Jonathan Auburn

Jonathan has a large practice in all areas of community care law (adults and children), healthcare, mental health and mental capacity law for both local authorities and individuals. Jonathan is rated by Chambers and Partners as the leading ranked junior for community care work. He is also highly ranked for Administrative & Public Law, Local Government Law and Education Law. He has acted in the most important recent cases, including R (KM) v Cambridgeshire CC (Supreme Court) and Westminster CC v SL (Supreme Court). This year he brought successful challenges to the government’s administration of its new benefit, Personal Independence Payments, in R (C and W) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and to local authority charging policies, in R (KM) v Northamptonshire CC. Jonathan has also recently acted in reported cases on care home funding disputes, age assessment disputes, mental capacity cases and SEN cases. He is a co-author of OUP’s new practitioner’s text Judicial Review: Principles and Procedure (2013) and edits the White Book.

Contributed to


Ordinary residence
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains that the duty under the Care Act 2014 to provide community care and support to any person in need of such services rests with the local authority in whose area the person is ordinarily resident, and that ordinary residence is given its ordinary and natural meaning. It sets out the factors that the local authority should take into account when considering a person’s ordinary residence, and describes the categories of people, both ordinarily resident and not ordinarily resident, for whom the local authority has the power and duty to provide residential accommodation in its area.

Practice areas


  • Administrative Law Bar Association


  • Contributing Author


  • BCL (Oxon), D.Phil (Oxon)

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