Jonathan is a Partner at Watkins & Gunn, Head of Clinical Negligence and also Head of our Pontypool Office and responsible for Client Care. He is a highly regarded personal injury and clinical negligence lawyer and, currently, our nominal Head of Criminal Law.
He is ranked as a leading lawyer in Wales for Personal Injury in the Legal 500 2018 – a directory of rankings that is based on independently researched client opinion and the regard of other legal professionals.
“Jonathan Wellington provides ‘thoughtful and incisive advice’, particularly in relation to complex multi-track matters.”
Jonathan oversees the criminal department and as a lawyer, deals with complex personal injury and clinical negligence matters for our clients across Wales and England. He is also experienced in general litigation matters, including sports law – with particular regard to disciplinary issues for local clubs.
He has led a number of high profile criminal cases, including two murder cases: one where we were able to persuade the Crown to accept manslaughter and; a £1.5 million+ criminal fraud trial recently involving 8 defendants and an 8 week trial at Southwark (the Defendant was acquitted).
He has also dealt with numerous high value personal injury cases and a £5 million+ clinical negligence case for a girl left with severe brain damage following a failure to diagnose meningitis.
Jonathan also appeared before the Wales Rugby Union Disciplinary Committee to successfully defend a player accused of a stamp which caused a well known Welsh rugby player to lose the sight in his eye. Jonathan successfully defended the player before the WRU disciplinary tribunal and in the subsequent appeal before International Rugby Board Disciplinary officer, Roger Morris.
He trained at Watkins & Gunn (articled to Gareth Thomas, ‘a very able lawyer’) and it’s a pleasure to include him on our Partners list.
- Jonathan holds an LL.B Hons and is a qualified Solicitor.
- He was a Duty Solicitor for 25 years and is able to help clients with criminal law matters
- Member of The Law Society of England & Wales’ Personal Injury Panel
- Fellow of The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Reported cases include:
- Donovan v Gwent Toys, House of Lords
- Targett v Torfaen Borough Council, Court of Appeal
Publications & Published Articles
Jonathan has appeared on Radio Wales (recently regarding drug driving laws and also regarding Nigel Meek, a rugby player convicted of an assault on rugby field). The interviews were part of a wider discussion re criminal offences and sport.
Outside of work
Jonathan is married with two sons aged 20 and 16.
He has always had a love of cricket, captaining Newbridge Cricket Club and playing for Monmouthshire Cricket Association. He is also a Level 2 Cricket coach. As well as his busy role in the firm, he is currently Chairman of the South East Wales Cricket League, the largest league in Wales and Secretary of Newbridge Cricket Club!
In addition to still playing 2nd team cricket , Jonathan also plays golf and is Past Captain of Bryn Meadows Golf Club.
He also loves skiing, and particularly Apres whenever he gets the chance!