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Jonathan Syddall

Jonathan has acted in the field of serious personal injury for over 28 years.

Jonathan joined Hugh James in January 2024, having previously been a partner at a Legal 500 Tier 1 firm, which he joined in 1995 shortly after leaving university.

Jonathan has been the lead lawyer dealing with cases involving catastrophic and serious injuries. He has acted exclusively for claimants throughout his career. He specialises in high-value claims including spinal injury, brain injury, amputations, polytrauma and fatal accidents. He acts for both adults and children in cases arising from a wide variety of accidents including road traffic collisions, accidents at work, occupiers and public liability. He has also acted on behalf of clients in high-value criminal injury compensation claims. Jonathan places great emphasis on the importance of rehabilitation for his clients

Jonathan was ranked as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ in the 2021, 2022 and 2023 editions of the Legal 500 and as a ‘Rising Star;’ in the 2020 edition. He was a Recommended Lawyer in the 2024 edition.

Career and education history

  • University of Nottingham, BA (Hons) History, First Class: 1995
  • Fellow of Institute of Legal Executives: 2002
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation), Manchester Metropolitan University: 2004
  • Legal Practice Course (Distinction), College of Law, Chester: 2006
  • Admitted as solicitor: 2006
  • Serious Injury Law Limited (formerly Sherrington & Co / Serious Law LLP): 1995-2023. Senior Associate from 2014; Partner from 2019.
  • Hugh James – Senior Associate: 2024


  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Settlement highlights

  • A Motor Insurers’ Bureau claim arising from an accident involving an untraced driver in which settlement was secured with a capitalised value of over £6million, comprising a lump sum payment of £2.69million and indexed annual periodical payments rising to over £150,000.00 per annum from the age of 70;
  • Settlement of a spinal injury claim in the net sum of £4.495million arising from a road traffic accident, equating to a gross settlement of nearly £6million on a full liability basis. Settlement was achieved within 2.5 years from the date of injury and the claimant was not precluded from the use of statutory funding in the future.
  • Settlement of a traumatic brain injury claim for a protected party in the sum of £2.25million gross, approved by the court. The case involved a very difficult scenario on liability, in which the claimant will have appeared to many to have been at fault for the accident but where evidence was gathered that enabled the claimant to recover one third.
  • Settlement of a claim involving polytrauma injuries in the sum of £1.2million arising from a motorcycle accident. Liability was disputed and the claimant was prosecuted in relation to motoring offences following the accident but nonetheless Jonathan secured a sizeable award that enabled the claimant to buy his own home for first time in his life.