Jake Jake

Barrister: Jake Richards

Call:
2017

Education:
Lord Bowen Scholar (Lincoln's Inn); BPTC (Outstanding), City University London; Diploma in Law (Distinction), University of Law; BA Hons (History), Somerville College, University of Oxford

Overview:

Jake 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, with a particular expertise in commercial, public and family law.
Before coming to the bar, Jake worked in politics as a speech-writer and campaigner. Jake accepts pro-bono instructions in appropriate cases. 
“I would like to express my gratitude to Mr Jake Richards. He kept control and powerfully argued our case. I don't think we would have won without him. I'm a very satisfied client” - client-endorsement

Jake has a thriving practice in three core areas: civil litigation, public law and family law.

Jake is an already experienced advocate and accepts instructions to advise clients on paper, in conference and in drafting statements of case. He is a busy common-law practitioner, whose experience across different areas makes him a well-rounded lawyer.

Jake accepts direct access instructions and pro bono instructions where appropriate. He is able to work remotely and is experienced in holding hearings and conferences remotely.

Before coming to the bar, Jake worked in politics as a speechwriter and campaigner. He has appeared on the national media discussing law and policy, and regularly writes for journals and news outlets.

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Civil Litigation

Jake has extensive experience offering written advice on commercial disputes for organisations across different sectors including financial, property, charity and healthcare sectors. He has also built a thriving chancery practice and was recently instructed in a lengthy probate trial – a result of a decade-long dispute. Jake also offers advice on civil procedure and costs. He has also advised clients on professional negligence claims, with a particular expertise in alleged accountancy errors. 
Jake accepts instructions in cases involving government, local government and the police. He regularly drafts statements of case for the Home Secretary in Judicial Reviews and was instructed by the Department for Communities and Local Government to work on the Grenfell Inquiry. He was recently instructed on behalf of a Local Authority in the Administrative Court regarding the construction of an EU Directive for the purpose of a licensing scheme. He also accepts instructions on behalf of private companies and individuals when navigating public law matters. For example, he represented a business facing an injunction by a Local Authority under S222 Local Government Act in the High Court.  
Jake is also available to advise clients on employment and regulatory issues. He has written extensively about the Equality Act 2010 and its effect on disability discrimination cases in particular. He has also represented the Nursing and Midwifery Council in disciplinary proceedings. CC

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:

• Contractual disputes

• Professional negligence (solicitors, barristers, surveyors and more)

• Consumer Law and the Consumer Rights Act 2015

• Civil procedure

• Commercial and residential property disputes

• Party-wall disputes

• Freezing injunction applications

• Shareholder disputes

• Employment issues (and has appeared in the EAT)

• Enforcement proceedings by UK Border Force

• Licensing

• Costs

• Probate claims

  • Regulatory and Disciplinary hearings (including police misconduct cases).

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.

Clinical Negligence

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 is currently instructed on a high-value claim regarding causation and the loss of fertility prospects. He regularly deals with complex expert evidence, with multiple experts across disciplines.

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.

Personal Injury

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. He represents clients at interlocutory hearings (CCMCs, applications etc) and at trial.

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 has experience of the following areas:

• Employer liability

• Occupier liability

• Public liability

• RTA litigation

• Holiday claims

• Industrial disease

• Noise induced hearing loss

• Animal Act claims

• Claims before the CICA

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.

Inquests

Jake also accepts instructions for inquest work. Much of this is linked to failings by healthcare services. For example, he represented the family of a Mother who died from an overdose of prescription drugs and the family of an intravenous drug-user who died after alleged maltreatment.

His practice is broader, however. More recently, he represented a family (pro-bono) of a young autistic man who was murdered by a drug-dealer recently released from prison, with multiple alleged failings by the police, local government services and probation. He has recently been instructed by a family of a 17 year old boy who died in an amateur boxing fight. All these cases were reported in the national media.

Public Law

Jake has wide-ranging experience in family law matters. He represent Local Authorities, parents and Guardians in public family proceedings, as well as parties in private family law and financial disputes.
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 protection orders.
Jake also has an expertise in legal issues surrounding surrogacy and fertility. He was awarded a prize by the Bar Council for an essay advocating reform of the law on parental orders and surrogacy arrangements and has written widely on the subject. 
Jake has represented Local Authorities in the Court of Protection regarding Deprivation of Liberty Orders and is part of the Chambers’ Court of Protection team.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence:
Jake acts for claimants and defendants in personal injury and clinical negligence matters. He also has a busy paper-based practice, offering advice on liability and quantum in cases on the fast and multi-track. He has recently advised on a 6-figure settlement for a Claimant after a serious injury with complex medical evidence. 
Jake recently lectured on the issue of consent in clinical negligence cases post-Montgomery at the Association of Surgeons in Training. 
Jake also accepts instructions to act as a representative at inquests. He has represented the family of a Mother who died from an overdose of prescription drugs in an inquest reported by the national media.

Jake is building a public practice, representing claimants as well as acting for local government, Whitehall departments and regulators.

He is currently instructed on a claim for judicial review of government policy relating to prison visits during COVID-19 pandemic and the alleged breaches of children of prisoners’ human rights. In his early years as a tenant, Jake was instructed by the Home Office in immigration matters, whilst also successfully acting for an Applicant family before the Immigration Upper Tribunal.

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 [2018] 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.

Jake is also a member of the Court of Protection Team and has represented local authorities in this setting.

 

Family Law

Jake 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.

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. He has extensive experience of such proceedings in an Islamic context.

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. He was awarded the Pegasus Scholarship to explore international surrogacy law in India in 2019.

Jake has also represented children subject to applications for the deprivation of their liberty and is eager to build this aspect of his practice.

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