Jonathan Hough KC > 4 New Square Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

4 New Square Chambers
4 New Square

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Principal areas of practice are: insurance / 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 public inquiries and inquests, and experienced as counsel to the inquiry (recently, inquests concerning terrorist attacks at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge, Fishmongers’ Hall and Streatham Hill, and the Hillsborough Disaster). Important recent cases include: R (Maughan) v Oxfordshire Coroner [2021] AC 454; Chief Constable of West Yorkshire v Dyer [2021] 1 WLR 1233; Skatteforvaltningen v SCP [2020] 4 WLR 98; Euro Pools plc v RSA [2020] 2 All ER (Comm) 40; PM Law v Motorplus [2018] EWCA Civ 1730; Accident Exchange v McLean [2018] 4 WLR 26; Weir Services Australia v AXA CS [2018] Lloyd’s Rep IR 50; McBride v UK Insurance [2017] Lloyd’s Rep IR 352; Denning v Greenhalgh Financial Services [2017] PNLR 19.


Called 1997. QC 2014.




Educated at Bradford Grammar School and St Hugh’s College Oxford (first in classics). Queen Mother scholar, Middle Temple. Graded outstanding on Bar course.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Jonathan Hough KC4 New SquareHe is just outstanding.  His written work is consistently faultless, combining rigour with practicality.  Without ever getting lost in the detail, he provides advice that is always based on deep analysis.

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Hough KC4 New SquareJonathan is the go-to person on matters concerning inquests and inquiries. He knows the law inside-out, and is a leader in this field. He gets to grips with the issues quickly, and has the amazing capacity to absorb every detail, no matter how small. His preparation of cases is supremely thorough and you have absolute confidence that when he is on his feet he will not miss a beat.

London Bar > Consumer

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Hough KC4 New Square ‘He is just outstanding.’

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Jonathan Hough KC4 New Square ‘He is measured and authoritative in his advocacy and meticulous in his preparation. When he speaks, he has the confidence of the court. He is a hugely reassuring presence to have in your corner.’

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Hough KC4 New Square