Public Access qualified
Bar Professional Training Course, Bristol Law School (Outstanding, first in year)
Graduate Diploma in Law, Bristol Law School (Distinction, first in year)
Association for Project Management (Professional)
MSc Nature, Society and Environmental Policy, University of Oxford
MA Geography, University of Oxford (First Class, second in year)
Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music
Chetham’s School of Music (4 A Levels, 1 AS level and 8 GCSEs)
Criminal Bar Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
South Eastern Circuit
Jonathan Storey is recognised as a leading specialist in regulatory law in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. Born in Manchester and raised there and (later) in Dorset, his early experiences and involvement in local politics impressed upon him the importance of public service and of standing up and speaking for those who were unable or unwilling to do so themselves. Having started his working life as a kitchen porter before periods in classical music, education, publishing and central government, Jonathan subsequently qualified as a barrister while working full-time in Whitehall, and joined Cornwall Street Chambers in March 2016. He has since developed a diverse and successful practice mainly in the fields of regulatory, education and sports law, but also in criminal, licensing and prison law, and public and administrative law. Jonathan is nationally recognised (and listed by Chambers and Partners in Band 2 and by the Legal 500 as a “Rising Star”) in the field of professional regulation, and particularly the regulation of teachers, doctors, nurses, lawyers and animal care professionals, and of education, assessments and qualifications, and regularly delivers training on it to unions, professional associations, other barristers, and solicitors’ firms. He is regularly instructed by the major teaching unions and by regulators, local authorities and leading solicitors’ firms. Jonathan works exceptionally hard for every client and strives to combine a down-to-earth, empathetic, compassionate and reflective approach to client care and case preparation with strong analytical and advocacy skills.
Immediately before coming to the Bar Jonathan worked in Whitehall in a variety of high-profile roles involving responsibility for UK defence and security relations with the countries of the Nordic and Baltic region, conflict prevention and peacekeeping policy, strategic planning and horizon-scanning (writing the seminal UK government analysis of the future of education and the future of the Polar Regions), Army discipline and Court Martial, information rights, education and training, and human resources management. He also undertook a year’s secondment to the voluntary sector as Deputy Operations Director of a leading medical charity. His last post in the Civil Service was as head of the Ministry of Defence’s public law and human rights litigation and policy team, responsible for managing the MOD’s defence in a very broad range of judicial reviews and other cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court engaging public law and human rights issues.
Jonathan was educated at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, training initially as a classical oboist and performing as a soloist and as a member of orchestras and small ensembles across the UK. He has a First Class Honours degree (ranked second in his year) and MSc in Geography from the University of Oxford, where he specialised in the social geography and anthropology of religious communities in London and traditional peasant communities in the Sahara Desert. While working full-time in Whitehall he undertook the Graduate Diploma in Law (graduating with Distinction, ranked first in his year) and trained for the Bar (graded Outstanding, ranked first in his year) at the University of the West of England in Bristol. Jonathan has served as a governor of two schools, as a charity trustee, as independent conduct and complaints panel chairman for the National Counselling Society and National Hypnotherapy Society, and as a member of the Safeguarding Case Management Group for Canoe Wales. He maintains close links with both Dorset and Manchester as the statutory Independent Person for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council and Salford City Council, advising on complaints in relation to local councillors, and is active in the training of student barristers as a part-time Associate Lecturer at the University of the West of England.
- Professional Regulation
- Regulatory Offences
- Education Law
- Sports Law
Jonathan is ranked in Band 2 for Professional Discipline in The Regions in Chambers UK Bar 2021, and as a Rising Star for Professional Discipline in The Legal 500 2021. He is regularly instructed by individuals (and on their behalf by trade unions, professional associations and law firms), organisations, regulators, charities and campaigning organisations, schools, and local and central government. His interests span the fields of regulatory law, education law, sports law and professional discipline, but he has particular expertise in the education, healthcare, legal, animal welfare/veterinary and sports sectors, and a strong track record of success in defending, advising and supporting professionals accused of serious misconduct. Jonathan also sits part-time in a quasi-judicial role as independent panel chairman for the National Counselling Society and National Hypnotherapy Society, as a member of the Safeguarding Case Management Group for Canoe Wales, and as the statutory Independent Person for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council and Salford City Council.
