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Jonathan Clay

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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).

North West: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant

Within: Leading individuals

Jonathan Clay - BLM

Within: Personal injury: defendant

BLM  ‘brings excellent technical knowledge as well as great experience and insight into each case. Not only is the firm progressive and constructive in its approach it also has a highly qualified team that has a good business understanding of the key issues’. Key members of the team include Jonathan Clay  who has a ‘strong understanding of the major issues’ and Ruth Graham  who is ‘vastly experienced and a tough negotiator in the motor insurance sector’. The ‘very thoroughStuart Furniss  and the ‘outstandingly hard workerDavid Spencer  are recommended along with the ‘cerebral’ Andrew Kerr . Nicholas Thorne  ‘combines intellect with common sense and gets great results for his clients especially on complex matters’. Liverpool-based consultant David Evans  is praised for his ‘extremely in-depth knowledge and his very good client care skills’. Also in Liverpool Joanne Francis  manages the casualty team. Key clients include Allianz, Zurich Insurance, Sainsburys and QBE.

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