Jake became a tenant at Chambers in 2017 and is an already experienced advocate, regularly appearing in the High Court and County Court. He advises clients on paper, in conference and in drafting statements of case. He is a busy common-law practitioner, whose experience across different practice areas make him a well-rounded lawyer.
Jake accepts direct access instructions and pro bono instructions when appropriate. He is able to work remotely, and has held hearings and conferences via Skype for Business and Zoom.
Before coming to the bar, Jake worked in politics as a speech-writer and campaigner.
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Jake has experience of advising clients in commercial disputes across diverse sectors. Jake offers concise and clear legal advice, with an appreciation of the commercial practicalities facing clients. He also has experience of advising businesses navigating their regulatory responsibilities.
With a broad practice, Jake has particular experience in the following areas:
Jake works with clients on a direct access basis, where appropriate.
He has international experience. He has a client base in Spain, Italy, Dubai and was instructed to represent businesses in Brazil following the Bento Rodrigues Dam Disaster in 2015.
Jake has a well-developed personal injury practice, representing claimants and defendants on the fast track, but increasingly, the Multi-Track. He has a busy paper-based practice, offering advice on liability and quantum in high-value claims.
Jake is well-versed at analysing complicated medical evidence. For example, he recently agreed a settlement in a six-figure claim for an asylum seeker, after an accident involving multiple catastrophic injuries and complex psychological injuries, with numerous expert reports.
He is able to offer thorough analysis on cases expeditiously.
He has experience of the following areas:
His experience in clinical negligence law means he is adept at handling medical evidence, and offering a rigorous analysis of expert evidence on the same.
Jake also accepts instructions to act for families at inquest. For example, he represented the family of a Mother who died from an overdose of prescription drugs. More recently, he represented a family (pro-bono) of a young autistic man who was murdered by a drug-dealer recently released from prison. Both cases were reported in the national media.
Jake has a particular experience advising healthcare clients. He represented Centurion Healthcare in a successful appeal against CQC decisions in the First Tier Tribunal regarding their registration as a service-provider (Centurion Healthcare Ltd v CQC  3264.EA) – one of only 6 successful appeals since 2016. He is an expert in relevant regulations and guidance, recent legal developments, and the practicalities for care providers. He is regularly sought after for advice for clients in the care sector.
He also advises and represents GP practices on issues ranging from breaches of confidence, contractual issues with NHS England and other regulatory disputes. He has represented practitioners in matters relating to a performers’ list, including a challenge to removal and conditions. He is able to offer legal advice on all aspects of their practice.
He has also appeared in disciplinary proceedings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Jake has a developing clinical negligence practice. He is confident in dealing with complicated issues surrounding breach, causation, quantum and evidence. He regularly approaches such issues with experts in conference, offering careful scrutiny of their evidence. His common law practice means he is well-versed in explaining legal concepts and proceedings to lay clients.
His expertise is wide-ranging. For example, he has been instructed in cases involving dental negligence, plastic surgery and psychological consequences, and complications during labour. He regularly deals with complex expert evidence, with multiple experts.
Jake has an academic interest in clinical negligence and lectured on the issue of consent in clinical negligence cases post-Montgomery at the Association of Surgeon in Training.
Jake acts on behalf of clients in matrimonial financial litigation. He is well-versed in claims under TOLATA and the Matrimonial Causes Act 1925. He also represents parents in private children disputes, when there are, for example, allegations of violence, abuse or parental alienation.
Jake has a particular interest in international family law and has appeared in cases with jurisdictional issues involving cross-border abductions, human trafficking and forced marriage protections orders.
Jake also represents Local Authorities, parents and Guardians in public family proceedings. He has been instructed in cases involving a skull fracture to a new born baby and other NAI allegations, induced illness (reports of sexual abuse that were found to have been fabricated), and cases involving cross-jurisdictional considerations. Jake’s experience of deconstructing medical evidence in a civil sphere means he is adept at analysing such evidence for family matters.