Jonathan is an experienced personal injury, industrial disease and clinical negligence practitioner. He acts across the full range of serious injury cases, fatal accident claims and as a junior in catastrophic claims. His industrial disease practice focuses on asbestos-related disease.
Jonathan is also a leading junior in the field of financial mis-selling and consumer law in which he has appeared in a number of reported cases.
In addition, he practices in professional negligence and regulatory professional discipline.
Together with Robert Weir QC, Jonathan writes a chapter on the liability of public authorities for Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service.
Notable cases include:
Smith v Royal Bank of Scotland  EWCA Civ 1832: PPI claim, relating to meaning of s.140A CCA 1974 and transitional provisions. Junior to Rob Weir QC in the Court of Appeal (sole counsel at first instance and on first appeal).
Canada Square Operations Ltd v Potter  3 WLR 777: win for PPI claimant relying on s.32 Limitation Act 1980. Junior to Rob Weir QC in the Court of Appeal (sole counsel at first instance and on first appeal (see  4 All E.R. 1114).
Cape Intermediate Holdings v Dring  AC 629: successful Supreme Court case permitting asbestos support group, non-party to litigation, to access relevant documents from the court. Junior to Rob Weir QC at all levels (see also  EWHC 3154 (QB) and  1 W.L.R. 479).
Smith v Secretary of State for Transport  EWHC 1954 (QB): win for asbestosis claimant at trial.
Scotland v British Credit Trust PLC  1 All E.R. 708: successful Court of Appeal case relating to approach to s.140A CCA 1974 and its interaction with s.56.
McWilliam v Norton Finance (UK) Ltd  EWCA Civ 818: Court of Appeal judgment addressing re-opening of appeals. Led by Hodge Malek QC.
Saville v Central Capital Ltd  EWCA Civ 337: successful Court of Appeal case on approach to ICOB rules of FCA handbook.
A well-regarded personal injury barrister with notable experience acting for claimants in multi-track litigation. He is regularly instructed in catastrophic injury claims and cases arising from accidents at work and on the road. "Outstanding and really clever." "He is robust and well prepared. He is approachable, efficient and good on the detail." - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2022.
"Jonathan is very thorough, and in particular is very good at cross-examination." - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2022
‘Very sharp, quick thinking and highly intelligent.’ - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2021
'He is extremely intelligent, articulate and understands highly complex issues' - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2020
‘He is very personable and thorough’ - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2019
Jonathan is instructed in all aspects of personal injury work. He primarily undertakes work at multi-track level. He is regularly instructed in claims with a value of between £50,000 and £500,000 and as a junior in catastrophic cases.
In addition he regularly appears at coroner’s inquests in cases involving accidents at work, deaths in custody and deaths in hospitals. He is experienced in costs matters.
Jonathan is the joint author with Robert Weir QC of the chapter on the liability of public authorities for Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service.
Examples of work:
Jonathan is developing a regulatory practice and is keen to expand in this area.
Recently he successfully defended a consultant maxillo-facial plastic surgeon in fitness to practice proceedings before the General Medical Council. It was alleged that the Defendant’s fitness to practice was impaired by reason of misconduct arising out of a series of rhinoplasty procedures. After a two week hearing the prosecution was dismissed.
Jonathan is also instructed by the General Dental Council.
Jonathan is an experienced clinical negligence practitioner who accepts instructions at all levels.
Previous work includes:
Advices on liability and quantum. Jonathan has recently advised a Claimant in relation to a claim arising from the negligent management of her labour.
Currently instructed in two cases in which the surgery took place in Belgium giving rise to jurisdictional and choice of law issues.
Currently instructed on behalf of a consultant plastic surgeon defending a claim arising out of a blepharoplasty procedure.
Currently instructed on behalf of a consultant bariatric surgeon defending a claim arising out of gastric band surgery.
Instructed by the Claimants in two claims arising from the delayed diagnosis of a stroke.
Instructed by the Claimants in two claims arising from a negligently performed liposuction operation.
Instructed by the Claimants in two claims arising out of the mis-prescription of medication
Instructed in a fatal accidents claim arising out of the failure to diagnose sepsis.
Instructed by the Claimant in a claim arising out of negligently performed biliary surgery.
Appearing at numerous coroner's inquests on behalf of the family of the deceased who has died whilst under the care of medical professionals. Often there is a clinical negligence claim in the background. Examples include an alleged failure to diagnose a deep vein thrombosis, a negligently performed bowel resection and a failure to diagnose sepsis.
Jonathan is developing a professional negligence practice and is keen to expand in this area.
He principally accepts instructions to act for Claimants and Defendants in claims against solicitors arising from personal injury or clinical negligence claims.
Recent cases include:
A claim arising out of an asbestosis action which was struck out on the grounds of abuse of process arising out of the Claimant's solicitors handling of the expert liability evidence.
A claim where it was alleged that there had been a failure to take proper instructions in respect of an offer of settlement from a Claimant who could not speak English.
Claims involving under-settlement and missed limitation.
Jonathan has advised in other cases involving solicitor’s negligence and also surveyor’s negligence.
Jonathan's work in this field includes claims arising from the mis-sale of payment protection insurance policies, interest rate swap products, investments and mortgages together with a variety of cases with a consumer credit element. He is familiar with the relevant FCA rules and the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
Jonathan has acted without a leader in the Court of Appeal in two financial mis-selling cases, succeeding in both.
Cases of interest:
Advices on mortgage mis-selling and timeshare mis-selling.
Currently instructed on several interest rate hedge mis-selling claims.
Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law, London
B.A. (Hons) Law, St. Peter's College, University of Oxford
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