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Jack Macaulay

Call 2009

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. His extensive experience encompasses:

  • Fraudulent and exaggerated claims, from claims which have been entirely concocted, all the way to cases of discrete dishonesty over individual heads of loss, where the claim is dismissed under s.57 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. He is also familiar with other mechanisms for attacking suspicious or exaggerated claims where fundamental dishonesty cannot be established, such as securing costs orders against credit hire companies.
  • Cases of serious permanent injuries, with damages well into seven figures.
  • Brain injury claims.
  • Psychiatric injuries from primary and secondary victims.
  • Fatal accidents (including Coroner’s inquests).
  • Accidents in the workplace, and,
  • acting for the emergency services.

Recent cases of interest include:

  • 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 failed to manage his ankle injury, resulting in the premature end of his career.
  • 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.
  • A claim against a large hotel chain following the death by suicide of one of its employees on hotel premises.
  • 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 the Defendant theme park operator in a claim by one of the passengers of the “Smiler” rollercoaster following the high-profile crash of that ride.
  • 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

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