use in our businesses but the means of easily communicating our marketing messages to

Pencil iconBy Jonathan Oxley on 30th July 2019

Avoiding future legal problems when starting a digital business. 1

Avoiding future legal problems when starting a digital business.

Within the fast-moving digital world, with its large number of start-ups, it is extremely important to consider the legal issues that need to be addressed

Pencil iconBy Jonathan Oxley on 10th July 2019

Considering options for the future of a family business

Succession issues for family owned companies

At some stage the age of the directors and shareholders of the family will inevitably dictate that there needs to be a change in the

Pencil iconBy Jonathan Oxley on 12th February 2019

Current trends in employee incentives

Current trends in employee incentives

We advise extensively in the field of employee engagement, option schemes and incentives and it is interesting to note some current trends.

Pencil iconBy Jonathan Oxley on 6th April 2017

Directors: Proper Purpose Test

Who is a Director?

Under company law, a private company must have at least one director and a public company must have at least two. The articles of association

Pencil iconBy Jonathan Oxley on 19th January 2017

Not sure when to decide to sell your business?

Potential liability of directors

The principle of limited liability in relation to companies is well established. There are, however, some important exceptions, particularly in relation to directors.

Pencil iconBy Jonathan Oxley on 19th January 2017

Corporate simplification - why simplify the legal structure of group companies?

What authority does the board have?

The ‘board’ generally consists of the appointed directors of the company whose role is to oversee the company’s activities and deal with its day-to-day

Pencil iconBy Jonathan Oxley on 19th January 2017

Financial Promotion

What do Directors do?

The Directors are primarily responsible for the day to day running of the business of the company and the exercise of its powers.

Pencil iconBy Jonathan Oxley on 19th January 2017

Not sure when to decide to sell your business?

Increasing occurrence of reductions of share capital

It's not unusual for a company to have an excess of share capital beyond its actual requirements.

Pencil iconBy Jonathan Oxley on 18th July 2016

Responsible capitalism and Employee Share Ownership

A multitude of political and economic issues have been debated recently and the future is hard to predict.

Pencil iconBy Jonathan Oxley on 18th July 2016

Not sure when to decide to sell your business?

Selling your company: understanding the legal process

One of the biggest areas of our work here in the Corporate team at Lupton Fawcett is legal advice on the sale of private limited

Pencil iconBy Jonathan Oxley on 18th July 2016

Not sure when to decide to sell your business?

If you have more than one shareholder in your Company you need…

… to make sure you have the following in place:

Pencil iconBy Jonathan Oxley on 18th July 2016

Lupton Fawcett's Managing Partner, Jonathan Oxley, is described as a 'key name' in Lupton Fawcett's, 'highly expirienced corporate and commercial group' and is praised by clients as 'a calm, pragmatic and commercial professional'

Legal 500, November 2018

Gravitas, knowledge and bedside manner

The Legal 500 UK

Jonathan is an invaluable sounding board with a "can-do attitude".

Chambers & Partners UK

“What makes us stand out from other firms in the city is the fact we are able to offer top quality advice across almost every aspect of commercial and family law. Furthermore, the highly experienced lawyers operating in York have the opportunity, if necessary, to draw on additional expertise within our Leeds and Sheffield offices.”

Jonathan Oxley, Lupton Fawcett Managing Partner

“People spend a great deal of time at work so it is important that they enjoy it. However we all feel pressures beyond the usual at certain times, so it is important to recognise if people are struggling to cope. ”

Jonathan Oxley, Lupton Fawcett Managing Partner

“It was a bonus to have one of the greatest rugby players, of both codes, playing with us too. Not only was it great for everyone to meet Jason, he also helped us raise even more money for a very worthwhile cause.”

Jonathan Oxley, Lupton Fawcett Managing Partner

“Lupton Fawcett is a business I am proud to lead. It has a great heritage and is a trusted advisor for many businesses and individuals. My vision for the future of the firm is for continuing and sustainable profitability, being a great place to work and being justly famous for the skills of our people, the range of our services and the quality of our advice. ”

Jonathan Oxley, Lupton Fawcett Managing Partner

1983

LLB from the University of Nottingham

Gouldens, London (now Jones Day)

Qualified as a Solicitor

Appointed Partner at Lee & Priestley

Appointed Office Managing Partner at Lee & Priestley

Became Managing Partner at Lee & Priestley

Became a Senior Partner at Lee & Priestley

Became a Director at Lupton Fawcett LLP

Became Managing Partner at Lupton Fawcett LLP

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