Jonathan Clay > BLM > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Personal injury.


Jonathan Clay is on BLM’s executive board and is the head of the general insurance sector. He is client relationship manager for BLM with Zurich Insurance pic, a top five UK insurer and BLM’s biggest client, and the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. Jonathan is in the team handling group and individual claims where sexual and physical abuse is alleged against local authorities, educational establishments, religious organisations and charities and their past and present employees. Jonathan has advised and helped develop strategies to deal with the high level of media interest these cases attract. He advised an insurer on the future potential value of historic abuse cases that were still to come to light, to assist the insurer in negotiating the end to a reinsurance treaty. The team also handles claims relating to bullying, stress, and assaults relating to children, the disabled and the elderly alike. Jonathan was appointed as legal advisor to a working party in a metropolitan borough council undertaking a review of safeguarding of children. More recently Jonathan’s expertise in employers’ and public liability claims has become balanced across the public and private sectors advising larger corporate organisations on general management of their claims and developing policies including stress management in the workplace and data protection issues. Jonathan has addressed the annual conference of the Association of Directors of Social Services on the topic of historical sexual abuse claims.


Trained A W Mawer & Company; qualified 1984; senior partner Berrymans Lace Mawer, Leeds 2000, senior partner Manchester office 2005. Jonathan is a past guest editor and member of the editorial board of BLM’s flagship publication, ‘Disclosure’ – a magazine published every four months covering past and future developments in the world of liability law. He has also spoken at BLM’s annual claims reviews, which attract more than 200 guests at three venues nationally.


Law Society; Forum of Insurance Lawyers; British Insurance Law Association.


University of Manchester (LLB Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

(Hall of Fame)

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BLM‘s defendant clinical negligence practice is known for its expertise in delay of diagnosis of cancer claims, surgical claims (particularly neurosurgery), wrongful birth, brain injury claims, dental negligence and ophthalmic treatments. Sarah Woodwark heads the practice. Chris Dexter is particularly recommended for claims in a prison healthcare context. The firm’s personal injury department handles occupational disease claims, catastrophic injury, abuse claims, and employers’ liability claims. The department has a dedicated motor practice. Jonathan Clay, Joanne Francis, Simon Jones and Stuart Furniss head the team, which also includes Ruth Graham, Andrew Kerr, David Spencer and Lauren Gosnell, as well as ‘thorough and clever‘ associate Nicola Overmire.