Jake Rowley has a busy civil law practice with a particular focus on high value personal injury work, civil fraud and dishonesty, commercial litigation, insurance, and travel law.

Jake represents both Claimants and Defendants in cases proceeding on the Fast and Multi Tracks.  He is instructed to appear in court on an almost daily basis at interim hearings, trial and, where necessary, on appeal.

Jake’s personal injury expertise encompasses the full spectrum of such claims including those arising out of road traffic accidents, employer’s liability, occupier’s liability, Highways Act claims, and holiday sickness.  He also has experience of claims in the tort of battery.  He has a particular interest in defending exaggerated, dishonest and fraudulent claims and at trial he has secured a number of findings of fundamental dishonesty and the dismissal of otherwise compensable claims pursuant to s. 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.  Jake has been instructed as sole Counsel in a number of personal injury cases pleaded in excess of £250,000 (including one in excess of £700,000).

Jake is regularly instructed on behalf of private individuals, local authorities, major UK insurers, well known commercial entities (such as British Airways, Heathrow Airport, the TUI Group, Wilko, and the ISS Group), and has previously advised the Government of the United States of America.

Jake has a busy paperwork practice and is happy to accept instructions to advise on liability, causation, quantum, evidence, procedural issues, and tactics, as well as drafting statements of case and settling schedules of loss.  Jake prides himself on the quality and comprehensiveness of his written work.

Before coming to the Bar, Jake spent 18 months as a County Court Advocate during which time he dealt with a broad array of cases including, inter alia: personal insolvency in the High Court; residential and commercial property disputes; housing; consumer credit claims; and enforcement proceeding.  Jake continues to hold an interest in these areas of law and is happy to accept instructions to act in such matters.

Jake is also qualified to accept work directly from members of the public under the Public Access Scheme.

Personal Injury

Jake has a busy personal injury practice, representing Claimants and Defendants in claims proceeding on the Fast and Multi Tracks.  He appears in court at all stages of such litigation, from CCMCs and interim applications through to JSMs, trial and, where necessary, on appeal.

Jake has significant experience of the full spectrum of personal injury claims including those arising in the contexts of road traffic accidents, employer’s liability, public liability, occupier’s liability, and breach of the Highways Act.  Jake is familiar with holiday sickness claims and has advised on, and appeared in cases relating to, the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.  He also has experience of claims for injury arising in the tort of battery.

Jake’s personal injury clients have included private individuals, local authorities, major UK insurers, well-known commercial entities (such as British Airways, Heathrow Airport, the TUI Group, Wilko, and the ISS Group) and National Governments.

Jake’s recent caseload includes:

  • Successfully representing the Defendant – ‘The Climbing Academy’ – a Bristol based climbing centre, at a three-day liability trial before HHJ Ralton. The claim was pleaded at a value in the region of £800,000.  Jake was involved from an early stage and had conducted conferences with all of the Defendant’s lay witnesses and the Defendant’s climbing expert.  The trial involved interesting legal arguments in relation to the scope of the Defendant’s duty of care and whether there had been a voluntary assumption of a duty in certain respects of the Defendant’s activities, as well as cross-examination of climbing experts.  Further information can be found here.
  • Representing the successful Claimant, a paramedic, following an accident suffered at work when his wrist was trapped and seriously injured in the tail-lift of an ambulance. Jake was instructed from the beginning of the case, settling the Particulars of Claim, the Schedule of Loss (pleaded in excess of £100,000) and providing advice throughout.  Ultimately, the case was settled on favourable terms.
  • Representing Heathrow Airport in relation to a claim brought by a Customer Services Representative formerly employed by an airline operating from the airport. Liability was admitted.  At one stage the Schedule of Loss was pleaded in excess of £1.2million.  The claim was settled favourably at a JSM.  Further information can be found here.
  • Representing the Claimant in a claim arising out of a road traffic accident, pleaded in excess of £700,000. The Claimant was a pedestrian crossing the road when he was hit by the Defendant’s insured, suffering significant physical and psychological injuries.  The claim was settled, favourably, at a JSM.
  • Representing the Claimant in a claim valued in the region of £300,000 arising out of a road traffic accident. Dishonesty and exaggeration were alleged against the Claimant.
  • Advising the Government of the United States of America in relation to jurisdictional issues arising out of a potential claim against the Government following a road traffic accident on UK Sovereign Base Area.

