Dr Jonathan Punt

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Jonathan practices in the fields of Clinical Negligence and Inquests.
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.
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.
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.
Recommendations
“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
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 AND ORS [2011] EWCA Civ 712
10/5/2011
An inquest into a hospital death was quashed because the coroner had given no rational explanation for not calling as a witness the consultant gastroenterologist 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 Document No. AC9101098
R (on the application of) JOHN DUFFY v HM DEPUTY CORONER FOR THE COUNTY OF WORCESTERSHIRE AND WORCESTERSHIRE ACUTE HOSPITALS TRUST [2013] EWHC 1654 (Admin)
21/6/2013
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 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)
30/1/2014
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 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.
Memberships
Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA)
Personal Injuries Bar Association (PIBA)
Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
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
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