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Jonathan
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Legal 500
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Jonathan Godfrey

Called 1990

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.

"Quick, reliable and approachable."

Legal 500 2011
Areas of Expertise
Clinical Negligence
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Clinical Negligence represents the mainstay of Jonathan's work. The wide ranging nature of Jonathan's work in this area has been singled out by the Legal 500. He regularly advises and undertakes paperwork and advocacy in cases as diverse as cerebral palsy, negligent and wrongful treatment and consent. His clinical negligence work also includes dental negligence.

Inquests
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Personal Injury & Fatal Accidents
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Sports injury

Jonathan undertakes cases concerning negligence and/or assault in football, rugby and other sporting activities. He has been specifically recommended by the Legal 500 as being an "expert in sports related injuries".

Recommendations
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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.

Notable Cases
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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.

Appointments
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Accredited Advocacy trainer for the NE Circuit and Inner Temple Advocacy Trainer

Lectures
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  • 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
Personal Details
Education

LLB (Hons) 2:1, University of Essex

Professional Associations

Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA), AVMA

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