Experience Jean began her working life as an English teacher in Inner London, before qualifying in law. She then worked as a legal aid solicitor, moving to the Public Law Project – a national legal charity set up to promote access to public law remedies for disadvantaged groups and individuals – in that capacity Jean developed what has become a lifelong interest in community care law and a rights-based approach to legal practice.
In Birmingham Jean helped to found Public Law Solicitors, a firm specialising in public law, human rights and community care law, with a strong commitment to equality and social justice. As a non-practising solicitor, Jean now combines training, writing and legal consultancy.
Reported cases include: R v Sefton MBC ex parte Help the Aged and others  4 All ER 532;  3 FRC 573; (1997) 1 CCLR 57; (1997) 38 BMLR 135 , CA R v NW Lancashire HA ex p A, D & G  1 WLR 977;  2 FCR 525; (1999) 2 CCLR 419; (1999) Times 24 August, CA R v Coventry ex p Carton and others (2001) 4 CCLR 41 R v Birmingham City Council ex p Killigrew (2000) 3 CCLR 109 Representing Help the Aged and Age Concern as interveners in the House of Lords in YL (by her litigation friend the Official Solicitor) v Birmingham City Council and others  UKHL 27
Recent work Since leaving practice, Jean has been Legal Officer with Help the Aged (now Age UK) and Specialist Legal Trainer for Carers UK. Jean is also an Associate Tutor at Sussex University, teaching adult social care law and policy to social work graduate and undergraduate students.
Publications Jean is a member of the editorial boards of Elder Law Journal and Community Care Law reports, and a contributing author to the fifth (current) edition of Clements and Thompson’s Community Care and the Law, Legal Action Group 2011. She has also written and co-written articles for Elderly Client Advisor, Judicial Review and Legal Action, as well as contributing to publications produced jointly by SCIE and Carers UK and to Department of Health guidance.