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Jonathan Godfrey

Called Called in 1990



About Jonathan Godfrey

Jonathan came to the Bar in 1992 having originally worked as a merchant banker in the City of London. He now specialises almost exclusively in clinical negligence work as his repeated recommendations in the Legal 500 attest. His expertise covers the whole breadth of clinical negligence work from orthopaedic injury to cancer misdiagnosis and cerebral palsy birth injury . Jonathan has considerable and invaluable experience in conducting conferences with medical experts of all disciplines , often on a multi expert basis. Jonathan regularly undertakes JSM’s and in doing so has achieved very favourable and high value settlements.

On a personal level, Jonathan continues to play rugby at Harrogate RUFC, cycle the Dales and repeatedly successfully fail to catch trout and salmon on the fly.


Personal Details

Education: LLB (Hons) 2:1, University of Essex
Professional Associations: Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA), AVMA
Appointments: Accredited Advocacy trainer for the NE Circuit and Inner Temple Advocacy Trainer

Specialist Practice Areas


The Legal 500 2017- "Well known for acting in cases involving sports-related injuries."

The Legal 500 2016 - "well versed in clinical negligence cases."

The Legal 500 2015- "Primarily handles clinical negligence cases, but also deals with sports-related injuries"

The Legal 500 2014 - "An expert in sports-related injuries"

The Legal 500 2013 - Jonathan is noted for clinical negligence matters.

The Legal 500 2012 - 'Jonathan Godfrey...' is '...recommended' [for personal injury and clinical negligence].

The Legal 500 2011 - 'quick, reliable and approachable'.

The Legal 500 2010 - Jonathan Godfrey includes sports injuries within his wide-ranging clinical negligence practice.

The Legal 500 2009 - Jonathan Godfrey is "quick and good" on administrative matters.

Recently Concluded Cases

Murphy v Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – breach of duty , causation and quantum in complex carcinoma of the breast requiring involvement of Consultant radiologist, breast surgeon , haematologist and oncologist.

 B v Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust – breach of duty , causation and quantum in negligent surgery case leading to the development of sepsis and associated issues .

B v NHS Commissioning Board – causation and quantum case involving wrong site spinal surgery.

M v Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – breach of duty , causation and quantum in cerebral palsy injury .

F V United Lincolnshire NHS Hospitals Trust – breach of duty, causation and quantum in a failure to diagnose appendicitis case.

X – Causation and quantum in blindness case for ex Leeds Rhinos Academy player.

S V Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust – extravasation injury resulting from chemotherapy treatment.


"Comply Unless" - recent case law concerning judicial attitude towards default of court orders. 'Resiling from admissions'.

"Euro 2000" - discussion of possible implications of European Rights Legislation with regard to personal injury practice.

"Are You Being Served" - the approach of the courts in recent decisions with regards to the service of claim forms and Particulars of Claim.

"Blowing the whistle on violence" - Jonathan Godfrey looks at a recent, far-reaching decision where a sports club was found liable for a tort committed by a contracted player during a match. ( Personal Injury Law Journal November 2008 Number 70)




  • Jonathan regularly lectures at Avma local and regional conferences on all aspects of medico legal topics
  • Practice and Procedure in Personal Injury Litigation (6 hourly lectures covering differing aspects of personal injury litigation.
  • Gratuitous Care Claims.
  • Wrongful Birth - an overview of McFarlane and Rees.
  • Be Patient! - an overview of Masterman-Lister and Drinkell in relation to compromises in actions involving patients and minors.
  • Issues of Negligence and Duty of Care in Adventure Sports Tourism.
  • Evidence in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Cases
  • Rehabilitation Protocol and the role of experts
  • Back Injury Claims
  • Fatal Accident Claims - An overview
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