Jonathan Hough QC has a civil, commercial and public law practice.
Jonathan is ranked by the legal directories as a leading silk in five practice areas: insurance / reinsurance; professional liability; administrative / public law; inquests / inquiries; and consumer law. In all his fields of practice, he has appeared in many reported and important cases.
Shortlisted by Legal 500 for ‘Public Law Silk of the Year‘ 2018.
Recent comments in the directories include the following:
“A charming and persuasive advocate who is extremely responsive, user-friendly and meticulous in his analysis and preparation of arguments.” “Excellent with clients.” (Chambers UK 2019, Insurance)
“Meticulous, great in conference and on his feet in court. Highly recommended.” “Very quietly confident and assured, gets his point across very effectively without bluster.” (Chambers UK 2019, Professional Negligence)
“Absolutely brilliant” (Chambers UK 2019, Administrative and Public Law)
“He’s incredibly intelligent and knows the law inside and out. He takes a very structured approach and is able to think with absolute clarity.” (Chambers UK 2019, Inquests and Public Inquiries)
“Incredibly intelligent…” (Chambers UK 2019, Consumer Law)
“Very bright, methodical with a great mastery of the detail.” (Legal 500 2018/19, Professional Negligence)
“Simply brilliant in all respects and does everything with personality, wit and charm.” (Legal 500 2018/19, Administrative and Public Law)
“Simply brilliant in every aspect of his trade.” (Legal 500 2018/19 Inquests and Inquiries)
“Very concise and prompt.” (Legal 500 2018/19, Consumer Law)
“Instructing solicitors praise him for his ‘first-class brain’ and his ‘fantastic attention to detail’… ‘Clever and solutions-oriented, he has an ability to present arguments in a clear and concise way, both on paper and on his feet.’ ‘He is extremely thorough, really steeped in insurance law, extremely personable and someone who’s always looking to add value to the client.’” (Chambers UK 2018, Insurance)
“A ferociously clever go-to leader on defence and coverage cases.” (Chambers UK 2018, Professional Negligence)
“Deeply impressive… He is brilliant on the law but also has a strategic way of approaching problems. It is usually impossible to argue against his logic.” (Chambers UK 2018, Administrative and Public Law)
“He very quickly understands any issue you put before him and he can think strategically on any point. He is a rare talent.” (Chambers UK 2018, Inquests and Inquiries)
“He is a tower of strength. He is a formidable cross-examiner and very good to work with.” (Chambers UK 2018, Consumer Law)
“He has excellent commercial awareness and provides advice on how to achieve practical resolutions.” (Legal 500 2017/18, Professional Negligence)
“Combines clear and persuasive drafting with fearsome advocacy.” (Legal 500 2017/18, Administrative and Public Law)
“[An] extremely compelling advocate.” (Legal 500 2017/18, Inquests and Inquiries)
“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 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)
In the area of insurance law, Jonathan acts for and against 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. One of his cases in this field has featured in The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2018.
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 as counsel to the inquiry both in the Westminster Bridge Terror Attack Inquests and in the London Bridge Terror Attack Inquests, as well as for a major insurer in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.