Cornwall Street’s Jonathan Storey (instructed by Colin Henderson of The Reflective Practice) and associate member Andrew Faux (instructed by Faisal Sameja of the Association of School and College Leaders) have this week helped to preserve the careers of two school leaders charged with serious misconduct. Jonathan’s client – the Executive Headteacher and later CEO of a large multi-academy trust in the South of England – and Andrew’s client – who was Assistant Headteacher of one school within the trust – faced wide-ranging allegations in relation to exam cheating and the submission of false school census records and had been at risk of being prohibited from teaching.
After a 10 day hearing convened by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) and reported extensively in the national and local media, the professional conduct panel accepted Jonathan’s and Andrew’s clients’ very limited admissions and acquitted them of the other allegations they faced. Jonathan’s client was found not guilty of dishonesty, and both have now been informed by the TRA that they will not be prohibited from teaching.
Jonathan is a specialist practitioner in the field of professional regulation and works regularly with teachers, doctors, and other professionals facing disciplinary proceedings at all stages from initial referral to appeal. He is ranked in the leading directories – by Chambers and Partners, in Band 2 for Professional Discipline in the Regions; and by the Legal 500 as a “Rising Star” – and sits as a fitness to practise panellist (and chair) for the Nursing and Midwifery Council and for Social Care Wales. His approach to defending professionals charged with misconduct combines persuasive advocacy with highly personalised and compassionate advice and expert support throughout the life of a case. Having worked in education, served several schools as a governor, and trained school leaders and lawyers in matters of education law, he is particularly sought after for his expertise in working with teachers and Heads and is regularly instructed by the major teaching unions and privately.
Andrew is an associate member of Cornwall Street Barristers who is now a director of niche regulatory law firm The Reflective Practice.