For many years the main focus of Jonathan’s practice has been personal injury and health & safety work, but he undertakes a range of related work, such as insurance, inquests and both clinical and professional negligence. He is instructed on behalf of both claimants and defendants.
Jonathan started his legal career in South Africa, first as a law student and later as an Advocate at the Johannesburg Bar from 1984 to 1986. During the State of Emergency his practice was concerned with human rights and public law.
He was the Chair of the Appeal Committee of the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority from 2009 to 2015.
Listed as a leading silk in Personal Injury work: “Market commentators particularly highlight his meticulous attention to detail. Strengths: ‘He has incredible verve and a rare ability to think about all elements of a case and bring something new to the table every time. His technical ability and commerciality are great.’ ‘I’d use him without hesitation, he’s incredibly likeable on top of being very clever.’”
Chambers UK 2017
Listed as a leading silk in both Personal Injury and Health & Safety work: “He is super bright, very analytical and shows great attention to detail.”
Chambers UK 2016
Listed as a leading silk in both Personal Injury and Health & Safety work: “He has an impressive courtroom manner, making powerful, well-measured and succinct submissions.”
Legal 500 2016
Listed as a leading silk in both Personal Injury and Health & Safety work by Chambers UK 2015.
Personal Injuries: “He has good judgment, a sensible manner and excellent technical skills.”
Health & Safety: “Brilliant advocacy skills and great attention to detail.”
Legal 500 2015
Personal Injuries: “… hugely experienced in catastrophic claims arising from RTAs. Peers note his calm manner and admire his incisive handling of cases. He represents claimants and defendants in high-value matters concerning complex issues of liability. Expertise: ‘A very personable QC, but a tenacious negotiator who never misses a detail.'”
Health & Safety: “Splits his practice between health and safety and personal injury work. Expertise: He is a very personable practitioner who is strong on the negotiation side.”
Chambers UK 2014
Personal Injuries: “A barrister with excellent tactics and a very calm manner.”
Health & Safety: “Excellent for regulatory cases, and very good at handling the personal injury elements of health and safety.”
Legal 500 2014
Personal Injuries: “Jonathan Watt-Pringle QC represents ‘the newer breed of Queen’s Counsel,’ and is known for his tenacious negotiation skills, tremendous approachability and ‘fantastic eye for detail.’ His measured approach to conference and his ability to think on his feet have especially impressed instructing defendant solicitors.”
Health & Safety: “Jonathan Watt-Pringle QC … is an experienced silk with a practice that encompasses personal injury and health and safety.”
Chambers UK 2013
Personal Injuries: “Very bright and hardworking”
Health & Safety: “Temple Garden Chambers has an impressive track record in health and safety work, and recently bolstered its practice with the addition of the ‘clear and concise’ Jonathan Watt-Pringle QC ….”
Legal 500 2013
Personal Injuries: ” … handles high-value, serious cases. Clients appreciate his ‘extremely sound judgement’ and his ‘close attention to detail.’ He is deemed one of the newer breed of Queen’s Counsel, in that he is ‘personable, attentive and tenacious’ in equal measure, as well as highly competent on his feet in the courtroom.”
Health & Safety: “He has a soft, careful manner which conceals a very sharp mind,’ observers remark. ‘He has an old-school manner about him that’s very careful and very considered.'”
Chambers UK 2012
“…is currently defending a number of clients under HSE investigation for serious accidents on public highways. His approach is ‘as feisty, dogged and determined as that of the best criminal barrister.'”
“…is highly regarded by instructing solicitors and insurer clients as a good team player. Sources note that he is ‘very self-assured in the courtroom – his advocacy is almost effortless.'”
Chambers UK 2011
Personal Injuries: “Jonathan Watt-Pringle QC is supremely intelligent.”
Health & Safety: Listed as a leading silk.
Legal 500 2011
“…he’s cool, calm and immediately commands respect”.
“…unfailingly has the ear and respect of the judges”
“Defence solicitors say that Jonathan Watt-Pringle QC is ‘an excellent advocate with loads of courtroom gravitas’. They particularly prize him as ‘he commands the respect of – and speaks the same language as – our insurer clients.'”
Chambers UK 2010