Jonathan Gaydon

Year of Call: 2013
Email Address: jonathan.gaydon@3pb.co.uk
Secure Email: jonathan.gaydon@3paper.cjsm.net
Telephone: 020 7583 8055

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Overview

Jonathan Gaydon has a busy civil practice. He accepts instruction in a variety of areas with specialist emphasis on clinical negligence, personal injury, professional negligence, inquests and costs work. Jonathan is an experienced advocate who appears at court daily in trials, applications, CCMCs, disposal and approval hearings.

For the past two years, Jonathan has been instructed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the multi-million pound Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation brought by over 40,000 former “Mau Mau” and related claimants in respect of their experiences in colonial Kenya during the 1950s. Jonathan has assisted in drafting defences, conducting case research and has attended at the High Court.

Jonathan advises, drafts pleadings and acts for both claimants and defendants at all stages of litigation.

Jonathan has appeared in numerous cases where fraud is alleged including LVI litigation. He has expertise with the law as to fraud, exaggeration and fundamental dishonesty. He is experienced in conducting conferences, cross-examination and making effective submissions before the Court in cases where dishonesty is alleged.

Outside of his practice, Jonathan enjoys playing guitar and long-distance running.

Expertise

  • Personal Injury
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    Jonathan regularly advises and acts in personal injury proceedings for both claimants and defendants. He offers expertise in relation to employer’s liability, occupier’s liability, RTAs, fatal accidents, motor insurance fraud and product liability claims. He has experience of high value PI litigation involving complex issues of liability, causation and damage.

    Recent instructions include:

    • Kimathi and others v The Foreign and Commonwealth Office [instructed 2015 to present]: Acting for the FCO in the multi-million pound group litigation brought by former Mau Mau and related claimants in respect of alleged abuses during the 1950’s in Colonial Kenya
    • Advising in a claim involving a serious left humerus fracture sustained in an accident at work resulting in permanent restriction of shoulder movement, ongoing symptoms and future expenses
    • Advising in a claim involving a cyclist who suffered multiple fractures to his left foot, ankle and right shoulder when he was struck by a bus
    • Representing the family at the inquest touching upon the tragic death of a young woman in her twenties who suffered a fatal stroke secondary to acute pyogenic meningitis.

    Publications

    • 2nd Sep 2016

      Following new evidence which amounted to a prima facie case of perjury and fraud concerning the independence of a witness, Spencer J ordered that a county court judgment be referred back to the trial judge to determine whether judgment should be set aside. Jonathan Gaydon reviews Brighthouse Ltd v Tazegul [2016]

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  • Clinical Negligence
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    Jonathan is able to offer advice and representation in cases arising from:

    • Unnecessary or inappropriate treatment
    • Surgical negligence
    • Pharmaceutical negligence
    • Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis
    • Failure to obtain informed consent

    In cases involving a fatality, Jonathan is experienced in providing representation at inquests on behalf of families or interested parties.

    Recent instructions include:

    • Advising and drafting pleadings where medical investigation and treatment following a road traffic accident failed to identify the presence of retained glass within the claimant’s arm
    • Representing the family at the inquest touching upon the tragic death of a young woman in her twenties who suffered a fatal stroke secondary to acute pyogenic meningitis
    • During pupillage, assisted Richard Grimshaw in representing the family at the Article 2 inquest arising out of a hanging in a psychiatric unit.

Academic qualifications

  • LLB, King’s College London (First Class Honours)
  • MSc, New College, University of Oxford (Dissertation Distinction)
  • BPTC, The City Law School

Scholarships

  • Law School Prize in Jurisprudence and Legal Theory (2010)
  • King's Scholarship (2010)
  • Winner, Inter-Inns of Court Debating Competition (2013)
  • President of Debating at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2013)
  • President of External Mooting at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2012)
  • President of King's College Debating Society (2009)

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