An espresso interview with Jonathan Clement at ASB Law

11 Apr 2017

What is the focus of your practice?

I am a partner at ASB Law LLP and work in the ASB Aspire team dealing with serious/catastrophic injuries with a particular special interest in adult/child brain injury.

How did you get into personal injury work?

I started my career in general litigation undertaking a large spectrum of matters such as landlord and tenant, contract disputes etc and including PI/CN. I had a particular interest in PI as a result of my mother being seriously injured in an accident at work when I was 11. I grew up with my mum in a wheelchair and had to pitch in and help together with the rest of my family. As my career progressed it was clear I enjoyed the medical side of PI whilst retaining my enthusiasm for justice and a scrap if needed! TSP gave me the opportunity to specialise in PI and after looking after the PI team there I left after 17 years to join ASB and concentrate further on specialist work.  

What is the best thing about your job? And the worst?

Without wishing to sound “cheesy” I really enjoying helping my clients who have suffered horrible life changing injuries and ultimately winning their case. I love to see the difference the damages can make, be it a new adapted property or a supportive care regime allowing family members to return to being family. The worst part is all the uncertainty surrounding the future of all PI work and the systematic attacks on PI lawyers and the erosion of justice for people injured through no fault of their own.

What do you think the near future holds for the industry?

Uncertainty unfortunately. In all honesty though I have experienced nothing but change since the Woolf reforms and as such I think the profession will adapt and remain available to the public to advise and assist as we always have.

What’s the most interesting recent case you’ve been involved in?

A very hard fought case on liability which highlighted the need to choose your experts wisely Sinclair v Joyner [2015] EWHC 1800 (QB). The judgment from Mrs Justice Cox was extremely thorough and scathing of the defendants “expert”.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given as a lawyer?

From my old mentor and friend Andrew Watson. “Do a good job for the client and generally costs will look after themselves”. We all have to be mindful of costs and proportionality in this day and age but Andrew was right in so far as this can become a distraction from our main purpose – to represent our clients fully and fairly.

Outside the law, what do you like doing?

Basically anything sporty particularly football, rugby and cricket and spending time with my family.


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