Cornwall Street’s Jonathan Storey (instructed by the National Education Union) has this week helped to secure the career of a teacher from the West Midlands who pleaded guilty to using unreasonable force on a vulnerable pupil. After a hearing in Coventry, convened by the Teaching Regulation Agency, a professional conduct panel found his client not guilty of serious misconduct in relation to two other charges to do with his safeguarding practice. The panel subsequently accepted Jonathan’s submissions that it would be disproportionate to prohibit him 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.