Following the successful completion of pupillage, Jake has been instructed both in a range of matters within the jurisdiction of the Court of Protection, and in cases concerning mental health law more broadly. In approaching such cases, Jake draws on the invaluable experience of being trained by, and assisting, Ian Brownhill during pupillage.
Court of Protection
Jake has appeared as Counsel in directions and final hearings within the jurisdiction of the Court of Protection, in cases concerning health and welfare and/or property and affairs. He has appeared on behalf of P, instructed by RPRs and the Official Solicitor, as well as Local Authorities.
- AJH – instructed by A Local Authority in a contested deputyship application, involving issues of safeguarding and the extent of the Court of Protection’s jurisdiction.
- JH – Instructed by A Local Authority in a complex health and welfare challenge under s21A MCA 2005, involving issues as to the local authority responsible for P’s residence and care, and Articles 5 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
- LG – Instructed by the Official Solicitor to represent P in a s21A MCA 2005 challenge involving issues of residence and care.
- MB – Instructed to represent P, through an RPR, in a s21A MCA 2005 challenge involving issues of residence and care.
- RAFH – Instructed by A Local Authority in a mixed pathway case involving issues of deputyship and residence and care.
- SY – Instructed by the Official Solicitor to represent P in a s21A MCA 2005 challenge involving issues of residence and care.
Beyond the jurisdiction of the Court of Protection, Jake has appeared before the First-Tier Tribunal (Mental Health), seeking the release of those detained pursuant to powers in the Mental Health Act 1983.
On multiple occasions, Jake has also appeared in the County Court for local authorities in applications to displace an individual’s ‘nearest relative’ pursuant to s29 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
Jake is also frequently instructed in cases within other practice areas which raise issues concerning an individual’s mental health and capacity, including Parole Board hearings, Education, Health and Care Plan appeals, and Judicial Reviews.
Before entering practice, as part of the Legal Tools for Peace-Making Project, based at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (University of Cambridge), Jake contributed to the development of the award-winning Language of Peace research tool and drafted case studies on key issues arising in peace negotiations. Jake subsequently used these materials to provide training on international law and peace-making to international organisations, including the United Nations, European Union, and the Organization for American States. Jake also acted as Research Assistant to Professor Marc Weller, assisting with academic publications and legal advisory work. He assisted Professor Weller in engagements concerning the conflicts and transitions in Syria, Yemen, Myanmar (Burma) and Transnistria (Moldova).
As well as securing debating accolades, Jake has competed extensively in mooting competitions during his academic stages of training. This includes achieving first place in the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Mooting Competition (2011), and the runner-up place in the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting National Mooting Competition (2012), where he also achieved the distinction of Joint Best Oralist in the Final Round. He also reached the quarter finals of the Lincoln’s Inn Inter-Provider Mooting Competition (2016) and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition on two occasions (2012 – 2013, 2013 – 2014). On the latter occasion, his team were also runners up for Best Applicant Memorial and Best Overall Memorials.
Walter Wigglesworth Pupillage Award (2017)
Buchanan Prize (2017)
Lord Denning Major Scholarship (2015)
Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship (2014)
Excellence Award Scholarship
Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (2013 – 2014) – UK National Rounds Quarter Finalist; Runners Up for Best Applicant Memorial and Best Overall Memorials (c.25,000 words submission required as part of the mooting competition)
Hughes Extended Essay Prize for Highest Marked LLB Dissertation (2013)
Hogan Lovells Prize in Commercial Law (2012)
Sidley Austin LLP Prize in Advanced Legal Research and Law Reform (2012)
Allen and Overy Debating Competition – Runner Up (2012), Winner (2011)
Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA)
Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL)
Court of Protection Practitioners’ Association (COPPA)
Criminal Bar Association