Michael Jones

Year of Call:
1998
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Inquests
  • Regulatory
  • Group Litigation

  • "Very personable, with impressive knowledge across the personal injury spectrum."


    Legal 500 (2019)

    • Profile

      Michael Jones specialises in insurance and personal injury litigation. The majority of his practice involves catastrophic personal injury work with a particular emphasis on traumatic brain injury. He acts for both Claimants and Defendants; he is regularly instructed by large insurers, the private prison service and the Treasury Solicitor.

      Michael is currently instructed in a number of large group litigation cases including one involving 18,000 claimants. He has considerable experience in Prisons litigation including Jury and Article 2 Inquests. He has an extensive knowledge of Coroners' law from his time as Junior Counsel to the Shipman Inquiry. Michael has a significant practice in pain cases, primarily for Defendants and he undertakes disease work for insurers and the MOD. He also acts for insurers in recovery actions for property damage, primarily following fire or flooding.

      He is a regular contributor to Chambers' seminar programme and has participated in a number of mock trials, most recently the "Brain Injury and the Law - National Conference" organised by St George Healthcare and a mock trial for RSA in September 2015.

      Michael was appointed to the AG's Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2007 and then re-appointed in 2012. 

      He has been listed in the main legal directories since 2003.


      Appointments

      AG's Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown - 2012 
      AG's Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown - 2007
      Shipman Inquiry - Counsel to the Inquiry - 2001 - 2004 

    • Testimonial Quotes

      Chambers & Partners - UK Bar 2018

      "Principally instructed in severe brain injury cases, representing both claimants and defendants. He also undertakes a wide range of other work, including claims relating to industrial disease and chronic pain. Regularly acts on behalf of major insurers as well as government bodies. He is particularly experienced in the handling of group litigation claims.

      "He is just somebody you want on your side. He has a brilliant mind, always sees the bigger picture and has a fantastic eye for detail." "He is extremely quick, organised, thorough and very articulate."

      Recent work: Instructed in a group action brought by 16,626 claimants following a large fire."


      Legal 500 2019

      "Very personable, with impressive knowledge across the personal injury spectrum."



      Chambers & Partners - UK Bar - 2017
      Principally instructed in severe brain injury cases, representing both claimants and defendants


      Strengths "The law and advocacy just come naturally to him: he doesn't need to put on a show, he just gets the job done." "A top-notch junior." 

      Legal 500 2017:

      "A strong negotiator"


      Chambers & Partners - UK Bar - 2015
      :

      Recognised for his breadth of knowledge in catastrophic injury claims. He conducts cases on behalf of both claimants and defendants

      Strengths: "He is an outstanding junior doing high-quality work.

      "He leaves no stone unturned, is great with experts, is very approachable and good on his feet. He is a real fighter".


      Legal 500 - 2014:


      "Primarily undertakes high-value cases involving complex expert evidence. 

      Mr Justice Jay described his cross examination in the Sonae Group Litigation [2015] EWHC 2264 (QB) as:

      "Expert, patient" and "well constructed".

    • Notable Cases

      Sonae Group Litigation 
      First Instance [2015] EWHC 2264 (QB)
      Court of Appeal [2016] EWCA Civ 1245
      Claim for personal injuries brought by 16,626 Claimants following a large fire.
      GLO made by Hamblen J. in July 2012  on Defendant’s application.
      Claim valued by claimants at £100 million. 
      Claims all dismissed.
      Permission to appeal refused at oral hearing before Court of Appeal
      Instructed by Defendant's insurers
      Led by Michael Kent QC


      DW Sports Group Litigation
      Claim for personal injuries brought by 72 Claimants
      GLO made by HHJ Wood QC in February 2014 on Defendant’s application
      Claims discontinued on confidential terms
      Instructed by Defendant’s insurers 


      PB v SW
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant sustained catastrophic neurological injuries. 
      Liability agreed at 2/3Quantum agreed at lump sum of £2,250,000 + PPO of £124,000 - 100% lump sum equivalent £8.6 million
      Led by Chris Melton QC
      Instructed by Claimant


      Rowell v Rowell
      Joint Settlement Meeting
      Claimant sustained below knee amputation and claimed damages of £2.16million, including six separate prosthetics.
      The main issues at the JSM were the cost and provision of future prosthetics and loss of earnings.
      Damages agreed at £950,000
      Instructed by Defendant 



      Begum v Luty
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant Claimed £2.15 million primarily for care and single storey accommodation
      Quantum agreed at £420,000
      Instructed by Defendant


