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Jack Macaulay

Call 2009

Personal Injury

Jack is regularly instructed on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants. He has a particular interest in cases of alleged dishonesty. His extensive experience encompasses:

  • fraudulent and exaggerated claims, from claims which have been entirely concocted, all the way down to cases of discrete dishonesty over individual heads of loss, where the claim is dismissed under s57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. Jack has dealt with most forms of motor fraud, including low velocity impact cases, ghost passenger claims, and staged or induced accidents, as well as fraud in the EL/PL context;
  • cases of serious permanent injuries, with damages well into seven figures;
  • brain injury claims;
  • clinical negligence, including cases of mis/delayed diagnoses, inadequate consent, and obstetric/birth injuries;
  • occupational disease, including noise induced hearing loss and mesothelioma claims;
  • fatal claims (including Coroner’s inquests);
  • accidents in the course of journeys by aircraft and ship (including claims under the Athens and Montreal conventions);
  • accidents at work;
  • tripping and slipping claims both for occupiers and highways authorities; and,
  • acting for the emergency services.

Recent cases of interest include:

    • Acting for the Defendant in a case of alleged diffuse axonal injury (led by Shaun Ferris). The claim eventually settled for less than half its pleaded value. Additionally, a favourable settlement was achieved in contribution proceedings, after earlier negotiations had collapsed.
    • Acting for a Claimant who developed PTSD, depression, and chronic pain having been injured while restraining young patients at the Defendant’s child and adolescent mental health unit. Liability was initially vigorously disputed before it was conceded just before the PTR for the liability trial. The case eventually settled for a seven figure sum.
    • Representing the fire service in a case where a firefighter alleged he had suffered acoustic trauma from exposure to the siren of a fire engine. The case was defended to trial at which the experts attended for cross examination on the complex issues of what noise levels are capable of causing tinnitus/acoustic trauma. HHJ Baucher accepted Jack’s submissions on both breach of duty and causation and dismissed the claim.

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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)



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