Leeds 0113 228 5000
Newcastle 0191 221 2121
Called 1990 Email Jonathan
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 fails to catch trout and salmon on the fly.
"Quick, reliable and approachable."Legal 500 2011
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 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.
Jonathan regularly advises on all aspects of Fatal Accident cases arising from clinical negligence. He has built up a specialism involving cases concerning failure to diagnose cancer ( of all types ). He is also particularly conversant with all aspects of damages arising from Fatal Accident cases, and has quite recently lectured to the AVMA Northern Conference on " Damages arising from Fatal Accidents ".
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.
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 involving involment from Consultant Radiologist, Oncologist and Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon.
Accredited Advocacy trainer for the NE Circuit and Inner Temple Advocacy Trainer
LLB (Hons) 2:1, University of Essex
Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA), AVMA, Leeds Medico Legal Society, Inner Temple, North Eastern Circuit