      Marshall v Kybotech Limited
      Joint Settlement Meeting
      Claimant sustained upper limb amputation and claimed damages of £2.056 million, including the cost of a Michelangelo hand prosthesis
      The main issues at the JSM were the cost and provision of future prosthetics and lost earnings from a career in professional golf
      Damages agreed at £950,000
      Instructed by Defendant 

       

      Phillipson v Semeniuk
      Joint Settlement Meeting
      Claimant sustained lower limb amputation and claimed damages of £1.963 million, including a range of prosthetics.
      The main issues at the JSM were the cost and provision of future prosthetics, accommodation, care and assistive technology (which was agreed at nil)
      Damages agreed at £985,000
      Instructed by Defendant


      Wingrave v Taverner
      Joint Settlement Meeting
      Claimant sustained lower limb amputation and claimed damages of £1.589 million, including the cost of a Genium knee prosthesis
      The main issues at the JSM were the cost and provision of future prosthetics, accommodation and care
      Damages agreed at £1.16 million based on the Kenevo knee prosthesis
      Instructed by Defendant


      Watts v Wilson and Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company
      Joint Settlement Meeting
      Claimant sustained severe traumatic brain injury and claimed damages of £1.2 million
      The main issues at the JSM were the cost and provision of future care and case management and liability under sections 151(7)-(8) of the Road Traffic Act 1988
      Damages agreed at £176,000
      Instructed by Defendant


      Bowden v Adler and Allen Limited
      Joint Settlement Meeting
      Claimant sustained severe burn injuries and claimed damages of £1.6 million
      The main issues at the JSM were the cost and provision of future care and case management, accommodation and future loss of earnings
      Claimant accepted the Defendant’s Part 36 offer made following the JSM in the sum of £760,000
      Instructed by Defendant 



      Lawton v Kinder Mountain Rescue Team 
      Liability trial - 4 days 
      Claimant sustained serious spinal injuries following uncontrolled descent in a mountaineering exercise   
      Claim dismissed
      Claimant consented to dismissal after his expert witness accepted the Defendant's case on the last day of the trial
      Instructed by Defendant 


      Wormald v Ahmed 
      Liability trial - 3 days 
      Claimant sustained catastrophic spinal and brain injuries in a road traffic accident 
      Claim valued by Claimant at £8 million 
      Judgment 60:40% apportionment in Claimant's favour 
      Instructed by Defendant 
      Led by Winston Hunter QC 


      Harris v Peet
      Joint Settlement Meeting
      Claim by elderly tetraplegic Claimant for lump sum of £1.25 million and stepped PPO of £265,000 to £345,000.
      Lump sum included accommodation claim of £485,000.
      Case settled on basis of lump sum of £830,000, PPO of £235,000 and insurers purchasing & adapting a bungalow, granting the Claimant a life tenancy for nominal rent.
      Instructed by Defendant


      Cass v Braintree Clinical Services
      Joint Settlement Meeting
      Claimant claimed damages in the sum of £850,000 arising out of alleged clinical negligence during arthroscopic surgery.
      Damages agreed in the sum of £220,000.
      Instructed by Defendant


      Cronshaw v Harvey
      Joint Settlement Meeting
      Claimant’s claim for damages for £3.4 million arising from a traumatic cerebral haemorrhage.
      Complex causation issues.Damages agreed in the sum of £1.1 million.
      Instructed by Defendant


      NM v Borrett
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant’s claim for damages arising out of severe traumatic brain injury. Claim for lump sum of £2.73 million plus PPO of £120,000.
      Damages agreed on a lump sum basis in the sum of £3.02 million 
      Instructed by Defendant


      Say v Bettley
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant sustained a catastrophic brain injury and claimed damages of £2.6 million
      The main issues at the JSM were the viability of a PPO and reverse indemnity in the context of partial local authority funding and an agreed liability apportionment 
      Damages agreed at £1.05 million lump sum
      Instructed by Defendant 


      Mullett v Barratt Developments and Taylor Wimpey 
      Quantum Trial – 3 Days Claimant's claim for damages in the sum of £250,000 arising from orthopaedic injuries and alleged fibromyalgia.
      Claim compromised at the conclusion of the Claimant’s cross examination in the sum of £22,000 with no order as to costs.
      Instructed by Defendant


      Cooper v Shropshire County Council
      Advising Defendant (Land Drainage Authority) and its insurers in proceedings for damages and mandatory injunction arising from damage caused by river flooding
      Proceedings discontinued.


