Jake is an already experienced advocate, regularly appearing in the High Court and County Court. He advises clients on paper, in conference and in drafting statements of case. He is a busy common-law practitioner, with a particular expertise in commercial, public and family law.
Before coming to the bar, Jake worked in politics as a speech-writer and campaigner. Jake accepts pro-bono instructions in appropriate cases.
“I would like to express my gratitude to Mr Jake Richards. He kept control and powerfully argued our case. I don't think we would have won without him. I'm a very satisfied client” - client-endorsement
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Jake has extensive experience offering written advice on commercial disputes for organisations across different sectors including financial, property, charity and healthcare sectors. He has also built a thriving chancery practice and was recently instructed in a lengthy probate trial – a result of a decade-long dispute. Jake also offers advice on civil procedure and costs. He has also advised clients on professional negligence claims, with a particular expertise in alleged accountancy errors.
Jake accepts instructions in cases involving government, local government and the police. He regularly drafts statements of case for the Home Secretary in Judicial Reviews and was instructed by the Department for Communities and Local Government to work on the Grenfell Inquiry. He was recently instructed on behalf of a Local Authority in the Administrative Court regarding the construction of an EU Directive for the purpose of a licensing scheme. He also accepts instructions on behalf of private companies and individuals when navigating public law matters. For example, he represented a business facing an injunction by a Local Authority under S222 Local Government Act in the High Court.
Jake is also available to advise clients on employment and regulatory issues. He has written extensively about the Equality Act 2010 and its effect on disability discrimination cases in particular. He has also represented the Nursing and Midwifery Council in disciplinary proceedings.
Jake has wide-ranging experience in family law matters. He represents Local Authorities, parents and Guardians in public family proceedings, as well as parties in private family law and financial disputes.
Jake has a particular interest in international family law, and has appeared in cases with jurisdictional issues involving cross-border abductions, human trafficking and forced marriage protection orders.
Jake also has an expertise in legal issues surrounding surrogacy and fertility. He was awarded a prize by the Bar Council for an essay advocating reform of the law on parental orders and surrogacy arrangements and has written widely on the subject.
Jake has represented Local Authorities in the Court of Protection regarding Deprivation of Liberty Orders and is part of the Chambers’ Court of Protection team.
Jake acts for claimants and defendants in personal injury and clinical negligence matters. He also has a busy paper-based practice, offering advice on liability and quantum in cases on the fast and multi-track. He has recently advised on a 6-figure settlement for a Claimant after a serious injury with complex medical evidence.
Jake recently lectured on the issue of consent in clinical negligence cases post-Montgomery at the Association of Surgeons in Training.
Jake also accepts instructions to act as a representative at inquests. He has represented the family of a Mother who died from an overdose of prescription drugs in an inquest reported by the national media.
Jake undertook lots of criminal cases during the second six of pupillage and in the early stages of tenancy, giving him an extensive advocacy experience. During pupillage, Jake spent two months in the office of the Treasury Counsel under the supervision of Tom Little QC working on high-profile terrorism, murder and sexual offences cases, including the trial of Tommy Mair for the murder of Jo Cox MP.
Jake has represented the HSE in the Crown Court and is keen to expand this area of work.