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Vaughan Jacob


Vaughan is an established civil practitioner. He provides advice, drafting and advocacy expertise in the property, commercial, personal injury and credit hire fields.

Vaughan represents both Claimants or Defendants in a range of civil courts, including the Commercial Court, Companies Court, High Court Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions, the Supreme Courts Costs Office, the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and County Courts all over the country.

Vaughan appeared as sole junior Counsel in the Court of Appeal for the successful Respondent in the case of Derwent Housing Association v Taylor [2016] EWCA Civ 508, having already successfully represented Derwent Housing Association at first instance and on appeal before HHJ Godsmark QC.

Vaughan offers commercially sound and concise advice and representation at every stage of the litigation process including pre-trial applications, interim injunctions, interlocutory hearings and fast and multi-track trials. He is routinely instructed in complex, high value litigation.

Unprompted testimonials

  • “I was impressed with his professionalism, manner, his directness and most of all Vaughan was very good on his feet in court.” Solicitor client.
  • “Thank you so much that was a great result. My client asked me to thank you again and said to say you were absolutely brilliant!” Solicitor client.
  • “Thanks for you all your help. The word genius springs to mind.” Lay client.
  • “I must say to you that our barrister was the best and knocked the defence counsel into a cocked hat. Great!!!” Lay client

My approach

I provide efficient, cost-effective advice and representation at all stages of the litigation process.

Litigation can be a daunting and stressful experience for the uninitiated. I aim to cut through the legalese and explain the merits and defects of a particular case in a calm and coherent manner.

I pride myself on being approachable and am always willing to have a chat with clients. I am always just an e-mail or phone call away. 

Further information


Vaughan contributed to the RICS Commercial Guide to Service Charges 2011/2012, specifically covering reserve and sinking funds.

Vaughan was a regular contributor to The Lawyer’s Remembrancer 2012, 2013 and 2014 Editions and submitted the sections concerning Limitation of Action, Misrepresentation,Sale of Goods and Services  and Road Traffic Offences ISBN 97801-84766-930-8, Bloomsbury Professional Limited, http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/.

Vaughan has published a number of articles on credit hire. Stevens v Equity [2015] EWCA Civ 92: The Lowest Reasonable Rate was published by the Personal Injury Law Brief Journal earlier this year and Bent Back to Basics: End of the Spot Hire Rate appeared in the Personal Injury Law Journal, April 2012, Number 104, www.legalease.co.uk.

He is also a regular contributor to Chambers’ own publication The Round-Up. 


  • Major Harmsworth Scholar, Middle Temple.
  • Law conversion and Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School London, VC.
  • BA(Hons) English Literature, University of Warwick (1st class).


  • Basic French and Spanish


Prior to coming to the Bar Vaughan worked as a judicial assistant for Maurice Kay LJ at the Court of Appeal. He researched and provided opinions on the merits of over 40 Court of Appeal cases and worked on many high profile employment cases including:

Homer v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police [2010] EWCA Civ 419 Concerning a Police Authority and a claim of indirect discrimination against an employee on the grounds of his age contrary to the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006.

Home Office v Tariq [2010] EWCA Civ 462. Concerning the use of a closed procedure and special advocates in the Employment Tribunal and a possible breach of Article 6 ECHR.

British Airways plc v Unite the Union [2010] EWCA Civ 669 Concerning the union's industrial action and if this was contrary to the Trade Union and Labour Relations Consolidation Act 1992.


In his spare time Vaughan enjoys sport of any kind, travelling, literature and film.


News & Resources

Re-issue of Pre-Action Protocols

Practitioners should be aware that new Pre-Action Protocols in respect of Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Professional Negligence, Judicial Review, Housing Disrepair and Possession Claims by Social Landlords all came into force on 6 April 2015.

1st May 2015 Read more

Regina (CN) v Lewisham London Borough

The SC decisions in Manchester City Council v Pinnock [2011] 2 AC 104 and Hounslow London Borough Council v Powell [2011] 2 AC 186 have had far reaching ramifications in standard possession proceedings,

1st August 2013 Read more

Phillips & Co (A Firm) v Bath Housing [2012] EWCA Civ 1591

The appellant client had instructed the respondent solicitors to act on its behalf concerning possession of a flat. Their task was complete by the end of 2003. The solicitors’ fees had not been agreed, so they were entitled to claim a reasonable amount for the work done.

1st January 2013 Read more
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Year of Call 2009



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