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Jonathan Hough QC

Call: 1997 QC: 2014

Jonathan has a civil, commercial and public law practice, with a particular focus on insurance / reinsurance; professional liability; commercial and consumer law; and administrative law.  He has considerable experience in each of those fields and has appeared in numerous reported and important cases.

He is recommended as a leading silk by the current editions of the directories (Chambers UK Bar, Legal 500 and Legal Experts) in the four practice areas of (i) insurance / reinsurance; (ii) administrative / public law; (iii) inquiries and inquests; and (iv) consumer law.  Recent comments in the Directories include the following:

“He is bright and solution-oriented.  He has an ability to present arguments in a clear and concise way, both on paper and on his feet, and is a very effective advocate.” (Chambers UK 2015, Insurance)

“He’s very impressive… strengths are thorough presentation, attention to detail and ability to react quickly to changing circumstances.” (Chambers UK 2015, Inquiries)

“He has an ability to get to the root of issues”; “A steady hand and… incredibly hard working” (Chambers UK 2015, Consumer Law)

“Extremely impressive.” (Legal 500 2014, Administrative and Public Law)

“Very accessible and responsive.” (Legal 500 2014, Insurance and Reinsurance)

“He is excellent.  He provides a clear strategy to meet the client’s needs, prepares assiduously for every matter and works incredibly hard…”; “He’s thorough, pragmatic and great to work with.” (Chambers UK 2014, Insurance)

“He is assiduous, covers every angle and looks out for the client’s interests at every turn.” (Chambers UK 2014, Inquiries)

“[A] methodical and persuasive advocate.” (Chambers UK 2014, Consumer Law)

“Very effective advocate.” (Legal 500 2013, Insurance and Reinsurance)

In the area of insurance law, he acts for a range of major insurers, reinsurers and underwriting agencies in litigation and arbitration.  He also has experience in advising on, and drafting, policy wordings, agency agreements, binding authority agreements, etc.  He has particular expertise in the following classes of risk: general commercial liability (EL/PL/Products); property; motor; professional indemnity; legal expenses; trade credit; D&O; title insurance; personal accident / disablement; and financial risk. 

His professional liability practice covers a range of professions, including lawyers, insurance professionals, surveyors and financial professionals.

He has general experience of commercial dispute resolution.  In addition, he has particular expertise in consumer law, consumer credit and financial regulation.

In the field of public and administrative law, he has acted for public and private bodies in judicial review claims.  His work includes local government, commercial regulation and professional discipline.  He is also well known for his expertise in the law relating to coroners and inquests.  As well as appearing in many reported cases in the Administrative Court and Court of Appeal, he has appeared as counsel to the inquiry in various important inquests, including those concerning: the death of Diana, Princess of Wales; the shooting of Jean-Charles de Menezes; the Potters Bar and Grayrigg rail disasters; the explosion on HMS Tireless (nuclear submarine).  He is currently one of two leading counsel to the inquiry in the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster inquests, having been appointed by Lord Justice Goldring.

Jonathan is a member of the Professional Negligence Bar Association, the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association, COMBAR and the Administrative Law Bar Association.  He is an editor of the current edition of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability.


St Hugh's College, Oxford University (First Class in Classics); City University CPE (Commendation); Inns of Court School of Law (Outstanding)