Jack Anderson

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“He is just super clever – he is quick and very attentive to detail. He is responsive and you can trust his judgement completely.” “He is very precise and academic. On his feet he is very measured; he quietly takes everything in and challenges things in a non-confrontational way.”
Chambers & Partners 2017

Jack Anderson specialises in all areas of public law, planning, employment and local government law.

Jack has appeared before the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal, Social Security Tribunal, Employment Tribunal, First Tier Tribunal (SENDIST), Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals and Immigration and Asylum Chambers) , Mental Health Review Tribunal, Planning Inspectorate, Licensing Sub-committees County Court, Magistrates Court, Crown Court, Court of Protection and the High Court (QBD, Administrative Court and Chancery Divisions).


Commercial, Regulatory and Employment

Jack has acted in common law contractual disputes in the county court and has been instructed as junior counsel in relation to a complex pensions and contractual dispute on the Isle of Man arising from the termination of an employment relationship. In the regulatory field, Jack has advised in relation to utilities regulation, undertaking work at Ofgem in relation to a substantial investigation into a breach of license conditions, and also in the field of financial regulation, in particular mis-selling of payment protection insurance. In relation to professional regulation, Jack has advised and acted in judicial review proceedings against the Legal Services Ombudsman.

Jack has appeared for both Claimants and Respondents in employment tribunals in England and Scotland in matters concerning unfair dismissal including redundancy, breach of contract, unlawful deduction of wages, discrimination and harassment and transfer of undertakings (TUPE). He has delivered training on disability discrimination.

For six months over 2008–2009, Jack acted as a judicial assistant to Lord Justice Keene in the Court of Appeal, during which time he worked on a wide variety of cases involving public law, planning law, human rights and immigration as well as private law disputes.

Jack is happy to undertake legal aid work and is keen to maintain a pro bono element to his practice. He has acted and advised pro bono on immigration (including family reunion and the fear of inhuman and degrading treatment), possession proceedings, employment law, social security and education law. He will accept instructions in all areas in which chambers specialises.

Planning, Highways and Environmental Law

Jack is instructed by both individuals and local authorities in relation to planning matters both at Inquiry (including enforcement appeals) and the High Court. Recent work has included advice on the enforceability of s.106 agreements and advice on the scope of powers under the Buildings Act 1984 in the context of a listed building in a state of serious disrepair. Jack has also acted in the Magistrates court including prosecutions in respect of tree preservation orders and fly-tipping and in relation to planning enforcement and has acted on planning appeals to the Crown Court. In relation to highways, he has acted in arbitration proceedings under s. 265 of the Highways Act, acted in prosecutions in relation to obstruction of the highway and Crown Court proceedings under s. 66 of the Highways Act in relation to maintenance of the highway. He has advised on a range of matters including compensation for damage caused by improvements to the highway. He has advised on questions of environmental law including waste and permit trading and is a contributor to Westlaw Insight in relation to environmental law.

Administrative & Public

Court of Protection

Jack has advised in relation to and appeared before the Court of Protection for both local authorities and individuals in relation to a variety of issues including enduring and lasting powers of attorney, deputyship, best interests decision-making and contempt proceedings arising from a failure to comply with the court’s orders. He is instructed in safeguarding proceedings including matters involving complex disputes of fact as well as best interests considerations.

Education Law

“Really impressive in the way he conducts himself. He’s very sharp and gets the legal points.” Chambers & Partners 2015

Jack advises and acts for parents, schools and local authorities in relation to a wide range of issues that arise in the context of education. Jack appears before the First Tier Tribunal (SENDIST) in relation to both statements of special educational needs and claims of disability discrimination, and in the Upper Tribunal. He has also clerked for Independent School Admission Appeal Panels and acted for both parents and schools in relation to exclusion appeals including appeals that raise issues of disability discrimination. He has advised on issues of school organisation and school transport including challenges to school transport policy. He also acts in the Administrative Court in education matters including exclusions and school transport and is instructed in proceedings relating to the adequacy of a learning difficulty assessment.

He has delivered training and seminars on education law including school admissions and exclusions, special educational needs and the law on home education. He contributed to the third edition of McManus, Education and the Courts (Jordans, 2012). In a private capacity, he has been involved in establishing a free school and acted as a school governor, in which capacity he was responsible for considering revisions to school policies, and chairing disciplinary and grievance proceedings amongst other things.

Local Government

Local Government and Public Law

Jack is regularly instructed in relation to housing matters, including housing associations and registered landlords, and has advised on a number of aspects of landlord and tenant law. He has also acted in relation to housing benefit appeals before the First Tier Tribunal. He has advised on miscellaneous matters on local authority powers and procedures under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. Jack has also advised on questions of election law including advising returning officers and advising in relation to election petitions. He has advised and acted for claimants and respondents in relation to judicial review proceedings including proceedings in relation to prisons, the former Legal Services Ombudsman, education, community care and the disposal of local authority land (R (on the application of London Jewish Girls High School) v Barnet [2013] EWHC 523. He appears before licensing sub-committees and in the Magistrates Court in licensing appeals including licensing reviews and applications. He is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Local Government Bulletin and an author of the second edition of Anti-Social Behaviour Law (Jordans, 2011).

Housing, Community Care and Homelessness

Jack advises and acts for claimants and local authorities in relation to housing, community care and homelessness including applications under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996, assessments under s. 47 of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1947, and assessments under the Children Act. His work in this field includes advising and acting for failed asylum seekers and other persons without recourse to public funds on account of their immigration status. He often undertakes urgent drafting and out-of-hours applications.


Jack is recommended in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 in the area of Education law.


“He is just super clever – he is quick and very attentive to detail. He is responsive and you can trust his judgement completely.” “He is very precise and academic. On his feet he is very measured; he quietly takes everything in and challenges things in a non-confrontational way.” Chambers & Partners 2017
“He gets good results” Legal 500 2015
“Really impressive in the way he conducts himself. He’s very sharp and gets the legal points.” Chambers & Partners 2015
“Reliable and very bright.”Chambers & Partners 2014
“He knows education law inside out.” Chambers & Partners 2014
“He has intellectual acumen and confidence.” Chambers & Partners 2014

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