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Jonathan is a leading public law barrister, with a practice that has a particular emphasis on the fields of human rights and civil liberties, education law, local government law, regulatory law, health, environmental law, and EU law. He is ranked as a leading junior in public law by both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500.

Jonathan deals with cases involving civil liberties and human rights issues across a wide range of areas, including retention of information, prisons, immigration and asylum, and terrorism and national security. He also has experience of dealing with such issues in the health sector, and has advised on matters such as the compatibility of policies for the treatment of funding with Convention rights and equalities legislation.

Jonathan is widely recognised as one of the leading education law barristers in the country, and he is ranked in the top tier of counsel in the field by Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. He has experience of dealing with the full range of issues that arise in the maintained sector and in relation to academies, independent schools and universities. Jonathan has particular expertise in dealing with challenges to school reorganisations and academy conversions.

Jonathan is ranked as a leading barrister in local government law by both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. He has experience of dealing with matters across the full spectrum of local government law, including community care, the public sector equality duty, inter-authority disputes, local government reorganisation (including community governance reviews), central government intervention, standards, local government finance and land transfers, access to information, procurement and employment issues.

In regulatory matters, Jonathan acts for both companies and regulators, and has particular experience in dealing with judicial reviews relating to the financial sector. Jonathan also has extensive experience of litigating environmental law issues (whether arising out of domestic or EU law) in the higher courts, and he recently acted for the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the challenge to the grant of development consent for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.

Across his areas of practice, Jonathan acts for individuals, charities, companies and NGOs. He regularly lectures on public law issues, and he is a member of the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association and the Planning and Environmental Bar Association.

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