Jess was called to the bar in 2007, after completing a PhD in Philosophy at Princeton University. She has a wide-ranging practice encompassing public law and regulatory disputes, human rights, commercial litigation, competition and EU law, telecoms, and disputes relating to the media and privacy. She appears regularly in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Competition Appeal Tribunal.  

Jess undertakes work in all of chambers’ practice areas.

Jess is ranked in Chambers Global 2016 in Competition/EU.

Jessica is ranked in both of the leading legal directories. She was identified as one of Chambers & Partners’ “Stars of the Bar: 5 Years’ Call and Under” in Chambers UK 2013, which stated:  “Boyd “has the ability to take indigestible material and make it lucid, even when handing the most complicated cases ever seen.” She matches significant intellectual fire-power with “a capacity for hard work which is truly something else; she is remarkable.” 

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Public & Regulatory

Jess has a wide-ranging public law practice, encompassing civil liberties, human rights, immigration, commercial judicial review and all aspects of regulatory and administrative law. She acts regularly for claimants and defendants as junior and as sole counsel. She has acted in regulatory disputes, involving decisions by a large number of regulators or ‘self-regulators’, including Ofgem, Ofcom, the Health Professions Council, the Civil Aviation Authority, the BBC, the Competition and Markets Authority, the FCA, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, the General Medical Council and the General Teaching Council among others.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Jess has acted in a number of high-profile human rights cases in recent years, including challenges arising out of the detention of British nationals and residents in Guantanamo Bay, and claims brought by both Iraqi nationals and British soldiers relating to the activities of the British military in Iraq. She has experience of a wide range of human rights issues, including in particular issues relating to detention, the right to a fair trial, immigration, discrimination and privacy.

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Commercial

Jess acts and advises in relation to commercial disputes relating to a wide range of subject matters, including international trade, insurance, engineering safety, insolvency, finance, oil refineries, pharmaceuticals and company matters. 

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Media & Entertainment

Jess has significant experience of claims relating to the gambling industry. She has advised in relation to a wide range of entertainment-related matters, including invasion of privacy, defamation, licensing, agency agreements, the national lottery and the regulation of broadcasting. She also acts in broadcasting-related regulatory and competition disputes.

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EU & Competition

Jess appears in CAT and High Court competition-related disputes. She also acts in EU-related telecomms matters and claims for judicial review.

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Professional Discipline

Jess has advised or acted in relation to matters of professional discipline arising out of decisions of the FSA/FCA, the General Medical Council, the General Teaching Council and the Renewable Energy Consumer Code.

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Telecommunications

Jess acts in judicial reviews and in CAT disputes related to telecommunications.

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Pharmaceuticals

Jess has acted in public law and commercial law disputes involving health and pharmaceuticals.

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Achievements

Education

MA Hons (Cantab), Philosophy, (Double Starred First); PhD, Philosophy, Princeton University; Diploma in Law, City University, (Distinction); Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law, (Outstanding)

Scholarships and Prizes:

  • College Scholarship (Clare College, Cambridge)
  • Greene Cup for General Learning (Clare College, Cambridge)
  • Kennedy Scholarship (Harvard University)
  • Graduate Prize Fellowship at the Centre for Human Values (Princeton University)
  • Princess Royal Scholarship (CPE year) (Inner Temple)
  • Peter Taylor Scholarship (BVC year) (Inner Temple)

Selected earlier reported cases

Public & Regulatory

  • Brough v Law [2011] EWCA Civ 1183
  • R (Law Society of England and Wales) v The Lord Chancellor [2010] EWHC 1406
  • R (March) v Secretary of State for Health [2010] EWHC 765
  • R (Equitable Members Action Group) v HM Treasury [2009] EWHC 2495

 Civil Liberties & Human Rights

  • Al Rawi & Ors v Security Service & Ors [2010] EWCA Civ 482
  • Darrell v Board of Inquiry

Professional Discipline

  • GTC v Christopher Raymond, July 2011

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