Jonathan Jones QC

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Jonathan is very experienced in cases involving spinal and catastrophic injuries and has acted in numerous cases, both for the Claimants and Defendants.
He has been involved in many cases where the Claimant has alleged there were delays in diagnosing cauda equina syndrome and has pursued many cases to a successful outcome. Such claims have generally involved A and E practitioners and general practitioners.
Jonathan’s other cases have involved spinal surgery, rehabilitation, vertebroplasties, epidural needle injuries, consent and delays in diagnosing spinal abscesses and arachnoiditis.
Jonathan has represented many patients who have suffered catastrophic injuries, include patients who have lost limbs as a result of meningococcal septicaemia, vascular complications or diabetes.
Jonathan is very familiar with the specialised care and equipment requirements which patients with spinal injuries face which includes the management of their comorbidities. Many of his cases have involved patients with numerous pre-existing conditions and extensive care requirements.
A selection of cases which Jonathan has been involved in which demonstrates the breadth of his practice is set out below:
JG v 1) Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Trust 2) Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2018]
Claimant contended there was a negligent delay in referring him to a Neurosurgery unit to perform urgent decompression surgery for progressive neurological deterioration. The Defendant admitted some aspect of breach of duty, but contended that even with earlier diagnosis, surgery would not have been performed due to the clinicians being involved in treating an emergency. Case settled shortly before trial for 700,000.
KG v Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust [2017]
Claimant alleged there was a delay in diagnosing a spinal abscess which caused paraplegia. Breach of duty and causation disputed. Case settled at a RTM for 2 million.
LH v Secretary of State for Health [2017]
Claim for admitted delay in diagnosing cauda equina syndrome following the Claimant’s attendance at A and E. Claimant was doubly incontinent and significantly disabled and as a result, was unable to look after her children. Case settled at an RTM shortly before trial for 1 million lump sum and periodical payments of 75,000 to age 48 and 57,335 thereafter.
CG v Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust [2018]
Claimant alleged that her spinal cord was damaged as a result of a negligently performed epidural. As a result of the injury, the Claimant suffered neurological injury and developed a functional neurological symptom disorder. Preliminary issue on breach of duty and causation was listed and case settled for 75% shortly before trial.
CG v Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust [2018]
Claimant alleged that her spinal cord was damaged as a result of a negligently performed epidural. As a result of the injury, the Claimant suffered neurological injury and developed a functional neurological symptom disorder. Preliminary issue on breach of duty and causation was listed and case settled for 75% shortly before trial.
Re AX
As a result of developing meningococcal disease, the Claimant, who was aged 5, lost both legs above the knee, one arm above her elbow and all her digits in her other arm apart from her thumb. The Claimant contended that had the GP Defendant acted non-negligently when she saw her in the morning when she was exhibiting the signs and symptoms of early meningococcal disease, she would have been referred to hospital for emergency treatment and she would have made a full recovery. The Defendant denied that she was negligent and disputed causation. Case was listed for a split trial but settled for 2.835 million shortly before.
Recommendations
“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
Appointments
Deputy Head of Chambers
Deputy Head of the Clinical Negligence Group
Memberships
AvMA
Personal Injuries Bar Association
Former AG Panel (Provincial Panel)
Qualifications
MA (Hons) Economics (St Andrews)
Diploma in Law (Commendation) (City)

Latest News & Publications

Two counsel at No5 Barristers’ Chambers have secured a settlement for a teenage boy who sustained severe brain damage as an infant...

Date: Thu, 01 Aug 2019
Jonathan Jones QC recently acted for a severely brain injured child who received in excess of 26.5 million pounds in settlement of his claim....

Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2019
Medical and legal experts will be sharing their experience with clinical negligence lawyers on issues surrounding diabetes at an event to be held in Birmingham in November. ...

Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2018