Jonathan Godfrey

Called 1990


Jonathan specialises almost exclusively in clinical negligence work as his repeated recommendations in the Legal 500 attest. He is also very experienced in and 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. He has considerable and invaluable experience in conducting conferences with medical experts of all disciplines, and often on a multi expert basis. He regularly undertakes JSM’s , and in doing so has achieved very favourable and high value settlements.

Jonathan provides in depth expert medico-legal training to medical experts and those wishing to become medical experts in the field of clinical negligence.

Jonathan has a comprehensive knowledge and abiding interest in medico-legal issues as can be viewed by referencing the section below on publications/lectures.

Jonathan’s links on Facebook and Twitter can be found at and @j_s_godfrey , respectively.


Areas of Expertise

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 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.

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.

Leeds Medico Legal Society, Inner Temple, North Eastern Circuit. North Eastern Circuit representative on the Inner temple Bar Liason Committee

Recently Concluded Cases

B ( Deceased ) v Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust - Causation issues following admitted breach of duty for failure to diagnose squamose cell carcinoma involving input from Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon and Consultant Clinical Oncologist.

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.

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

onathan regularly lectures at Avma local and regional conferences on all aspects of medico- legal topics. He also lectures regularly to solicitors on all aspect of personal injury and clinical negligence. Topics have included :

  • 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 )
  • Chairman of the Specialist Info 2019 Medico-Legal Conference 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
  • " Getting the best from your medical expert in Clinical Negligence cases " - A lecture - October, 2020
  • Law with Lunch lectures on various topics , and latterly an update on clinical negligence case law in January, 2021.

Jonathan's recent articles on medico-legal topics, include : 1. " With the Best Intentions " - A commentary on Hazel Kennedy v Dr Frankel [ 2019 ] published in the Specialist Info medical legal magazine Issue 11 ; 2. An update on Informed Consent - considerations on the updated guidance provided by the GMC 2020 ; 3. " The Court of Appeal and Cauda Equina Syndrome " - A review of the CA decision in Hewes v Hertfordshire Health Trust and Others [ 2020 ] EWCA published in the AVMA newsletter ; 4. " The Odyssey of Informed Consent post Montgomery - Have we reached Ithaca ? " - A review of informed consent post the Supreme Court decision in Montgomery, published in the Specialist Info medical legal magazine Issue 16.

LLB (Hons)

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