Jacob has spent his entire professional life at 9 Gough Square (formerly 2 Dr Johnson's Buildings in the Temple). Having undertaken pupillage with John Foy QC and HHJ Reddihough, Jacob's practice consists wholly of personal injury and clinical negligence work.
He acts mainly for Claimants but retains a small but purposeful Defence practice. Slippers, trippers, nippers, head-injured, spiners, wheezers, whiners and rear-end shunters - Jacob has acted for all types of injured Claimants over the years; from catastrophically brain injured and spinal compromised clients to victims of clinical negligence resulting in birth accident, orthopaedic, internal and other damage.
His motto used to be "No case too big - No case too small", but in Silk and indeed previously as a Senior Junior he modified this to: "Big, Bigger and Bigger Still-oh my!" Jacob has been instructed by all the major Trade Unions in personal injury litigation and regularly acts for the most devastatingly injured Claimants. Jacob acts for victims of medical accident who trust his sympathetic, empathetic manner.
The directories note that "He adopts a cool and calm approach to all issues that are presented, retaining focus on the objectives and how best to achieve the desired outcomes." He is recognised as "a powerhouse who will leave no stone unturned to get the best possible result for a client. He is enormously energetic."
In short: "loved by clients" and a "human dynamo of energy, enthusiasm and drive", Jacob is "always prepared to go the extra mile". So, why not run with him?
Jacob is now ranked as a Silk in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence in Chambers UK 2018, 2017 and 2016 and for Personal Injury in the Legal 500. He was previously ranked as a Band 1 Leading Junior for Personal Injury and Band 4 Leading Junior for Clinical Negligence in Legal 500 2013.
Jacob is described in Chambers UK as "the hardest-working barrister there is. He is completely thorough and leaves no room for confusion in his arguments." "His negotiating skills are wonderful, it doesn't matter who he's up against, he will always do a great job and get wonderful results."
Jacob was listed as a Junior in The Chambers 100 - a list of the top 100 barristers as identified by Chambers UK.
Jacob is described as "immensely thorough, kind and courteous with clients, imaginative when presenting a claim and someone who never stops".
Jacob's ranking over many years underlines his excellence in his fields of practice.
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For 20 plus years Jacob has acted principally for Claimants in clinical negligence litigation. He has also done so for Defendants. From birth accidents, to anaesthetic accidents to spinal and orthopaedic injury as well as dental and ocular negligence, Jacob has represented some of the most seriously debilitated victims of medical accidents. Known for his thoroughness and intensity of preparation in conferences, at trial and in the drafting of schedules - he is also a sympathetic and strong advocate in Court for his clients' cause. As a directory once commented "you know he won't let you down". When he isn't watching boxsets into the early hours of the morning, or writing his next unproduced screenplay, or fending off the neuroses of his family - you can be sure he is worrying about your case. In a good way.
Since his earliest days at the Bar, this has been the mainstay of Jacob's practice; from grievously injured pedestrians and spinal or head injured motorists to serious site accidents. From Union members in factories and elsewhere, to those who have suffered industrial disease; from fatal injuries and dependency claims - all manner of human misery (including his own) has enabled Jacob to offer straightforward, empathetic and sound practical advice. In court, at Trial, in conference or at Joint Settlement Meetings he remains a committed, adept and knowledgeable practitioner with 27 years of vast and varied experience. Described once in a professional directory as a 'human dynamo' - Jacob's Duracell battery isn't running down anytime soon. Unless his kids get to him first and disconnect him from the mains supply.
Jacob deals with heavy cases of the utmost severity but does so with humour and sympathy.