Jonathan Benson

Jonathan Benson


Jonathan is an experienced adviser on a wide range of business compliance and trade-related matters, including those relating to sanctions and export controls, anti-bribery and anti-money laundering laws, human rights, foreign direct investment controls and international trade law. 

Prior to joining the firm, Jonathan was a senior lawyer at the UK's Department for International Trade and the UK's Ministry of Defence, where he advised on a broad portfolio of national security and trade-related issues.

Jonathan was named as a "well-regarded" member of the team in the WorldECR Awards 2021 "Sanctions Law Firm of the Year – Europe" runner-up category and recognised by Global Competition Review (GCR) in the Foreign Investment Controls "40 under 40" survey 2023. He frequently writes and speaks on business compliance and trade-related issues.



Admitted as a Solicitor (England and Wales), 2009


Master's Degree in Law; King's College London; 2013

Bachelor's Degree in Law; The College of Law; 2007

Legal Practice Course; The College of Law; 2007

Graduate Diploma in Law; The College of Law; 2006

Master of Studies; Theology; Oxford University; 2005

BA (Hons); Theology; Oxford University; 2004

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.