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Dr Jonathan Punt Inquests, Public Inquiries and Coronial Law

Jonathan practices in the fields of Inquests and Clinical Negligence. 

Jonathan qualified as a doctor at Guy’s Hospital and worked in the NHS for 30 years, including 18 years as a Consultant Neurosurgeon specialising in Paediatric Neurosurgery.

In addition to a busy clinical practice Jonathan pursued a parallel academic career as a Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Neurosurgery at the University of Nottingham, where he was active in research, notably in the fields of childhood brain and spinal tumours, hydrocephalus, and minimally invasive neurosurgery. In addition to many publications in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in books, Jonathan presented research results, lectured, and taught in national and international fora.

Jonathan’s extensive experience as a medical expert in Civil, Criminal and Family Law proceedings led him to the Bar as the natural second career. As a medical expert, Jonathan took instructions from those representing Claimants and Defendants.

During the Bar Vocational Course at Nottingham Law School, Jonathan won the Advocacy Prize and the No 1 High Pavement Plea in Mitigation Prize.

In the field of Clinical Negligence Jonathan has acquired experience across a very wide area of medical, nursing, and dental negligence, and also pharmacy dispensing errors resulting in serious injury and fatal outcomes. 

Jonathan’s Inquest practice has included deaths in the course of medical treatment, deaths in nursing and residential care homes, fatal road traffic accidents, and injuries sustained in the workplace. 

With regards to deaths in the course of medical treatment, Jonathan has represented Interested Persons at Inquests where there have been issues arising from the care provided across many domains including accident and emergency medicine, bariatric surgery, colorectal surgery,  intensive care, intentional and non-intentional drug overdose, gastrointestinal medicine, general medicine, general practice, gynaecology, health care of the elderly, hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery, adult and paediatric infectious diseases, neonatal medicine and surgery, adult and paediatric neurology and neurosurgery, obstetrics, oncology, orthopaedics, paediatric medicine and surgery, and psychiatry.

Jonathan is frequently instructed in Inquests in which there is no independent expert opinion evidence. He employs his medical knowledge and familiarity with medical and nursing procedures to seek disclosure of relevant National and local protocols, guidelines and internal serious incident investigations.

Jonathan has had considerable success in progressing cases from Inquest to recovery of damages in Civil Litigation. Examples include deaths following bariatric surgery, head injury, spinal injury, elective orthopaedic surgery, paediatric infectious disease, neurosurgery, and deaths in connection with psychiatric care.

Jonathan remains in demand as a lecturer and has delivered invited lectures to doctors, solicitors and the senior judiciary. 

Jonathan will accept instructions on a pro bono basis to represent families at Inquests where no method of funding exists.

QUALIFICATIONS

- MB, BS (London) 1971
- FRCS 1976
- Certificate of Higher Surgical Training in Neurological Surgery 1981
- FRCPCH (Elected) 1996
- Graduate Diploma in Law (Nottingham) 2004

MEMBERSHIPS

- Personal Injuries Bar Association
- Professional Negligence Bar Association
- Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
- Society of Doctors in Law
- Nottinghamshire Medico-Legal Society
- Royal College of Surgeons
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- Royal Society of Medicine
- Society of British Neurological Surgeons
- British Medical Association

RECOMMENDATIONS

"He has lots of gravitas and brings real authority to cases that he is involved in." "Meticulous on complex medical claims."
Chambers UK 2017

He is a former consultant neurosurgeon whose medical knowledge impresses instructing solicitors. He undertakes a variety of medically complex and high-value claims.
Strengths: “He is great on complicated medical cases; he can bring real expertise. He’s found ways through that we hadn’t even thought about. His attention to detail is second to none.”
Band 1 First rated 2012
Chambers & Partners 2016

A former paediatric neurosurgeon whose medical expertise is of real benefit on complex brain injury claims. His caseload includes inquests, alongside an increasing number of cerebral palsy and serious spinal injury cases.  "His medical expertise is a real asset and sets him apart from other counsel. His ability to analyse the medical evidence and attention to detail is second to none." 
Chambers UK 2015

"His preparation is outstanding and he goes out of his way to assist with the case." 
Chambers UK 2014

"His preparation is outstanding and he goes out of his way to assist with the case."
Chambers UK 2013

Dr Jonathan Punt, whose ‘medical knowledge is second to none’.
Legal500 2012

Jonathan Punt is a former neurosurgeon who has built up an impressive clinical negligence practice in an astonishingly short time.
Chambers and Partners 2011

Former surgeon Jonathan Punt has wowed sources with his "obvious intelligence" and "unparalleled understanding of the medicine." Sources were particularly complimentary of his performances at inquests.
Chambers UK 2010

‘ex-neurosurgeon Jonathan Punt has a growing reputation as a “bright guy” and is a name to watch.’
Chambers & Partners 2009 

Former Consultant neurosurgeon Dr Jonathan Punt specialises in brain and head injury litigation.
Legal 500 2009

NOTABLE CASES

Jonathan is not deterred from challenging Coroners and on both occasions upon which he has recommended Judicial Review of a Coroner’s decision the Court has found in favour of Jonathan’s Claimant client:

THE QUEEN ON THE APPLICATION OF MACK v HM CORONER FOR BIRMINGHAM & SOLIHULL & ORS [2011] EWCA Civ 712
An inquest into a hospital death was quashed because the coroner had given no rational explanation for not calling as a witness the consultant gastro-enterologist who had been responsible for the patient for the nine days before he died. The clinician he had called was not well placed to give evidence about the considerable concerns relating to the patient's treatment in that period.
Lawtel 10/5/2011 Document No. AC9101098

R (on the application of) JOHN DUFFY v HM DEPUTY CORONER FOR THE COUNTY OF WORCESTERSHIRE & WORCESTERSHIRE ACUTE HOSPITALS TRUST [2013] EWHC 1654 (Admin)
The Deputy Coroner’s verdict was quashed on account of a material procedural irregularity that arose from her refusal to adjourn, and then proceeding  to record a verdict despite her independent expert in paediatric cardiology acknowledging that he was unable to address critical issues in causation on account of lack of recent experience.
Lawtel 21/6/2013 Document No. AC0137424: (2013) 134 BMLR 86: [2013] Inquest LR 172: [2013] ACD 101 

G (AS WIDOW AND ADMINISTRATRIX OF THE ESTATE OF DG DECEASED) v UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OF NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE NHS TRUST (2013)
The Claimant Widow received £168,000 total damages in relation to the death of her husband during surgery to remove an intracranial meningioma when haemorrhage could not be stopped on account of negligent failure on the part of the Defendant to ensure that haemostatic material was available in the operating theatre. The Defendant admitted the negligence following the finding by the Coroner that the failure had contributed to the death.
Lawtel LTLPI 30/1/2014 Document No. AM0202345

X (AS WIDOW AND ADMINISTRATRIX OF THE ESTATE OF Y DECEASED) v A NHS Trust [unreported]
The Claimant Widow recovered damages of approximately £450,000 in relation to the death of her 42 year old husband following bariatric surgery. Further to the Inquest, Counsel drafted a Pre-Action Protocol Letter of Claim that highlighted the weakness of the NHS Trust’s position as exposed at the Inquest. The matter was settled without need to issue proceedings save for approval of that part of the settlement apportioned to the Deceased’s young children.