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Hendersons - Barristers' Chambers

Jack Castle



Call
2018

Jack is building a practice in all of Chambers’ core areas of expertise, with a particular interest in commercial, financial services, employment, procurement, property and public law. He accepts instructions as sole and junior counsel.

His experience as sole counsel has included: a commercial matter with parallel criminal proceedings, a claim involving secret commission and bribery in a property transaction, a prospective judicial review concerning a local government body’s failure to take into account the presence of protected species, a constructive discriminatory dismissal claim concerning alleged overwork, and a Freedom of Information Act appeal concerning export of arms to a politically exposed person in the Niger Delta. In 2020-21 he was seconded to the Government Legal Department’s ‘COVID Cell’, where he advised on commercial, public procurement and state aid issues relating to COVID-19. As former Visiting Lecturer in European Union law at City Law School, he is also well-equipped to advise on issues arising out of Brexit.

Prior to joining Chambers Jack was a paralegal at Hickman and Rose solicitors, where he worked on a range of matters such as an alleged US$2 billion fraud on the Republic of Mozambique, a Company Directors Disqualification investigation following insolvency due to reputational damage caused by rogue employees, representing core participants in the Grenfell Tower and Undercover Policing Inquiries, and bringing civil claims arising out of failures in the criminal justice and prison systems.

Jack is currently a Judicial Assistant in the High Court, assigned to the Commercial and Queen’s Bench Divisions. He is a member of the Centre for Women’s Justice Legal Reference Panel, and a pro bono member of the Environmental Law Foundation.

Before pursuing a legal career Jack worked at an international auction house and a commercial art gallery

 

Expertise


Banking, Finance & Financial Services

Jack has experience of claims and advisory work concerning FSMA, the Consumer Credit Act 1974 and the application 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.

While still a pupil he assisted leading counsel in a group action relating to mortgages following the collapse of Northern Rock and Bradford and Bingley

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).

Commercial

Jack has experience of high-value commercial matters, including claims raising issues of forum and choice of law, unfair terms, penalties, company law issues (including unfair prejudice, derivative claims and just and equitable winding up), insolvency, enforceability of guarantees, and scope of insurance coverage. He has also advised the Government Legal Department on complex contractual issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has a particular interest in fraud and asset recovery, and has assisted on cases involving misrepresentation, deceit, breach of fiduciary duty, and attribution of knowledge to a company. His experience includes a potential group action concerning an mis-selling of property investments to global investors (during pupillage), an alleged US$2 billion fraud on the Republic of Mozambique (as a paralegal), and a matter involving secret commissions and bribery of a company’s agent (as sole counsel).

Building on his work before the Information Tribunal, Jack also has experience of Data Protection Act/GDPR issues and the law of confidence and disclosure, as well as Norwich Pharmacal relief and third-party disclosure orders.

Jack is currently a Judicial Assistant in the High Court assigned to the Commercial and Queen’s Bench divisions.

Representative cases

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  • Contract claim with parallel criminal and family proceedings

    Acting as sole counsel for the claimant in a debt claim between ex-partners, with parallel criminal and family proceedings concerning alleged harassment/stalking by the defendant.

  • Group action concerning mis-selling of property investments

    Assisted in advising the claimant group following the collapse of a US property investment scheme, on issues including forum and choice of law, attribution of knowledge to a company, joint liability in tort and issues surrounding how to arrange the claimant group (as a pupil).

  • Advice on shareholder remedies

    Assisted in advising a shareholder/director following the collapse of a joint venture, which included allegations of diverting company assets by the second director/shareholder (as a pupil).

  • Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse & Oths.

    Assisted in representing a defendant accused of involvement in the defrauding the Republic of Mozambique. Claim was valued at US$2 billion (as paralegal).

  • Norwich Pharmacal order against a police force

    Assisted in obtaining a Norwich Pharmacal order to attempt to discover the author of a forged crime report. Also assisted in advising on obtaining Norwich Pharmacal relief against persons outside the jurisdiction (as paralegal).

Employment

Jack has is instructed as sole counsel in claims for unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, discrimination, failure to make reasonable adjustments and unpaid holiday pay. He also has experience of the TUPE regime, and public law issues arising from employment matters. He welcomes all employment law instructions.

Representative cases

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  • Bithell v Ministry of Defence

    Claim in constructive discriminatory, whistleblowing, and health and safety dismissal. Successfully required the Respondent to give specific disclosure of documents the existence of which it had previously denied.

Environment

Jack has a particular interest in environmental law. He has gained experience of environmental cases in criminal, public and private law contexts, including habitat and species protection, nuisance, and rights to water, drainage and flooding. He also has experience of the regime concerning access to environmental information. He is a pro bono 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 (as sole counsel).

  • Advice on response to planning application

    Advised residents on public law grounds to oppose grant of planning permission, including incompatibility with the local plan, loss of open space and overloading of local amenities, drainage/flooding issues and inadequate consideration of impacts on protected species, habitat, and climate change objectives (as sole counsel).

