- Inns of Court School of Law
- University of Liverpool
- Winckley Square Convent School, Preston
- Advocacy Trainer for Middle Temple and the Northern Circuit
- Joint Chair Manchester FLBA
- Northern Circuit Executive Committee
- Cumbria Family Justice Board
- Northern Circuit Executive Committee
- Family Law Bar Association
- Northern Administrative Law Association
- Northern Mental Health Bar Association (Founding Member)
- Court of Protection Practitioners' Association
- Manchester Medico-Legal Society
Jane had a general common law pupillage at 25 Byrom Street Manchester and 14/15 Winckley Square Preston where she developed a particular interest in public law work, acquiring a diverse and substantial practice, particularly in the High Court. In 2002 she moved to Deans Court Chambers to become part of a dedicated family team and to develop her interest and expertise in this area of law. Always a committed advocate, Jane was appointed to Silk in 2010.
Jane is highly experienced in managing the most complex and demanding cases. She has developed a reputation for skilled cross examination and forceful submission. Her forensic skills are complemented by meticulous preparation and attention to detail and by her persuasive advocacy. Her particular interest in cases involving the death and serious abuse of children reflects her ability to master complex medical evidence and her critical analysis of legal and factual issues.
Jane is also experienced in cases of serious maltreatment and neglect, including cases of sexual and inter-generational sexual abuse, child rape, fabricated and induced illness and emotional abuse and neglect. She is skilled in the questioning of vulnerable children and adults who lack capacity. Her diverse style and flexible approach gives her the ability to represent local authorities, children and parents with equanimity and her ability to adapt and to meet the challenges that these different perspectives demand, means that she is experienced in the management and presentation of all aspects of public law work.
Jane has an interest in the law relating to vulnerable adults, particularly in the jurisdictions of mental capacity and mental health. She is instructed by the Official Solicitor on behalf of patients and represents other parties, including local authorities, in proceedings under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court, in the Court of Protection and under the Mental Health Legislation. Her particular interest in the issues of deprivation of liberty and of medical treatment complements her experience in the field of public law child protection. This parallel expertise also underpins her work in the determination of the issues of the capacity and best interests of vulnerable young people aged between sixteen and eighteen.
Administrative challenge, particularly in the areas of Community Care and Leaving Care, completes Jane’s profile and she is experienced in advising local authorities and individuals on their rights in these areas.
Jane also practices from
Court of Protection
TA v AA & Knowsley MBC  EWCA Civ 1661
Jane Cross QC and Jonathan Butler successfully acted in TA v AA & Knowsley Borough Council, in the Court of Appeal. This landmark case establishes the correct procedural route for appeals in respect of s.21A of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, and provides guidance as to how such hearings should be conducted at first instance.
A -v- S -v- Lancaster County Council
 EWHC 1689 (Fam)
 EWHC 1715 (Fam)  2 FLR 1384 - Care Proceedings: Causation
Lancashire County Council -v- R
 EWCH 2959 (Fam) &  1 FLR 387
X Council v B
 EWHC 2015 (Fam) - Emergency Protection Orders
 2FLR 657 - non-Accidental Injury: Medical Evidence
Re R (A Minor)
Highlighted for her expertise in handling public children law matters, including serious injury and death cases. She is also well known for her involvement in difficult disputes regarding neglect and sexual abuse.Chambers and Partners, 2019
‘Highly recommended for public law children matters.’ ‘Noted for her expertise in cases involving vulnerable adults.’Legal 500, 2018
Highlighted for her expertise in handling public children law matters, including serious injury and death cases. She is also well known for her involvement in difficult disputes regarding neglect and sexual abuse. "Exceedingly hard-working." "She is so approachable - I could ring her any time. Her attention to detail is amazing."Chambers and Partners, 2018
‘Very well known for her practice in mental health and capacity matters.’Legal 500, 2017
‘Very experienced in serious maltreatment and neglect cases.’Legal 500, 2017
Highlighted for her expertise in handling public children matters, including serious injury and death cases. She is also well known for her involvement in difficult disputes regarding neglect and sexual abuse. "I rate her highly, she's meticulous in her preparation." "Excellent on childcare."Chambers UK, 2017
Experienced in cases involving serious abuse.Legal 500, 2016
Enjoys a strong reputation for childcare work. She has particular expertise in cases involving the death, serious abuse or chronic neglect of children. "She is up there with the very best."Chambers UK 2015
Supremely articulate in her advocacy. (Public law)Legal 500, 2014
Forensic in her approach to cases. (Family)Legal 500, 2014
Specialises in children workLegal 500, 2014
A committed and tenacious advocate.Chambers UK, 2014
Instructing solicitors hold this "impressive and very experienced" barrister in high esteem, and highlight her "tremendous advocacy skills".Chambers UK, 2013
Has a quick brain and good court presence, which make her a formidable opponent.Legal 500, 2011
Charming, persuasive and blessed with a great sense of humour.Chambers UK 2010
Lauded for her sound judgement and persuasive manner in the courtroom.Chambers UK, 2009
Continues to impress the market with her conscientious child advocacy.Chambers UK, 2008
Fastidious preparation and immaculate presentation.Chambers UK, 2007