Lawyer within the information: Jon Heath, Levins Solicitors | Profile

Lawyer in the news: Jon Heath, Levins Solicitors | Profile

Who? Jon Heath, Partner, Levins Solicitors, Liverpool.

Why is he on the news? Pro bono promotion for 23 Manchester Metropolitan University students who questioned the legality of blocking two dormitories last month.

Thoughts on the case: “The students were effectively under house arrest at the weekend. Some of them did not even have a chance to buy groceries before the "lockdown" was put in place. If you live in an apartment, you wouldn't expect to stay in your apartment for 14 days just because people who live in other apartments in the same building test positive for coronavirus. However, this is the instruction given to the students. Although the university and council belatedly accepted that students are free to leave the law, students are still at risk of disciplinary action if they leave. We urge the university to withdraw this threat. "

Manchester Metropolitan University said: “The university was contacted on October 5th by Levins Solicitors stating that it serves 23 students. We will respond to them directly in due course. "

Dealing with the media: “I was ready to make my first appearance on BBC News on Skype when our office Wi-Fi went down, much to the delight of my colleagues. It was challenging to keep up with inquiries from the media like the Manchester Evening News and Russia Today. I was disappointed, if not surprised, that our offering of pro bono aid was labeled "ambulance tracking" in some areas – our only concern was to protect the civil liberties of students. "

Why become a lawyer? “I studied philosophy at university and wanted a job where I could apply these analytical and persuasive skills to everyday problems. I like the variety of high street exercises and it pays to be able to help out for good causes from time to time. "

Career level: Representing two long-time employees at HMP Liverpool who were laid off due to safety concerns. I was very happy when they undoubtedly won in the labor court and then got their jobs back. "

Career low: “Even after 10 years in this job, I still find it difficult not to blame myself when a customer loses their case. But my career dip would likely be told by an irritated assistant district judge on one of my first outings as a young attorney that there was no point in asking permission to appeal because "there was no earthly prospect of an appeal successful." He did, of course Right, but at least he could have heard the original! "