Jonathan has appeared in numerous inquests for a range of interested persons in which the central issues have included the appropriateness of clinical treatment, the prescription and administration of medication and the timeliness and effectiveness of resuscitation attempts. These inquests have arisen principally in the context of custodial institutions (prisons and young offender institutions) but also include private care homes and psychiatric hospitals.
Within the past 12 months, Jonathan has appeared in inquests and has advised in respect of criminal investigations, NMC investigations and civil proceedings in three cases in which residents in care homes have died. The central issues in all three cases concern the appropriateness of clinical, pharmacological and palliative care. Jonathan is regularly instructed in personal injury cases in which complex medical issues arise. He is currently acting for the Ministry of Defence in a high-value claim in which it is alleged that the patient was not provided with sufficient Montgomery options. Jonathan has extensive experience questioning and advising upon the expert evidence of pathologists, psychiatrists and clinicians.