Jonathan practices in the fields of Clinical Negligence and Inquests.
Having gained experience across a very wide range of clinical domains, Jonathan now focuses his Clinical Negligence practice on cases where there has been injury to the brain, spine or peripheral nervous system, including catastrophic injury.
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 in a wide area that includes accident and emergency medicine, breast surgery, adult and paediatric cardiac surgery, bariatric surgery, colorectal surgery, cosmetic surgery, dermatology, hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery, gastrointestinal medicine, general medicine, general practice, gynaecology, neonatal medicine and surgery, adult and paediatric neurology, adult and paediatric neurosurgery, obstetrics, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, paediatric medicine and surgery, psychiatry, rheumatology, urology, nursing negligence, dental negligence, pharmacy dispensing errors, and veterinary negligence. He has experience of ‘wrongful birth’, major amputations, and catastrophic brain and spinal injury.
In the field of Personal Injury Jonathan has been instructed in cases where there have been complex medical issues to be resolved. He also has experience of appeals before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel.
Jonathan’s Inquest practice includes deaths in the course of medical treatment, deaths in nursing and residential care homes, fatal road traffic accidents, and injuries sustained in the workplace. Jonathan has had considerable success in progressing cases from Inquest to recovery of damages in Civil Litigation.
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 especially in inquests and in CICA cases on behalf of victims of abusive head injury in childhood.
“He’s completely in control and is a reassuring presence on any case. He has gravitas that is very impressive to clients.” “His medical expertise allied with his attention to detail is a real asset.”
Chambers UK 2020
“Excellent knowledge of brain injury claims. He is kind and compassionate.”
Chambers UK 2019
“His medical expertise allied with his attention to detail makes him a barrister second to none.” “He has real empathy with clients.”
Chambers UK 2018
“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 UK 2016
SHARU NARAJI v (1) DONALD SHELBOURNE (2) K DONALD SHELBOURNE (3) SHELBOURNE CLINIC AT METHODIST HOSPITAL (4) SANJIV JARI (2011)  EWHC 3298 (QB)
Junior Counsel for Claimant. Negligent performance by orthopaedic surgeon in USA of an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction on a UK professional footballer. Breach of duty established as to the operation. Claimant’s overall case failed on issues of causation and res judicata in Indiana law.
DT v ANEURIN BEVAN LOCAL HEALTH BOARD (2014) Lawtel LTLP1 26/02/2015 - Document No. AM0202646
The 65-year-old Claimant received 200,000 in respect of negligent delay in diagnosing a massive rotator cuff tear resulting in continued pain and permanent loss of movement in his shoulder leading to premature retirement and anticipated increased problems with age.
G (AS WIDOW AND ADMINISTRATRIX OF THE ESTATE OF DG DECEASED) v UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OF NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE NHS TRUST (2013) Lawtel LTLPI 30/1/2014 - Document No. AM0202345
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.
EC v ROTHERHAM NHS FOUNDATION TRUST (2011) Lawtel LTLPI 6/7/2012 - Document No. AM0201994 Quantum
ReporNegligent failure to identify stones in the common bile duct prior to laparoscopic cholecystectomy with resultant biliary peritonitis, and multi-organ failure. Out of Court settlement without admission of liability.
SS v an NHS Foundation Trust (2012) APIL PI Focus Vol 22 Issue 8
Negligently performed spinal anaesthesia during caesarean section leading to avoidable pain and suffering, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Out of Court settlement without admission of liability.
MF v Royal Free Hampstead NHS TRUST (2011) Lawtel LTLPI 23/7/2012 Document No. AM0202016
Negligent unintentional intravenous injection of lignocaine resulting in physical and psychiatric damage. Out of Court settlement.
Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA)
Personal Injuries Bar Association (PIBA)
Society of Doctors in Law
Birmingham Medico-Legal Society
Nottinghamshire Medico-Legal Society
Royal College of Surgeons
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal Society of Medicine
Society of British Neurological Surgeons
MB, BS (London) 1971
Certificate of Higher Surgical Training in Neurological Surgery 1981
FRCPCH (Elected) 1996
Graduate Diploma in Law (Nottingham) 2004