Jonathan Dixey

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YEAR OF CALL: 2007

Background:

Jonathan has a broad practice encompassing the range of Chambers’ work with a particular focus on police law, public / administrative law, inquests and inquires and employment law.

Jonathan was appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel in March 2013.

“Extremely thorough and willing to work as part of a team” Police Law (defendant) The Legal 500 2017

“He has a good manner and deals with challenging issues very well.” (Police Law) Chambers UK 2017

“He is careful and conscientious.” (Police Law) Chambers UK 2016

“He is very hard-working.” (Police Law) Chambers UK 2016

“An excellent trial advocate with comprehensive knowledge of police law and experience of handling inquiries, inquests and employment law matters.”(Police Law) Chambers UK 2015

“His personal injury expertise is particularly useful in negligence and assault claims against the police.”(Police Law) Chambers UK 2015

Police Law:

Jonathan acts on behalf of constabularies across the country in cases touching upon all aspects of police law.  Recent and current cases include civil actions (including personal injury and employment claims, claims for misfeasance, wrongful arrest and false imprisonment), judicial reviews and inquests.  Since 2011 Jonathan has acted on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service in various aspects of its investigations into ‘phone hacking’.

Jonathan has considerable experience in advising chief officers on policy and operational matters providing timely, practical advice often in high-profile, sensitive and complex cases.  He has a particular interest and experience in cases touching upon matters of national security, having acted in cases concerning Closed Material Procedures and appeals to the Security Vetting and Appeals Panel (SVAP).

Recent and ongoing cases include:

News Group Newspapers Ltd; Newton Dunn et al v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2015] UKIPTrib 14_176-H and [2016] UKIPTrib 14_176-H: acted on behalf of the respondent in four complaints to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal by the publisher of The Sun Newspaper, its Political Editor (Tom Newton Dunn), Chief Political Correspondent (Craig Woodhouse) and journalist (Anthony France).  The complaints arose from the MPS investigation into ‘Plebgate’.

A Teacher v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2015): instructed on behalf of the MPS in a civil claim under the Data Protection Act 1998 and for breach of confidence, challenging the disclosure of information within the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).

News UK and Ireland Ltd v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2014 ongoing): instructed by the defendant in proceedings issued in the Chancery Division for the return of evidence obtained by the MPS during its ‘phone hacking’ investigations.

R (L) v. Chief Constable of Kent Police [2014] EWHC 463 (Admin): judicial review concerning Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates.

Various Claimants v. News Group Newspapers Ltd. and Others (2011 ongoing) ([2012] EWHC 2692 (Ch); [2013] EWHC 2119 (Ch) and others): instructed on behalf of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in relation to various aspects of the MPS’ investigations into ‘phone hacking’ including the civil claims brought by hundreds of individuals against the publishers of the News of the World, The Sun and the Sunday Mirror newspapers.

Dime v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2013): acted for the Commissioner in the successful defence of a claim for assault, battery, wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution in a five day civil action.

Malik v. Chief Constable of the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary (2013): acted for the Chief Constable in a high-value claim for personal injury following an arrest in which the claim was successfully struck out.

Re Operation Yewtree (2013): advice in respect of the MPS’ investigations of allegations of historical sexual abuse.

Re Operation Weeting (2011 ongoing): advice in respect of the MPS’ investigations into ‘phone hacking’, including Operations Elveden and Tuleta.

Inquests / Inquiries

Jonathan is regularly instructed on behalf of public bodies, organisations and bereaved families in inquests.  He also acts on behalf of Coroners.  Having acted for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in the Inquests into the London Bombings of 7 July 2005 Jonathan is currently instructed on behalf of the St John Ambulance in the Inquests into the deaths arising from the Hillsborough Stadium disaster.

Recent and ongoing cases include:

The Tunisia Inquests (concerning the deaths of 30 British nationals who were killed in an attack in Sousse, Tunisia on 26th June 2015) (2015 onwards): instructed on behalf of the Coroner, HHJ Nicholas Loraine-Smith as Counsel to the Inquests (led by Samantha Leek QC).

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (2015 onwards): instructed by the Metropolitan Police Service (led by Jason Beer QC) in the Inquiry chaired by the Hon. Lowell Goddard DNZM.

Inquest into the death of Anthony Grainger (2015 onwards): instructed by the National Crime Agency (formerly SOCA) in respect of the death of Anthony Grainger who was shot and killed by an armed Greater Manchester Police officer in Culcheth, Cheshire on 3rd March 2012.

Inquests into the deaths arising from the Hillsborough Stadium disaster (2013 onwards): instructed by the St John Ambulance (led by Anne Studd QC).

Inquest into the death of Isabel Pearce (2015): instructed by Kent County Council in the inquest touching the death of a 13 year old with profound and complex disabilities.  She died having choked on an item of food eaten during school lunch.

Inquest into the death of Dr Abbas Khan (2014): instructed as junior counsel to HM Chief Coroner (led by Samantha Leek QC) in the inquest arising from the death of a British doctor detained in Syria.

