Jonathan is a specialist children law practitioner. He has an established practice with particular emphasis on public law care proceedings. He is also instructed in complex private law children, adoption, special guardianship and wardship proceedings. He represents parents, children and local authorities at all levels of court. Jonathan is regularly instructed in cases involving non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse, physical abuse, the murder of a parent, neglect, emotional abuse, substance misuse, mental health issues, learning difficulties and teenage parents.
Jonathan has expertise in representing young people separately from their guardian in care proceedings and, in particular, in secure accommodation proceedings. He has worked voluntarily for law centres, Citizen Advice Bureaux, the Family Rights Group and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
Before he transferred to the Bar in July 2006, Jonathan practised as a solicitor for 18 years and was a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel for 12 years. He also had Higher Rights of Audience (Civil).
Family Law Bar Association