Profile

BACKGROUND

Jonathan Storey joined Cornwall Street Chambers in March 2016 after a career spanning classical music, education, publishing and central government. He has since developed a diverse practice in the fields of criminal, licensing and prison law, professional regulation, employment law, public and administrative law, family law, education law, sports law and general civil law. He strives to combine a down-to-earth, empathetic, compassionate and reflective approach to client care with strong analytical and advocacy skills.

Immediately before coming to the Bar Jonathan worked in Whitehall in a variety of senior roles involving responsibility for information rights, Army discipline and Court Martial, human resources management, conflict prevention and peacekeeping policy, and UK defence and security relations with the countries of the Nordic and Baltic region. He also undertook a year's secondment to the voluntary sector as Deputy Operations Director of a leading medical charity. His last post in the Civil Service was as head of the Ministry of Defence's public law and human rights litigation and policy team, responsible for managing the MOD's defence in a very broad range of judicial reviews and other cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court engaging public law and human rights issues.

Jonathan trained initially as an oboist at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester before reading Geography as an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Oxford. He has served as a governor of two schools in Bristol and Gloucestershire and as a charity trustee.

TESTIMONIALS

“I want to thank you again for all your very caring support and endless hours of professional input and reflection on your part … Whoever you represent [in the future] will indeed be fortunate and I have no doubt you will work every bit as hard and with determination as you did for me. I will always be indebted to you and wish you every success in the years ahead.” (lay client, professional regulation)

“You pitched everything perfectly. Thanks for being brilliant.” (solicitor, professional regulation)

“In Jonathan I couldn’t have wished for a more level headed and supportive barrister … His support of me and [wife] couldn’t have been better. For that we will both forever be in his debt.” (lay client, professional regulation)

“I just want to say thank you once again for all your support and warmth during that terrible period of my life. You really helped me get through what remains the worst time in my life.” (lay client, professional regulation)

“Thank-you to Jonathan … whose compassion also kept both me and my daughter going through the toughest times.” (lay client, professional regulation)

“We want to say a huge THANK YOU … for all your support … The outcome of last week was a miracle and we are still astounded even now.” (lay client, professional regulation)

“Thank you so much for all the incredible work that you put into [lay client’s] case. It was great to witness how well the team worked (at times flat out!) to get on top of the case and the result was the icing on the cake – congratulations. Look forward to working with you again in the future.” (solicitor, professional regulation)

“Thank you, you were brilliant, everyone really appreciated it! Look forward to instructing you again.” (solicitor, civil)

“Your ability to speedily understand complex legal arguments has been outstanding.” (solicitor, civil)

“In the short time that I have had the pleasure of working with you I have experienced nothing but diligence, sound judgment and good humour.” (solicitor, civil)

“Thank you … We are very pleased with the result and also your attention to detail.” (solicitor, criminal)

PRACTICE SUMMARY

Crime

Jonathan enjoys a busy criminal practice in the Magistrates' Court, regularly defending in trials across the Midlands, South East and South West, and in the Crown Court. He has wide experience of working with young and vulnerable clients and witnesses and of offences involving dishonesty, violence, drugs and sexual misconduct, of regulatory crime, and of the full range of motoring offences. In addition to his defence practice, Jonathan is also a CPS Level 1 prosecutor on the South Eastern and Western Circuits and has prosecuted regulatory offences on behalf of local authorities and probation matters on behalf of the Probation Service. He is also currently instructed in long-running bribery and corruption matters by the Serious Fraud Office.

As pupil to Tim Boswell, Jonathan previously assisted with the full range of criminal proceedings, including preliminary hearings, trials, sentencing hearings and appeals in the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal; licensing proceedings (including in relation to private hire and firearms); Parole Board proceedings; and Service disciplinary proceedings. Before coming to the Bar he gained substantial experience of the Court Martial and of criminal-related public law matters during his previous career in central government.

Regulatory

Jonathan has a specialist regulatory practice and is regularly instructed on behalf of individuals by trade unions and professional associations and on behalf of regulators including local authorities.

As a first six pupil he assisted Andrew Faux with professional regulatory proceedings brought by the National College of Teaching and Leadership and the General Osteopathic Council and with statutory appeals to the High Court (on one occasion settling a skeleton argument which persuaded the court for the first time ever to make an order limiting the (ultimately successful) appellant’s costs). He also assisted Tim Boswell with a number of regulatory matters in the criminal courts.