      McDonald v Webb
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant sustained a catastrophic brain injury and claimed damages of £1.3 million
      The main issue at the JSM was the likelihood of the Claimant accepting care
      Damages agreed at £850,000 lump sum
      Instructed by Defendant 


      Platt v AMEC
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant sustained lower limb injury with significant chance of amputation and claimed damages of £2.05 million plus provisional damages 
      Damages agreed at £990,000 on a full and final basis 
      Instructed by Defendant 


      Smith v Carter International
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant sustained upper limb amputation and claimed damages of £1.7 million
      The main issue at the JSM was the cost and provision of future prosthetics 
      Damages agreed at £1.14 million
      Instructed by Defendant 


      Leslie v Marshall 
      Quantum trial - 4 days 
      Claimant sustained complex lower limb injuries 
      Damages assessed at £345,000 plus provisional damages, beating Defendant's Part 36 offer  
      Instructed by Claimant  


      Inquest - Keith Ruskin 
      Inquest - listed for 2 days
      No criticism of health care and finding of death by natural causes 
      Instructed by the Treasury Solicitor   


      Inquest - Elizabeth Kerr 
      Inquest - listed for 3 weeks - 15 parties 
      Advised in conference on complex engineering issues and represented Integral at the Inquest 
      Regulation 28 letter - Report to Prevent Future Deaths - not sent to Integral
      Instructed by the insurers of Integral Ltd  


      R v D
      Joint Settlement Meeting
      Claimant sustained lower limb amputation/complex upper limb injuries and claimed damages of £3.2 million, including the cost of a BiOM prosthesis
      The main issues at the JSM were the cost and provision of future prosthetics, accommodation and care
      Damages agreed at £1.47 million based on the BiOM prosthesis
      Instructed by Claimant
      Led by Chris Melton QC 



      Simmons v Houston
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant sustained a catastrophic brain injury
      Liability agreed at 65%
      Quantum ongoing (in 2015)
      Instructed by Claimant 
      Led by Richard Hartley QC 


      Wallace v Chief Constable Cleveland Police 
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant sustained a traumatic brain injury when hit by a police vehicle in a high-speed pursuit 
      Damages agreed at £115,000 - 50% apportionment 
      Instructed by Defendant 


      Ingham v Wakeford 
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant sustained a catastrophic brain injury in a road traffic accident 
      Liability agreed at first JSM 2/3 – 1/3 apportionment in Claimant’s favour 
      Damages agreed at second JSM £3 million lump sum + provisional damages subject to liability apportionment
      Instructed by Claimant 
      Led by Richard Hartley QC 


      Mennell v Phones 4U Ltd  
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant claimed damages arising from a pain syndrome in the sum of £3.5 million 
      Damages agreed at £750,000 
      Instructed by Defendant  
      Led by Richard Hartley QC 



      Williams v Town & City Pub Company and Toshiba 
      Joint Settlement Meeting Claimant claimed damages arising from a pain syndrome in the sum of £1.35 million 
      Damages agreed at £300,000 Recovery action against Third Party ongoing (in 2015)
      Instructed by Defendant


      Thornton v Mamedgasanov  
      Procedural hearing
      Claimant claimed damages arising from a pain syndrome in the sum of £1.5 million 
      Damages agreed at £30,000 (with an agreement not to bring proceedings for contempt) following a procedural hearing as to the admissibility of surveillance evidence 
      Instructed by Defendant  


      Crane v TJ Morris 
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant claimed damages arising from a pain syndrome in a sum exceeding £1 million 
      Damages agreed at £50,000 plus fixed sum costs 
      Instructed by Defendant  


      Wallbank v British Waterways
      Claimant sustained serious lower limb injury 
      Damages agreed at £375,000 + provisional damages  
      Instructed by Claimant  
      Joint Settlement Meeting 


      Casterton v Laidlaw 
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant sustained a catastrophic brain injury in a road traffic accident 
      Damages agreed at £1.9 million lump sum + PPO of £75,000 + provisional damages 
      Instructed by Claimant 
      Led by Richard Hartley QC


      Murphy v the Country Inn
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant sustained lower limb amputation and claimed damages of £1.15 million
      Damages agreed at £325,000 to reflect liability issues
      Instructed by Defendant 


      Roberts v Hughes 
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant sustained injuries, which ended his football career and he claimed damages of £2.5 million
      The main issue at the JSM was the statistical chance of the Claimant (who was an academy player at Shrewsbury Town FC) becoming a professional footballer
      Damages agreed at £260,000
      Instructed by Defendant


      Tinker v Samkova
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Fatal Accidents Act claim arising from a road traffic accident in the sum of £600,000
      The main issue at the JSM was whether the deceased would have survived a cardiac arrest but for the RTA 
      Damages agreed at £125,000
      Instructed by Defendant 


