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Call: 2006 | Solicitor: 1988

Jonathan Wilkinson

Albion Chambers

Broad Street Bristol BS1 1DR

  • Overview

    Jonathan joined Albion in 2016 and specialises in Court of Protection and Child Law. Before he transferred to the Bar in July 2006, Jonathan practised as a solicitor for 18 years and was a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel for 12 years. He also had Higher Rights of Audience (Civil).

    Jonathan is licensed to accept work under the Public Access scheme.

  • Child Law Public

    Jonathan is a specialist children law practitioner. He has an established practice in children law with particular emphasis on public law (care) proceedings. He is also instructed in complex private law, adoption, special guardianship and wardship proceedings. He represents parents, children and local authorities at all levels of court.

    He is regularly instructed in cases involving non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse, physical abuse, the murder of a parent, neglect, emotional abuse, substance misuse, mental health issues, learning difficulties and teenage parents.

    He has extensive expertise in representing young people separately from their guardian in care proceedings and, in particular, in secure accommodation proceedings.

    He has worked voluntarily for Law Centres, Citizen Advice Bureau, the Family Rights Group and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

  • Court of Protection

    Jonathan undertakes work in the Court of Protection. He covers a broad range of areas under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, with an emphasis on health and welfare issues, as well as cases in the High Court’s jurisdiction in relation to vulnerable adults.

    His work includes:

    • Personal welfare applications
    • Serious medical treatment applications
    • Section 21A applications challenging authorisations of deprivation of liberty in a care home or hospital under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards [DoLS]
    • Emergency applications
    • Advising on local authority safeguarding duties and on the community care law issues arising in Court of Protection cases
    • Contested applications for the appointment of deputies (welfare/financial affairs) and other property and affairs applications.
    • Proceedings concerning 16 and 17 year olds and the overlapping jurisdictions of the Court of Protection and Children Act 1989.
Jonathan Wilkinson


‘A focused, calm, and measured advocate. He is able to identify the key issues quickly, and navigate a sensible way through them.’

Legal 500 2023

‘He is an excellent advocate, clear, concise and to the point. Dedicated to cases.’
Legal 500 2022


  • LLB University of Hull

Professional memberships

  • FLBA
  • ALC
  • Lawyers for Liberty