Jonathan is the Managing Partner at Saunders Robinson Brown and a member of the Commercial Team.

Jonathan has extensive experience in commercial property acquisitions & disposals and retail leasing, investment in New Zealand, commercial contracts, rural property and trusts. He acts for a number of leading commercial property developers, investors and corporate entities.

Jonathan graduated in 1987 with a LLB from the University of Canterbury.

He joined the law firm of Wynn Williams in 2000, becoming a Partner in 2002 in the Commercial Property & Projects Team, and a board member.

In mid-2019 Jonathan joined Saunders Robinson Brown as a Partner, and became Managing Partner in mid-2021.

Jonathan has extensive experience in law firm governance and management, and was a board member and latterly Chair of Law Link for 9 years.

Notable experience

  • Advising the owners/developers during the acquisition, planning and construction of Spark Square (Christchurch) and Invercargill Central Developments.

  • Assisting Invercargill Central Ltd (landlord) with lease documentation and negotiating lease terms for each tenancy.

  • Provide ongoing advice to Mountain Warehouse (tenant) on role out of retail stores across New Zealand.

  • Preparation of leasing documentation and assisting in negotiation of leasing terms with tenantsĀ for various high profile sites in Christchurch, Queenstown and Invercargill.

  • Acting for overseas investors on obtaining permanent residency in New Zealand and acquiring farm properties.


  • Member of the New Zealand Law Society.

  • NZ Law Society Property Law Section.

  • Institute of Directors.