Jake has experience of, and a particular interest in, defending cases involving allegations of fraud, dishonesty, exaggeration and/or LVI concerns.  He has secured numerous findings of fundamental dishonesty after trial in order to disapply QOCS, as well as the dismissal of otherwise compensable claims under s. 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.  He is regularly instructed to draft pleadings setting out allegations of dishonesty, exaggeration and/or fraud as well as counterclaims in the tort of deceit.

Jake provides written advice in all areas of personal injury litigation and particularly enjoys advising on quantum.

Jake has previously published an article examining and analysing changes relating to the CPR as it pertained to the recovery of success fees in infant approval hearings entitled, “Recovery of CFA Success Fees and Children” which was subsequently turned into a two-part podcast by CPDcast.com.  An updated article on the topic entitled, “Jackson’s Children: Recoverability of Success Fees in Child Claimant Cases”, was published in the Personal Injury Brief Update Law Journal.

Jake has an interest in jurisdictional issues and has advised on such matters including in relation to the different legal jurisdictions within the UK, as well as claims involving a foreign dimension.

He is willing to consider instructions on a CFA basis.

Civil Fraud

Jake has extensive experience of, and a particular interest in, cases involving allegations of fraud and/or fundamental dishonesty.  He is predominantly instructed on behalf of Defendants in such cases, but also appears on behalf of Claimants where dishonesty is alleged.  He is regularly instructed to draft pleadings setting out allegations of dishonesty, exaggeration and/or fraud as well as counterclaims in the tort of deceit.

Jake has experience of cases involving fabricated, staged, or induced collisions; ‘accidents’ involving ‘stooge’ vehicles; phantom passenger/occupancy issues; LVI  cases; late presentation; and fabricated/exaggerated injuries.

Jake is also regularly involved in cases involving the deployment of CCTV footage, telematics data, social media intelligence, contemporaneous reports made to insurers, and expert engineering evidence in support of allegations of dishonesty.

He has secured numerous findings of fundamental dishonesty after trial in order to disapply QOCS and the dismissal of otherwise compensable claims pursuant to s. 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.

In addition, Jake has considerable experience of challenging the enforceability of credit hire/storage agreements on the basis of fraudulent misrepresentations made by credit hire/storage, which had induced a Claimant to enter into such arrangements.

Jake prides himself on conducting a thorough, robust and forensic cross-examination of witnesses, and of providing practical and straightforward advice in advance of trial on issues of dishonesty.

Credit Hire

Jake is regularly instructed nationwide for both Claimants and Defendants in credit hire matters, often appearing on behalf of some of the UK’s largest car hire companies and insurers.  He has a strong and successful practice in this area, often dealing with cases allocated to the Fast and Multi Tracks on account of the value of credit hire involved.

Drawing on his extensive experience, Jake provides practical and realistic advice in relation to the likely result at trial and is therefore often able to secure favourable outcomes during settlement negotiations.  At trial Jake is comfortable with the full complement of arguments commonly raised in such litigation, including technical legal arguments concerning enforceability on the basis of misrepresentation/collateral agreements and applicable Consumer Credit legislation.  Jake is able to deploy or resist all of the relevant arguments as and when required in order to secure the best result for his client.

Jake ensures that he is up to date with the most recent authorities in this continually developing area of law and his advice on credit hire issues is often sought out by other practitioners.  He was previously heavily involved in the realisation of outstanding hire charges, valued in excess of £4million, acquired by a corporate entity on the insolvency of a well-known hire company.  He has provided training to solicitors concerning updates to credit hire and has assisted in drafting a training manual to County Court Advocates in respect of credit hire issues.

Commercial

Jake represents individuals, businesses and insurance companies in a broad range of commercial disputes.

Jake has experience of, inter alia, claims relating to the sale of goods; the supply of goods and services; commercial contracts; and actions brought directly against insurance companies.  He has been instructed in cases proceeding in the Companies Court.

Jake has previously been instructed in a high number of personal and corporate insolvency matters proceeding in the County Court and High Court.  He continues to accept instructions in this area and has advised on such matters in practice in the context of insolvency proceedings as a method of enforcement and the effect of insolvency on the recoverability of credit hire charges.

Insurance

Jake is regularly instructed in cases with insurance law issues, particularly those arising in the context of motor vehicles.

Jake is familiar with the application of the Untraced and Uninsured Drivers Agreements, and has appeared in claims involving the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.  He has also been instructed in relation to applications for declarations under s. 152 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and for relief under the Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) Act 2012.

