Profile

John has been working as a lawyer since 1983 initially as a solicitor and since 2006 as a barrister specializing in Family Law and regulatory matters involving Ofsted.

As a solicitor he was a partner at Messrs Jones Myers and Levi and Co and an Associate at Messrs Walker Morris. He was a member of the Law Society Children Panel from 1995-2006, a member of the Ofsted legal panel 2003-2006 and a member of his teams Child Abduction Panel 1999-2006.

John has been married for 27 years with three children.

Family CV


John has been specialising in family law for 30 years. He regularly undertakes work in Children cases specialising in both Public Law and Private Law work.

He has been described as a ‘tenacious, fearless and thorough advocate particularly adept at thinking on his feet with a good client manner , giving advice in a clear, down to earth style that clients find relatable’.

He represents and advises clients, parents, local authorities and children in child abuse, child care and adoption cases . He provides representation and advice for parents and grandparents in cases over children involving Child Arrangement Orders (residence and contact disputes ) with particular expertise in internal and external relocation cases .

He is qualified to do ‘Direct Access ‘ work which his experience as a solicitor makes him especially suited to.


Regulatory CV

John has for 10 years been providing regulatory advice and representation in cases involving Ofsted. He has acted for Ofsted themselves and now represents child minders ,child day care providers , children care homes and children centres on compliance issues , restrictions and cancellations of registrations. He represents providers at Tribunals and in making representations to Ofsted.

He has been described as ‘a well-respected member of the local bar who goes out of his way to assist instructing solicitors and lay clients alike. Clients are put at ease by his empathetic and approachable manner and are immediately assured by his detailed preparation in both his written work and court based advocacy. Whilst he provides sensible and pragmatic advice and solutions, he is equally robust in his presentation of cases which end up before the courts’

John has also held Consultancy Posts within organisations advising on regulatory matters regarding Ofsted compliance.

He is qualified to do ‘Direct Access ‘ work which his experience as a solicitor makes him especially suited to.



Recommendations :
Legal 500 2015 :‘He prepares thoroughly, and will go the extra mile for clients when necessary.’
Direct Access Client 2015 : ‘Parklane Plowden are very lucky to have a man like you on the team, you promised me you would do your best and you never broke that promise, I will never be able to thank you enough John’
Senior Partner of West Yorkshire Family Law Firm :’ Can I just say you are my absolute true hero!!’
Solicitor West Yorkshire ‘I spoke with (client ) the day after the hearing and he was on cloud nine. Brilliant job and I will contact you in the future’
The Legal 500 2014 - "Not afraid of rolling up his sleeves and taking on a job no matter what"
Linkedin 2012 Recommendation: "I recently instructed John to provide a written opinion on a complex family law matter. John's attention to detail and the speed with which he analysed complex facts was very impressive. His written opinion was thorough and comprehensive and I would recommend his work to all family law practitioners."
RECENTLY CONCLUDED CASES
A recent case John has been involved in is the Rotherham Borough Metropolitan Council v L & Ors [2015] EWFC B29 (20 March 2015) please follow the link below for full detials of the case.
Link : http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/markup.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWFC/OJ/2015/B29.html&query=title+(+Rotherham+)&method=boolean

REPORTED CASES
R (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 1783
Re G and B (Fact-Finding Hearing) [2009] 1 FLR 1145
A County Council v W, H, B, & W [2009] EWHC 989 (Fam)
All in the Care Standards Tribunal
EY Debbie Stewart -v- Ofsted [2005] 0533
Application to strike out appeal on procedural matters.
Adrienne Flemming -v- Ofsted [2004] 0401.EY
Application to strike out appeal on procedural matters.
P -v- HM Chief Inspector of Schools in England [2004] 0334.EY-SUS
Suspension case involving a day nursery (acting for parents).
Mrs Christine Oakes -v- HM Chief Inspector of Schools in England [2003] 0226.EY
Case involved the cancellation of child minder who was in breach of the National Standards.
Lisa Stringer -v- HM Chief Inspector of Schools in England [2003] 0166.EY
Cases involving breaches of the practitioners child minding ratio agreement.
Fun Camps -v- Ofsted [2003] 0124.EY
Costs application.
LECTURES/SEMINARS
John has considerable experience of conducted training seminars. This includes the provision of training for Local Authorities on law and procedure , court skills training Paediatric Nursing Staff at local hospitals, Osfted Early Years Inspectors on legal issues and Court Skills, and Roman Catholic Priests on Data Protection Matters.

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