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‘Members here are consistently instructed in some of the most complex and significant cases, and are viewed as embodying all-round quality from top to bottom.’Chambers and Partners 2014
Jessica Jones

Contact: jessicajones@matrixlaw.couk Practice Manager: paulvenables@matrixlaw.co.uk

Jessica practises in public law, crime, extradition and international law. Many of her cases involve issues that overlap those areas of law.

Public law and human rights

Jessica frequently acts for individuals and NGOs in judicial review claims and on an advisory basis in cases relating to women’s rights, race equality, and the rights of disabled people. Recent instructions include:

  • A successful JR (led by Karon Monaghan QC) on a local authority’s equality obligations when licensing strip clubs and sex entertainment venues
  • A successful JR on the obligations on a local authority under the Care Act 2014 to house disabled destitute asylum seekers
  • Acting for women’s organisations in relation to the impact on women of changes to the benefits system
  • A JR on the application of the public sector equality duty for Deaf jurors
  • Advising an NGO on caste as an element of race discrimination
  • Advising on the public sector equality duty in procurement exercises for the provision of services to disabled people and their carers

Jessica also acts in judicial review claims relating to the criminal justice system, and in public law proceedings relating to national security and terrorism. Examples of cases she has acted in include:

  • A Supreme Court appeal (led by Mark Summers QC) on closed evidence in the context of police search warrants
  • Judicial reviews of police cautions, Crown Court decisions and CCRC decisions
  • SIAC appeals against deprivation of citizenship orders
  • High Court review proceedings of terrorism prevention and investigation measures (TPIM)
  • A judicial review challenge to the re-organisation of the probation service (led by Helen Mountfield QC)
  • Human Rights Act challenges to the segregation of prisoners and failure to support people leaving prison

International law

Jessica regularly advises states, individuals, companies, and NGOs on international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law. She has worked on a variety of cases in the European Court of Human Rights, International Criminal Court and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Examples of her experience include:

  • Acting for Cyprus in proceedings before the Grand Chamber of the ECHR in Guzelyurtlu v Cyprus and Turkey, on the obligations arising under Article 2 (the right to life) in murder investigations where a state is under belligerent occupation (led by Clare Montgomery QC)
  • Representing Catalan politicians detained by Spain in an application to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (led by Ben Emmerson QC)
  • Acting for a state at the preliminary investigation stage at the ICC, relating to crimes associated with occupation
  • Advising a state on diplomatic law in the context of extradition proceedings
  • Advising an individual subject to international asset freezing on the compatibility of state legislation with international human rights law.
  • From 2015-2017, acting as legal adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights.

Before becoming a lawyer, Jessica was a community organiser, working to increase the power of marginalised communities to make change. She is a Governor of her local primary school and a mentor with the Longford Trust. In 2015-2016, she was judicial assistant to Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore JSC.

Crime and extradition

Jessica defends individuals in magistrates’ and Crown court trials. She is often instructed in trials in which there is a human rights element (for example, where there are protest or education issues at stake), or where there are complex or novel legal issues. Jessica advises on corporate liability, fraud, bribery and corporate investigations. Alongside trial and advisory work, Jessica has experience of bringing criminal appeals in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Privy Council. Examples of her cases include:

  • Acquittals on legal submissions of three protestors tried in relation to an anti-Trident protest
  • Acquittals on legal submissions of two parents charged with failing to educate their children
  • Defending the first ever prosecution under the Education and Skills Act 2008 for a charge (against two individuals and a corporate defendant) of running an unregistered independent school
  • Acquittal (with Ken McDonald QC and Julian Knowles QC) of a defendant charged with multi-million pound insider dealing
  • Acting for a death-row defendant in an appeal to the Privy Council from Trinidad (led by Tim Owen QC) and in an access to justice case for a life-sentenced prisoner from St Kitts (led by Paul Taylor QC)
  • Led by Julian Knowles QC in Ruddock (joined to Jogee) in the joint Privy Council/Supreme Court case on the law of joint enterprise

Jessica frequently acts for individuals and requesting authorities in extradition proceedings from Part 1 and Part 2 countries. Alongside the full range of EAW states, she has acted in cases originating from Thailand, the USA, and Russia, and in an advisory capacity in cases relating to the UAE and Northern Cyprus.

Jessica accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.

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