Jacqueline is an English barrister who was made a Queen’s Counsel (signifying her status as a respected senior member of the English bar) in 2006. She divides her time between Los Angeles and London where she has chambers at 2 Temple Gardens in the Middle Temple. (For details of her English practice areas, see http://www.2tg.co.uk/profile/5/jacqueline_perry_qc. ) She has brought to her Californian practice the skills and experience acquired at the English Bar and has had great success in the California courts in litigating tort and contract disputes involving wrongful death, personal injury, medical malpractice and business contracts. Her trial advocacy skills were recently recognized by her appointment as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Personal Injury Throughout her career, Jacqueline has been an advocate in this area, working for both claimants and defendants. She has obtained multimillion dollar verdicts or settlements for her plaintiff clients, and defense verdicts or very low settlements for her insurance industry clients.
Medical Malpractice 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.
Insurance & Reinsurance From the beginning of her career Jacqueline has been instructed in insurance claims ranging from motor traffic cases to government cases, mainly on behalf of the defendant insurers. The work she has done in recent years has tended to be of very high value and often where competing insurers may be involved. Jacqueline has frequently advised insurers as to the application and interpretation of a policy.
Business Disputes. Jacqueline won a trial against an international construction company in Orange County Superior Court in a case involving several million dollars.
Entertainment. Jacqueline has successfully advised and negotiated on behalf of media personnel including casting agents, actors, managers and a production company. She advised on and drafted contract terms on behalf of the composers of a musical production.
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
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
Publications and Speaking Engagements:
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.