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. He is 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 following discontinuance and after trial, as well as the dismissal of otherwise compensable claims pursuant to s. 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.

Jake is the author of a recent text on dishonesty, namely “Fundamental Dishonesty and QOCS in Personal Injury Proceedings: Law and Practice” (published December 2020) and regularly provides talks and training in relation to such matters.

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.

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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).


Fundamental Dishonesty and QOCS in Personal Injury Proceedings: Law and Practice (published December 2020).

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,

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.