William Douglas-Jones

William Douglas-Jones

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Chambers and its members are regulated by the Bar Standards Board.


Since joining Chambers as a tenant, Will has been instructed in a number of regulatory trials and hearings in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. He has also appeared in related Proceeds of Crime hearings.

Will has recently been instructed in cases involving:

  • Offences concerning Houses in Multiple Occupation (‘HMO’s)
  • Animal Welfare offences
  • Trade marks Offences
  • Prosecutions by the Food Standards Agency.

Will has also been instructed on a number of occasions to act in mock trials and conferences in order to train new Health & Safety Executive inspectors in the preparation and execution of their prosecutions surrounding the Work at Height Regulations.

Further, Will has experience of conducting both Education Act and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills prosecutions. William has developed a busy practice in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts,  and is keen to develop his regulatory practice.

Will undertook a regulatory second-six pupillage under the guidance of the then Head of Chambers, Nicholas Cole. He was required to draft advices and case summaries in a wide range of Environmental and Animal Health prosecutions. During his pupillage, Will also spent a month with Kevin Saunders and gained experience in a range of regulatory matters in the Crown Court.

Notable Cases

WCC v MM (2019)

Successful prosecution of a restaurant owner for breaching a Hygiene Prohibition Order.

SCC v S&S (2019)

Represented the Applicant in an appeal by way of case stated to determine whether the time limit for bringing a prosecution under the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007 was the 3 years under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 or 6 months under section 127 Magistrates’ Court Act 1980.

JR (2018)

Appeared for the owner of a building site at the inquest into the death of a workman in anticipation of a HSE prosecution.

SSC v AT (2018)

Defence Counsel in POCA proceedings following the conviction for breach of a planning enforcement notice of a scrapyard owner.  Will successfully limited the confiscation order to £150,000 at a final hearing where the prosecuting authority sought in excess of £0.5 million.

WCC v ZS (2018)

Instructed to prosecute a large-scale case of the unauthorised use of trade marks in a counterfeit tobacco case involving a series of huge seizures of tobacco.


University of Liverpool: BSc. Physiology, 2:1 (Hons) 2008

College of Law, Birmingham: Graduate Diploma in Law, Distinction 2010

College of Law, Birmingham: BPTC, Outstanding 2011


The Midland Circuit

Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Criminal Bar Association

The Social Housing Law Association


Winner of College of Law Plea in Mitigation Competition 2011;

Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn 2011;

Walter Wigglesworth Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn 2013

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