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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)

Personal Injury

Personal injury work forms the cornerstone of Jack’s practice, and he is regularly instructed on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants, at all stages of litigation.

He is listed as a leading junior by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

His extensive experience encompasses:

  • Fraudulent and exaggerated claims
  • Cases of serious permanent injuries, with damages well into seven figures
  • Brain injury claims
  • Chronic pain cases, including cases of CRPS and somatoform disorders
  • Psychiatric injury claims from primary and secondary victims
  • Fatal accidents (including inquests)
  • Injuries as a result of the deliberate criminality of third parties, including prisoner assault cases
  • Accidents in the workplace, and,
  • Acting for the emergency services.

Selected Cases

Recent cases of interest include:

  • Compton v TDR Groundworks and others: securing a finding of fundamental dishonesty after a 4 day trial in a HAVS case.
  • A fatal accident on a fishing boat following the sudden collapse of the fishing gear.
  • Two successful trials in quick succession defending the MoJ against allegations that prison officers were too slow to intervene to prevent attacks on prison inmates.
  • Advising a nationally recognised entertainment company on the implications of the end of the Brexit transition period on a potential claim against a Spanish equipment supplier, following a fatal accident in England, and acting in the civil claim by the deceased’s dependants.
  • Acting for the Defendant in a serious brain injury claim arising out of a road traffic accident, led by Christopher Kennedy KC.
  • A chronic pain claim against a supermarket following a slipping accident; at trial the claimant succeeded in recovering only a small fraction of the damages claimed after Jack was able to persuade the judge to reject her evidence, and the opinion of her expert psychiatrist.
  • Acting for the defendant in a case of alleged diffuse axonal injury (led by Shaun Ferris). The claim at one point was pleaded in excess of £10m, but eventually settled for a small fraction of 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.
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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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