Areas of Expertise

Jason regularly appears at all stages of both public and private law proceedings in the Family Court, including the High Court. In the sphere of public law, Jason has successfully represented local authorities, parents, grandparents and children in contested interim care hearings, IRHs, applications for further assessments (P25), contact hearings and multi-day contested Final Hearings. He is a confident and dedicated advocate. He has a particular expertise in representing parents in care and adoption cases and was recently successful in the return of a child to her mother under a supervision order where both the local authority and guardian sought care and placement orders. He is often asked to represent particularly vulnerable clients and victims of abuse. He also undertakes cases of a human rights nature.

Jason is regularly instructed in the High Court in cases involving international parental child abduction, forced marriage, emotional abuse, allegations of sexual abuse, fabricated illness and serious physical abuse (often with linked criminal proceedings). He has developed expertise in dealing with complex medical evidence. Jason was recently instructed in a successful twelve-day fact finding hearing in respect of allegations of physical chastisement in the West Country.

In private law matters, Jason is regularly instructed at all stages of proceedings, in the Family Court and High Court, including appeals. Matters where Jason has acted include fact-finding hearings containing the most serious of allegations, including sexual abuse, rape, forced marriage and cultural disputes. He has undertaken injunctions under the Family Law Act, cost applications and issues regarding change of surname, school and both internal and international relocation. He has particular expertise in cases that involve cross family and immigration issues.

Jason has also recently successfully concluded a complex 10-day private law children action and has experience in cases involving the appointment of R16.4 Guidelines. He is able to provide prompt written advice in all areas of family law.

Jason is particularly praised by solicitors for being a tough negotiator with a no nonsense style. He is popular with clients for his thorough and patient approach to family proceedings. Jason’s case preparation is first rate and solicitors praise him as he is dedicated, passionate and always “fights the client’s corner in court”. Jason has over twenty years’ experience having originally qualified as a solicitor and becoming a partner in a private practice in London.

Jason regularly accepts direct access clients.

Jason has been involved recently in cases involving;

  • Forced marriage
  • International parental child abduction, Brussels II (Revised)
  • Proceedings under the inherent jurisdiction
  • Application for leave to remove from the jurisdiction
  • FGM
  • Complex care and adoption proceedings
  • Publicity and disclosure proceedings
  • Committal proceedings
  • Human Rights applications

In 2012 Jason was awarded the MBE for his services to pro bono law.

Jason writes regularly for the New Law Journal, the Law Society Gazette and the Legal Executive Journal. He also appears as a legal expert on radio for both the BBC and commercial stations. He was from 2008-2010 radio lawyer on LBC where he provided legal advice to the listeners of London.

In 2006, Jason became the Law Society’s YSG In House Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. In 2008, Jason was a member of the human rights Caravana to Colombia.

In 2015 Jason co-wrote the critically acclaimed guide to private law ‘How to Represent Yourself in the Family Court” published by Little Brown.

In 2016 Jason was shortlisted for the Birmingham Law Society’s Barrister of the Year Award.

Jason also lectures extensively on family law, negotiation and ADR.


Solicitor Advocate: 2004

BA Hons History

CPE: Commendation

LPC: Commendation

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