Jonathan is very experienced in cases involving surgical errors and over the course of his career, has pursued many such claims to success.
A selection of cases which Jonathan has been involved in is set out below:
Rickwood v The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust  (HHJ Hampton) – instructed by the Claimant.
The Claimant alleged that during complex surgery at a tertiary surgery unit, the surgeon and the anaesthetic staff put the Claimant in such a position to perform the surgery for such a duration that he suffered severe compartment syndrome in his legs. Liability denied. Case went to trial and the Claimant was successful. Quantum was agreed at GBP 950,000.
HP v Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust  – instructed by the Claimant.
A case involving the delay in diagnosing and remedying a twisted bowel in a child. As a result, the child required a stoma and she suffered ongoing sickness, visceral sensitisation causing chronic pain and severe depression. She was unable to work and required extensive care. Liability was admitted and the case settled at an RTM for GBP 3 million.
LJ v Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust  – instructed by the Claimant.
Negligent damage to the bowel during a laparoscopy, resulting in peritonitis and subsequent chronic pelvic pain, sickness, reduced fertility and scarring. Claimant required significant support and care but was able to work as a teacher, albeit with frequent absences. Liability was admitted and case settled at an RTM for GBP 2 million.
IXK v Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust  – instructed by the Claimant.
Negligent administration of anaesthetic to a baby causing a cardiac arrest and severe brain damage. Severe respiratory problems leading to the need for complex and extensive care (2 to 1 care at all times). Limited life expectancy. Case settled at an RTM for a lump sum plus PPOs.
AXB v University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust  – instructed by the Claimant.
Negligent decision to perform facial reconstruction and then negligent administration of the anaesthetic which led to a cardiac arrest and severe brain damage. Liability admitted. Case settled at an RTM for a lump sum plus PPOs.
“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)