Jack has a broad practice with a particular focus on professional negligence, commercial litigation and insurance disputes.
Ranked as a leading junior by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, Jack has most recently been described as a “future star” of the bar, who “gives excellent and thorough legal advice which looks at the whole issue and the wider impact of everything”; “quick, clever, very easy to get on with and an unstuffy, effective advocate.”
Jack frequently acts unled in complex, document-heavy cases in the High Court, which often involve allegations of fraud. He is also regularly instructed as a junior on heavyweight litigation, including on appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
What the directories say
“Jack is a future star; his advice is always clear, and he has a maturity beyond his years” – Chambers & Partners, 2023
“Jack is one of my absolute go-to barristers; he has the perfect blend of expertise, bedside manner and pragmatism” – Chambers & Partners, 2023
“A smiling assassin, Jack is always cheerful and yet is ferocious in putting forwards his arguments. I have no hesitation in suggesting Jack to my clients and for arranging conferences – I know that he will put my client at ease. I make sure to instruct Jack on the awkward cases, where he can offer innovative advice” – Legal 500, 2023
“He gives excellent and thorough legal advice which looks at the whole issue and the wider impact of everything” – Chambers & Partners, 2022
“He is a standout junior in professional negligence defence claims.” – Legal 500, 2023
“He’s quick, clever, very easy to get on with and an unstuffy, effective advocate” – Chambers & Partners, 2022
“He manages all the expectations, and his drafting is very good. He explains things very well, and he’s great with difficult clients. Destined to be instructed on the more complex cases” – Chambers & Partners, 2022
“A junior who is always very calm, and handles complex matters in a straightforward and sensible way” – Legal 500, 2022
“He has strong technical ability and is always willing to give a firm and clear view. Very thorough and excellent drafting skills – does not miss anything” – Legal 500, 2021
“Jack is extremely knowledgeable and is incredibly experienced in dealing with solicitors’ negligence claims. He quickly gets to the crux of the matter, which hugely assists clients in dealing with claims quickly and cost-effectively” – Chambers & Partners, 2024
“He is a standout junior in professional negligence defence claims” – Legal 500, 2023
Ranked as a leading junior by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, Professional negligence is Jack’s main area of practice and he acts in claims against a wide variety of professionals, with particular experience in claims against lawyers, surveyors, valuers and financial professionals. He is frequently instructed to act in complex, document-heavy cases and has extensive experience in striking out unmeritorious claims, particularly those brought by litigants in person.
In addition to acting in litigation involving professionals, Jack is instructed to advise on regulatory issues, ranging from Ombudsman complaints to regulator investigations and past business reviews. He also acts in and advises on disciplinary proceedings commenced by professional regulators, including the SRA, the Architect’s Regulatory Board, the Health and Care Professionals Council and the SIRE Focus Group Disciplinary Committee (the disciplinary arm of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum, which regulates inspectors of oil and gas tankers).
Jack’s lawyers’ liability practice is extensive and includes claims arising out of both contentious and non-contentious work. His recent experience includes:
Jack has experience in acting in claims brought against a variety of financial professionals, including:
Jack has a particular interest in claims against accountants and IFAs arising out of investments in tax avoidance schemes. He has previously acted in a number of cases involving SDLT avoidance schemes and he is currently instructed as sole counsel in a high value claim involving a film finance scheme.
Jack is regularly instructed in claims against property and construction professionals including:
Jack acts for both Claimants and Defendants in cases that span the whole spectrum of commercial litigation. He has extensive experience acting in deceit and fraudulent misrepresentation claims, breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty claims, sale of goods claims, partnership disputes, shareholder disputes, insolvency claims and debt recovery actions. Jack is instructed to advise, draft statements of case and provide representation at both the mediation and trial of these disputes. He also regularly appears as an advocate in the High Court in interlocutory applications, including interim injunctions that are listed on an urgent basis.
In addition to his domestic commercial litigation experience, Jack has also acted in a range of claims in offshore jurisdictions. He is currently instructed in a shareholder dispute in Jersey.
Jack has a particular expertise in shipping law, having previously held a research post at the Institute of Maritime Law, and he is happy to accept instructions in this area.
Alongside Jack’s professional negligence practice, he is instructed to advise on coverage under a range of professional indemnity policies and he has particular expertise in advising on successor practice issues, aggregation and issues of non-disclosure (including fraudulent non-disclosure) and late notification.
Jack also acts in insurance disputes outside the realm of professional indemnity insurance, with recent instructions relating to claims under property, yacht, flood, business interruption and general commercial insurance policies.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Jack was a member of the Insurance Law Research Group at the University of Southampton.
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