William Douglas-Jones

William Douglas-Jones

Call - 2011
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William enjoys a substantial regulatory practice in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. He has also appeared in related Proceeds of Crime hearings.

Will has a substantial practice in both prosecuting and defending in matters including:

  • Trading Standards prosecutions;
  • Offences concerning Houses in Multiple Occupation (‘HMO’s);
  • Animal Welfare offences;
  • Trade marks Offences;
  • Prosecutions by the Food Standards Agency and other food hygiene matters;
  • Taxi and Liquor licensing.

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.

William also has experience of regulatory appeals by way of case started. He appeared in the leading case concerning the time limits for prosecutions under the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007.

Notable Cases

NCC v BP (2020)

The ongoing prosecution of an alleged rogue builder who left no fewer than six complainants with substantially incomplete and deficient works.

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.


Chambers and Partners 2021: “He is a skilled advocate.” “William carries a lot more gravitas than might be expected from his year of call.”

Legal 500 2021: “‘A fiercely intelligent advocate, with wisdom and gravitas beyond his years.”


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



Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn 2011;

Walter Wigglesworth Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn 2013

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