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JEAN-JACK
CHALMERS

Called to the Bar in 2011

Lincoln’s Inn 

Practice Areas: Family, Regulatory, Crime

Jean-Jack is a family barrister specialising in public law care proceedings.

 

Jean-Jack benefits from having practised in family, regulatory and criminal law. This background has provided a solid foundation of knowledge, expertise, and skills. Jean-Jack tackles each case with meticulous planning, strong legal analysis, and excellent advocacy.

 

Jean-Jack is not afraid to give robust and objective advice whilst remaining focused on achieving the best result for his clients.

 

Family

 

Jean-Jack specialises in public law care proceedings having acted for parents and extended family members as well as local authorities and guardians. Jean-Jack is experienced at dealing with and challenging complex expert evidence from paediatricians, radiologists, phycologists, psychiatrists, and toxicologists. He has dealt with serious allegations of sexual assault, domestic abuse, non-accidental injury to children, and fabricated or induced illness.

 

In private law children matters Jean-Jack has experience of acting in interim, fact-finding and contested final hearings. He has been involved in cases concerning international child abduction, abandonment, parental alienation, mental health difficulties and allegations of serious sexual, physical and emotional harm. Jean-Jack has experience in dealing with cases concerning proposed relocation of the children and matters that require the court to consider the making of protective orders on an interim or final basis.

 

Recent Family Cases of Note

 

  • Acted for a father in care proceedings where non-accidental injury was alleged following a baby having suffered a skull fracture in the parents’ care, the parents were exonerated following a finding of fact hearing and the baby was returned to their care.

  • Represented a mother in care proceedings where the local authority’s final care plan, supported by the guardian, was for adoption, the court refused to endorse the care plan and allowed an application for further assessment of the mother.

  • Acted as junior counsel for a father in a 19-day finding of fact hearing concerning serious sexual abuse allegations in which no findings made against the client and the Judge left the door open to future rehabilitation to the client.

  • Acted for a mother in care proceedings in which the local authority sought on multiple occasions to remove a teenage child from the mother’s care, the case concluded with the child remaining at home with a package of support that had previously been consistently refused by the local authority.

  • Represented a local authority in care proceedings involving allegation of historic sexual abuse and mental health issues.

  • Acted for a father in private proceedings where a complex fact-finding was necessary to determine allegations of sexual abuse. Proceedings resulted in the court ordering unsupervised contact.

  • Represented a local authority in proceedings concerning allegations of sexual assault made by a young girl against her mother’s partner.

  • Represented a great-grandmother in care proceedings where she sought for the child to be placed with her under a Special Guardianship Order as the only viable alternative to adoption. 

  • Acted for a local authority in care proceedings involving parents who, following arrest for child neglect, were prohibited from having unsupervised contact with their children.

  • Represented a mother in care proceedings that were transferred to the Family Drugs and Alcohol Court which resulted in the child being returned to the mother’s care.

 

Regulatory

 

Jean-Jack accepts instructions on behalf of regulatory authorities and individual registrants. He has experience of dealing with complex cases involving expert evidence as well as allegations of dishonesty and sexual motivation.  

 

Jean-Jack spent 9 months seconded to Kingsley Napley LLP where he presented hearings on behalf of the Health and Care Professions Council. Jean-Jack also has experience of sitting as a legal assessor in Fitness to Practise proceedings.

 

Recent Regulatory Cases of Note

 

GMC v A (2018) – Represented a psychiatrist at final hearing in a case involving allegations of dishonesty in which the committee were persuaded to impose a short suspension rather than anything more draconian. 

HCPC v R (2017) – Acted for the HCPC at final hearing in a case alleging professional misconduct including dishonesty against a paramedic resulting in the registrant being struck off.

NMC v M (2017) – Acted for a nurse in successfully persuading the panel that a suspension order should be allowed to lapse so the nurse could return to practice.

HCPC v N (2016) – Presented a final hearing that resulted in a Psychologist being struck off for misuse of NHS Trust resources and inappropriate behaviour toward a junior colleague. Press coverage (here)

HCPC v H (2016) – Represented the HCPC at a final hearing where a Paramedic was struck off following a sexual relationship with a vulnerable Service User. Press coverage (here).

HCPC v B (2016) – Presented a complex final hearing concerning clinical failings in the practise of a social worker over a prolonged period of time.

HCPC v H (2016) – Presented a 2-week final hearing involving contested allegations against a Registrant Radiographer concerning threatening and intimidating behaviour towards colleagues.

HCPC v T (2016) – Presented final hearing involving allegations of dishonestly securing offers of admission to students on a University course resulting in the Registrant being suspended.

HCPC v E (2016) – Presented a final hearing at which the Panel had to consider whether the Registrant had breached confidentiality in contacting a service user and whether his behaviour was sexually motivated.

HCPC v H (2015) – Presented a final hearing on behalf of the HCPC at which the Panel considered the consequences of a number of convictions for assault in a domestic context on the Registrant’s fitness to practise, concluding that the behaviour was so serious that striking off was necessary.

 

Crime

 

Jean-Jack both prosecutes and defends, having undertaken instructions in a wide range of areas including public order offences, offences against the person, offences of dishonesty, fraud, drugs offences, sexual offences and offences infringing intellectual property rights. Jean-Jack is regularly instructed to prosecute on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, local authorities, and the Probation Service.

 

Jean-Jack has been instructed, in the capacity of disclosure counsel, by the Serious Fraud Office both in relation to substantive cases, including the prosecution of individuals for offences of Conspiracy to Defraud arising out of the manipulation of LIBOR, and by their Proceeds of Crime Department.

 

Recent Criminal Cases of Note

 

R v RA & AI (2018) – Defended in a multi handed case alleging assault with a hammer in which not guilty verdicts were entered in respect of both defendants.

R v CL (2018) – Prosecuted a trial in relation to an allegation of GBH involving a vulnerable witness.

R v KA (2018) – Prosecuted a trial in which the defendant was convicted of assaulting an elderly vulnerable victim in his own home.

R v JH [2016] EWCA Crim 82 – Successfully appealed a conviction for damaging property, the Court of Appeal held that the conviction was unsafe due to an inadequate jury direction from the trial judge.

R v TE & Others (2016) – Defended in a multi-handed trial involving allegations of GBH and taking revenge.

R v JH & BS (2015) – Defended in a multi-handed trial at which the defendants were acquitted of an alleged assault occasioning actual bodily harm on a taxi driver.

R v E (2014) – Prosecuted a contested confiscation hearing in which a substantial confiscation order was made.
R v D (2015) – Successfully prosecuted a trial in relation to possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.
R v PD (2012) – Defended in a trial at which the defendant was acquitted of acquiring criminal property under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
R v NM & MC (2014) – Defended in a multi-handed section 18 GBH and affray.
R v TA & AA (2015) – Defended in a multi-handed trial for offences of armed robbery and attempted robbery.
R v Y
E (2013) – Defended in a trial concerning 16 counts of unauthorised use of a trademark in which the defendant was acquitted of the 13 most serious counts.

 

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Qualifications


BPTC (Very Competent) 2011
LL.B. (Hons) (First Class) 2010

 

Judicial Appointments


Deputy District Judge (Civil / Family) 2019

Memberships


Lincoln’s Inn (Walter Wigglesworth Scholar)
Criminal Bar Association

Family Law Bar Association

CPS Advocate Panel – Grade 2