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Jonathan Hough QC

Call: 1997 QC: 2014

Hough, Jonathan

Jonathan’s practice covers several fields of civil and commercial law, in particular 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 by current editions of the main Directories (Legal 500, Legal Experts and Chambers & Partners) in the four fields of insurance / reinsurance, administrative / public law, inquests / public inquiries and consumer law.  He has been described by Chambers and Partners as ‘a fantastic litigator’ and ‘known for his knowledge of the law and for being up to date with the latest developments’; and by Legal 500 as ‘a first-rate legal brain and a 'very effective advocate'. 

Within the area of insurance law, he advises and acts for a range of major insurers 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 insurance, 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 disputes, and particular expertise in consumer law, with a focus on consumer credit and financial regulation.

In the area of public and administrative law, he has acted for public and private bodies in judicial review claims, with a particular focus on local government, regulatory and disciplinary fields.  He is also well known for his work in the law relating to coroners.  As well as advising and acting in Administrative Court proceedings in many reported cases, he has appeared as counsel to the inquiry in a number of 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 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.

Education

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