“A clear advocate, who is persistent and tenacious and does very well with the court.”
Chambers & Partners 2017
“Jon is extremely competent, very good in conference and someone who gives pragmatic advice on issues. Rather than stick strictly to the legal position, he can offer other potential options to explore.”
Chambers & Partners 2017
Jon’s planning, environmental and property practice complements broader public and administrative law interests and his varied civil liability work. Jon undertakes pleading and advisory work for a wide variety of domestic and international clients, including developers, consultants, local authorities, and the Government Legal Department. He appears regularly in all types of court and tribunal.
Before coming to the Bar, Jon taught Property and International Environmental Law at Cambridge University whilst completing a PhD in International Environmental Law at Queens’ College.
Jon is ranked by Chambers & Partners as a leading junior for planning law (Band 5) and is frequently instructed as both sole and junior counsel; he is comfortable working as part of a team.
Jon advises developers, consultants, local authorities, objectors, third party interest groups and private clients on all aspects of the planning process, including planning enforcement (both inquiries and criminal proceedings), planning appeals (inquiries, hearings and written representations), injunctions, and criminal prosecutions under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Jon’s advisory practice covers consultation throughout the lifecycle of applications and appeals as well as the drafting of case documents, submissions and legal arguments. Jon has previously undertaken secondments to local authorities, where he advised on a range of planning and environmental matters including highways, compulsory purchase and rights of way.
Jon also provides advice and representation in nuisance claims (public and private), boundary disputes, Land Registration Tribunal matters, landlord and tenant disputes, including possession proceedings, disrepair claims and allegations of harassment and anti-social behaviour.
Jon’s wider public law practice provides him with a particular expertise in statutory challenges and applications for judicial review, in relation to which he has acted for claimants, defendants and interested parties.
Recent cases and inquiries of particular note include:
Jon frequently delivers seminars and papers to a wide range of audiences, including developers, local authorities, consultants and property professionals. He is the co-editor of Sweet & Maxwell’s Planning Law: Practice and Precedents and is a contributor to Shackleton on the Law of Meetings.
In addition, Jon taught Property Law and International Environmental Law at Cambridge University for a number of years whilst completing his PhD.
Jon has a wide public law practice, encompassing planning and environmental law, compulsory purchase, highways, housing, public procurement, civil liberties and human rights, freedom of information, and local government law. Jon’s experience of local government law includes prosecutions in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts concerning a range of matters, including environmental protection and noise abatement.
Jon has been instructed by the Border Agency, appearing in a significant number of immigration tribunal appeals, as well as the Government Legal Department in relation to judicial review challenges to immigration decisions, the “Mau Mau” uprising, public procurement matters and large-scale disclosure exercises.
Jon is regularly instructed in sensitive inquests, including appearing for both local authorities and families. He is prepared to consider Pro Bono representation in appropriate instances. He appeared alongside Andrew Deakin in FJ (a child) (Inquest) (2013), which related to the death of a child at school and required applications for extended reporting restrictions to limit press exposure of child witnesses.
Jon accepts instructions in a broad range of civil liability matters and acts for both claimants and defendants in small claims, fast-track and multi-track cases in the High Court and the County Courts, as well as appearing in the Coroners’ Court.
Jon provides advocacy, drafts pleadings, and advises on liability and quantum in high-value and complex disputes across a range of subject matters, including:
Jon also appears in applications for strike out and summary judgment, as well as costs and case management hearings
Jon is currently instructed by the Police Federation in relation to a large number of claims for payment of a statutory debt arising out of the Court of Appeal judgment in Vincent, Allard & Buckley v Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall  EWCA Civ 42.
“Jon came to the case relatively late in the process. The issues were complex and technically challenging and yet he was able to absorb vast amounts of information in a relatively short period of time. The Council was very impressed by his grasp and understanding of the issues and the positive and constructive manner in which he provided specialist advice …”