      Neely v Flybe and OCS
      Liability trial
      Claimant claimed damages under the Montreal Convention 1999 for injuries sustained whilst embarking an aircraft
      Claim dismissed
      Instructed by Second Defendant 



      Herriott v Kinsey
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant sustained a catastrophic brain injury in a road traffic accident 
      Damages agreed at £1.5 million 
      Instructed by Claimant  
      Led by Winston Hunter QC 


      Ledwith v Shell Research and MDS 
      Summary judgment 
      Advising Defendant on "hold harmless" clause in contract with Third Party and drafting proceedings 
      Summary judgment entered for Defendant 
      Instructed by Defendant 


      S v B
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant sustained a catastrophic brain injury and claimed damages of £2.9 million
      The main issues at the JSM were the likelihood of the Claimant accepting care and the viability of a PPO
      Damages agreed at £1.4 million lump sum
      Instructed by Defendant 


      Shah v British Midland Plc 
      Liability trial
      Claimant claimed damages for injuries sustained during the course of her employment as an air stewardess, which caused her to retire on medical grounds
      Claim discontinued after Claimant’s evidence 
      Instructed by Defendant 


      Advent v Securiplex and First County  
      Advising Second Defendant as to the enforceability of a limitation clause limiting liability for Claimant's losses arising from theft 
      Claimant accepted the enforceability of the limitation clause


      Inquest - David Sekonyela 
      Inquest - listed for 3 days 
      Death reportable to HSE and raising healthcare issues
      Instructed by the widow of the deceased  


      Griffiths v Feaver 
      Liability trial - 3 days 
      Claimant sustained catastrophic injuries in a road traffic accident 
      Liability compromised on an 85% apportionment on day 3 of the trial 
      Damages subsequently agreed at a JSM in the sum of £1.53 million plus provisional damages 
      Instructed by Claimant 
      Led by Richard Hartley QC  


      Wilson & others v South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority 
      Liability trial - 4 days 
      Fatal Accidents Act claim following gas explosion at a fire attended by SYFRA
      Claim discontinued before trial 
      Instructed by Defendant 


      Hoogendoorn v Clarke 
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Fibromyalgia claim for C$2.64 million for lost earnings as a lawyer in Canada 
      Damages agreed at £250,000
      Instructed by Defendant 
      Led by James Rowley QC 


      Linkwise Sofa Dermatitis Group Litigation 
      Claim for personal injuries brought by 5,000 Claimants for exposure to DMF in furniture  
      GLO made by MacDuff J. in 2008 on Claimant's application
      Negotiated settlement in 2010 with innovative damages matrix and claims handling agreement in respect of the 1,600 valid claims
      All claims resolved by 2012.  
      Instructed by Defendant's insurers 
      Led by Michael Kent QC 


      Mescall v Stockport NHS Foundation Trust 
      JSM
      Claim for damages following missed diagnosis of pyelonephritis 
      Settled at £430,000
      Instructed by Claimant  


      Agius v Chong
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant sustained injuries, which ended his career in Thai Boxing and claimed damages of £1.05 million
      The main issues at the JSM were the Claimant's likely career and earnings in the sport of Thai Boxing
      Damages agreed at £650,000
      Instructed by Defendant


      Howard v Shipp
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant sustained catastrophic spinal and brain injuries in a road traffic accident 
      Damages agreed at £1.6 million 
      Instructed by Claimant  
      Led by Chris Melton QC 


      Ragg v Thorpe
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant sustained lower limb amputation and claimed damages of £1.8 million
      Damages agreed at £1.05 million
      Instructed by Defendant 


      Taylor v Fircroft Engineering 
      Quantum trial - 4 days 
      Claimant claimed damages of £500,000 for lost earnings in the oil and gas industry 
      Damages assessed at £90,000 - significantly lower than the Defendant's Part 36 offer  
      Instructed by Defendant   


      Sutton v Welch
      Joint Settlement Meeting 
      Claimant sustained a catastrophic brain injury
      Damages agreed at £1.03 million + provisional damages 
      Instructed by Claimant 
      Led by Richard Hartley QC 


      H v CICA
      Appeal to CICA
      Traumatic brain injury caused by shooting with air gun pellet 
      Appeal against award of £80,000
      Awarded £460,000 on appeal 

    • Membership

      Professional Negligence Bar Association
      Personal Injuries Bar Association 

    • Qualifications

      Bar Vocational Course (ICSL) 1998
      LL.B (Hons) (Birmingham - 1997)