Jonathan Fortnam, Dean of Aston Law School 

Jonathan Fortnam

Position: Dean School of Law
Room: SW717

Jonathan joined the Law School in September 2019 following 30 years practice as a litigation solicitor (and 21 as partner) in international law firm Pinsent Masons. In that time, Jonathan led teams on a number of complex and significant disputes in all levels of the English Courts for UK and international businesses and institutions. He is qualified as a High Court advocate and Mediator. He won awards for innovation and client service, and contributed to Pinsent Masons winning Legal Business’s Law Firm of the Year. Jonathan is committed to innovation in the legal sector and for Aston law graduates to be ‘future ready’ citizens and professionals, ready to make a valued contribution to their communities. 

Qualifications and Education
  • 1987: LLB (Hons) University of Liverpool
  • 1988: Law Society Final Examinations
  • 1990: Solicitor
  • 1997: ADR Net Mediator
  • 2002: Rights of Audience in the Higher Courts
  • 1988: Articled Clerk, Pinsent & Co
  • 1990: Solicitor, Pinsent &Co
  • 1998-2019: Partner, Pinsent Curtis; Pinsent Curtis Biddle; Pinsents; Pinsent Masons LLP
Teaching Activity

Occasional lecturer in Contract Law, Dispute Resolution, and Responsible Business. 

Research Interests
  • The Business of Law
  • The Future of Law
Membership of Professional Bodies

Law Society of England & Wales

Selected Publications (recent/current)

Contributed a chapter to: ADR Client Strategies in the UK (2008)