Jesse has a busy practice spanning the breadth of employment and commercial law, with a particular focus on litigation. He is regularly instructed to appear in the High Court, County Courts and Employment Tribunals, as well as appearing in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Jesse’s lay clients commend him for being “brilliantly professional and completely practical” and for doing a “wonderful job.” Solicitors praise his "superb" advocacy and for doing a "stellar job." His cross-examination has been complimented by judges as “a model of its kind,” by instructing solicitors as “brilliant,” and by opponents as “extremely robust.” He prides himself on a wholehearted focus on getting the best possible outcome for his clients.
‘He has notable expertise in appeals, whistleblowing and discrimination claims.' - Employment, Legal 500 2019
Jesse has a broad employment and equality practice, acting for both claimants and respondents/defendants. His workload covers the full range of employment rights, whistleblowing and discrimination, restrictive covenants and confidentiality issues, collective rights and industrial action, contractual claims, and TUPE. Jesse’s employment work often overlaps with his commercial practice, and he is often instructed in claims arising from agency/consultancy contracts and employment-related aspects of professional liability and insurance law. The majority of Jesse's practice is litigation based, but he also undertakes non-contentious advisory work and investigations/internal appeals. He is regularly instructed in the Employment Tribunals and County Courts, as well as appearing in the High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
His client base includes multinational and FTSE 100 companies, police forces and NHS trusts, SMEs, charities and trade unions, and senior executives. He is a member of ELA and ELAAS and undertakes pro bono work via the FRU / BPBU where appropriate.
Recent work includes:
Jesse is regularly instructed in an advisory capacity and as an advocate in commercial matters, including cases with a commercial-chancery cross-over. Much of his commercial work involves professional negligence and/or insurance issues (detailed separately, below). More general commercial experience includes:
Jesse acts in a range of insurance-related matters, both in an advisory capacity and as an advocate. Recent and ongoing work includes:
Jesse regularly speaks and writes on insurance related topics. He edited Atkin's Court Forms Insurance title (with Alison Padfield and Sam Nicholls). He has also recently delivered seminars on aggregation and Permanent Health Insurance, and published an article on the AstraZeneca decision in the Court of Appeal (BILA journal).
Jesse also gained a broad experience of insurance litigation as Andrew Burns’ pupil, including subrogation and indemnity claims, claims under the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 1930 and Riot (Damages) Act 1886, and the EL Trigger litigation before the Supreme Court  1 WLR 867, led by Colin Wynter QC. As the pupil of Rob Hunter, Jesse assisted in advising insurance companies on their exposure under employers’ and public liability insurance policies.
Jesse is instructed in professional negligence claims involving a wide range of professionals, including:
ELA, PNBA, COMBAR, PIBA, BILA, FRU
Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent), BPP Law School
Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation), City University
BA, Philosophy, Politics and Economics (First Class Hons.), Balliol College, Oxford University
Inner Temple Sir John Ashworth and Duke of Edinburgh Scholarships (2008)
Inner Temple Exhibitioner (2007 & 2008)
Winner, City University Mooting Competition (2008)
GDH Cole Prize, Balliol College, Oxford (2005)