Jonathan qualified in Liverpool in 1993, cutting his teeth on a caseload of tripping claims against the local council. He joined Bolt Burdon Kemp five years later, becoming a partner in 2003. Formerly head of personal injury claims, he now leads the firm’s dedicated child abuse compensation team.
In 2006, Jonathan was named one of the ‘Hot 100’ lawyers of the year by The Lawyer magazine, recognising his campaigning work for survivors of child abuse.
A PI panel member and an APIL fellow, Jonathan was elected to APIL’s executive committee in 2008, following a stint as the co-ordinator of the Child Abuse SIG. He is now Vice-President of the organisation, and will become President at the 2015 annual conference. He is also the treasurer of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers, a JPIL editorial board member, a Law Society Council member, and some-time story-line consultant for a well known BBC soap.
Reported cases include:
Y v Wandsworth London Borough Council  All ER (D) 203 (Apr) – established
the vicarious liability of a local education authority in relation to a teacher abusing a
pupil off school premises and out of school time (Court of Appeal).
A v Hoare & related appeals  1 AC 844 – landmark case on limitation time
periods for child abuse claims (House of Lords).
Pierce v Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council  1 FLR 1189 – first case
where damages were awarded for the failure to retain a child in care by a local
authority (Court of Appeal).
BJM v Eyre & others  All ER (D) 139 (Nov) – substantial damages awarded in
a case where a child was abducted and sold into prostitution (High Court, Leeds).
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