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KING'S HOUSE, 42 KING STREET WEST, MANCHESTER, M3 2NU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 236 2002
Fax:
Fax 0161 832 7956
DX:
14302 MANCHESTER-1
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Web:
www.blmlaw.com

Jonathan Clay

Tel:
Work 0161 236 2002
Email:
BLM

Work Department

Personal injury.

Position

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.

Career

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.

Member

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

Education

University of Manchester (LLB Hons).


North West: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant

Within: Leading individuals

Jonathan Clay - BLM

Within: Personal injury: defendant

BLM's substantial personal injury defence team has considerable expertise across the whole spectrum of cases. Jonathan Clay and Joanne Francis jointly lead the practice, which acts for a wide range of clients in the public sector, as well as charities, SMEs and multinational companies across sectors including retail, leisure, construction, manufacturing and the motor industry. Key team members include Andrew Kerr, Ruth Graham, David Spencer, while four lawyers were promoted to the partnership in the team during 2018 - Lauren Gosnell, Louise Stubbs, Steven Lynch and David Rainey. Associate Nicola Overmire is also recommended.

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