He has since been instructed in his own right in a range of matters including Fitness to Practise proceedings brought against health and care professionals by the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council and Care Council for Wales, a number of cases brought against teachers by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, and regulatory prosecutions brought against individuals by local authorities. He also has a strong interest in clergy discipline and writes occasional case notes for the Ecclesiastical Law Journal.

Jonathan’s approach to professional regulatory proceedings is pragmatic and inclusive, working closely with his clients to encourage them to engage their professional judgement to reflect upon the past and either acknowledge mistakes or contest allegations tenaciously as appropriate. He dedicates considerable time to working with his clients to understand their instructions and work context and reflect on their practice in order to give them the best possible chance of navigating very stressful proceedings.

Recent instructions include a five day substantive hearing involving allegations of grooming, emotional abuse and inappropriate clinical care brought against a mental health nurse, which resulted in the respondent maintaining her licence to practise, subject to a suspension order; and a three day hearing of allegations of serious sexual misconduct against a Headteacher, which resulted in several allegations not being proved and no prohibition order being made.

Employment

Jonathan has advised in and assisted with a wide range of cases in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal involving claims of religious discrimination, pregnancy and maternity discrimination, and unfair dismissal, as well as the full range of non-contentious employment law matters. Before coming to the Bar, he worked in a number of senior HR-related (and other) roles within the Civil Service and gained wide-ranging practical experience of employment law matters as a trustee and school governor.

Civil

Jonathan has a very broad civil practice, regularly accepting instructions to act in small claims, infant approvals, MOJ Stage 3 hearings, housing matters and sports disputes. He is a member of the Government Legal Department's 'junior juniors' scheme and is currently instructed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the Kenya Emergency Group Litigation. As a pupil he also assisted Andrew Faux with, and settled written arguments in relation to, High Court litigation arising out of professional regulation matters.

Within his wide-ranging general civil practice, Jonathan has a particularly strong specialist interest in public and administrative law and human rights, having previously led the Ministry of Defence’s team responsible for public law and human rights litigation and policy. In that capacity he was responsible for the MOD’s defence of some of the most significant cases relating to security matters (including counter-terrorism, detention, rendition, intelligence, surveillance, training and the full range of military operations) in the 21st century, including the MOD’s first closed material procedure case since the coming into force of the Justice and Security Act 2013 and the landmark cases of Serdar Mohammed v Secretary of State for Defence [2015] EWCA Civ 843 and Al Saadoon and others v Secretary of State for Defence [2016] EWCA Civ 811.

He also has a particular interest in media and information law, and has worked on several claims (at all levels up to the Court of Appeal) brought against the government under the Freedom of Information Act and by and against celebrities under the law of defamation and privacy.

Jonathan also accepts instructions in the field of ecclesiastical law and is an occasional contributor to the Ecclesiastical Law Journal.

Family

As pupil to Molly Giles, Jonathan worked on a range of public and private law proceedings relating to children, including complex matters involving allegations of physical and sexual abuse, parental alienation and radicalisation. He has since accepted instructions in a wide range of family matters and is keen to develop this area of his practice further.

MEMBERSHIPS

Gray’s Inn
Criminal Bar Association
Human Rights Lawyers Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Administrative Law Bar Association
Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship
South Eastern Circuit

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

Public Access qualified
Bar Professional Training Course, Bristol Law School (Outstanding, first in year)
Graduate Diploma in Law, Bristol Law School (Distinction, first in year)
Association for Project Management (Professional)
MSc Nature, Society and Environmental Policy, University of Oxford
MA Geography, University of Oxford (First Class, second in year)
Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music
Chetham’s School of Music (4 A Levels, 1 AS level and 8 GCSEs)

AWARDS

Ann Goddard Pupillage Scholarship (Gray’s Inn, 2017)
Prince of Wales Scholarship (Gray’s Inn, 2013-2015)
Faculty of Business and Law Prize (University of the West of England, 2015)
Carol Crowdy Prize for Civil Litigation (University of the West of England, 2015)
Commendation, Western Circuit Advocacy Prize (2015)
Finalist, Albion Chambers Family Law Advocacy Competition (2015)
Anthony Bessemer Clark Scholarship (Gray’s Inn, 2011-2013)
Faculty of Business and Law Prize (University of the West of England, 2013)
Gibbs Book Prize (University of Oxford, 2005)
AJ Herbertson Book Prize (University of Oxford, 2005)
New College Final Honour School Prize (New College, Oxford, 2005)
New College Instrumental Scholarship (New College, Oxford, 2002-2005)

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