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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 ranked as a leading silk in the legal directories, in the practice areas of insurance and reinsurance; professional negligence; public inquiries and inquests; and consumer law.  Recent comments in the directories include the following:

“He receives strong praise for his advocacy… provides careful, comprehensive advice in a timely manner, is particularly responsive and works in a collaborative manner.” (Chambers UK 2017, Insurance)

“[He] is just brilliant.  His written submissions are particularly strong, they are so well formulated that they become almost unanswerable.  His preparation is meticulous, he thinks like a judge.” (Chambers UK 2017, Public Inquiries and Inquests)

“Very incisive, he’s a strong advocate who delivers exceptionally prompt and well-thought through advice.” (Chambers UK 2017, Consumer Law)

“He displays a thorough approach to litigation.” (Legal 500 2016, Professional Negligence)

“There is no one who knows more about coronial law than he does.” (Legal 500 2016, Inquests and Inquiries)

“He is an excellent senior barrister in relation to all things insurance and coverage.” (Chambers UK 2016, Insurance)

“Urbane and has the confidence of the court.  He is a delight to work with and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.”  “The master of reply when on his feet, he can deal with any oral submissions made…” (Chambers UK 2016, Public Inquiries and Inquests)

“A highly respected silk who is recognised for his abilities in both contentious and non-contentious consumer credit work.”  “He is absolutely excellent on trading standards work and judicial review claims.”  (Chambers UK 2016, Consumer Law)

 “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, Public Inquiries and Inquests)

“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)

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 is very experienced in substantial litigation for and against professionals, and in related insurance matters.

He has broad experience of commercial dispute resolution in a wide range of business fields, including international work.  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 work in inquests and public inquiries.  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.  He was leading counsel to the inquiry in the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster inquests, appointed by Lord Justice Goldring.  He was also counsel to the inquiry in the inquests concerning: the death of Diana, Princess of Wales; the shooting of Jean-Charles de Menezes; the Potters Bar and Grayrigg rail disasters; and the explosion on HMS Tireless (nuclear submarine).  He is currently acting for a major insurer in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

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); Queen Mother major scholarships for CPE and Bar School.