Jacqueline Perry QC


Jacqueline’s experience of personal injury work and her many years of reading, advising upon and working with or having to cross-examine medical experts made the transition to medical negligence an obvious cross-over. Jacqueline now has experience both in bringing claims on behalf of claimants or third party claims against health providers on behalf of her primary insurance clients.

In all areas of her work, Jacqueline has frequently successfully pioneered arguments and points of law or practice.

My work

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.


Panel speaker for Gray’s event “Call to the International Bar” – April 2011.

Bar Conference: invited panel participant for Association of Women Barristers – 2010.

Co-authored with Peter Carter QC paper on ethics as part of presentation package for Gray’s Inn students and trainee barristers – 2009.

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. Women’s Lawyer Conference, invited speaker – 1999.

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.

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.

Paper written 1988 at request of head of Policy Studies Unit of IOD on English and European Jurisprudence.

About me

As a qualified and practising Californian lawyer, Jacqueline has consolidated her field of expertise in this jurisdiction and she has successfully litigated in front of civil juries in the California Superior Court in multi-million dollar claims. She is “Of Counsel” at Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham, Beverly Hills.


Professional & academic


Pepperdine University, Los Angeles: 2000 (Bar-Bri course for California Bar finals) 

Master of Arts, Oxford University: 1977

College of Law, Chancery Lane: 1973-74

Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University: 1970-73


2006, Queen’s Counsel

2005, Bar Bencher of Grays Inn

2001, California

1975, England

Bar Associations: 

Personal Injury Bar Association

Professional Negligence Bar Association

Vice-Chair of Advocacy Committee for four years (2004-2009)

PCC Committee of the Bar Council (1999-2002)

Association of Women Barristers (Chair 1998-1999)

London Court of International Arbitration

ADR (UK) Mediation Service

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Beverly Hills Bar Association

Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers

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