Jonathan McDonnell

Year of call:



2014-2019 - Manchester Metropolitan University, LLB Law - First Class Honours

2019-2020 - The University of Manchester, LLM Security and International Law - Distinction

2020-2021 - BTC, BPP - Very Competent


2013 - Legal Apprentice at New Charter Housing Trust Group, Tameside

2015 - Trainee Legal Associate at New Charter Housing Trust Group, Tameside

2017 - Paralegal at Slater and Gordon Lawyers

2017 - 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Artillery, British Army Reserves

2018 - Litigation Executive at Slater and Gordon Lawyers

2019 - Lieutenant, Royal Artillery, British Army Reserves

2020 - Lieutenant, Intelligence Corps, British Army Reserves

2021 - Advocate at DWF LLP

2021 - Pupil Barrister at DWF LLP

2022 - Barrister at PSQB


2021 - Personal Injury Bar Association

2021 - Northern Circuit


Manchester Metropolitan University Academic Excellence Award

University of Manchester Academic Major Scholarship

University of Manchester Outstanding Achievement Award in International Law for finishing first overall on the LLM

BPP BTC Excellence Award

Jonathan recently succeeded in a County Court Appeal concerning a parking charge notice. Jonathan persuaded the Court that Schedule 4 to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 did not apply, despite the same not being argued at first instance. The Court agreed and dismissed the Appellant’s appeal.

Jonathan is regularly instructed on Payment Protection Insurance cases. He is regularly instructed by both lenders and borrowers at trial, both on the small claims track and the fast track. Jonathan also has experience with a PPI claim involving a claim for equitable rescission. Jonathan is also happy to attend allocation hearings, dispute resolution hearings and any interlocutory applications concerning these claims.

A Local Authority recently instructed Jonathan on a contested Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) matter. Jonathan successfully persuaded the Magistrates’ Court to make a liability order for the total amount owed, plus costs assessed on a summary basis.

Jonathan is well experienced in debt recovery matters. He was recently instructed to defend a business accused of tampering with their electrical meter, resulting in tens of thousands of pounds of debt accruing. Jonathan persuaded a Circuit Judge that the Defendant had not tampered with the meter and consequently reduced the amount paid in damages, interest and costs to a minimum. Before his career at the Bar, Jonathan took a leading role in the debt recovery team at New Charter Housing Trust Group, successfully recovering monies owed to the Trust by local commercial businesses.

Jonathan is regularly instructed to draft Defences for major mobile telephone network companies. Causes of action within these claims usually include reference to the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and the Data Protection Act 2018. Jonathan has also drafted numerous Particulars of Claims for consumer rights matters, ranging from defective motor engines in sports cars to broken caravan awnings.

Contact Jonathan’s clerks

Senior Clerk – Andy Reeves on 0113 213 5252

Talia Webster on 0113 202 8609

Joshua Duree on 0113 213 5246

Mike Alexander on 0113 2135268

Ben Ellison-Tope on 0113 2135207