As a trainee barrister Jonathan assisted Andrew Faux with a wide range of professional regulatory proceedings brought by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (including the long-running proceedings relating to the so-called “Trojan Horse” affair in Birmingham schools) and the General Osteopathic Council, and with statutory appeals to the High Court (on one occasion settling a skeleton argument which persuaded the court for the first time ever to make an order limiting the (ultimately successful) appellant’s costs). He also assisted his supervisor Tim Boswell (now District Judge Boswell) with a number of regulatory and licensing matters in the criminal courts.
Jonathan has since developed a highly successful specialist regulatory practice, and has been instructed in his own right in a wide range of contentious matters including:
- Fitness to Practise proceedings (at all stages, and at all levels of seriousness, complexity and technical content) brought against health and care professionals by the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, and Care Council for Wales;
- Misconduct proceedings (at all stages, including several multi-handed, lengthy, paper-heavy and complex cases) brought against teachers by the Teaching Regulation Agency (in England) and Education Workforce Council (in Wales), involving allegations of serious sexual misconduct, grooming, dishonesty, assessment maladministration/cheating, failures to safeguard children, financial and recruitment malpractice, and inappropriate religious influence;
- Proceedings brought by other regulators including the Farriers Registration Council;
- Clergy discipline proceedings and other ecclesiastical matters;
- Appeals from the decisions of regulatory bodies;
- Internal disciplinary hearings;
- Health Care List matters in the Tribunal system;
- Disclosure and Barring Service matters;
- Regulatory prosecutions brought against individuals by local authorities;
- Safeguarding issues;
- Complaints; and
- Licensing matters.
He also has extensive and varied experience of undertaking advisory, investigation and complaints handling work for regulators (including Ofqual), government departments (including the Home Office; Attorney General’s Office; Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office; Ministry of Defence; and Government Legal Department), prosecuting authorities (principally the Crown Prosecution Service and Serious Fraud Office), local authorities, schools, charities and churches, and has written, spoken and lectured widely on matters of regulatory, education, sports and medical law and on legal, educational and medical ethics. He has substantial expertise in safeguarding and has advised government departments (including the Home Office’s Safeguarding Unit), schools, churches and senior professionals in the medical, education and sports sectors on their obligations and on safeguarding systems, management, practice and decision making. He currently serves as a member of the Safeguarding Case Management Group for Canoe Wales. Jonathan also has considerable experience of the examinations and assessments sector – advising regulators on malpractice cases, investigations and appeals, and defending and advising numerous teachers in cases of serious malpractice – and of advising on and handling pupil exclusions, parental complaints and disciplinary investigations. In 2018 he was an external expert contributor to the Tes Guide to School Trips, and in 2014 he wrote a major UK government report on the future of education. In 2019 and 2020 he was part of the examining team for the Professional Ethics component of the Bar Professional Training Course.
Jonathan’s approach to professional regulatory proceedings is pragmatic and inclusive, working closely with his clients to encourage them to engage their professional judgement to reflect upon the past and either acknowledge mistakes or contest allegations tenaciously as appropriate. He dedicates considerable time to working with his clients to understand their instructions and work context and reflect on their practice in order to give them the best possible chance of navigating very stressful proceedings. Having worked in education, the arts, the civil service, the law, and for a medical charity he has a strong understanding of the pressures faced by professionals in different environments and the contexts in which they operate.
Recent professional regulatory instructions include:
- Five week, three-handed substantive hearing – involving a range of legal issues and an expert witness – before a Professional Conduct Panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency of allegations of (over 30) serious safeguarding failings by a senior school leader, which resulted in several allegations not being proved and no prohibition order being made against his client. The case was reported in the national press.
