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Francis Taylor Building
Francis Taylor Building
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Work Department

  • planning and environment, including enforcement
  • compulsory purchase and compensation
  • injunctions and public authority powers in respect of unauthorised encampments
  • rating and valuation
  • public and human rights law
  • rights of way and highways
  • public order and anti-social behaviour law


Notable examples of Jonathan’s recent and ongoing work include: 

  • Acting for local planning authority in 4-day section 78 appeal inquiry (sole counsel);
  • Acting for local planning authority in enforcement hearing (sole counsel);
  • Junior counsel for HS2 Ltd in a variety of ongoing interim injunction proceedings against protesters, including at Euston Square Gardens;
  • Advising developer on appeal against refusal of planning permission for 50 homes;
  • 8-day planning inquiry on behalf of a commercial landowner and Rule 6(6) party;
  • Acting for appellant developer in 5-day combined s.73 and Enforcement Notice appeal;
  • Junior to Gregory Jones QC in section 289 appeal against enforcement notice on grounds of nullity;
  • Junior to Richard Honey QC in judicial review of planning decision affecting SEN school (issues including the scheme of delegation, noise, traffic and air quality);
  • Advising on local authority action to remove unauthorised encampments under the CJPOA;
  • Sole counsel in a 9-day highways inquiry for statutory objector;
  • Drafting notice of reference for Compulsory Purchase Compensation claim;
  • Secondment at London Borough legal department;
  • Appearing at call-in inquiry for a London Borough Council as Rule 6(6) party;
  • Appearing at a local plan examination on behalf of a neighbourhood forum;
  • S.288 challenge of an inspector decision concerning a substantial residential dwelling;
  • Assisting Morag Ellis QC in relation to a sensitive and strategically important site allocated for development in a local plan.

Jonathan is planning editor of the Property Law UK journal.

Jonathan is able to accept instructions directly from members of the public in appropriate cases.

In appropriate cases, Jonathan is happy to work on a pro-bono basis.


Called to the Bar 2019


  • Planning and Environmental Bar Association
  • Compulsory Purchase Association
  • United Kingdom Environmental Law Association


  • King’s College London, Theology BA (First Class Honours, top of year) (2015);
  • King’s College London, Theology MA (Distinction, top of year) (2016);
  • City University London, Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation) (2017);
  • BPP University Law School, Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent) (2019).

Bar Awards & Scholarships

  • Excellence Scholarship, BPP University (2018)
  • Advocacy Scholarship, BPP University (2018)
  • Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2018)
  • Lord Haldane Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2016)
  • Partial Fee Scholarship, City University (2016)

University Awards & Scholarships

  • Hanson Prize for the Philosophy of Religion (MA) (2016)
  • Relton Prize for Christian Doctrine (MA) (2016)
  • Walton Scholarship for postgraduate study, King’s College London (2015)
  • Sellers Prize for Christian Theology (2015)
  • Hanson Prize for Philosophy of Religion (2015)
  • Mascall Prize for Christian Doctrine (2015)
  • Bishop Collins Memorial Prize for Church History (2015)