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Michael Jones

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Michael Jones - Deans Court Chambers

Specialisms

Education

  • BA (Hons) History: University of Leeds, 2005.
  • MA History: University of Manchester, 2006.
  • Graduate Diploma in Law: College of Law, Chester (Distinction), 2007.
  • Bar Vocational Course: Manchester Metropolitan University (Very Competent), 2008.

Professional Associations

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Amnesty International
  • Northern Circuit

Awards

  • Pegasus Scholar 2015 (Middle Temple)

Profile

Michael practices in the area of Family law in relation to children and in the Court of Protection. He has particular experience in cases involving the deprivation of liberty of children, in the context of both proceedings brought within the Court of Protection and under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.

Michael’s Children Act practice incorporates cases involving international issues such as that of jurisdiction, placement of children outside of the United Kingdom and transferring proceedings. He is regularly instructed in public law proceedings involving serious injuries to children and has appeared both alone and as junior counsel, in a number of cases in the High Court involving complex medical issues including abusive head trauma/brain injury to infants, and fabricated and induced illness in children.

Michael is the author of the practitioner’s textbook ‘Children: the Inherent Jurisdiction and Wardship’ and has advised and represented various parties within wardship proceedings relating to matters such as abduction, medical treatment and alleged radicalisation. He has a particular interest in the use of the inherent jurisdiction in the context of medical treatment cases relating to children.

In relation to proceedings within the Court of Protection, Michael is experienced in dealing with applications relating to deputyship, general welfare issues and has represented public authorities in cases involving serious medical treatment before Judges of the Family Division. He regularly represents both local authorities and litigation friends, including the Official Solicitor.

In 2015 Michael was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship from Middle Temple. He undertook a 10-week placement in New Zealand, working in the capacity as junior Crown Counsel for the initial part of the placement, where he acted in an advisory capacity to various government departments; he worked on cases involving issues in relation to international jurisdiction and judicial review. He also spent time working in the Ministry of Social Development, the government body responsible for child protection within the New Zealand Court system.

Publications

Articles

To assess or not to assess: Section 38(6)” (Family Law Journal, October 2011)

Section 20 v Private Fostering” (Family Law Journal, May 2012)

"The Inherent Jurisdiction: what place does it have in the future of family justice?" (Family Law Journal, November 2015)

Deprivation of a child’s liberty: Section 25 and the need for legislative reform” (Family Law Journal, June 2017)

"Secure Accommodation: Problems and Solutions’ (Family Law Journal, September 2020)

Michael has also contributed to Family Law Week online, in respect of both case summaries and topical legal articles and contributed to other publications such as Counsel Magazine.

Books

Children: the Inherent Jurisdiction and Wardship” (Jordan’s Publishing, 2016)

Interests

Michael enjoys endurance sports, in particular running, swimming and cycling. He practices martial arts and has represented England at an amateur level at the WKC world championships in 2009. He also has a keen interest in cinema, music and cooking (often with mixed results).

Notable Cases

  • Cumbria County Council v AT & Ors [2020] EWHC 3107 (Fam)

  • Wigan BC v Y (Refusal to Authorise Deprivation of Liberty) [2021] EWHC 1982 (Fam)

  • Cumbria County Council v T (Discharge of Intervenors) (Rev 1) [2020] EWFC 58

  • Lancashire County Council v G (Unavailability of Secure Accommodation) [2020] EWHC 2828 (Fam)

  • Cumbria County Council v AT & Ors [2020] EWHC 3107 (Fam)

  • W (A Child: Leave To Oppose Adoption) [2020] EWCA Civ 16

  • Derby City Council v SK & Ors [2015] EWFC 57

  • X (A Child) and Y (A Child) [2016] EWHC 2271 (Fam)

  • J (Child Refugees) (Rev 2) [2017] EWFC 44 (Fam)

  • X (A Child : No 2) [2017] EWHC 1585 (Fam)

  • X (A Child) (No 3) [2017] EWHC 2036 (Fam)

  • B-P (Children: adoption Or Fostering) [2018] EWCA Civ 2042

What the directories say

"Mr Jones' strength is his encyclopaedic knowledge of case law and statute. He instantly puts clients at ease and is extremely down-to-earth and meticulous in his case preparation and drafting." "He is very intellectual and great on the technical and educational side of the case."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

"He is excellent. He does quality protection work." "He is an exceptional and hard-working advocate, but also one of the most helpful and obliging barristers I've ever come across."

Chambers and Partners, 2021

Michael is incredibly intelligent with an encyclopaedic knowledge of case law, his cases are always well presented, and his written advocacy is a particular strength, case summaries and skeleton arguments are clear, thorough and expertly set out the issues and case law to be considered. He is also a very pleasant, humble and helpful advocate. Always good company in and out of court.’

Legal 500, 2021

'An exceptionally intelligent lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of case law. ’

Legal 500, 2020

‘Recommended for children law cases with international elements.’ ‘A very amiable and practical barrister.’

Legal 500, 2018

‘Hardworking, conscientious and very bright.’

Legal 500, 2017

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