- Four week substantive hearing before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal of several serious allegations of dishonesty, physical violence, bullying and clinical failings against a General Practitioner, involving expert evidence on IT systems and clinical decision-making, which resulted in the vast majority of the allegations not being proved and a suspension order being imposed (the GMC having bid for erasure). This was lifted after four months.
- Two week, five-handed substantive hearing of allegations of serious SATs maladministration by several members of staff at a primary school, which resulted in no prohibition order being made against his client. The case was reported in the national and local press.
- Two week substantive hearing of allegations of various failures to safeguard children and dishonesty brought against a Headteacher, which resulted in no findings of unacceptable professional conduct (and therefore no sanction).
- Seven day substantive hearing before a fitness to practise committee of the Education Workforce Council of allegations of unfair treatment of staff by a high profile Headteacher. This resulted in most allegations not being proved and a single finding of unacceptable professional conduct in relation to one particular only. The committee imposed a verbal reprimand. The case was reported in the national and local press.
- Five day substantive hearing of allegations of grooming, emotional abuse and inappropriate clinical care brought against a mental health nurse, which resulted in several allegations not being proved and the respondent maintaining her licence to practise, subject to a suspension order (which was set aside a year later). The NMC had sought a strike-off order.
- Five day substantive hearing of allegations of serious sexual misconduct against a Deputy Headteacher, which resulted in several allegations not being proved and no prohibition order being made.
- Three day substantive hearing of allegations of inappropriate and sexually motivated conduct by a primary school teacher towards a 10 year old boy, which resulted in no findings of unacceptable professional conduct (and therefore no sanction).
- Five day substantive hearing, involving multiple legal issues, of allegations of inappropriate religious influence against a hospital nurse, which resulted in several allegations not being proved and a three month conditions of practice order (subsequently revoked with immediate effect following a review hearing before a different panel). The NMC had sought a suspension order. The case was reported in the national and local media.
- Seven day substantive hearing – involving a range of legal issues – of allegations of (over 30) serious safeguarding and record-keeping failings by a senior school leader, which resulted in several allegations not being proved and no prohibition order being made.
- Five day substantive hearing of allegations of serious assessment maladministration and computer hacking (into school systems) by a senior teacher, which resulted in some allegations not being proved and no prohibition order being made.
- Three day, two-handed substantive hearing of allegations of serious assessment maladministration by a senior teacher, which resulted in the regulator dropping an allegation of dishonesty and no prohibition order being made.
- Three day, two-handed substantive hearing of allegations of serious financial and recruitment misconduct by a Headteacher, which resulted in the regulator dropping an allegation of dishonesty and no prohibition order being made;
- Two day substantive hearing of allegations of serious assessment maladministration by a senior teacher, which resulted in no prohibition order being made.
- One day substantive hearing of allegations of serious safeguarding failings by a Headteacher, which resulted in no prohibition order being made.
- One day substantive hearing of allegations of serious sexual misconduct by a secondary school teacher, which resulted in no prohibition order being made.
- One day hearing before the Interim Orders Tribunal of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, in which the respondent doctor successfully resisted the GMC’s submissions that he receive an interim suspension, despite facing serious allegations of dishonesty and clinical failings.
- One day hearing before the Interim Orders Tribunal of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, in which the respondent doctor received an interim conditions of practice order, despite facing allegations of a child sexual offence.
- One day substantive hearing before the Farriers Registration Council, in which the respondent received a verbal reprimand after being convicted of a hate crime related to his professional practice.
- Multi-handed investigation by the Teaching Regulation Agency of several allegations of SATs cheating and bullying, in which the respondent Headteacher persuaded the regulator to take no further action.
- Investigation by the Teaching Regulation Agency of several allegations of dishonest conduct, in which the respondent teacher persuaded the regulator to take no further action.
