Rhiannon Jones


Consultant Solicitor

Key Lawyer

Legal 500 Court of Protection 2021

Rhiannon undertakes Court of Protection and Community Care work and is based in Cornwall.

Rhiannon is experienced in the Court of Protection with Health and Welfare cases including acting for the Protected party and other family members. Other work can include s21A challenges to standard authorisations (DOLS) (Welfare) cases. She often takes instructions from the Official Solicitor. Rhiannon is an Accredited Legal Representative (ALR) with the Law Society.

Community Care cases include obtaining assessments of Care and Support needs, assessments for Carers, the provision of services, challenges to Care and Support Plans and Judicial Reviews in relation to the provision of services and accommodation.

Prior to training as a solicitor Rhiannon worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau and specialised in debt advice including housing and welfare benefits.  She is dedicated to publicly funded work and is passionate about ensuring the most vulnerable in society are able to access and obtain high quality legal advice and representation.

In 2020 Rhiannon Jones was appointed as a Fee paid Tribunal Judge of the First Tier Tribunal Social Security Chamber.

Notable Cases:

NP, Re [2020] EWCOP 44

The case concerned NP, a 69-year-old man from Cornwall who has been married for 35 years to BKP. In December 2018 NP collapsed at home and had to be hospitalised. NP was diagnosed of neurological sequelae of herpesviral encephalitis and personality change due to known psychological condition. In February 2019 NP was transferred to the X neuro-rehabilitation unit where he currently resides. In September 2019 BKP was told by the X neuro-rehabilitation unit that it was considered that NP’s recovery had ‘plateaued’ and was not going to be receiving further physiotherapy or occupational therapy. He was therefore medically fit for discharge. The issue arose as to where NP should be discharged, the Council believing his needs would be best met in a residential care home and BKP wishing him to return home with a package of care. After careful consideration of the evidence the Judge agreed with BKP and the Official Solicitor, acting as litigation friend to NP, and ordered that NP should return home with a package of care on a trial basis. Included in his reasoning the Judge considered NP’s right to live independently and be included in the community, as set out in Article 19 to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2006 (“CRPD”), which the UK ratified in 2009.

 Legal 500 2021 Testimonial: 

‘Rhiannon Jones is always easy to work with, helps cut through any legal jargon, and is very friendly and approachable whilst being able to fight on behalf of the protected party. Rhiannon is often on hand to talk matters through and nothing ever seems too much trouble for her‘

Awards:

2016: Shortlisted in the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards (in the ‘Newcomer’ category)

2016: Highly Commended in the Junior Lawyer category at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards.