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Overview

Jack joined Ropewalk Chambers in October 2014 after successfully completing his pupillage under the supervision of Andrew McNamara.

He practices mainly in personal injury, disease, commercial and property matters. He is also instructed regularly in Chambers’ other practice areas.

Outside of work Jack has a number of interests including sport and travel.

Personal Injury

Jack is regularly instructed by both Claimants and Defendants in the full range of personal injury matters. He has conducted trials in the County Court at Fast and Multi track levels.

His advocacy and paperwork practice encompasses road traffic accidents, employer’s liability, public liability, Highways Act claims, product liability, injuries arising from defective premises, holiday claims under the Package Travel Regulations, claims for negligent beauty therapy, and Animals Act cases.

Jack has a particular interest in personal claims arising from accidents on public highways. He appeared for the Defendant, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, at both first instance and on appeal in the case of Rollinson v Dudley MBC [2016] R.T.R. 19 [2016] P.I.Q.R. [2015] EWHC 3330 (QB), where Dudley MBC argued successfully that the duty under s.41 Highways Act 1980 did not extent to removing moss from highways. He has also successfully represented a claimant in a Multi track case involving injury caused by a public nuisance on the highway.

Jack is happy to consider instructions in any personal injury matter on a Conditional Fee Agreement basis.

Employment

Jack has appeared in the Employment Tribunal on behalf of Claimants on instructions from the Free Representation Unit (FRU) and the Bar Pro Bono Unit (BPBU).

He has successfully represented clients in Unfair Dismissal cases where they faced allegations of gross misconduct and issues about capability. He also has experience of Victimisation and seeking damages for injury to feelings.

He is looking to expand his employment practice and will consider instructions on Damage Based Agreements in appropriate circumstances.

Commercial

Jack has experience in a wide range of commercial matters including debt claims,  contractual disputes, partnership disputes, claims relating to wrongful interference with goods and sale of goods issues.

He has appeared in trials at Fast and Small Claims track level in cases involving disputes between businesses and breach of contract.

Credit Hire

Jack regularly acts in credit hire trials for both Claimants and Defendants. He has dealt with issues relating to the enforceability of hire agreements, including points relating to the Consumer Credit Act 1974. Impecuniosity and basic hire rate evidence.

Disease

Industrial disease cases form a significant proportion of Jack’s work.

He has conducted trials in the Multi Track and Fast Track in noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) matters. He regularly advises both Claimants and Defendants on issues relating to medical causation, de minimis hearing loss, acoustic engineering evidence, limitation and quantum.

Jack has experience of other industrial cases including asbestos related illness claims, lead poisoning, occupational asthma, and bladder cancer linked to dyes in the metal industry.

Costs

Jack is a member of Chambers’ costs team and practices in the area. He is regularly instructed to represent Claimants and Defendants in Cost and Case Management Hearings (CCMCs) to deal with cost budgeting.

He appeared at first instance for the Defendant in the case of Mills v Farmfoods Distribution Ltd, which dealt with the question of whether an application for pre-action disclosure fell within the fixed Fast Track costs regime in CPR 45 subpt IIIA.

Housing

Jack often appears for both landlords and tenants in possession claims in the County Court. This includes claims for possession of property let under Assured Shorthold Tenancies. He has experience of dealing with issues arising under public law and the Human Rights Act in respect of possession claims brought by registered social landlords.

He also has experience of drafting proceedings for injunctions restraining breaches of licence agreements and secure tenancies relating to the use of local authority housing stock.

 

Notable Cases

Areas of Work

  • Clinical negligence
  • Commercial
  • Counter Fraud
  • Costs
  • Criminal Regulatory
  • Disease
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Personal Injury
  • Planning and Environmental
  • Property and Chancery
  • Professional Discipline and Regulation
  • Public Sector and Not for Profit
  • Credit Hire

Recent Publications

Recent News

  • Success in High Court Appeal

    Judgment in the appeal in the case of Rollinson v Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council [2015] EWHC 3330 (QB) was handed down by Haddon-Cave J on 27 November 2015. The appeal raised an important question as to whether local councils are under a duty under s.41 of the Highways Act 1980 to keep highways free from moss.  The Council was successful on appeal in arguing that there was no such duty.  The appeal was allowed and the decision of the trial Judge was set aside with costs. Jack represented the Council at trial and in the subsequent appeal on instructions from Weightmans LLP. 

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