Jon Newman is a litigation and arbitration partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Jon represents clients in commercial disputes, litigation and institutional arbitration in the UK and around the world. Jon has acted for clients in matters before all major arbitral institutions, courts of all levels in England and Wales, and many foreign courts.

Jon has significant experience in guiding clients through multi-jurisdictional and multi-forum disputes as coordinating counsel. Jon’s practice includes disputes relating to insurance policies, such as warranty and indemnity or political risk policies. Jon’s practice also includes advising clients on the commercial litigation and arbitration aspects of specialist intellectual property disputes. Jon also has extensive experience with dispute strategy, pre-action matters, interim injunctive relief, and settlement strategy.

Jon is recognized as a “Next Generation Partner” for International Arbitration in the 2022 and 2023 editions of The Legal 500 UK and was described in the 2022 edition as “excellent on the detail and on strategy” and “very commercial in approach”. He is also included in LawDragon’s 2023 list of 500 Leading Global Litigators.


Thought Leadership


Co-Author, "COVID-19: arbitrating in the midst of a pandemic", Practical Law Arbitration Blog, April 2020

"Tailoring the international commercial arbitration process for parties traditionally reluctant to enter into formal dispute resolution proceedings", Practical Law Arbitration Blog, September 2017

"Developments in international commercial arbitration involving Chinese parties", Practical Law Arbitration Blog, June 2017

Co-Author, "Increased Transparency in International Commercial Arbitration", Financier Worldwide, August 2016

Co- Author, "Confidentiality of Arbitration in Third-party Proceedings: The Law Remains Uncertain", Practical Law Arbitration Blog, May 2016


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2011, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales
  • 2012, Higher Rights of Audience


  • BPP Law School, HolbornLPCwith Distinction2009
  • The University of Law, GuildfordGraduate Diploma in LawCommendation2008
  • University of BristolEnglish Literature, 2.12007