- General Crime
- Regulatory Offences
- Prison Law
- Court Martial
Although the majority of Jonathan’s practice involves defending professionals facing misconduct proceedings brought by their regulator, he also represents professionals, sportspeople and others in the criminal courts where serious allegations amounting to criminal offences are made against them. Having spent his first few years in practice in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts he has a substantial track record of defending clients charged with offences involving dishonesty, violence, drugs and sexual misconduct; regulatory offences; and the full range of motoring offences. He has also prosecuted for the CPS on the South Eastern Circuit, and has prosecuted regulatory offences on behalf of local authorities and probation matters on behalf of the Probation Service. In 2016 and 2017 he was also instructed in long-running bribery and corruption matters by the Serious Fraud Office.
As a trainee barrister Jonathan assisted his supervisor Tim Boswell (now District Judge Boswell) and other members of chambers (including Nigel Daly (now HHJ Daly), David Swinnerton (now HHJ Swinnerton), Stephen Cadwaladr, Jane Brady and Trudi Yeatman) with the full range of criminal proceedings, including preliminary hearings, trials, sentencing hearings and appeals in the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal; licensing proceedings (including in relation to private hire and firearms); Parole Board proceedings; and Service disciplinary proceedings. Before coming to the Bar he gained substantial experience of the Court Martial and of criminal-related public law matters (working with senior counsel including David Perry QC and Jonathan Glasson QC) during his previous career in central government.
- General Civil
- Public Law and Human Rights
- Media and Information Law
- Education Law
- Ecclesiastic Law
Jonathan maintains a varied civil practice. Over the last three years he has accepted instructions in a wide range of litigation and advisory matters from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (in the Kenya Emergency Group Litigation, several judicial reviews, and in relation to the FCDO’s programme of legal support to Commonwealth nations), Home Office (in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and in relation to child sexual abuse and safeguarding issues), Attorney General’s Office and Ministry of Defence (in national security litigation), and Ofqual (in relation to regulatory enforcement). He also has experience of High Court and Upper Tribunal litigation arising out of professional regulation matters, and in the full range of civil hearings in the County Court.
Alongside his particular expertise in regulatory, education and sports law, Jonathan has a strong specialist interest in public and administrative law and human rights, having previously led the Ministry of Defence’s team responsible for public law and human rights litigation and policy. In that capacity he worked closely with senior counsel including Sir James Eadie QC, Jonathan Glasson QC, Jonathan Swift QC (now Mr Justice Jonathan Swift) and Karen Steyn QC (now Mrs Justice Steyn), managing the MOD’s defence of some of the most significant cases relating to security matters (including counter-terrorism, detention, rendition, intelligence, surveillance, training and the full range of military operations) in the 21st century, including the MOD’s first closed material procedure case since the coming into force of the Justice and Security Act 2013 and the landmark cases of Serdar Mohammed v Secretary of State for Defence  EWCA Civ 843 and Al Saadoon and others v Secretary of State for Defence  EWCA Civ 811. Alongside regular instructions to act for central and local government he also teaches public and administrative law at the University of the West of England and is retained as the statutory Independent Person for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council and Salford City Council.
Jonathan has also advised in and assisted with a wide range of cases in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal involving claims of religious discrimination, pregnancy and maternity discrimination, disability discrimination, and unfair dismissal, as well as the full range of non-contentious employment law matters. Before coming to the Bar, he worked in a number of senior HR-related (and other) roles within the Civil Service and gained wide-ranging practical experience of employment law matters as a trustee and school governor.
In addition, he has a particular interest in media and information law, and has worked on several claims (at all levels up to the Court of Appeal) brought against the government under the Freedom of Information Act and by and against prominent individuals under the law of defamation and privacy. He has also advised central government departments in relation to their obligations under media and information law.
