Legal 500 awarded Jack the prestigious honour as “Legal 500 UK Regional Junior Barrister of the year” 2018. Its Judges noted:
“2017 was Smyth’s tenth year of call and he continues to punch above his weight across a number of practice areas. He frequently acts for prominent clients such as Secretaries of State and makes frequent successful appearances in the higher courts”.
Jack was also rated as a Top Tier grade 1 barrister in Planning law in the Midlands in 2017.
Jack has been appointed by the Attorney General as Junior Counsel to the Crown for the Midlands (formerly known as the Treasury Solicitors’ Panel).
Jack has been appointed as a Drainage Member of the Lands Tribunal (Wales). He is the youngest appointee to the tribunal. In that role, he adjudicates on disputes which revolve around boundaries, the causes of flooding and the best solution to be found to mitigate harm. In that guise, he is experienced with scrutinising competing expert evidence in an area of the law which is both technical and fact-specific.
Jack has experience in diverse areas of regulatory work both in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. Recent cases have included:
- Health and Safety
- Section 215 ‘clean up’ orders
- Noise abatement notices
- Disciplinary tribunals
- Injunctions and prosecutions in connection with unauthorised gypsy encampments
- Waste disposal
- Undertaking works to listed buildings without listed building consent
- Unauthorised works in Conservation Areas
- Breach of Tree Preservation Orders
- Breach of Enforcement Notices and Temporary Stop Notices
- Breach of building regulations
Jack is known as a personable advocate who is at ease explaining opaque regulatory offences to the lay tribunal. Jack is also accustomed to the use of expert evidence.
Jack has conducted 2 jury trials in recent years prosecuting planning offences. In both instances, convictions were obtained and the Local Planning Authority’s costs were recovered. He also frequently defends. Recent cases include defending a doctor accused of undertaking unauthorised works to her listed building. The charges were dropped after Jack settled an application for disclosure. He is currently representing a limited company which has been served with a number of section 215 ‘clean up’ orders in respect of a number of properties which it owns.
Jack has represented a Headteacher accused of misconduct at the General Teaching Council, in a high profile case which was in the national press.
He has lectured extensively on the REGULATORY ENFORCEMENT AND SANCTIONS ACT 2008.
“A good advocate who is very good in injunctions and injunction breach work. He is becoming a go-to barrister for regulatory enforcement by local authorities..” “He is excellent and provides timely advice. He responds very quickly on matters even before I’ve formally instructed him.”
Chambers UK 2018
2017 was Smyth’s tenth year of call and he continues to punch above his weight across a number of practice areas. He frequently acts for prominent clients such as Secretaries of State and makes frequent successful appearances in the higher courts. Rated as top tier I in the Midlands: “A junior with a niche interest in statutory nuisance law”
Legal 500 2017
“His planning expertise is second to none, especially for someone so junior. He’s a confident advocate, clients are always happy, and I can’t fault him.” “He has clarity of thought, engages well, is really interested in the case and makes it easier as a result of his good insight into matters. He is also incredibly quick.”
Chambers UK 2017
Though able to turn his hand to multifarious planning law matters, the up-and-coming Jack Smyth has already made a name for himself in Gypsy and Traveller cases. Recent examples of his work include the Meriden and Beausale Gypsy cases.
Chambers UK 2013
Jack Smyth has been pegged as “a star of the future” by interviewees. He is recognised for his gypsy and traveller work as well as his experience in planning inquiries.
Chambers UK 2012
Deputy District Judge
Degree in Politics from the Durham University, First Class Honours
Graduate Diploma of Law, with Distinction
Articles and Publications
Article in the Local Government Lawyer entitled ’INJUNCTIONS: A NO-BRAINER? THE QUICKEST, EASIEST, CHEAPEST AND MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO ENFORCE COMPLIANCE’
How to Prosecute a Breach of an Enforcement Notice : A Practical Guide
Listed Building Prosecutions: A Practical Guide