CQ, DQ & EQ  EWHC 3979 (Fam)
Jay specialises in family law. His work covers all areas of the law relating to children, as well as divorce and financial matters. Jay’s cases involve international matters such as abduction and applications to remove children from the jurisdiction.
Jay is ranked as a leading lawyer in the Legal 500 and has been described as ‘intelligent’, ‘a brilliant communicator’, and ‘a class act’.
Jay often appears against Queen’s Counsel, whether led, or as sole counsel.
Jay is experienced in all aspects of children law, including arrangements for where children live and who they spend time with.
Jay is frequently instructed on international children cases. He is currently dealing with an extremely complex Article 11 case in the High Court following the wrongful retention of a child in Poland.
Jay has recently dealt with applications for leave to remove to India, Hong Kong and Israel.
Jay has particular experience dealing with cases involving parental alienation. Jay is currently instructed by a father, a consultant psychiatrist, in a case where the mother, a solicitor, had stopped all contact.
Earlier this year Jay successfully defended allegations of alienation made against his client, and obtained a costs order in his client’s favour.
Last year Jay appeared against leading counsel in a 5 day final hearing on an alienation case.
Jay is frequently instructed by professional clients including barristers, doctors and people in the City. Jay understands the importance of rigorous confidentiality and a high level of client service.
Jay has a heavyweight public law practice. Jay appears frequently in the High Court and is used to dealing with cases that draw considerable media attention. So far this year Jay has done an 18 day case in the High Court, appeared in a reported case on forced marriage, and undertaken a lengthy fact-finding in respect of allegations of torture and physical abuse. Jay is used to complex witness handling, including the cross-examination of children. Jay will be undertaking a fact-finding in relation to allegations on non-accidental head injury in September 2019.
F (A Minor: Secure Accommodation Resources)  EWHC 2189 (Fam)
Jay acts for professionals and high net worth individuals in financial proceedings. Jay’s recent cases have involved assets being hidden overseas, inherited farmland, and the valuation of businesses and partnerships.
Jay has acted for a Euromillions jackpot winner, the wife of a Premiership footballer, and the wife of a Greek shipping heir.
Jay has a niche expertise in defended divorces, including the validity (or otherwise) of religious and overseas marriages. Jay is in demand for cases of forum shopping and jurisdictional issues. Jay is currently instructed on a Moroccan case in which the Attorney General has been invited to intervene. Jay is also instructed on a defended divorce relating to whether an Islamic religious ceremony performed in the UK gave rise to a void or voidable marriage.
Jay deals with abduction matters, whether under BIIR, the Hague Convention, or in respect of non-Convention countries. Jay’s recent work includes acting for a father whose young son was abducted from Australia to the UK, a returning abduction following High Court proceedings in Hong Kong, and a contested leave to remove to India.
Jay is also frequently instructed on leave to remove applications, whether temporary or permanent. In 2017, Jay appeared as sole counsel against a leading silk in a contested leave to remove application.
What the directories say
“Is counsel of choice for many solicitors who value his polished advocacy and exceptional client-handling skills” – tier 3
Legal 500 2020
“He is both eloquent and intelligent – a class act” – tier 4
The Legal 500 2018
“A brilliant communicator, who can be trusted to make the correct tactical decisions” – tier 4
The Legal 500 2017
LEGAL 500 LEADING INDIVIDUAL
Family Law Bar Association