Inquest into the death of John Clarke: instructed by Transport for London in an inquest concerning the death of a cyclist.

Inquest into the death of Mathan Vadivelelagan (2015): Article 2 inquest into the death of a remand prisoner who took his own life at HMP Wandsworth.

Inquest into the death of Michael Salkeld (2014): instructed by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in a two-week Article 2 inquest before a jury arising out of a death in police custody.

Inquest into the death of Elouise Keeling (2014): instructed by the Ministry of Defence at the inquest into the death of an RAF cadet.

Inquest into the death of Thomas Maynard (2013): instructed by the Metropolitan Police Service at the inquest into the death of the Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard.

Inquest into the death of Edward Barry (2013): instructed by Kent County Council (led by Alan Payne).

Public/Administrative Law:

Jonathan has a busy public and administrative law practice in which he acts on behalf of public authorities in cases in the High Court and County Court.

Recent and ongoing cases include:

R (Birks) v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2015] ICR 204: instructed on behalf of the MPS in a judicial review challenging the suspension of an officer and thereby preventing his retirement.

London Borough of Southwark v. Persons Unknown (2015): instructed on behalf of the London Borough of Southwark Borough in various applications for possession orders.

Mark and Gitawi v. Home Office (205 onwards): acting on behalf of the Home Office in a multi-million pound claim arising from the termination of a contract for the provision of accommodation to asylum seekers.

R (L) v. Chief Constable of Kent Police [2014] EWHC 463 (Admin): judicial review concerning Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates.

R (Fraser) v. Chief Constable of the Lancashire Constabulary (2013): judicial review arising from a disciplinary investigation.

R (Adli) v. Chief Constable of Kent Police (2013): judicial review of a police caution.

Various Claimants v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (2013 onwards): various judicial reviews of the Secretary of State’s decisions in respect of immigration and asylum decisions.

R (H) v. (1) Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis; (2) The Independent Police Complaints Commissioner (2012): acted on behalf of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.

Employment Law:

Jonathan has broad experience in a range of employment matters including unfair dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination, redundancy and TUPE.  He acts on behalf of both claimants and respondents in employment tribunals, county courts and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.  Before joining the Bar Jonathan advised at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau offering a particular focus on employment disputes.

He is a member of ELA.

Recent and ongoing cases include:

Cherrington v. Home Office (2015): acted on behalf of the Home Office in a two-week discrimination claim.

Butterworth v. Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police et al (2015): instructed by the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police in a claim which considered the transfer of staff pursuant to the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.

Giles & Wheatley v. Civil Nuclear Police Authority (2013 – 2015): instructed by the CNPA in a claim for indirect discrimination and victimisation.

Coker v. Wandsworth Borough Council UKEAT/0421/13/BA: instructed by Wandsworth Borough Council in both the employment tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Memishi v. Norbert Dentressangle Transport Services Ltd (2013): acted for the claimant in a successful claim for harassment and unfair dismissal.

Professional discipline

Jonathan is regularly instructed at all stages of discipline matters involving the police from the initial stages of advising the appropriate authority and drafting allegations, to appearing at misconduct and performance hearings themselves and in appeals before the Police Appeals Tribunal.  He has considerable experience of acting for Home Office police forces and the Ministry of Defence Police and has lectured widely on the relevant governing regulations as part of 5 Essex Court’s NPIA-approved lecturing team.

Recent and ongoing cases include:

Re Police Sergeant F (2013-2014): instructed by the Ministry of Defence Police in a misconduct hearing and subsequent appeal to the PAT.

Re Special Police Constable W (2014): instructed by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in a misconduct hearing relating to an unauthorised accessing of the Police National Database.

Re Police Constable H (2013): instructed by the Chief Constable of the Lancashire Constabulary in a misconduct hearing relating to an allegation of dishonesty and discreditable conduct.

Re Police Constable G (2013): acted on behalf of the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police in respect of an allegation of honesty and integrity.

Re Police Constable R-S (2012): acted on behalf of the Chief Constable of the Cleveland Police in a 5 day misconduct hearing arising from an allegation of sexual assault on a member of the public.

Licensing Law:

Jonathan is instructed by a number of police forces and local authorities in hearings and appeals pursuant to the Licensing Act 2003 and in hearings in appeals in respect of Private Hire Vehicle, Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Operator’s licences.

Personal Injury:

Jonathan has extensive experience advising upon a broad range of personal injury matters including employers’ and occupiers’ liability, slipping and tripping, manual handling and RTA claims.  He regularly appears in the High Court and county court on such matters acting for both claimants and defendants.

He is a member of PIBA.

Lectures:

Jonathan is happy to provide CPD lectures on all aspects of his practice.

Education:

Bar Vocational Course, BPP (Outstanding)

LL.M. (Public Law), University of Bristol (Distinction)

LL.B. (Hons.), University of Southampton (First Class)

Sunley Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)

Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn)

Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)

Memberships:

ELBA

PIBA

South Eastern Circuit