Barrister Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

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+44 (0)20 7832 1111

Jack practice includes public law, common law, commercial and construction disputes and costs.

Administrative & Public

Public Law and Human Rights

Jack has a wide public law practice, with particular experience in commercial public law, constitutional law, local government, immigration and asylum, mental health and Court of Protection.

He has appeared for and advised a local authority on matters including the provision of accommodation and support under the Children’s Act, and the provision of adult social care. Jack is also regularly instructed by local authorities and other parties in Court of Protection matters and has appeared in county courts and the Mental Health Tribunal on disputes under the Mental Health Act.

Jack has further experience in immigration and asylum. He is currently instructed in a judicial review claim brought by a foreign student regarding the withdrawal of a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies by a university.

Jack has particular experience on complex issues of constitutional law both in this country and foreign jurisdictions, and recently appeared in the Privy Council on a challenge to the appointment of an appeal board for banking regulations in Belize. He has worked on a number of commercial public law matters and recently contributed (with Fenella Morris QC) to the Butterworths Commercial Judicial Review conference.

In 2011, Jack spent 4 months working as an associate for Allen & Overy in their litigation department, focusing on public law, competition and commercial matters.

He has previously volunteered for the Liberty advice line offering free advice on human rights.

Cases: Mutua & Ors v Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Jack is currently instructed with Guy Mansfield QC, Sir Michael Wood and Alex Ruck Keane in a claim brought by individuals who claim to have been victims of assaults while detained during the emergency in Kenya between 1952 and 1959.

Belize Bank Limited v Attorney General of Belize

Jack appeared with Nigel Pleming QC in an appeal to the Privy Council regarding the appointment of a banking regulation appeal board. The court considered whether there was an appearance of bias due to the nature of their appointment by the Prime Minister of Belize contrary to rights protected under the Belizean Constitution.


Commercial and Construction Law

Jack undertakes a variety of commercial and construction work, including drafting pleadings and written advice. He has experience of work in adjudication and arbitration, and has advised clients in a variety of commercial contexts, including pharmaceuticals, energy, construction and residential and commercial utilities. He has particular experience of disputes regarding the supply of electricity and gas.
Jack is also regularly instructed in claims for property damage, with particular experience of claims involving utility companies, including incidents of damage to cables and pipes, and flooding caused by water mains.

Jack is currently instructed in a number of multi-track construction and property damage claims in the county courts.

Earlier this year, Jack spent 4 months working as an associate for Allen & Overy in their litigation department, focusing on public law, competition and commercial matters.

Employment Law

Jack has appeared before the Employment Tribunal and drafted an appeal to the EAT, and accepts instructions from employees and employers on a variety of employment matters. He has particular experience of cases involving unfair dismissal, discrimination and costs.

Cases: N Cherfi v G4s Security Services Ltd

Jack recently appeared in the EAT with Karon Monaghan QC in an appeal against the decision of the Employment Tribunal that a Muslim security guard was not indirectly discriminated against on the grounds of religion when his employer refused to allow him to go to leave his post to attend Friday prayers at a local mosque.

Costs & Litigation Funding

Jack accepts instructions in a variety of costs matters and regularly appears in county courts and the SCCO on applications and detailed assessments.He also advises on disputes regarding the Compensation Recovery Unit and is currently instructed on an appeal against the decision of the First-Tier Tribunal to uphold a CRU certificate.

Jack was also a contributor to Lord Justice Jackson’s review on costs.

Civil Liability

Common Law

Jack accepts instructions in a full range of common law matters and appears regularly, for both claimants and defendants, in fast track and multi-track cases in the county courts. He has had numerous instructions on RTA claims, including claims for personal injuries and credit hire, as well as public liability, occupier’s liability and breach of statutory duty claims. He has particular experience in claims involving cyclists and sports injuries. He also has experience of catastrophic personal injury and fatal accident claims, including for accidents abroad.

Jack is also regularly instructed in claims for damage to property, and has particular experience of claims arising out of works by utility companies.

Jack further undertakes work in insurance law and has advised on policy wording, coverage and issues of subrogation on which he recently gave a talk.

Regulatory & Disciplinary

Regulatory & Disciplinary

Jack has experience of regulatory matters, with particular experience of solicitor’s regulation. He has worked on a number of SRA matters, and has advised both solicitors and complainants on complaints to the Legal Complaints Service and the Legal Ombudsman.

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