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Jonathan Godfrey

Called 1990

Jonathan now specialises almost exclusively in clinical negligence work as his repeated recommendations in the Legal 500 attest. He also undertakes Multi-Track personal injury work. 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 now , actually enjoy supporting Leeds United..

"Quick, reliable and approachable."

Legal 500 2011
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Areas Of Expertise

Areas of Expertise
Personal Injury
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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".

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.

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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

C ( Deceased ) v South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust - Causation and life expectancy issues following failure to undertake falls assessment leading to a fractured femur and consequent surgery and death.

N ( Deceased ) v Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust - causation and life expectancy issues regarding death following the admitted breach of duty in misprescription of Clopidogrel.

R v Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - breach of duty, causation and quantum in relation to wrongful prescription of Flecainide for alleged type 1 myocardial infarction . Involvement of Consultant Cardiologists, Counsultant Cardio-Radiologists , Consultant Psychiatrist and Neuro-Psychologist and care experts. Settled at JSM.

D ( Deceased ) v Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - breach of duty, causation and quantum in fatal case resulting in the death of an inpatient who choked on food/plastic in hospital food provided. Involvement from nursing and Speech and Language Therapy experts.

M 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.

F v Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust - causation and quantum following admitted failure to diagnose patella tendon injury resulting in further injury to ankle and dvt following late operative procedure.

J v South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust - causation and quantum following admitted failure to diagnose breast cancer

C v South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust - breach of duty, causation and quantum arising out of wound deterioration following surgery

D ( for and on behalf of estate of D Deceased ) v Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust - Fatal Accident Act case following failure to diagnose lung cancer necessitating involvement from Consultant Radiologist, Oncologist and Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon.

M v Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - unecessary surgery and failure to provide informed consent in ENT.

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

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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
  • Medical expert evidence - whole day lecture to medical-lego experts on medico-legal requirements, case law involving medico-legal experts and proper report writing.
  • Risks and alternatives - Montgomery and thereafter ( a review of Montgomery and post )
  • " With the Best Intentions " - A commentary on Hazel Kennedy v Dr Justin Frankel [ 2019 ] EWHC 106 published in AVMA April 2019 legal newsletter
  • Doctor's scope of duty for wrongful birth : An analysis of Khan v MNX [ 2018 ] EWCA Civ 2069 published in the Medico-Legal Magazine issue 11.
  • Chairman of the 2019 Medico-Legal Conference 2019 at QE Conference Centre, London ( including keynote address by Sir Rupert Jackson ).
  • Speaker at the Yorkshire School of Surgery annual conference 2019 at the KeepMoat Stadium, Doncaster dealing with informed consent.
  • The developments and case law in informed consent following Montgomery
  • Panel member considering the duty of candour and informed consent at the annual " Clinical Negligence Debate " 2020 in Manchester
  • An update on informed consent - the GMC Guidance on informed consent 2020
  • The Court of Appeal and Cauda Equina Syndrome - a review of the decision of Hewes v Hertfordshire Health Trust and Others [ 2020 ] EWCA
  • " Getting the best from your medical expert in Clinical Negligence cases " - A lecture October, 2020
  • Law with Lunch lecture on update on clinical negligence case law January, 2021
  • " The Odyssey of informed consent post Montgomery - Have we reached Ithaca ? " - published in the Medico-Legal Magazine Issue 16 2021
Personal Details

LLB (Hons)

Professional Associations

Leeds Medico Legal Society, Inner Temple, North Eastern Circuit.


North Eastern Circuit representative on the Inner temple Bar Liason Committee

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