Jacob joined chambers in October 2018. He is a former solicitor-advocate, having qualified in 2014. He has advised individuals, corporates and sovereigns in a variety of commercial matters involving both litigation and arbitration. Jacob accepts instructions in all areas of chambers’ practice and is happy working both as sole counsel and as part of a team.
Previously, Jacob worked in the Dispute Resolution department at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP and as a judicial assistant to Lord Mance at the UK Supreme Court. Jacob is the author of Robot Rules: Regulating Artificial Intelligence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), which has been cited by Lord Hodge and Lord Sales in extrajudicial speeches on the legal impacts of AI. He is a contributing author to The Law of Artificial Intelligence (Sweet & Maxwell, 2020). Jacob is also the co-author, with Lord Mance, of Privy Council Practice (OUP, 2017).
His recent highlights include:
- Artificial Intelligence: Various parties v Uber and Ola Cabs: Acting for current and former drivers in a series of claims in the Dutch Courts against ride-hailing companies Uber and Ola Cabs, concerning the use of algorithmic decision-making. Three judgments handed down in March 2021 were the first in the world on the regulation of AI under the GDPR.
- Commercial Dispute Resolution: Tatneft v Bogolyubov and ors.  EWHC 411 (Comm): Acting for the claimant in a $290 million fraud claim (led by David Railton QC, Henry King QC, David Davies QC and James Sheehan), involving a 12-week trial. The case also involved important interlocutory judgments on privilege for foreign lawyers:  EWHC 2437 (Comm) and waiver of privilege:  EWHC 3225 (Comm).
- LCIA Arbitration: Advising the claimant private equity company owned by two major financial institutions in a high-value commercial fraud dispute concerning the oil and gas industry, led by Michael Swainston QC and James Duffy. Award of over $40 million in favour of the claimant.
- Financial Regulation and Investigations: Counsel to the Dame Linda Dobbs Review. Advising on a review into Lloyds Banking Group led by Dame Linda Dobbs, concerning whether evidence of fraud and corruption were properly investigated and reported to relevant authorities, led by Peter Carter QC, Adam Wiseman QC and Eleanor Davison.
- Public International Law: Preparing submissions for an NGO to the International Criminal Court concerning its jurisdiction over the Situation in Palestine.