Jake has also been instructed to advise on the interpretation of contracts of insurance and on issues of agency arising in an insurance context.

Jake’s previous written work in this area has included advising on the development of the wording of the various Motor Insurers’ Bureau Untraced Drivers Agreements in force since 1972, specifically whether such wording permitted the recovery of interest on damages.

Travel and Tourism

Jake is regularly instructed by major airlines to defend claims for statutory compensation arising out of delayed flights, pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 261/2004.

In addition, Jake is familiar with holiday sickness claims and has advised on, and appeared in cases relating to, the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

Sports Law

Jake has a keen interest in sports law.  Jake’s own high-level sporting background as an international fencer and referee provides him with an acute understanding and appreciation of the mind-set of both competitors and officials, as well as the potential difficulties that they face.

Jake is a member of the British Fencing Association’s Disciplinary and Grievance panels.

Costs

Jake regularly attends costs and case management hearings and deals with costs issues on a daily basis.  He is fully familiar with the fixed costs regimes applicable to cases which commence within the various low value Portal systems.  Jake is well versed in the operation of QOCS.

Jake also advises on discrete costs issues.  Such advice has recently included the likely costs consequences of a child litigant’s decision to resile from a prior acceptance of a Part 36 offer and her subsequent re-acceptance of that offer many years after expiry of the relevant period, including the likely prospects of success of the Defendant recovering their costs in the interceding period.  Ultimately, Jake’s advice was shown to be accurate when the Defendant was successful in recovering their costs at the approval hearing.

Public Access

Jake is qualified to accept work directly from members of the pubic under the Public Access Scheme.

If you would like to instruct Jake Rowley or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by senior clerk Alan Kilbey MBE. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at chambers@farrarsbuilding.co.uk

For more information about our clerking team, please click here for the clerks page.

Appointments & Memberships


  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • Education Law Association

Education & Qualifications


BPTC, College of Law, London (Outstanding) [including top mark for Opinion Writing on the BPTC at The College of Law (95%)].

LLB (Hons), King’s College, London (Upper Second Class).

Publications


Jackson’s Children: Recoverability of Success Fees in Child Claimant Cases, published in the Personal Injury Brief Update Law Journal (December 2016).

Recovery of CFA Success Fees and Children, CPDcast.com

Two part CPD podcast following the publication of the below article.

Recovery of CFA Success Fees and Children, Farrar’s Building Website, 2015. [Available here] (An article analysing the amendments to CPR Parts 21 and 46, and their respective practice directions, in relation to the recoverability of success fees charged by a solicitor from a child claimant’s damages and the new rule framework introduced to facilitate such payments).

Case law updates for the Farrar’s Building Personal Injury and Employment Law Newsletters.

Putin Gets Closer to the “Untouchables”, Thomson Reuters Complinet, 2013. (A discussion of developments in Russian anti-corruption legislation and its likely impact).

The Red Army Marches Out of Cyprus, Thomson Reuters Complinet, 2013. (A discussion in relation to the movement of illicit Russian funds away from Cyprus following its banking collapse and relevant anti-money laundering considerations).  (One of the top 10 most read articles of the month).

Previous Employment


Before commencing pupillage, Jake spent six months as a legal researcher at Peters & Peters Solicitors, one of the UK’s leading boutique litigation firms. He carried out specific research tasks, drafted conference papers and co-authored blogs and articles across the spectrum of Peters & Peters’ practice areas with particular focus on extradition, bribery and corruption, EU sanctions, anti-money laundering and international asset recovery.

Jake also spent 18 months as a County Court Advocate appearing daily in the County Courts, High Court and in the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (as it then was). Jake dealt with a broad range of matters including mortgage repossessions and related applications; return of goods hearings; charging order applications; various personal insolvency hearings including bankruptcy petitions and applications to annul bankruptcy orders; and residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes.  Jake continues to accept instructions in these areas.

 

Personal Interests


Jake is a former international fencer having won a Junior Commonwealth Games gold medal representing England. He also fenced for Great Britain at the Junior World Championships and at numerous Junior World Cups.

Jake is also an international sabre referee and at the time of his qualification was the youngest such referee in the world. He continues to officiate at all age levels, both domestically and abroad, and has previously refereed the finals of the Great British Senior National Championships, Junior World Cups, and the Junior Commonwealth Games. His ultimate ambition is to referee at an Olympic Games.

Alongside his involvement with fencing Jake enjoys listening to classical cello music, watching musical theatre and supporting Liverpool Football Club.