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 has a strong credit hire practice and can confidently deal with any issue that arises from such litigation. He adopts a forensic and detailed approach to these cases. Recently, Jonathan persuaded the Court that the Defendant’s Whichrate summary was inadequate, leading to the BHR evidence being stuck out.

Given his experience and knowledge of credit hire, Jonathan was instructed on a permission to appeal hearing following a finding of misrepresentation at first instance. Jonathan successfully persuaded the Court that misrepresentation as a legal concept in credit hire claims is flawed due to the bars to rescission, particularly affirmation of the contract.

Jonathan has appeared at many stage 3 hearings, often attending several in a day. Jonathan has developed a thorough understanding of this process and routinely makes submissions on the full range of heads of loss, from loss of earnings to credit hire. Jonathan has a keen eye for detail and has frequently won cost disputes that arise during these hearings. Jonathan has dealt with cases subject to the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021 regarding mixed injury cases.

Jonathan regularly represents both claimants and defendants at trial, infant approval hearings, and a range of interlocutory matters, including case management conferences and CCMCs.

Jonathan regularly drafts pleadings, including particulars of claim, defences, part 18 questions, part 35 questions and detailed schedules of loss.


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