The full range of serious personal injury litigation for both claimants and defendants. Substantial experience of brain/head injury claims, claims involving spinal injuries and chronic pain. He specialises in cases with thorny issues in them some of which have been rejected by other lawyers. Strong range of court experience including all aspect of Multi-Track litigation in the County and High Court in addition to appellate work (including extensive Court of Appeal experience).
Notable Personal Injury cases
L v. ZM (2020)
Represented the pedestrian claimant in collision with car. Pedestrian engaged in alleged drunken game of ‘chicken’ with London taxi (driven by professional driver). Questions of liability and contributory negligence. Detailed reconstruction evidence was required. Client sustained severe head and bodily injuries. Case was settled at round table meeting held remotely. Case settled at RTM with D represented by Julian Picton QC.
P v. (1) BB (2) CFV (2019)
Representation of claimant in a complicated causation case dealing which chronic pain and serious orthopaedic injuries (following multiple incidents) which ended the career of a skilled manual worker. Because of chronic pain (effect of the accident) no hospital was prepared to undertake the (two) total knee replacements which the client needed. Case settled at RTM with D represented by Dominic Adamson QC
ABC (by L.F DEF) v. (1) GHI (2) JKL (2020)
Cyclist v. car – traumatic brain injury claim. Settled by way of remote JSM which needed court approval. Case explored issues concerning the lack of cycle helmet and the effect of brain damage on the risk of dementia (which is a particularly important current topic in head injury litigation). Case settled at RTM with D represented by Nina Goolamali QC
The Estate of B (by Executrix) v. JD Wetherspoon Plc (2021)
Death following tetraplegia case. Johnathan represents JDW. C is represented by Lizanne Gumbel QC. C brings a claim in negligence and breach of the duty under the OLA 1957 on behalf of the deceased claimant who fell from a staircase in one of the pubs run by the defendant. C frames the claim as breach of duty but focusses on the design of the staircase. Liability disputed. Case ongoing.
Kasey Hogarth v. Marston’s Plc  3 WLUK 229
Represented D in a fundamental dishonesty trial. C’s case was struck out for FD under s.57 of the 2015 Act. Case concerned a girl of 15 at the time of the accident. This is a particularly noteworthy case on the knowledge of a 15 year old in terms of reduction for contributory negligence and her susceptibility to having her claim dismissed for dishonesty.
R v. (1) WDR (2) CVU (2020/2021)
I represent a claimant who suffered serious spinal injuries when he fell from height whilst undertaking work at a third party premises. The cradle rail he was attached to had been altered to remove the end-stop resulting in the claimant falling a considerable distance. Both defendants were prosecuted by the HSE and fined £400,000. Link to media coverage: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49069633