Jonathan Golden

Jonathan Golden

Solicitor (UK)



  • York – Philosophy
  • Berkeley, California – Philosophy


Type of work

Jonathan advises on all areas of employment law for employers and employees. He specialises in negotiating termination packages for senior executives and is often brought in by professional practices and private equity houses to resolve partnership, boardroom and shareholder issues, particularly in the SME sector. His strategic advice is valued by organisations that are planning for change, such as large-scale redundancies and company restructures. Jonathan’s clients include senior figures in financial services and banking, telecoms and software, recruitment agencies and a broad cross section of businesses and professional firms.

His focus is on:

  • Boardroom disputes
  • Executive remuneration
  • Executive termination
  • Working with SMEs (including professional firms)



Jonathan helps businesses and individuals work out what is really going on and provides a range of reasonable solutions, on the basis that businesses must be allowed to make the changes they require, and can always do so if they treat people fairly.

The route to GL

2009 – founded Golden Leaver
1987 – 2009 – Solnick
1985 – 1987 – Manches



Member of…

Law Society

Spears 500

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Why be an employment lawyer?

I love the work, it is never boring. I get to ask clients questions that are never asked in polite company; and because of my relationship as trusted advisor with a client, I am able to find the solution that fits them. It may sometimes look like magic, but somebody else’s problems are so much easier to resolve than one’s own.

Most memorable moments

At Work:
I once went to meet a secretive witness at a railway station. He claimed that he was a computer hacker and game player, and that all the damning emails I had seen in a case over many years had been originated by him as part of an elaborate internet game, in which he had adopted my client as his avatar. His witness statement proved interesting to prepare.

Outside Work:
I’m involved with music in all its forms; I’m a member of the Leconfield Singers, I’m an amateur trombone and bass clarinet player in wind and big bands; I’m active in Chi Kung, philosophy and meditation groups; and I’m a keen walker.

The unexpected:
I have also flown a Shackleton (similar to a Lancaster) bomber.

Personal quotation(s)

“Many things in life can cause offence – we get to choose whether to take offence.”