Jay specialises in family law and cases in the Court of Protection. His work covers all areas of the law relating to children, as well as financial remedies and injunctions. Jay is instructed in both public and private law children matters; this work includes international cases involving abduction and applications for leave to remove from the jurisdiction. Jay acts and advises on financial remedies, Schedule 1, TOLATA and Inheritance Act matters.
Jay’s practice covers the whole range of matters under the Children Act, often acting in serious and complex Children Act litigation. He acts for parents, children, family members, Local Authorities and interveners in hearings up to 20 days long.
Jay acts for parents and family members in international children cases involving abduction and applications for leave to remove. In 2015 he acted for the applicant father on a returning abduction case where the mother had abducted the parties’ children to Hong Kong. The English proceedings arose out of matters heard under the Hague Convention by the Hong Kong High Court following the involvement of ICACU. This matter involved working closely with the instructing solicitor prior to the hearing to advise the father on the range of orders required. Careful preparation meant that a full range of protective orders including a s.37 passport order were granted as requested.
Jay’s financial cases often involve trusts, assets outside the jurisdiction, non-disclosure of assets and freezing injunctions. He also acts in enforcement proceedings, including committals. Clients have included the wives of a Premiership footballer and the heir to a shipping empire. In 2015 in a financial remedies matter listed for final hearing, he acted for the wife in a case where the issues involved non-disclosure, failure to engage with the proceedings, a proposed pensions order and three discretionary trusts.
Separately he is acting for two of the beneficiaries of a will in an Inheritance Act matter, in proceedings involving up to 7 prospective parties. Jay is handling the preliminary application to bring the application out of time heard alongside the case management hearing in the Chancery list.
Jay regularly organises and contributes to training and seminars for solicitors and other professionals.