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Stephen Jones


Stephen is head of the medical negligence team in Manchester

Birth injury Brain injury Cerebral palsy Inquests Spinal injury Surgical negligence

Stephen joined the Manchester office of Leigh Day as a partner in November 2015, having previously been the head of clinical negligence at Pannone and that firm’s successor, Slater & Gordon.  

What people say

Chambers say “Stephen Jones of Leigh Day enjoys a tremendous reputation among interviewees. “He is a really brilliant lawyer in clinical negligence because he knows the medicine, knows the law and is vastly experienced," enthuses one observer. "He has a great eye for detail and is very forensic," says another interviewee, adding: "He has a great tactical brain and I would trust his advice on any element of proceedings." Legal 500 describe him as ‘fiercely bright and determined’.

What the directories say

Stephen is so incredibly knowledgeable, compassionate, dedicated and determined to help. He is quite brilliant.

Chambers and partners 2024

Legal expertise

He has a long track record of bringing successful cerebral palsy and spinal injury claims and has consistently secured million pound plus awards in brain and spinal injury cases including the following:

  • Settling numerous cases on behalf of children with cerebral palsy as a result of the mismanagement of their mother’s labour or their birth.  
  • Acting for children whose diagnosis of meningitis was negligently delayed with the result that they were left with significant brain injury demanding 24 hour care.
  • Acting where negligent hospital care has led to acquired brain injury which should have been avoided: for example, a failure to deal promptly with an asthma attack leading to brain injury; a case where air was inadvertently injected into a patient causing brain damage; and in ENT surgery where an instrument penetrated the brain causing frontal lobe injury.
  • Regularly securing substantial compensation for clients suffering from cauda equina syndrome, where diagnosis and treatment has been delayed notwithstanding “red flags”.
  • Securing damages after a failure to diagnose promptly a spinal abscess led to the development of tetraplegia.
  • He acted for the family of former England footballer Robbie Fowler and for Denise Hendry, wife of former Scotland football captain Colin Hendry, obtaining what at the time was the highest award ever made in this country for a cosmetic surgery case (2006).  

Stephen has a specific interest in Inquiry work.  He represented over 100 patients at Ashworth Hospital in the Fallon Inquiry (1999); acted as solicitor to the Royal Liverpool Children's Inquiry (Alder Hey Hospital, reported 2002) and the Redfern Inquiry into tissue sampling in UK nuclear facilities (reported 2010) and as well as acting regularly for families in inquests has also been appointed solicitor for HM Coroner for Manchester in various cases (2011, 2012).


He is a member of both the Law Society and AvMA clinical negligence accreditation panels.

What the directories say

Stephen Jones is an exceptional lawyer who has guided me and my family through a process that we never thought we’d ever have to go through. His attention to detail is incredible and he has such an engaging personality that we totally trust him.

Legal 500 2024

Stephen Jones in the news

News Article
Hospital Hallway
Medical negligence Inquests Surgical negligence

Death of former councillor and retired firefighter Terence Butler was misadventure contributed to by neglect, rules coroner

Former Wigan councillor and retired firefighter Terence Butler, known as Terry, died after a nasogastric tube was inserted into his lung instead of his stomach, an inquest into his death has been told.

News Article
David Horsman
Medical negligence Hospitals Clinical negligence

Death of David Horsman, aged 65, at Royal Bolton Hospital was due to misadventure contributed to by neglect concludes coroner

The death of retired engineer David Horsman, aged 65, at Royal Bolton Hospital was due to misadventure contributed to by neglect, a coroner has concluded. 

Blog Post
Doctor Walking Down Corridor
Medical negligence surgery

Salford Royal Hospital concludes review of spinal surgery patients

Stephen Jones and Meghana Hegdekar from Leigh Day’s Manchester clinical negligence team, discuss the recent review of spinal surgery patients at Salford Royal Hospital and the work of surgeon John Bradley Williamson. Stephen is representing a number of patients treated by the surgeon.