Jonathan practices in the fields of clinical negligence, personal injury and inquests.
Jonathan qualified as a doctor at Guy’s Hospital and worked as a consultant neurosurgeon specialising in paediatric neurosurgery for 18 years.
In addition to a very busy clinical practice Jonathan pursued a parallel academic career as a Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Neurosurgery at the University of Nottingham, where he was active in research, notably in the fields of childhood brain tumours, hydrocephalus and minimally invasive neurosurgery. In addition to many publications in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in books, Jonathan presented research results, lectured, and taught in national and international fora.
Jonathan’s extensive experience as a medical expert in civil, criminal and family proceedings led him to the Bar as the natural second career. As a medical expert, Jonathan took instructions from both Claimants and Defendants.
During the Bar Vocational Course at Nottingham Law School, Jonathan won the Advocacy Prize and the No 1 High Pavement Plea in Mitigation Prize.
In the field of clinical negligence Jonathan has acquired experience in a wide area that now includes experience in accident and emergency medicine, breast surgery, adult and paediatric cardiac surgery, bariatric surgery, colorectal surgery, cosmetic surgery, dermatology, hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery, gastrointestinal medicine, general medicine, general practice, gynaecology, neonatal medicine and surgery, adult and paediatric neurology, adult and paediatric neurosurgery, obstetrics, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, paediatric medicine and surgery, rheumatology, urology, wrongful birth, nursing negligence, dental negligence, pharmacy dispensing errors, and veterinary negligence.
In the field of personal injury Jonathan is instructed in cases where there are complex medical issues to be resolved. He also has experience of appeals before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel.
Jonathan’s inquest practice includes deaths in the course of medical treatment, deaths in nursing and residential care homes, fatal road traffic accidents and injuries sustained in the workplace.
Jonathan remains in demand as a lecturer and has delivered invited lectures to doctors, solicitors and the senior judiciary.
Jonathan accepts instructions on a pro bono basis in certain inquests, and also in CICA cases on behalf of victims of inflicted injury in childhood.
- MB, BS (London) 1971
- FRCS 1976
- Certificate of Higher Surgical Training in Neurological Surgery 1981
- FRCPCH (Elected) 1996
- Graduate Diploma in Law (Nottingham) 2004
- Personal Injuries Bar Association
- Professional Negligence Bar Association
- Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
- Society of Doctors in Law
- Birmingham Medico-Legal Society
- Nottinghamshire Medico-Legal Society
- Royal College of Surgeons
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- Royal Society of Medicine
- Society of British Neurological Surgeons
A former paediatric neurosurgeon whose medical expertise is of real benefit on complex brain injury claims. His caseload includes inquests, alongside an increasing number of cerebral palsy and serious spinal injury cases.
"His medical expertise is a real asset and sets him apart from other counsel. His ability to analyse the medical evidence and attention to detail is second to none."
Chambers UK 2015
"His preparation is outstanding and he goes out of his way to assist with the case."
Chambers UK 2014
Jonathan Punt has a flourishing clinical negligence practice, and is regularly sought out for cases concerning particularly complex medical issues, not least because of his prior career as a neurosurgeon. Commentators note that he has "an excellent understanding of the complexities of clinical negligence" which he combines with "a meticulous eye for detail and medical knowledge which is second to none."
Chambers UK 2013
'Dr Jonathan Punt, ‘medical knowledge is second to none’
Jonathan Punt is a former neurosurgeon who has built up an impressive clinical negligence practice in an astonishingly short time. Chambers and Partners 2011
Former surgeon Jonathan Punt has wowed sources with his "obvious intelligence" and "unparalleled understanding of the medicine." Sources were particularly complimentary of his performances at inquests. Chambers UK 2010
‘ex-neurosurgeon Jonathan Punt has a growing reputation as a “bright guy” and is a name to watch.’ Chambers & Partners 2009
Former Consultant neurosurgeon Dr Jonathan Punt specialises in brain and head injury litigation. Legal 500 2009
SHARU NARAJI v (1) DONALD SHELBOURNE (2) K DONALD SHELBOURNE (3) SHELBOURNE CLINIC AT METHODIST HOSPITAL (4) SANJIV JARI (2011)  EWHC 3298 (QB)
Junior Counsel for Claimant. Negligent performance by orthopaedic surgeon in USA of an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction on a UK professional footballer. Breach of duty established as to the operation. Claimant’s overall case failed on issues of causation and res judicata in Indiana law.
EC v ROTHERHAM NHS FOUNDATION TRUST (2011) Lawtel LTLPI 6/7/2012 - Document No. AM0201994 Quantum Report
Negligent failure to identify stones in the common bile duct prior to laparoscopic cholecystectomy with resultant biliary peritonitis, and multi-organ failure. Out of Court settlement without admission of liability.
SS v an NHS Foundation Trust (2012) APIL PI Focus Vol 22 Issue 8
Negligently performed spinal anaesthesia during caesarean section leading to avoidable pain and suffering, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Out of Court settlement without admission of liability.
MF v Royal Free Hampstead NHS TRUST (2011) Lawtel LTLPI 23/7/2012 Document No. AM0202016
Negligent unintentional intravenous injection of lignocaine resulting in physical and psychiatric damage. Out of Court settlement.