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.
“An eminent silk in clinical negligence. He acts for claimants in complex instructions, demonstrating significant prowess in claims relating to obstetrics. He regularly acts in serious cases, including those concerning death and catastrophic injury, and is particularly well reputed for his compassionate approach with clients.”
“A thorough and intuitive silk who is reliable and approachable to both solicitors and clients and is fully committed to every case.” “He must be the most approachable QC in the country. He’s so down-to-earth and forensically brilliant – a joy to work with.”
Chambers UK 2019 - Band 1
“Great on his feet with first-class technical skills.”
Legal 500 2019
“A very impressive silk” who acts on behalf of both claimants and defendants in clinical negligence cases with particularly complicated or unique legal aspects. Sources praise his eye for detail, ability to grasp cases quickly and client care skills.
Strengths: “He has a fantastic eye for detail and is brilliant with clients, he really puts them at ease.” “He is the fount of all knowledge.” “He is quite terrier-like, he fights fairly hard.”
Chambers UK 2018 - Band 1
“A very analytical mind.”
Legal 500 2018
OX v Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2016) Lawtel (HHJ Godsmark QC)
Acted for C, cerebral palsy trial involving an unsuccessful argument by D that the traditional 25/30 minute of a profound hypoxic-ischaemic insult should be extended to 40 minutes, meaning that with earlier delivery, C would still have suffered profound brain damage.
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)  EWCA Civ 20 ,  All ER (D) 145 (Jan)
Trial concerning paediatric heart surgery. Appeal followed.
Lawrence v Chief Constable of Staffordshire  PIQR Q349; Times,
July 25 2000
This set the interest rate to be applied on general damages.
Deputy Head of Chambers
Deputy Head of the Clinical Negligence Group
Personal Injuries Bar Association
Former AG Panel (Provincial Panel)
MA (Hons) Economics (St Andrews)
Diploma in Law (Commendation) (City)