Public Law Children
Jonathan Thompson has a particular interest in care proceedings and has appeared in complex and lengthy child protection hearings, including those involving child death, serious non-accidental injury, sexual harm, grooming, neglect and serious emotional harm. Jonathan’s experience includes representing NHS trusts in High Court disputes over medical treatment for children, representing CAFCASS Legal in the High Court and civil actions for professional negligence against social workers.
Jonathan is instructed by local authorities, parents, Guardians, the Official Solicitor and CAFCASS Legal and is able to view a case from all angles and advise on tactical approach as well as substantive law.
Jonathan’s experience also includes cases involving an international element, child witnesses, complex adoption applications, secure accommodation orders, applications for discharge of care or placement orders and for contact with a child in care.
Cases (anonymised in part due to their sensitivity)
Re LC (unreported): Jonathan was instructed to represent a mother whose young daughter was killed by a severe blow to the abdomen whilst in the care of the mother and/or her partner. During the 12-day finding of fact hearing the circuit judge commended Jonathan for the clarity of his submissions in a very difficult case.
Case B (unreported): Jonathan recently represented a local authority in adoption proceedings where, following a family agreement, the natural parents handed the baby to his aunt and uncle at birth to be brought up as their son. The aunt and uncle were unable to have children of their own. The circuit judge described Jonathan’s skeleton argument as “extremely helpful” in its analysis of the relevant law and facts.
Private Law – Children and Matrimonial Finance
Jonathan’s practice covers both private law children and matrimonial finance work. This breadth can provide clients with the significant advantage of retaining him for both potential areas of dispute following marital or relationship breakdown.
Jonathan appears in complex disputes resulting in applications for child arrangements orders, including those involving issues of mental capacity, parental alienation or shared parenting, as well as international and internal relocation cases and more discrete specific issue or prohibited steps order applications.