Jack has a common law practice with an emphasis on family law.
Within family law his work primarily consists of financial disputes, ranging from those involving substantial assets to cases where funds are limited, as well as private law applications, often involving allegations of serious abuse and domestic violence. He also has a thriving civil practice dealing with contractual disputes and personal injury work, his clients include individuals, small and medium sized businesses as well as multi-national corporations.
Jack is fast developing a reputation for combining a sensitive and pragatic approach to cases with robust and persuasive advocacy.
Before joining chambers Jack studied undertook an MA in Politics and Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh and then studied at the College of Law where he achieved the highest marks amongst his call group.
Jack has a particular interest in family finance disputes and has been involved in cases concerning complex non-matrimonial property arguments, non-disclosure issues and submissions on the status of properties owned by companies. He has prepared advices on pre-nuptial agreements, Imerman documents, pension sharing orders and a lecture on the quantum of spousal maintenance for Jordan’s Family Law. His experience in this area includes:
- first appointments, FDRs and final hearings;
- variation applications;
- claims by cohabitants and former cohabitants under TOLATA 1996;
- claims for financial provision for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1996;
- freezing injunctions;
- enforcement including committal applications; and
- appeals from District Judges.
Recent cases incldue a four day final hearing where the issues included arguments about property owned by UK companies, assets held overseas and 'add-backs' as a result of one party's actions post-separation.
Children Public Law
Jack has been instructed in cases concerning allegations of serious sexual abuse, psychological harm and those involving parents with personality disorders. He has extensive experience in arguing for and against the imposition of interim care/supervision orders and on the law concerning the question of which of a number local authorities should bear responsibility for progressing the case. Jack was recently involved in a six day High Court case concerning the removal of four children from a mother with severe learning disabilities.
Children Private Law
Jack frequently represents clients involved in contact and residence disputes and has achieved successful results in countless fact-finding and final hearings. He has a particular interest in leave to remove cases and recently acted in a four day hearing concerning cross applications where one party sought leave to take a child to Dubai and the other to India. He has experience in cases where the issues include physical, emotional and sexual abuse as well as those involving alcohol and substance misuse. He has successfully challenged expert evidence in private law proceedings and persuaded courts to go against CAFCASS recommendations.
Inheritance, Wills and Probate
Jack has a keen interest in Inheritance Act claims and believes the skills required here are similar to those he has developed through his family finance practice.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
Jack regularly advises on quantum and liability and has appeared in numerous small claims and fast track trials. He is happy to accept cases on conditional fee agreements.
Business and Commercial
Jack has a particular interest in contractual disputes and has acted for small and medium sized businesses, as a well as multi-national corporations.
- MA (Hons.) - The University of Edinburgh
- Graduate Diploma in Law - Commendation
- Bar Vocational Course – Outstanding
- Jack enjoys art and architecture, food and drink and justifying the above by walking (and occasionally running) with his ‘Patter-Jack’ terrier Paxo.
- C v C - dealing with undisclosed assets.
- F v F - successfully challenged a CAFCASS report recommending that a father should be prevented from seeing his children
- Re H - represented a multi-national corporation accused of having defrauded a customer