Jonathan practices in the fields of clinical negligence, personal injury and inquests.
Jonathan qualified as a doctor at Guy’s Hospital and worked as a consultant neurosurgeon specialising in paediatric neurosurgery for 18 years.
In addition to a very 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 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 proceedings led him to the Bar as the natural second career. As a medical expert, Jonathan took instructions from both 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 now includes experience in 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, rheumatology, urology, wrongful birth, nursing negligence, dental negligence, and veterinary negligence.
In the field of personal injury Jonathan is instructed in cases where there are 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, fatal road traffic accidents and injuries sustained in the workplace.
Jonathan remains in demand as a lecturer and has delivered invited lectures to doctors, solicitors and the senior judiciary.
Jonathan accepts instructions on a pro bono basis in certain inquests, and also in CICA cases on behalf of victims of inflicted injury in childhood.
"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 & Partners 2016
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
MB, BS (London) 1971
Certificate of Higher Surgical Training in Neurological Surgery 1981
FRCPCH (Elected) 1996
Graduate Diploma in Law (Nottingham) 2004