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Background

Jonathan Jones KC

Head of Chambers

Call: 1994 | Silk: 2013

"Johnny provides excellent legal and tactical advice. He is client aware and is strong in written advice and advocacy."


Chambers UK 2024 (Clinical Negligence – Western) Band 1

"He is fantastic with clients and his preparation for conferences and hearings is meticulous. He's also a brilliant advocate. Jonathan is extremely thorough. Working with Jonathan is an absolute pleasure. He is quite simply one of the best silks in the field of clinical negligence."

Chambers UK 2024 (Clinical Negligence – Midlands) Band 1

"Jonathan is an excellent advocate and his knowledge of the law is second to none. He is thorough and has a unique ability to explore complicated medical and legal issues with experts."

Legal 500 2024 (Clinical Negligence – Western) Tier 1

"Jonathan is always extremely well-prepared on his cases. He can be relied upon for sensible and practical advice. He is excellent with clients and can explain difficult concepts easily. He is a fierce advocate and will always do his utmost to secure the very best results for his clients."

Legal 500 2024 (Clinical Negligence – Midlands) Tier 1

"Jonathan is brilliant in navigating the difficult issues around quantum and life expectancy. He possesses a massive intellect and a warm, empathetic nature. He has a very creative approach and is strategic. Jonathan is highly experienced and skilled. He is always ready to take on the complex and difficult claims and is tenacious in his approach."


Chambers UK 2024 (Personal Injury – Midlands) Band 1

Jonathan Jones KC is Joint Head of Chambers.

Jonathan acts for both Claimants and Defendants in Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Professional Negligence matters. Throughout his career, Jonathan has appeared in numerous clinical negligence trials and before the Court of Appeal.

He has an international practice and has appeared in the courts of the Cayman Islands, both in the Grand Court and the Court of Appeal.

Jonathan’s caseload consists of complex cases or cases of very high value. Most of his cases involve consideration of periodical payments, provisional damages, statutory funding and capacity. He has extensive experience of all matters relating to quantum.

“A real specialist with a keen eye for detail” Jonathan is regularly rated by the legal publications since he took silk in 2013 and as a junior. He is praised for his ability to grasp the detail of any case quickly and advise decisively.

Jonathan encourages a team approach to any case and has been described as “the most approachable QC in the country” (Chambers and Partners 2018/2019).

Expertise

Clinical Negligence

Jonathan acts for both Claimants and Defendants in Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Professional Negligence matters. Throughout his career, Jonathan has appeared in numerous clinical negligence trials and before the Court of Appeal.

He has an international practice and has appeared in the courts of the Cayman Islands, both in the Grand Court and the Court of Appeal. Jonathan’s caseload consists of complex cases or cases of very high value. Most of his cases involve consideration of periodical payments, provisional damages, statutory funding and capacity. He has extensive experience of all matters relating to quantum.

“A real specialist with a keen eye for detail” Jonathan is regularly rated by the legal publications since he took silk in 2013 and as a junior. He is praised for his ability to grasp the detail of any case quickly and advise decisively.

Jonathan encourages a team approach to any case and has been described as “the most approachable QC in the country” (Chambers and Partners 2018/2019).

Jonathan has extensive experience of cases in the following areas:

  • Obstetric and neonatal claims involving profound neurological damage and cerebral palsy
  • Unlawful birth/conception cases
  • Claims arising from negligently performed operations, including vasectomies and sterilisation procedures, endoscopies, neurological surgery, hip and knee replacements etc.
  • Optical negligence, including failing to diagnose glaucoma
  • Oncology, including errors in diagnosis and treatment
  • Errors occurring during attendance at Accident and Emergency departments, including failing to diagnose fractures, failing to diagnose and/or treat myocardial infarction etc.
  • Errors by general practitioners, including failing to treat diabetes, failing to refer following symptoms of arterial blockage, Cauda Equina/Spinal abscesses, meningococcal disease and meningitis.
  • Consent and cases involving infringements of human rights

Further details of Jonathan’s experience are set out in his specialist profiles.

Jonathan regularly lectures on recent legal topics. His recent lectures have been on negotiation skills, cerebral palsy cases and diabetes.

Notable Clinical Negligence Cases


Thompson v CIHSA 2017 (1) CILR 441

Decision as to whether the immunity clause was incompatible with the Plaintiff’s human rights.


Thompson v CIHSA 2016 (1) CILR 93

Interpretation of an immunity clause preventing a child with severe CP from claiming damages against the state hospital.


AX v ABC 2016 (2) CILR 150

Severe brain injury trial, where quantum contested.


Chin v Yates 2014(2) CILR 196

Court of Appeal in the Cayman Islands – determined whether the Ogden discount for mortality other than death should be titrated to the circumstances of the case.


Mugweni v NHS London (formerly South West London SHA) (CA) [2012] EWCA Civ 20 , [2012] All ER (D) 145 (Jan)

Trial concerning paediatric heart surgery. Appeal followed.


Lawrence v Chief Constable of Staffordshire [2000] PIQR Q349; Times

July 25 2000
This set the interest rate to be applied on general damages.


