- Employment Team Leader
- Called: 1997
"He has an incredible mind that can sort an extraordinary amount of information."
The Legal 500 2019
Jake is Head of the Employment Team and also a member of the Commercial Team. He specialises in unfair and unlawful dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and breach of contract. He acts mainly for corporate and public bodies but also carries out Claimant work. He has been recommended as a leading junior in employment law by the Legal 500 for a number of years.
Jake deals with all types of discrimination. In particular: disability, religious belief, race, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy & maternity and age. He has considerable experience of whistleblowing cases, given the regular instructions he receives from public bodies. As a result of his work for private companies and businesses, he also has considerable experience of cases involving TUPE and claims for and against directors and other senior employees. He often deals with wage claims and issues involving agency & consultancy contracts. He is regularly instructed in complex and lengthy tribunal hearings and at appeal level. He provides advice on internal procedures and contracts to public and corporate bodies, involving advice on employment status, pay, tax and shares. He has represented schools and local authorities at NCTL appeals.
His commercial practice includes restrictive covenants, breach of fiduciary duty and professional negligence.
Jake has considerable experience of various mediation schemes. He accepts instructions on a direct access basis and is chair of chambers DPA committee.
“A thorough, robust and tenacious approach to tricky cases as well as very strong advocacy.”
The Legal 500 UK 2020
“He has an incredible mind that can sort an extraordinary amount of information.”
The Legal 500 UK 2019
“He is great on his feet and achieves good outcomes for his clients.”
The Legal 500 UK 2017
“His preparation is meticulous and he always seems to find the right argument.”
The Legal 500 UK 2016
“He provides robust tactical and legal advice, and is excellent on his feet.”
The Legal 500 UK 2015
Recent employment cases at appeal level include:
- Ukegheson v London Borough of Haringey  EWCA Civ 1140 and  ICR 1285 (EAT) (race, religious and sex discrimination).
- Steel v London Borough of Haringey  All ER (EAT) (unlawful deductions) co.uk › Cases › 2014 › December.
- Horlorku v Liverpool City Council (UKEAT/0020/15/DA) (race discrimination) https://twitter.com/bailii/status/619090245368217600.
- Mba v Merton  ICR 357 (CA) (religious discrimination) co.uk/news/uk-england-london-25229807.
- McIntosh v St Marks Primary School  All ER (EAT) (race victimisation)
- Durrani v Ealing LBC  All ER (EAT) (whistleblowing and race discrimination)
Jake’s recent work includes:
- A two-week tribunal hearing involving reasonable adjustments and other disability discrimination claims (Jake was acting for a public body and successfully defended all the claims).
- A successful application to the Supreme Court for the costs of having to respond to an application for permission to appeal.
- Striking-out various discrimination claims at a preliminary hearing on the basis that the claims had no prospect of success as there was no “something else” even on the Claimant’s case.
- Advising a large global company on the terms of their employment, agency and consultancy contracts.
- Striking-out a claim for breach of an employment contract involving an alleged entitlement to a share of profits on the basis that it was essentially a partnership claim and should not have been made in the employment tribunal.
- Advising a group of local authorities on issues relating to employment status, internal reorganisations and TUPE transfers.
- Advising and representing various directors in claims involving alleged breaches of restrictive covenants, fidelity & non-competition clauses, fiduciary duties and the issue of EMI shares.
- Striking-out a claim for failure to comply with the early conciliation process.
- Various tribunal hearings involving allegations of discriminatory dismissal (race, sex and sexual orientation).
- Representing a Citizens Advice Bureau in a one-week whistleblowing trial.
- A very complex hearing involving the correct identity of the employer and an alleged TUPE transfer (Jake successfully argued that there had been no transfer or change of employer).
- Striking-out a whistleblowing claim on the basis that the alleged detriments occurred a long time after the protected disclosures had been made and after the claimant had been on long-term sick leave (the tribunal also accepted that the dismissal was clearly because of the absence and not any disclosure).
- Representing a local authority in a civil claim involving alleged discrimination by a service provider (the main issue related to whether disabled persons should have adjustments made to the parking appeals process).
Jake is a member of ELBA, ELA, Combar and the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.
Jake received a First Class Degree in History from Cambridge. He worked for a number of years as a researcher for an MEP, based in Italy and Spain. He completed a law conversion course at City University and was called to the Bar in 1997.
His main interests are family, literature, Iberia and football.