Jonathan also accepts instructions in the field of ecclesiastical law and is a regular contributor to the Ecclesiastical Law Journal.
Jonathan has been involved in education, training and teaching throughout his career, including as:
- College Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Oxford, teaching undergraduates and supervising dissertation research;
- A private music tutor;
- An external contributor to schools’ careers and Oxford and Cambridge admissions programmes;
- Assistant Director for Information Professionalisation, Skills and Engagement in the Ministry of Defence, responsible for Ministry-wide training, education, skills development and talent management of information professionals;
- Associate Lecturer on the Bar Professional Training Course at UWE Bristol, teaching Civil Litigation, Evidence and Remedies, and Civil and Criminal Advocacy, and assessing Civil and Criminal Advocacy;
- Associate Lecturer on the Graduate Diploma in Law at UWE Bristol, teaching Public and Administrative Law to postgraduates; and
- A member of the examining team for the Professional Ethics component of the Bar Professional Training Course in 2019 and 2020.
As pupil to Molly Giles, Jonathan worked on a range of public and private law proceedings relating to children, including complex matters involving allegations of physical and sexual abuse, parental alienation and radicalisation. He has since accepted instructions in a wide range of family matters, but is now particularly interested in the intersection between family law, mental capacity law, regulatory law and medical ethics and has written and researched on end of life and withdrawal of treatment issues.
Education and Qualifications
- Public Access qualified
- Bar Professional Training Course, University of the West of England (Outstanding, first in year)
- Graduate Diploma in Law, University of the West of England (Distinction, first in year)
- Association for Project Management (Professional)
- MSc Nature, Society and Environmental Policy, University of Oxford
- MA Geography, University of Oxford (First Class, second in year)
- Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music
- Gray’s Inn
- Criminal Bar Association
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
- South Eastern Circuit
- Ann Goddard Pupillage Scholarship (Gray’s Inn, 2017)
- Prince of Wales Scholarship (Gray’s Inn, 2013-2015)
- Faculty of Business and Law Prize (University of the West of England, 2015)
- Carol Crowdy Prize for Civil Litigation (University of the West of England, 2015)
- Commendation, Western Circuit Advocacy Prize (2015)
- Anthony Bessemer Clark Scholarship (Gray’s Inn, 2011-2013)
- Faculty of Business and Law Prize (University of the West of England, 2013)
- Gibbs Book Prize (University of Oxford, 2005)
- AJ Herbertson Book Prize (University of Oxford, 2005)
- New College Final Honour School Prize (New College, Oxford, 2005)
- New College Instrumental Scholarship (New College, Oxford, 2002-2005)
“Particularly skilled at representing teachers and nurses before their regulators in matters concerning dishonesty, safeguarding, inappropriate conduct and clinical failings. Strengths: “He is extremely professional and handled himself well in front of the judge.”” – Chambers UK Bar 2021
“He can be relied upon to take a pragmatic and practical approach to cases, always with a view as what is best for the client in the long run.” – Legal 500 2021
“Until I met you I did not feel that anyone was actually on my side and your positive but honest attitude gave me the confidence to give my best at the hearing and without that I could not have hoped for the outcome you achieved. I think everything went as well as it could have and with your clear explanations it made it easy to understand the options and the potential benefits / consequences of each even if it didn’t seem like something I would have initially chosen to do.” (lay client, professional regulation)
“I cannot describe how happy I am. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for me. I could have never done it without you. I know you were my barrister but you also treated me as a friend. You looked after me through this difficult time and I just cannot thank you enough.” (lay client, professional regulation)
“You guided me during a very difficult and stressful time with care, understanding and above all with professionalism. I am not a very easy person to work with but your resilience and patience with me were outstanding. Sometimes (well, almost all the time) I need to be explained things twice but you did not mind at all. You explained to me over and over matters again until I understood them and I thank you very much for your patience … I could have never done it if it wasn’t for you … for me you did everything possible on my behalf.” (lay client, professional regulation)
“Jonathan Storey provided me with an invaluable source of advice, support and guidance throughout a very challenging time. The legal processes were all very new to me, but his experience, knowledge and understanding helped me to make sense of the situation and prepare myself thoroughly in an unusually limited timeframe given the nature of my case.”
