Friendly and approachable, Jack began his professional career studying and lecturing at the Ivy League’s University of Pennsylvania. In 2007 he left academia to pursue a career at the Bar, receiving the Prince of Wales Scholarship from Gray’s Inn. He completed pupillage at St Philips Chambers under Kristina Montgomery (now HHJ Montgomery QC) and Ros Carter (now HHJ Carter).
Jack has a particular emphasis on client care, providing pragmatic and grounded advice on a range of matters. He regularly appears in the Family Court and the High Court on his own account in a full range of applications; he has regularly been led in complex cases and has acted as a leading junior. He has undertaken appellate work in the Court of Appeal and is very familiar with representing vulnerable clients or those who require the intervention of the Official Solicitor.
In addition to his court work, Jack also guest lectures at Coventry University in their Health and Life Sciences Faculty at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, exploring the legal obligations of the healthcare professional. He has previously taught as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Law.
Jack sits on a fee-paid basis as a Recorder (Family), exercising powers similar to that of a Circuit Judge, and serves as Treasurer of the West Midlands Family Law Bar Association. Within chambers, Jack is a member of the Management Committee (Board of Directors) and Deputy Head of Pupillage.
Public Law Care and Adoption
Instructed in Public Law proceedings, Jack is familiar with all aspects of care work, including representation through the Official Solicitor. He is regularly instructed in complex proceedings involving physical and sexual abuse in his own right, as a led junior and in a leading junior role. Specifically, Jack has undertaken work on his own account within the following areas and allegations:
- Death of a child or multiple children
- Serious head injuries (including alleged shaking of infants and skull fractures)
- Multiple inflicted injuries (including broken bones and other serious injuries)
- Fabricated or induced illness (FII)
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- Forced Marriage / Honour Violence
Sexual abuse / inter-sibling and inter-family sexual activity
Recent Notable Cases
- (2020) Jack is being led by Nick Goodwin QC in an ongoing case involving the deaths of multiple siblings; Jack is instructed on behalf of the Official Solicitor; a successful appeal against a case management order has been determined by the Court of Appeal.
- (2019) In his first case as a leading junior, Jack led William Horwood; they represented the mother, instructed on behalf of the Official Solicitor; brought allegations of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and torture against the father.
- (2019) Jack acted alone for a mother in care proceedings; allegations of severe head injury caused by shaking an infant. Cross-examination required of 5 medical experts including a geneticist.
- (2019) Jack was led by Sara Lewis in care proceedings on behalf of a mother; involved 13 parties and 4 intervenors with the finding of fact hearing heard over three months; a re-opening of several findings of fact after further injuries were found on a sibling. Cross-examination of 5 medical experts, including 2 paediatricians and a geneticist.
- (2018) Jack acted for a father in care proceedings opposing a placement order being made in circumstances where fostering panel had refused to approve a grandmother as a foster carer; Jack argued that the matter ought properly to be referred back to Fostering Panel and a placement order could not be made where the court had already assessed the risk as manageable. Grandmother appealed to the Court of Appeal and was successful on the grounds argued at first instance.
- (2018) Jack acted alone for a child in care proceedings before Mr Justice Keehan where a sibling had died and was found at post-mortem to have multiple fractures as well as severe co-morbid genetic conditions. Queens counsel acted for the local authority and the mother.
- (2018) Jack was led by Yolanda Pemberton in a head injury case involving allegations of shaking and multiple bruising; client removed from the pool of perpetrators and gained care of the children.
- (2018) Jack acted alone for a child in care proceedings where both parents and a grandparent were accused of multiple injuries to the child; pool finding as to perpetration against the parents; findings of failure to protect against all lay parties.
- (2018) Jack acted alone for a family-member intervenor in care proceedings against whom allegations were made of multiple injuries to a child; client exonerated from causing injuries or failure to protect and thereby avoided local authority intervention into her own children.
- (2017) Jack acted alone for the children in proceedings brought due to the death of a sibling under 5, who drowned while unsupervised. Acted at the finding of fact hearing and final hearing. Extensive legal argument as to reporting restrictions. Parent and step-parent subsequently found guilty of manslaughter.
- (2017) Jack acted alone for both parents in an application to discharge a care order; 13 days prior to the final hearing, the local authority alleged 34 injuries against the parents requiring a 10 day finding of fact hearing. Substantial legal argument under the provisions of Re D-E  EWFC 6.
- (2017) Jack acted alone for father facing allegations of multiple injuries to his child. Client was exonerated and mother was found to have caused the injuries. Child was returned to the sole care of the father.
- (2017) Jack acted alone for mother in a serious sexual abuse case involving allegations of inter-sibling sexual assault. Child of the family (13 yo) made party to proceedings.
Re AV (A Child) (Expert Report)  EWCA Civ 346 – (Court of Appeal) junior counsel for the appellant, led by Nick Goodwin QC; proceedings concern the deaths of multiple siblings; appeal allowed against the court’s decision to refuse an application to instruction a psychiatrist to provide expert evidence in respect of the surviving child.
Re D & Ors (Children)  EWFC B87 (06 April 2017) – (High Court Judge level) counsel for the child, acting alone; child death in a water park; parent and step-parent later convicted of manslaughter.
A v A (Habitual Residence)  EWCA Civ 2660 – (Court of Appeal) junior counsel for the appellant, led by Louise McCabe; legal argument on habitual residence and appeal against a maintenance order.
Re L (2011) EWHC 296 (Fam) – (High Court) junior counsel for the children, led by Elizabeth Walker before Mrs Justice King; child death case; father later convicted of murder.
Appointments and Memberships
Judicial Appointment: Recorder (Family), Midland Circuit
Deputy Head of Pupillage, St Philips Chambers
Treasurer, West Midlands Family Law Bar Association (WM FLBA)
Management Committee (Board of Directors), St Philips Chambers
Secretary, St Philips Chambers Family Law Practice Group
Approved Pupil Supervisor
Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children