Practice Summary

Jacqueline Perry is dual qualified (UK and California Bar) with expertise spanning contract and tort. In recent years Jacqueline has advised on many  substantial and highly publicised cases relating to public liability, professional negligence, personal injury and medical negligence, with much of her work having an international flavour.

Known for her thoroughness, fearlessness, and sound and sensitive approach to all aspects of her work, Jacqueline is highly regarded by her clients. She has frequently successfully pioneered arguments and points of law or practice in high-profile cases.

As a qualified and practising California lawyer, Jacqueline has successfully litigated in front of civil juries in the California Superior Court in multi-million-dollar claims.

Jacqueline has been previously recommended in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 Guides to the UK Bar in the field of Product Liability.

Jacqueline’s law practice spans a number of areas as follows. She has litigated in all of these areas in both the USA and England, both before judges alone and in front of juries.

  • Contract
  • Tort
  • Professional negligence (including medical malpractice)
  • Public liability
  • Insurance
  • Reinsurance
  • Personal injury
  • Private international law

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Appointments and Engagements:

  • Talk on group actions v mass torts v class actions spanning the UK and US for the ‘London Judicial Colloquium on English Foundations of the Rule of Law and Liberty’, a collective audience of senior members of the US Bar and senior Federal Judges – 2022
  • Joint presentation on ‘experts’ for IR Global Business – 2022
  • Prepared and presented talk on GDPR for Grays Inn students – 2018 & 2019
  • Appointed Adjunct Professor at the Strauss Institute at Pepperdine University – 2018
  • Researched, prepared and presented Webinar on causation issues presented for MBL -2017
  • Invited Advocacy Trainer by the Jersey Bailiffs Department since 2017
  • Invited Advocacy Trainer by the Attorney General's Department of Singapore and for the Tan Quok Kan Partnership to teach advocacy for commercial lawyers 2017
  • Selected by the South-Eastern Circuit to participate as a faculty member in the civil advocacy course run at Florida University – May 2013
  • Panel speaker for Gray’s event “Call to the International Bar” – April 2011
  • Master of Students, Gray’s Inn – (2009–2011)
  • Grade “A” Advocacy Trainer for Gray’s Inn
  • Bar Conference: invited panel participant for Association of Women Barristers – 2010.
  • Speaker on Corporate Manslaughter at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford – May 2010
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers – (2009)
  • Queen’s Counsel – (2006)
  • Co-presented discussion for Californian lawyers forum on comparative disclosure rules with Associate Justice William Rylaarsdam, Judge of the Appeal Court of Orange County – 2006.
  • Bencher of Gray's Inn – (2005)
  • Women’s Lawyer Conference, invited speaker – 1999.


  • Bread and no circuses: An overview of contract and insurance issues arising from covid-19 – 2020
  • Force majeure and business interruption: what can we expect from the case law? – 2020
  • Royal Society of Medicine, a UK Consulting Editor for “Medicine, Science and the Law”
  • Co-authored paper on proposals for the future of the Inns of Court and re-organisation of the legal professions in England & Wales – published by ‘Graya’ – June 2013.
  • Co-authored with Peter Carter QC paper on ethics as part of presentation package for Gray’s Inn students and trainee barristers – 2009.
  • Under nom-de-plume (Nicola Charles): provided legal advice for popular Women’s magazines and appeared regularly on Granada’s “This Morning” programme as well as GMTV 1989- 1998. For some 7 years featured as one of Jimmy Young’s team broadcasting legal advice on Radio 2.
  • Co-wrote with writer and journalist, Janice James, two books (i) The Rights of Woman(Arrow 1990) and (ii) Know Your Law(Pavilion 1995) – this was republished in Japan with Japanese notations for teaching English in 2001.
  • Developed and pioneered teaching course for restraining orders pursuant to Drug Trafficking Act 1986 and Criminal Justice Act and provided training to Metropolitan Police both at New Scotland Yard and Hendon Detective Training School 1986-1993.
  • Paper written 1988 at request of head of Policy Studies Unit of IOD on English and European Jurisprudence.

Noteworthy Cases

Many of Jacqueline’s cases have been reported over the years, in the law reports, in the Personal Injury Quantum Reports and written up in Kemp & Kemp as well as other publications. Some of the significant reported cases are listed below.


Chewings v Williams [2010]

Serious leg injuries. Risk of deterioration. Possibility of amputation. Whether provisional damages suitable and if so, for what period.

Armsden v Kent Police [2009] EWCA Civ 631

Duty of care of emergency vehicles when answering urgent response calls.

Sahakian v McDonnell [2007] EWHC 3242 (QB)

Causation; contributory negligence; speed contributing to severity of injury and whether this should be a factor in the negligence of driver.

Daniels v Metropolitan Police Commissioner [2006] EWCA 1622

Costs dispute arising out of very late service of evidence.

Chester v Afshar [2005] 1AC 134

Autonomy of patient when doctor seeking consent for surgery.

Bacon v White 1997

Fatal diving accident and issue of contributory negligence of novice diver.

Lewis v Osborne 1995

Value of a mother’s services following her death in RTA when vehicle driven by claimant’s father.

Birch v Hales Containers 1992 (CA)

Early decision on admissibility of surveillance evidence – when appropriate.

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