European Union

Jack is a former Visiting Lecturer in European Union Law at City Law School, University of London. He is well-equipped to advise on cases with an EU element, including the effects of retained EU law and matters arising from the UK-EU Agreements.

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, regulated lending, consumer credit, public procurement and state aid, gained as a lecturer, in private practice, and while seconded to the Government Legal Department.

Jack’s experience of International work also includes cases raising issues of forum and choice of law, geopolitical issues relating to arms exports, and the immunity of international organisations.

Representative cases

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  • A consumer group action

    Assisted in advising on the indirect effect of an EU consumer rights directive (as a pupil).

  • A financial services group action

    Assisted in advising on a potential state aid and/or public law defences to the setting of interest rates on certain financial products (as a pupil).

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. This has included issues ranging from choice of law and management of the Claimant group to novel points in the law of tort and the immunity of international organisations.

Local Government & Public Law

Jack welcomes all instructions relating to administrative law and the duties and powers of public bodies.

He has experience of a broad range of public law work, encompassing judicial review, statutory tribunals and administrative appeals processes, and the overlap between public and other areas of law, such as employment, discrimination, environmental and commercial.

This includes appearing in his own right before the General Regulatory and Social Security chambers of the First-tier Tribunal (which praised the ‘erudition’ of his submissions and constructive approach), and advising on a potential judicial review relating to the presence of protected species (see ‘Environment’), the public-interest costs capping regime, and procurement issues arising out of COVID-19. He has a particular interest in public procurement law (see ‘Public Procurement & State Aid’).

Led, as a paralegal, as a pupil, and while assisting at Southwark Law Centre, he has worked on a diverse range of cases from freedom of information to food standards, asylum, mental capacity, deprivation of liberty and matters involving the criminal justice system and the powers of regulatory bodies (see ‘Professional Discipline & Regulatory’).

Representative cases

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  • Advice regarding approval for employment

    Assisted in advising on potential grounds of challenge to the withholding of special approval to a public appointment (as a pupil).

  • Complaint regarding misuse of Investigatory Powers

    Assisted in successful appeal to the Independent Office for Police Conduct following a complaint alleging misuse of RIPA and breach of Article 8 regarding a police force’s arrest of an individual wrongly identified as possessing incident images of children (as a paralegal).

  • 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).

Personal Injury

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 also has experience of claims against public authorities both in tort and under the Human Rights Act.

Jack is currently a Judicial Assistant in the High Court assigned to the Commercial and Queen’s Bench divisions.

Representative cases

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  • Advice on quantum

    Assisted in a complicated advice on quantum for life-long loss of earnings, pension and share capital where causation was disputed, in a claim arising out of alleged breaches of duty of care to UK armed forces in Afghanistan (as a pupil).

  • Advice on prisoner-on-prisoner assault

    Assisted in advising on a claim in negligence and breaches of Article 2, 3 and 8 against the Ministry of Justice following an assault on a prisoner by a gang of fellow prisoners (as a paralegal).

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

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

This has included proceedings involving a broad range of regulators such as the Information Commissioner, Independent Office of Police Conduct, Association of Chief Police Officers, Food Standards Agency, Financial Reporting Council, Pubs Code Adjudicator, Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, Bar Standards Board, 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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  • R (Stillmans (Somerset) Ltd and Penny & Sons) v Food Standards Agency

    Assisted with a matter concerning withdrawal of Official Veterinarians from slaughterhouses following allegations of bullying (as a pupil).

  • 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).

  • 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).

Property

Jack has experience of property issues in contexts as diverse as secured lending, health & safety/fire safety and corporate manslaughter, drainage, water rights, environmental issues, nuisance, housing, and landlord and tenant.

He welcomes all instructions in relation to property disputes, including injunction applications, possession claims, and other procedural matters.

Public Procurement and State Aid

Jack has a particular interest in public procurement and state aid, and welcomes instructions in this area.

Jack was Visiting Lecturer in European Union Law at City, University of London, and is comfortable advising on the domestic procurement regime, applicable Treaty principles, and the impact of Brexit. In 2020-2021 he was seconded to the Government Legal Department’s ‘COVID Cell’, advising on a variety of important procurement and state aid matters relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Representative cases

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  • A financial services group action

     Assisted in advising on a potential state aid and/or public law defences to the setting of interest rates on certain financial products (as a pupil).

 

Instructing Jack Castle

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Appointments
  • Centre for Women’s Justice, Legal Reference Panel
  • Panel Member, Advocate
  • Government Legal Department, Junior Junior (21/04/2020 to 08/08/2024)
Memberships
  • ALBA
  • COMBAR
  • Environmental Law Foundation
  • Inner Temple
  • UKELA
  • Young Public Lawyers’ Group
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)
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