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Hendersons - Barristers' Chambers

Jack Castle (Pupil)

Call
2018

Jack accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice.

He has experience of cases before the High Court, Crown Court, Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal, and has appeared in his own right against members of the Attorney General’s A and B panels in the First-tier Tribunal, which praised the erudition of his submissions and constructive approach.

Prior to pupillage Jack worked as a paralegal at Hickman and Rose solicitors, assisting on matters ranging from civil liberties to civil fraud. He was an editorial assistant to the Journal of International and Comparative Law and visiting lecturer in European Union law at City Law School.

Before pursuing a legal career Jack worked at an international auction house and a commercial art gallery, and wrote on art for national and specialist publications. He was awarded scholarships by both Inner Temple and City Law School to read for the bar, coming 6th in his year group of 171 students.

 

Expertise


Commercial

Jack has experience of high-value commercial matters, including claims raising issues of forum and choice of law, unfair terms, penalties, and the enforceability of guarantees as well as misrepresentation, deceit and breach of fiduciary duty, gained both during pupillage and at a firm of solicitors. He also has experience of the law of confidentiality and disclosure, including Norwich Pharmacal relief and third-party disclosure orders.

He has a particular interest in civil fraud, and has assisted with cases including alleged mis-selling of property investments to global investors (during pupillage) and an alleged US$2 billion fraud on the Republic of Mozambique (as a paralegal at Hickman and Rose).

Banking, Finance & Financial Services

Jack has experience of claims and advisory work concerning FSMA, the Consumer Credit Act 1974 and the applicability of the FCA handbook. This includes matters involving compliance with FCA and EU rules, enforceability of secured and unsecured loans, s.140A unfair relationships, asset finance and Plevin claims.

Representative cases

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  • Advice on FCA compensation

    Assisted in a matter concerning whether redress paid for prospective Plevin claims under the FCA scheme barred further civil claims, raising issues of the interpretation of settlement clauses, contract formation and consideration, and the merger doctrine (as a pupil).

European Union

Jack was a Visiting Lecturer in European Union Law at City Law School, University of London, and has a particular interest in cases with an EU element.

During pupillage Jack has assisted in advising a group of potential claimants on issues of EU law including indirect effect, general principles and the impact of Brexit. He also has experience of the European regimes governing product liability, habitat and species protection, state aid, regulated lending and consumer credit.

Local Government & Public Law

Prior to qualification as a Barrister Jack appeared before the General Regulatory and Social Security chambers of the First-tier Tribunal, which praised the erudition of his submissions and constructive approach. During pupillage he assisted on an appeal to the Upper Tribunal concerning the jurisdiction of the First-tier Tribunal over lapsed decisions.

He has also gained experience of the Court of Protection, Care Act, and deprivation of liberty proceedings under the inherent jurisdiction. He welcomes all instructions relating to administrative law and the duties and powers of public bodies.

Representative cases

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  • Gibbs v Information Commissioner and FCO (EA/2017/0258 & 0275)

    3-day Freedom of Information Act appeal relating to the decision to approve export of a warship to a known militant in the Niger Delta. Raised issues of prejudice to international relations, ongoing criminal investigations and the Article 6 rights of potential defendants, judicial deference to Government witnesses, and the scope of the Article 10 right to receive information following the ECtHR’s ruling in Magyar Helsinki Bizottság v Hungary (pre-qualification).

  • Gibbs v Information Commissioner and Financial Reporting Council (EA/2017/0284)

    Concerned the applicability of the Freedom of Information Act to the FRC’s scheme for the regulation of statutory auditors in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis (pre-qualification).

Environment

Jack has a particular interest in environmental law and has gained experience of environmental cases in criminal, public and private law contexts, including habitat and species protection, nuisance, and rights to water and drainage. He is a member of the Environmental Law Foundation.

Representative cases

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  • Advice on challenging adoption of a local plan

    Advised a resident on a potential public law challenge to adoption of a local plan due to the presence of EU-protected species

Employment

During pupillage Jack has gained experience of unfair dismissal, TUPE and discrimination claims (in which he has a particular interest), including cases that overlap with other areas of practice. He welcomes all employment law instructions.

Group Actions

Jack has assisted a number of members of chambers on the procedural and substantive aspects of group actions relating to financial mis-selling, medical devices and medications, consumer rights and international tort claims.

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

Jack has experience of a number of regulatory jurisdictions and processes gained during pupillage and, prior to pupillage, as a paralegal.

This has included proceedings involving regulators such as the Information Commissioner, Independent Office of Police Conduct, Association of Chief Police Officers, Food Standards Agency, Financial Reporting Council and directors disqualification investigations bought by the CMA and Insolvency Service, raising issues of vires, rationality, procedural fairness and human rights. He has also gained experience of fitness to practice proceedings.

Representative cases

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  • An Insolvency Service investigation

    Assisted in representing a director being investigated by the Insolvency Service following the collapse of a multi-national company due to the actions of a rogue employee (as paralegal).

Personal Injury and Health & Safety

During pupilage and as a paralegal Jack has assisted senior partners and members of chambers in high-value and complex personal injury claims arising from negligence, assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and product failure. He has experience of claims against public authorities, working on cases ranging from prisoner-on-prisoner assaults to matters arising out of the activities of UK armed forces in Afghanistan.

Jack has also gained experience of the criminal law in this area, including the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Fire Safety Order and Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.

Property

Jack welcomes instructions in relation to property disputes including injunction applications, possession claims, and other procedural matters. He also has gained experience of property issues in secured lending and health and safety/fire safety contexts.

 

Instructing Jack Castle (Pupil)

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Appointments

Government Legal Department, Junior Junior Scheme (21/04/2020 to 08/08/2024)

Education

Education

  • BA English Literature, Bristol University, First Class
  • MSt. English Literature Post-1900, University of Oxford, Distinction
  • GDL, City Law School, University of London, Distinction (6th in year)
  • BPTC, City Law School, University of London

Scholarships

  • Major Scholarship (BPTC), Inner Temple (2017)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award, Inner Temple (2017)
  • Postgraduate Scholarship (BPTC), City Law School (2017)
  • Exhibition (GDL), Inner Temple (2016)
  • Postgraduate Scholarship (GDL), City Law School (2016)
Regulatory Information

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Legal Status: Barrister

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board.

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