Jonathan Barnes, Chief Operating Officer at Woodsford Litigation Funding, has been elected to the Board of the Association of Litigation Funders. Jonathan joins other leading lights in the litigation funding community on the governing committee of the Association, which is an independent body that has been charged by the Ministry of Justice, through the Civil Justice Council, with delivering self-regulation of litigation funding in England and Wales.

Jonathan Barnes has played a leading role in the growth of Woodsford Litigation Funding since its foundation in 2010, and has been a strong supporter of the Association since Woodsford became a founder member of the Association in 2011. Jonathan is a solicitor, formerly a partner at City firms DJ Freeman and Lewis Silkin. Whilst in private practice, Jonathan acted for the Woodsford group from the 1990s, and moved in-house with the business in 2006. He was part of the team that set up Woodsford Litigation Funding in 2010.

Jonathan Barnes commented: “I am delighted to have joined the Board of the Association of Litigation Funders, which plays a vital role in the growing business of third party litigation funding in England & Wales. London has fast become the world’s leading centre for third party litigation funding, and the Association has been instrumental in that development. In my roles both at Woodsford and at the Association, I hope to continue to contribute to an industry at the cutting edge of access to justice”.

Steven Friel, Chief Investment Officer at Woodsford Litigation Funding commented: “Woodsford is proud of its connection to the Association of Litigation Funders, membership of which is rightly regarded as the ‘kite mark’ for the industry in England & Wales. Jonathan Barnes will make a great addition to the Board, much as he has contributed to the success here at Woodsford”.