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Jonathan Waite QC

Call 1978 • QC 2002

"He's a good strategic thinker, and a very fine advocate."
(Chambers UK 2012)

Personal Injury

Lung Diseases

Claims involving lung diseases, especially asbestos-related diseases, byssinosis (cotton workers’ lung disease) and occupational asthmas: instructions received in particular on behalf of the Norwich Union in respect of asbestos-related diseases (including insurance disputes arsing therefrom), Courtaulds plc and their insurers in respect of byssinosis claims. Recently instructed by Houghton (suppliers of cutting and hydraulic oils) and their insurers (Royal Sun Alliance) in relation to an alleged mass outbreak of occupational asthma and extrinsic allergic alveolitis at Rover Longbridge plant.

Upper Limb Disorders

Claims involving upper limb disorders.  Instructed on behalf of the Financial Times in litigation involving FT journalists and sub-editors: trials November 1995 and June-July 1998. Instructed in the Court of Appeal on behalf of Denton Hall Legal Services, solicitors, in respect of claim for upper limb disorder by legal secretary.

Disaster Litigation

Instructed to represent the Plaintiffs (in the English jurisdiction) in post-traumatic stress disorder cases arising out of the Piper Alpha explosions. Instructed on behalf of the insurers of Thames Trains and Railtrack plc in relation to the Paddington train crash.

Microbiological Diseases

Legionnaires – Litigation on behalf of the Trustees of the Science Museum in respect of the outbreak of Legionnaires disease alleged to have come from their premises: both criminal (prosecution under section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974) and civil proceedings.

Cryptosporidiosis – Instructed on behalf of Thames Water Authority in respect of an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis alleged to have caused injuries to 64 children.

E-coli – Instructed on behalf of the insurers of Godstone Farm, Surrey in relation to an outbreak of e-coli 0157 at a children’s animal farm: 93 alleged cases of injuries.

Selected Cases

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  • MA (Law) Trinity College, Cambridge


  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association


“Possesses excellent legal and procedural knowledge, and is able to grasp complex facts quickly.” “Hands on, proactive, thorough and dependable,” “he definitely commands the confidence of the court.”

Chambers & Partners UK Bar

“Bright, creative and good with clients.”

Legal 500 2017

“he’s a very robust, experienced, diligent advocate who knows the territory like the back of his hand. Clients like him very much, he speaks their language and he’s a delight to work with” ; “I go to him when I’ve got a complex, difficult question of law. He is an incredibly accomplished senior lawyer with the backing of long experience in this area”; “He is incredibly well prepared and once on his feet he is formidible”

Product Liability: 'Leader at the Bar (Chambers UK 2016)

“an experienced heavyweight”

Product Liability: 'Leader at the Bar (Legal 500 2016)

“very detail-oriented and practical, he gets to grips with the facts very readily” ; “he has excellent legal and procedural knowledge, and is able to grasp complex facts quickly”

Product Liability: 'Leader at the Bar’ (Chambers UK 2015)

“clearly recognised in the courtroom as an experienced product liability silk”

Product Liability: 'Leading Silk' (Legal 500 2015)

“an outstanding master of detail” ; “A very astute leader who is enormously experienced in group litigation. That gives him a headstart over the competition. He’s tactically sound also, and shows very fine judgement when dealing with the court.” ; “He has excellent legal and procedural knowledge, and is able to grasp complex facts quickly”

Product Liability: 'Leader at the Bar' (Chambers UK 2014)

“a tenacious and logically compelling advocate”

Product Liability: 'Leading Silk' (Legal 500 2014)

“at the top of his game”

Product Liability: 'Leading Silk' (Legal 500 2013)

“an extremely knowledgeable and able barrister” ; “he’s a good strategic thinker, and a very fine advocate”

Product Liability: 'Leader at the Bar' (Chambers UK 2012)

“he is a true heavyweight who you’d be happy to use against anyone”

Property Damage: 'Leader at the Bar' (Chambers & Partners 2015)

Industrial Disease/ Personal Injury: (Legal 500 2007-2013)

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