Areas of Expertise:
Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Insurance Law
Inquests and Public Inquiries
Housing/Landlord & Tenant
Family Law (Children)
Regulatory and Licensing
Jonathan enjoys a busy common law practice, with a particular emphasis on personal injury and clinical negligence, criminal defence and housing matters.
Jonathan appears in court on a daily basis in trials, applications and all manner of interim hearings. With wide-ranging experience in both civil and criminal procedure and evidence, he is able to advise clients on all aspects of their case, especially matters concerning breaches of health and safety legislation or serious road traffic accidents.
In his personal injury/clinical negligence practice, Jonathan acts for both claimants and defendants and is regularly instructed in Fast Track trials, MOJ Stage 3 hearings and Small Claims hearings arising from road traffic accidents, often involving claims for credit hire. Jonathan has a busy paperwork practice, is able provide full advice on liability and quantum and has extensive experience of drafting letters of claim, pleadings and applications in a variety of proceedings before the County Court and the High Court.
Jonathan’s criminal practice spans all aspects of criminal defence and he regularly appears before the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court. He has represented clients accused of fraud, drugs offences, sexual offences and assaults of varying severity. Having a complimentary civil practice allows Jonathan to give clients full advice on all aspects of their case, including any potential civil actions they may have against the police.
In housing matters, Jonathan is able to advise on all aspects of possession and disrepair claims. He has represented claimants and defendants in a wide range of cases and has particular expertise in claims alleging trespass where a valid tenancy or other interest in land is claimed.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Jonathan worked for a number of years as a self-employed Advocate, appearing on a daily basis in the County Courts and High Court. Jonathan also spent a number of years as a fee earner in a leading firm of solicitors, personally handling a caseload of multi-track personal injury and clinical negligence actions under the supervision of a Senior Partner. These matters included claims involving psychiatric injury caused by occupational stress and bullying, occupier’s liability, and product liability. He also acquired extensive experience working on class actions and multi-claimant litigation in personal injury and environmental cases.
Jonathan’s time in-house has provided him with hands-on experience of running cases from their inception and valuable insight into the needs of his professional clients.
Recent instructions include:
– ‘Part 36 – Widening the Net’ LPC Law Advocator, Spring Issue, 2016.
– ‘The Sorry State of English Transmission Law: Does the Criminal Law Sufficiently Address the Problems Presented by Reckless Transmission of Serious Diseases and is Criminalisation the Correct Approach?’ SJOL, Issue 3, 2012.
Education and professional membership:
BPTC, The College of Law, Bloomsbury, 2012
LLB (Hons.), Law, The University of Leeds, 2011
Inner Temple (called 2012)
Personal Injury Bar Association
Criminal Bar Association
Jonathan has a longstanding interest in music and theatre, occasionally finding the time to perform himself. He also enjoys foreign travel, skiing and history.