Jonathan is a Partner and Head of the Abuse and Inquests team at Farleys.
He has over 20 years experience acting for victims of abuse and is recognised as a national specialist in this area of law, receiving referrals from fellow professionals, charities and instructions from The Official Solicitor.
Jonathan has a national client base, representing clients with claims against social services, historic abuse claims and claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority following abuse. Furthermore, he also represents clients who have been abused at the hands of the Catholic Church, youth organisations and victims of revenge pornography. He has also been praised for his work in securing substantial damages for the victims of abuse in the Rochdale sex rings, and has advised the BBC with regards to an upcoming drama covering the victims’ true stories of grooming and sexual abuse.
As a specialist in this area, Jonathan is currently assisting with the high profile Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA); has advised members of the Professional Footballers Association and other high profile players following the latest football child abuse scandal, and has been asked to speak at various events on the topic, including the Association of Personal Injury Lawyer (APIL) Abuse Special Interest group.
Jonathan also deals with a small number of high profile Inquests and is currently representing the family of Anthony Grainger, who was shot by an officer of Greater Manchester Police. This is only the second time in England and Wales that a Public Inquiry has been set up to examine a fatal police shooting.
He is regularly asked to contribute to the media and in the last 12 months has been quoted in titles including The Times, The Guardian and The Independent. He has appeared on Sky News, BBC News ITN and Panorama
“I was quite distressed, and he had a fantastic way to help me take the emotion out of it. He was really supportive and walked me through it.” – Client quote in Chambers and Partners 2018
“I just wanted to express to you my deep gratitude for your dedication to this claim from the very beginning. You made a statement on Tuesday on your website regarding it, which for me shows how well you understand the needs of your client and work tirelessly to achieve such. It is also my hope that this will open the way for other victims of abuse and give them the courage to speak out.” – Mr J
“Thank You Jonathan for your patience,understanding and support…you deserve a medal for what work you do on behalf of Survivors.” –Mr R
“[We] would again like to thank [Jonathan], for the terrific job you did in securing such a just and successful outcome of our negligence claim. Your professional and persistent work over the past many years is greatly appreciated. We feel now a sense of resolution of many outstanding issues from past care.” – Mr W
Jonathan is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL), Police Action Lawyers Group and the Inquest Lawyers Group.