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Jonathan Hough QC

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Practice Areas

Principal areas of practice are: insurance and reinsurance; professional liability; commercial and consumer law; administrative law (including inquiries). Insurance work ranges from substantial coverage disputes to litigation and arbitration between insurers, reinsurers, brokers and coverholders. Professional liability practice covers mainly solicitors, barristers, financial professionals, insurance brokers and surveyors / valuers. Public law practice includes judicial review and advisory work covering local government, professional discipline and commercial regulation. Special expertise in the law relating to inquiries and inquests, and experienced as counsel to the inquiry (recently, Westminster Bridge Terror Attack; London Bridge Terror Attack; Hillsborough Disaster). Recent reported cases include Euro Pools v RSA [2020] 2 All ER (Comm) 40; R (Maughan) v Oxfordshire Coroner [2019] QB 1218; PM Law v Motorplus [2018] EWCA Civ 1730; Accident Exchange v McLean [2018] 4 WLR 26; Weir Services Australia v AXA [2018] Lloyd’s Rep IR 50; McBride v UKI [2017] Lloyd’s Rep IR 352; Denning v Greenhalgh Financial Services [2017] PNLR 19; Coles v Hetherton (RSA motor insurance lead cases) [2015] 1 WLR 160.


Called to the Bar 1997. Took silk 2014.

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Contributing editor of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability (7th and 8th edns.) and of Jervis on Coroners (14th edn.)


Educated at Bradford Grammar School and Oxford University (First in Classics). Queen Mother scholar, Middle Temple. Graded Outstanding on Bar course. Holds Developed Vetted security clearance.