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Jack Macaulay

Call 2009

"Jack roots out the nub of a case and deploys a strategic and commercial approach to litigation."
(Legal 500, 2022)

Clinical Negligence

Jack enjoys the particular medical and scientific challenges posed by clinical negligence litigation. He acts for the NHS, medical defence organisations, and claimants. His experience covers cases of:

  • Mis/delayed diagnosis
  • Inadequate consent
  • Injuries caused by or in the course of surgery
  • Obstetric/birth injuries
  • Dental claims
  • Inadequate nursing care, leading to e.g. pressure sores.

Selected Cases

Jack’s recent cases include:

  • A high value claim where Jack was solely instructed against a silk. The claimant alleged that a period of infection which occurred after a cuff of a Hickman line was not removed resulted in an inability to grow his business and claimed in excess of £1m for this.
  • An ongoing case where infection followed an allegedly traumatic intubation.
  • A failure to identify malignancy in the context of a septal perforation.
  • A claim arising out of negligent treatment of the claimant’s breast cancer, as a result of which the cancer recurred. Jack’s client, the MPS, represented the histopathologist, who had failed to identify that the surgeon had not obtained clear margins around the tumour. The claimant was represented by leading counsel and sought damages against the surgeon, Jack’s client, and the NHS trust. A satisfactory settlement was eventually achieved at a hard-fought virtual JSM.
  • Fryatt v Nottingham Forest FC. Jack acted for the well-known football club at the interlocutory stages of a claim by one of its former players, who alleged that the club’s doctors and medical staff failed to manage his ankle injury, resulting in the premature end of his career.
  • A case of alleged injury to the mother caused by the use of forceps during delivery, requiring the input of both obstetric and surgical experts.
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LLB, Law with European Legal Studies (First Class) King’s College London, 2003-7
ERASMUS year at Uppsala University, Sweden, 2005-6
LLM (Cantab) 2007-8
BVC (Very Competent) BPP London, 2008-9
Lord Denning Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn

Languages: French (intermediate), Spanish (improving), Swedish (basic)



  • PIBA
  • PNBA


“Jack is very personable and adaptable; a smooth exterior but remains very much in control.”

Legal 500, 2024

“Jack is always on point with his advice and with an understanding of the wider commercial issues that clients have in mind.”… “He shows a very good understanding and he is good at handling clients.”…”Jack is very measured. He is very good with the clients and a good advocate.”…”His skeleton arguments were really excellent and he demonstrated a really thorough understanding of the case.”

Chambers & Partners, 2024

“Jack roots out the nub of a case and deploys a strategic and commercial approach to litigation.”

Legal 500, 2022

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