Personal Injury

Described as a “very impressive silk” Jonathan Jones specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence. Jonathan’s caseload consists of complex cases or cases of very high value. Most of his cases involve consideration of periodical payments, provisional damages, statutory funding and capacity.

“A real specialist with a keen eye for detail” Jonathan is regularly rated by the legal publications since he took silk in 2013 and as a junior. He is praised for his ability to grasp the detail of any case quickly and advise decisively.

Jonathan encourages a team approach to any case and has been described as “the most approachable QC in the country” (Chambers and Partners 2018/2019).

Jonathan has extensive experience of cases in the following areas:

  • Catastrophic injuries Brain damage Chronic pain Amputations
  • Fatal Accidents
  • Psychiatric Injury including Functional Disorders
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Accidents at work
  • Industrial disease
  • Death or serious injury in custody
  • Human Rights

Jonathan regularly appears in the Grand Court and the Court of Appeal in the Cayman Islands. He recently acted for the Plaintiff in the case of AX v ABC 2016 (2) CILR 150 resulting in the largest award of damages for personal injury in the Cayman Islands.

Jonathan regularly delivers lectures on current legal topics.

Notable Personal Injury Cases


AX v ABC 2016 (2) CILR 150

Severe brain injury trial, where quantum contested.


Chin v Yates 2014(2) CILR 196

Court of Appeal in the Cayman Islands – determined whether the Ogden discount for mortality other than death should be titrated to the circumstances of the case.


Lawrence v Chief Constable of Staffordshire [2000] PIQR Q349; Times, July 25 2000

This set the interest rate to be applied on general damages.


Business & Property

Jonathan practices the following areas:

Professional Negligence

Professional negligence in relation to clinical negligence and solicitors’ negligence in the conduct of personal injury claims and clinical negligence claims.

Inquests, Public Inquiries & Coronial Law

Jonathan practices the following areas:

Inquests & Inquiries (Clinical Negligence)

Jonathan has extensive experience of Coronial Law and Inquests, having acted for families and state organisations.

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"Jonathan is a leading silk in the personal injury sphere. His advocacy is especially impressive. He is always a safe pair of hands on a case. He is tenacious in securing the best possible evidence."



"Jonathan is a leading silk in the personal injury sphere. His advocacy is especially impressive. He is always a safe pair of hands on a case. He is tenacious in securing the best possible evidence."


"Jonathan has an incredible eye for detail, and no stone is left unturned in a case. He is brilliant on his feet and will systematically and methodically obliterate a counterargument. He is fantastic with clients and genuinely values and takes on board the views of his instructing solicitor."



"Jonathan is an exceptional personal injury silk. He has standout capabilities and qualities, that put him up with the top silks practicing in this field of law. He is a fantastic tactician in catastrophic loss claims and an expert at marshalling and organising expert liability and quantum evidence."



"Jonathan has excellent knowledge and legal acumen. His commitment to his clients is very
impressive." "Jonathan is an excellent barrister and has great depth of knowledge." "He is a very experienced KC."



"Jonathan is an astute barrister. He has a real eye for detail but never loses sight of the bigger picture. He is excellent." "His technical ability and knowledge is second to none. He is very reassuring to have on complex cases."



"Jonathan is a silk at the top of his game; an excellent communicator with clients and judiciary alike, and a very strong advocate. He is very experienced and methodical, so is totally dependable when it comes to details in large-value claims, and as a consequence his advice is always logical, sensible and understandable."



"Thorough, calm and authoritative but maintaining good relations with opponents that assists resolving disputes. Approachable and a first-rate mind."



"Very forensic, great on his feet, and his technical skills are very good." "He is very personable and has excellent strategy in JSMs."



"Jonathan is an original thinker, but is also practical. He has outstanding attention to detail, builds a good rapport with clients and achieves excellent results."



"Jonathan is an original thinker, but is also practical. He has outstanding attention to detail, builds a good rapport with clients and achieves excellent results."



"He’s very calm and methodical, and his attention to detail is fantastic."


"Meticulous attention to detail, personable and extremely knowledgeable."


"He is very approachable, down to earth, hard-working, diligent and personable." "He is an excellent barrister and is very strong on procedural matters." "Extremely thorough and meticulous in his drafting."



"Thorough, forensic, and great on his feet with first class technical skills."


"He has an incredibly good manner with clients and is very clever."


"He’s extremely thorough, highly knowledgeable and can pick up complex principles of the law very quickly." "He’s brilliant with clients and he’s very good at number crunching."



"Excellent in his written and oral advocacy."


  • Uthwatt Award (Gray’s Inn)
  • King’s Counsel – 2013
  • Joint Head of Chambers – 2021 onwards
  • Economics MA (Hons) – 2.1 (St Andrews)
  • Diploma in Law (Commendation) – City University

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Clerk Team

Geoff Carr

Director of Clerking (London)

geoffc@no5.com

07852 317495

Danny Griffiths

Director of Clerking (Birmingham)

danielg@no5.com

07960 831815

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