MA (First Class, second in year university-wide) – University of Oxfor
MSc – University of Oxford
Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music
Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction, first in year university-wide) – University of the West of England
Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding, first in year university-wide) – University of the West of England
Public Access qualified
Jonathan Storey joined Cornwall Street Chambers in March 2016 after a career which started as a kitchen porter and subsequently spanned classical music, education, publishing and central government. He has since developed a diverse and successful practice mainly in the fields of professional regulation, education law, and sports law, but also in criminal, licensing and prison law, employment law, and public and administrative law. He strives to combine a down-to-earth, empathetic, compassionate and reflective approach to client care 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 information rights, Army discipline and Court Martial, human resources management, conflict prevention and peacekeeping policy, and UK defence and security relations with the countries of the Nordic and Baltic region. 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, has a First Class Honours degree (ranked second in his year) and MSc in Geography from the University of Oxford, and trained for the Bar (graduating first in his year) at the University of the West of England. He lives in Gloucestershire and has served as a governor of two schools and as a charity trustee.
- 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 regularly 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), 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 has a varied civil practice. He is a member of the Government Legal Department’s ‘junior juniors’ scheme and has accepted instructions from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (in the Kenya Emergency Group Litigation), Home Office (in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and in relation to child sexual abuse issues), Attorney General’s Office (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.
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 James Eadie QC, Jonathan Glasson QC and Jonathan Swift QC, 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.
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 is able to accept instructions in all types of Immigration Law cases.
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 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.
- Professional Regulation
- Regulatory Offences
- Educational Law
- Sports Law
Jonathan has a specialist regulatory practice and is regularly instructed by individuals (and on their behalf by trade unions, professional associations and law firms), by organisations, and by regulators. His interests span the field of regulatory law but he has particular expertise in the education, healthcare, animal welfare/veterinary and sports sectors.
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 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 matters including:
- Fitness to Practise proceedings (at interim, substantive hearing and review stages) 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 National College for Teaching and Leadership and Teaching Regulation Agency, involving allegations of sexual misconduct, grooming, dishonesty, assessment maladministration, failures to safeguard children, financial and recruitment malpractice, and inappropriate religious influence;
- Proceedings brought by other regulators including the Farriers Registration Council;
- Appeals from the decisions of regulatory bodies;
- Health Care List matters in the Tribunal system;
- Regulatory prosecutions brought against individuals by local authorities; and
- Licensing matters.
He also has extensive and varied experience of undertaking advisory and investigation work for regulators (including Ofqual), government departments (including the Home Office’s Safeguarding Unit, Attorney General’s Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Government Legal Department), local authorities and schools, and has written, spoken and lectured on matters of regulatory, education, sports and medical law and on legal, educational and medical ethics. Jonathan also has a strong interest in clergy discipline (and other ecclesiastical matters) and regularly contributes case notes for the Ecclesiastical Law Journal.
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 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. 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;
- 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;
- 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 week, three-handed substantive hearing – involving a range of legal issues and an expert witness – 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;
- One day substantive hearing of allegations of serious safeguarding failings by a Headteacher, 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; and
- 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.
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)
- “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.”
- “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)