A review of the past 12 months by Susan Jones.
Public and Regulatory
Susan has experience of appearing before a variety of public law and regulatory forums.
In 2016 Susan appeared for a Local Authority in a long running case involving an appeal against refusal to renew a license under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963. The licence being necessary for carrying on a business of providing accommodation at premises, including a dwelling, for other peoples cats and dogs.
Susan is regularly instructed to appear in taxi licensing appeals and will consider acting on a direct access basis.
In 2016 Susan appeared for a local authority in a number of appeals against revocation of Hackney Carriage Licences with immediate effect under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, when drivers breached a Traffic Regulation Order by a pedestrianised areas.
In 2017 Susan represented a Licensing Authority in a taxi licensing appeal in which the license holder was accused and acquitted of rape. Upon learning of the allegation the Licensing Authority revoked the driver’s license with immediate effect in the interests of public safety. During the course of the licensing appeal, Susan highlighted the burden of proof depends on the nature of proceedings and the purpose of criminal and licensing proceedings are very different. Susan relied on a transcript of the complainant’s ABE interview, the driver’s PACE police interview and Crown Court Transcript when questioning the officer in the case and the driver. The driver’s appeal was refused.
Susan has appeared before a taxi and private hire licensing sub-committee on behalf of a taxi conglomerate for consideration of fitness of two directors to continue holding Private Hire Operator Licences. This involved issues of natural justice and responding to a report from the Head of Transportation Services.
Before the Traffic Commission, Susan represented four Lorry companies in a multi day, multi issue inquiry arising from five reports concerning professional competence, good repute, satisfaction of fundamental licensing requirements and financial standing. The case involved a history of receipt of a large number of PG9’s including some serious roadworthiness prohibitions. Concerns were raised relating to third party trailers, inadequately of checks, driver failings and issues surrounding nominated Transport Managers. The licences of each company had previously been suspended due to failure to provide evidence of appropriate financial standing. Susan ensured the financial suspension was lifted on the first day of the inquiry. Following the evidence and submissions, all parties received Formal Warnings.
Susan has represented Duty Premises Supervisors before licensing sub-commitees and appeared in review hearings and applications for extension of opening hours. She has also represented publicans in criminal sentencing hearings involving consideration of suspension of their personal licence under the Licensing Act 2003.
Powers, Purposes and Patterns of Coroners Prevention of Future Deaths Reports2nd May 2023
Susan Jones is a talented inquests barrister who is highly skilled in sensitive matters examining deaths occurring in various circumstances, including where there are allegations of medical negligence. Her practice touches on complex issues such as mental health.
Strengths: “She is insanely hard-working and dedicated, and she has meticulous attention to detail.”
“Susan prepares clients well, and her oral submission was incredibly impressive.”
Chambers UK 2024/Inquests and Public Inquiries/The Regions Bar
Strengths: “Susan is an experienced inquests advocate who produces well-planned advocacy and submissions.”
Chambers UK 2023/Inquests and Public Inquiries/The Regions Bar
Strengths: "She is very reassuring, lays out exactly how matters will play out and gives the client certainty." "Her advice is timely and comprehensive and she makes herself readily available."
Recent work: Acted for Isle of Wight Adult Social Services at the inquest into the death of Frederick Joe Sheath, a care home resident who was transferred from a failing care home.
Chambers UK 2022/Inquests and Public Inquiries/The Regions Bar
Strengths: "She is phenomenal: the technicality and the expertise that she shows in inquests is incredible. She has superb attention to detail and she would be my first choice for any inquest."
Recent work: Instructed to represent family members at the inquest into the death of Elena Mondal. This matter examined the suicide of the teenager in her school and the adequacy of communication between the mental health services, school and NHS trust.
Chambers UK 2021/Inquests and Public Inquiries/The Regions Bar
‘Susan is fearless when representing clients in complex and sensitive matters against counsel more senior than herself.'
Legal 500 2024/Inquests and Inquiries/Leading Juniors/London Bar
‘Susan is an excellent advocate. During inquests she argues powerfully for the families she represents.’
Legal 500 2023/Inquests and Inquiries/Leading Juniors/London Bar
‘Susan is thorough and understands a case in minute detail. She leaves no stone unturned in acting for clients to get the answers that they want and need. Her attitude to clients is professional but kind, and she really gives a case her all.’
Legal 500 2022/Inquests and Inquiries/Leading Juniors/London Bar
‘Hardworking, focused and displays a maturity of approach beyond her year of call. Her personable approach puts clients at ease while reassuring them they are in safe hands. She also secures impressive results.’
Legal 500 2021/Inquests and Inquiries/Leading Juniors/London
“May I personally record my admiration of Susan Jones performance before Mrs Justice Lambert. I sat behind her as a solicitor with 25 years post qualification experience and witnessed a rising star. She stood her ground against Mrs Justice Lambert’s initially strident view that the judge below had reached a wrong decision on the facts and gently set out in a highly effective, forensic way how the judge’s opinion below should not be interfered with…...High Court Judges don’t mess around, neither did Susan" (Instructing solicitor in Susan Jones successfully opposition of High Court Appeal challenging both Procedural Matters and Findings of Fact)
“Speed and uptake was impressive to say the least, as was her energy and the commitment she made. Since this first encounter, we have sought to use her whenever possible. Having sat next to her I can say that she is an accomplished advocate with a compelling style of advocacy” (Partner, instructing and attending a 3 day hearing)
“Our client is very happy with the outcome and I would certainly not hesitate to use Miss Susan Jones in the future or recommend her to my colleagues”. (Solicitor)
“Thank you for your advice which is both thorough and lucid of its analysis of the case” (Associate Solicitor)
“Miss Jones was extremely helpful and professional. I do not see how we could have done any more to better present my case” (Lay Client)