Jacob Gifford Head

Called:2010 Middle Temple

Specialisms:Arbitration, Commercial, Crime, Financial & Regulatory Crime, Courts Martial, Employment, Family, Direct Public Access, Insolvency, Personal Injury, Property



Jacob is an experienced junior with a broad practice in civil, commercial, criminal and family law. He particularly welcomes cases that are factually or legally complex and which require the creative use of law to resolve.


His strengths are providing clear, practical advice to individuals and companies together with fearless advocacy in court.


In addition to this brief summary, Jacob also maintains a website at http://www.giffordhead.co.uk which includes fuller profile, details of significant cases, and articles about various areas of law.


Civil: Commercial & Contractual


Jacob is regularly instructed in commercial and contractual disputes, representing companies large and small. Most cases touch on the interpretation and performance of contracts, although many range more widely into regulations, intellectual property work and even tort.


Examples of recent high profile cases


  • Re: a Bank: Representing one of the UK’s largest banks in a number of claims arising out the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products to corporate customers.

  • Rawlinson and Hunter Trustees et al. v. Serious Fraud Office: Disclosure counsel in this high-profile, £300 million claim which arose out of the Serious Fraud Office’s failed investigation into the collapse of Kaupthing Bank.


Civil: Chancery & Property


Jacob welcomes instructions in matters of insolvency, company and trust law and has represented clients in numerous High and County Court proceedings. He also carries out a full range of property work, ranging from landlord and tenant disputes to more complex issues of property ownership.


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Civil: PI, Public & Other Areas


Jacob has regular experience in personal injury, having carried out numerous RTA, credit hire, EL and OL trials. He also has been involved in a range of high-profile public law cases over a number of different areas.


Examples of recent reported cases:


  • R. (on the application of Wilus) v Poland [2014] EWHC 2718 (Admin): Whether the non-availability of an interpretor for an appellant in the High Court violated Article 6 ECHR.



Jacob’s criminal practice is defence-based in the Crown Court, although he welcomes private instructions in the Magistrates’ Courts, particularly for driving matters. He has represented clients at trial who are charged with the full range of serious offences such as violence; drugs; sexual offences; fraud; and counterfeiting. His particular expertise is in legally-complex cases and is often successful in excluding evidence or having matters dismissed at the close of the Crown’s case.


As a result of his civil experience, Jacob is also often instructed in confiscation, other proceedings relating to proceeds of crime and quasi-criminal matters.


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Jacob accepts instructions in a wide-range of family cases.


His most frequent family work is in private law children cases, ranging from “straight-forward” contact disputes to International work and abduction (with a particularly emphasis on applications for removal from the jurisdiction or relocation).


He also accepts and welcomes instructions in care / public law children cases, particularly acting for the parents, where a willingness to challenge and push for a favourable resolution is of particular importance. Here he finds having a background in criminal law is an invaluable advantage.


Jacob also has experience in divorce, financial remedy and TOLATA cases large and small, particularly when there are overlapping civil proceedings, and he finds that a knowledge of civil law and procedure, particular with regards to property and bankruptcy, is of great importance.


He also also been instructed in less commonly-encountered family jurisdictions, such as Wardship proceedings  in the High Court; Schedule 1 fiance cases; proceedings under the Married Women’s Property Act; and disputes in the Court of Protection.


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Jacob welcomes instructions for both the claimant and respondent in cases under all Employment Tribunal jurisdictions and has experience of employment disputes in the Employment Tribunal; the Civil Courts; and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.




Selwyn College, University of Cambridge,  MA (History and Archæology of Mesopotamia, the Near East and Ægean).


College of Law, London, LLB (Graduate Diploma in Law and Bar Vocational Course).