Jonathon Backhouse

Legal Director- Head of Backhouse Jones

Jonathon is the seventh generation of solicitor in a continuous lineage that can be traced back to his ultimate grandfather who first practised law in 1819. His grandfather started the firm’s specialism in road transport law (1930) when the first Transport Act was introduced.  

Today, with his twin brother James, Jonathon practises regulatory lawHe acts for logistics and passenger carrying clients throughout the UK and specialises in Public Inquiries, Health and Safety investigations, Crown Court matters representing operators in serious criminal cases such as prosecutions for causing death by dangerous driving, corporate manslaughter and serious Health and Safety offences.  

He regularly advises RHA and Logistics UK members and is a frequent speaker at seminars held by Associations representing the bus, coachhaulage and logistics sectors.   

Jonathon delivers over 80 training seminars a year and is also the brains behind the firm’s bi-weekly webinar which he hosts. 

Chambers Guide describes Jonathon as “He is very knowledgeable, very direct and a fantastic orator. He has the ability to understand issues very quickly and come up with solutions.” “He can adapt himself to his environment and is able to take a complex situation and make it very simple.” 

When not defending operators at court he likes to fly fish, mountain bike and renovate a Spitfire – the car not the plane!