Jonathan Storey (instructed via the Public Access scheme) has this week succeeded in an abuse of process application on behalf of a leading headteacher. His client, who led several schools in the South East of England, faced a professional conduct panel hearing of serious allegations of sexual misconduct against a pupil. If proved, these would almost inevitably have led to his prohibition from teaching for life.
Following submissions from Jonathan on the first day of the hearing, the panel discontinued the case on the ground that its continued prosecution was unfair.
Jonathan, who joined Cornwall Street Barristers in 2016, is a specialist practitioner in the field of professional discipline, and is highly regarded and frequently instructed predominantly by the major teaching unions to represent their members in the most serious and sensitive of cases. In addition to his defence practice in support of teachers and other professionals, he also sits as Legally Qualified Chair of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal, Legally Qualified Chair of police misconduct proceedings for Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, and chair of the fitness to practise committees of both the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Social Care Wales.