Jaysen Sharpe

Future Pupil Barrister

2017 Call

about Me

I am currently employed by the City of London Corporation as the Assistant Parliamentary Affairs Counsel in the Office of the City Remembrancer.

I am commencing pupillage at a leading commercial, construction, insurance and property set in October 2020

I’m a qualified pilot and spend my spare time flying around the UK and Europe.

Education

Upper second Class (2:1), LL.B (Hons.) – University of Exeter, 2016
Very Competent, BPTC – BPP Law School, 2017

Scholarships

Benefactor’s Scholarship (Major BPTC Award) – Middle Temple, 2016
Mooting Scholarship – University of Exeter, 2016

My Experience

Current Work – City of London Corporation

I work in the Office of the City Remembrancer, a barrister and the City’s Parliamentary Agent, who has the right to promote private legislation in Parliament. My work is split into three areas – parliamentary & legislative, general advice, and a small court practice.

In the parliamentary and legislative aspect of my work, I scrutinise Parliamentary debates, inquiries, committee reports, and legislation to assess their impact on the Corporation and the wider services sector in the City. If necessary, this might involve a submission to the Parliamentary Committee, briefing MPs and Peers for a debate on the issue, or drafting an amendment to the Bill. I also draft the Corporation’s private Bills and secondary legislation, which it promotes in Parliament.

I provide a wide range of advice to the Corporation, often on constitutional issues for the Corporation or issues ranging from markets law and royal charters, to trusts and the City’s bridges, to Brexit and statutory interpretation.

Additionally, I am instructed by the Corporation’s in-house solicitors and represent the Corporation in the County Court in social housing matters and in prosecutions in the Magistrates’ Court.

Mooting & Debating

I have competed in, and judged a number of mooting, advocacy and debating competitions, which are listed below: 

Mooting

  • 2nd Place – Middle Temple Young Barrister’s Association Advocacy Competition 2018
  • 3rd Round – Rosamund Smith Moot 2016/17
  • Finalist – Magna Carta Moot 2015
  • Competitor – Trans-Atlantic Advocacy Competition 2015
  • Competitor – OUP & BPP National Mooting Competition 2015/16
  • Quarter-finalist – Devon Chambers Moot 2014/15 & 2015/16
  • Final Round Judge – Devon Chambers Moot 2017/18 (Held in the UKSC)

 

Debating

  • Best Speaker – Bracton Law Society v University of Bristol Law Club IV 2015
  • 1st Place – Bracton Law Society v University of Bristol Law Club IV 2015
  • 1st Place – Bracton Law Society Annual Debating Competition 2015
  • 1st Place – Bracton Law Society v University of Bristol Law Club IV 2014
  • 2nd Place – UBLC IV 2016
  • 2nd Place – Devon and Exeter Medico Legal Association Debate 2014
  • Chief Adjudicator – Bracton Law Society & Inner Temple Debating Competition 2016
  • Wing Judge – Inner Temple IV 2016
  • Chair Judge – University of Exeter Open 2015

 

Court Advocacy

I am instructed by the Comptroller & City Solicitor to prosecute in the Magistrates’ Court and represent the Corporation in social housing cases in the County Court. Previously I worked as a solicitors’ agent in chambers hearings in the County Court, where I gained experience in the following areas: mortgage proceedings, landlord and tenant, interim applications, bankruptcy, and infant approvals.

Volunteering

Previously I was a volunteer advocate at the Communities Empowerment Network, where I represented pupils who were being permanently excluded from school at the Governors’ Disciplinary Committee and before the Independent Review Panel.
I have also volunteered through the University of Exeter’s Prison Project, where I advised prisoners on their disclosure obligations when seeking work on release.

Recent Work

Drafted Emissions Reduction (Local Authorities in London) Bill

The Emissions Reduction Bill seeks to give powers to the Common Council and London borough councils to control emissions from specified combustion plants. The Bill can be viewed here: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/lbill/2019-2020/0022/20022.pdf
Press coverage of the Bill can be read in the Evening Standard
 

Animal welfare prosecution against an international airline

Jaysen Sharpe was instructed by the City of London Corporation in a prosecution against an airline with a multi-billion euro turnover for offences contrary to the Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006 and the Animal Health Act 1981. Jaysen appeared against significantly more experienced counsel 14 years his senior. The Defendant was fined £136,000, which is believed to be the largest fine ever imposed for this type of offence. Press coverage of the case can be read in the Daily Mail.

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