“Jonathan has an excellent understanding of education, the teaching profession, safeguarding and TRA processes and he ensured that I understood what evidence was relevant, what exactly would support my case and what the panel would be interested in. Given the short period time that we had to prepare, I really appreciate the way Jonathan worked around the clock to ensure that we maximised all the time we had available.”
“Jonathan’s work ethic and commitment to my case provided me with great reassurance during a very stressful time in my life. His communication throughout was exemplary on every level and he was consistently available via email or telephone. I do not believe that I would have been successful in avoiding prohibition without his support.”
“Jonathan has qualities that place him in a league of his own. He is driven by a strong sense of fierce resolve. The brilliant combination of his honesty, wisdom, passion and humility enabled a trusting partnership to evolve. Our collaborative approach meant that we were able to reach a range of extremely positive outcomes.”
“I am extremely grateful to Jonathan for his professional manner and diligent approach. I think it would be neglectful of me to fail to mention that, at a time when one could be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed and apprehensive, Jonathan’s smart sense of humour and quick-wittedness was also thoroughly appreciated!” (lay client, professional regulation)
“Your patience, dedication and passion came out. You treated my case like there was nothing else important you had to deal with at that time. I had an ‘uncapped’ access to you Jonathan. When you said I could call, text, or email you for just about anything and anytime, you meant it and you were true to your word.”
“Most significantly Jonathan your humility is what astounded me. [My friend] still talks about how you thought nothing of sitting on the floor to write your summation, responses and stuff while you offered all of us chairs to sit. You showed love and care in more ways than I could ever put in words. You comforted me regarding my daughter who was going through a pretty rough patch at the time, and you EVEN MISSED your son’s birthday Jonathan!! If that’s not love and dedication, I don’t know what is. Thank you so much.” (lay client, professional regulation)
“Jonathan I wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a great job you’re doing for me and my family. Your passion and dedication to my case is so heartwarming that I am really so humbled by it.” (lay client, professional regulation)
“I want to thank you again for all your very caring support and endless hours of professional input and reflection on your part … Whoever you represent [in the future] will indeed be fortunate and I have no doubt you will work every bit as hard and with determination as you did for me. I will always be indebted to you and wish you every success in the years ahead.” (lay client, professional regulation)
“You pitched everything perfectly. Thanks for being brilliant.” (solicitor, professional regulation)
“In Jonathan I couldn’t have wished for a more level headed and supportive barrister … His support of me and [wife] couldn’t have been better. For that we will both forever be in his debt.” (lay client, professional regulation)
“I just want to say thank you once again for all your support and warmth during that terrible period of my life. You really helped me get through what remains the worst time in my life.” (lay client, professional regulation)
“Thank-you to Jonathan … whose compassion also kept both me and my daughter going through the toughest times.” (lay client, professional regulation)
“We want to say a huge THANK YOU … for all your support … The outcome of last week was a miracle and we are still astounded even now.” (lay client, professional regulation)
“Thank you so much for all the incredible work that you put into [lay client’s] case. It was great to witness how well the team worked (at times flat out!) to get on top of the case and the result was the icing on the cake – congratulations. Look forward to working with you again in the future.” (solicitor, professional regulation)
“Thank you, you were brilliant, everyone really appreciated it! Look forward to instructing you again.” (solicitor, civil)
“Your ability to speedily understand complex legal arguments has been outstanding.” (solicitor, civil)
“In the short time that I have had the pleasure of working with you I have experienced nothing but diligence, sound judgment and good humour.” (solicitor, civil)
“Thank you … We are very pleased with the result and also your attention to detail.” (solicitor, criminal)