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Rob Hammond
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Rob is developing a broad commercial practice, with an emphasis on commercial dispute resolution, professional negligence, construction and insolvency work. He accepts instructions both as sole counsel and as part of a team.

Prior to joining Chambers, Rob spent a year at the Serious Fraud Office, working in the cross-border investigation of a former FTSE 100 company, and was involved in the SFO v ENRC [2018] EWCA Civ. 2006 privilege litigation. He then spent a year in the disputes practice at a directory-ranked US firm’s London office. Rob therefore has experience beyond his year of call in fraud litigation, general commercial disputes, and professional negligence cases.

Rob is also a member of the Government Legal Department’s ‘Junior Junior’ panel and accepts instructions in appropriate matters.

Outside of Chambers, Rob is a keen cyclist and climber.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Rob’s principal focus is on commercial disputes. Building on his previous experience, he takes particular interest in cases involving civil fraud and dishonesty. Recent work includes:

  • Obtaining strike out and costs in a claim for contractual commission;
  • Assisting David Lewis QC in a multimillion-pound unfair prejudice trial;
  • Drafting advice for a senior member of chambers in a multimillion-AED fraud claim, engaging choice of law and jurisdiction issues;
  • Assisting in advising a litigation funder on a potential claim against a listed fund manager; and
  • Drafting advice for a senior member of chambers regarding various procedural and strategic aspects of a wide-ranging costs dispute.

Professional Liability

Rob has experience of and interest in all aspects of professional liability. Prior to joining the bar, he was part of a team advising on an auditor’s negligence claim following a substantial fraud at a FTSE 250 company. Recent work from his pupillage includes:

  • Advising on the prospects of a vicarious liability claim against a private hospital, before and after Barclays Bank Plc.;
  • Drafting a defence and counterclaim for a member of chambers in a solicitors’ negligence case;
  • Drafting a defence for a senior member of chambers in a financial advisor’s negligence case; and
  • Drafting advice for a senior member of chambers on the impact of unfair terms legislation on solicitors’ negligence claims, arising from ground rent clauses.

Construction & Engineering

In line with Hardwicke’s strength in construction work, Rob has a keen interest in construction and engineering disputes. Recent work from his pupillage includes:

  • Drafting an adjudication notice for a JCT Minor Works dispute for a member of chambers;
  • Producing an advice for a member of chambers on a liability cap under an architect’s professional indemnity policy; and
  • Producing a first-draft advice for a member of chambers on the effect of early termination of a collateral contract to a JCT Minor Works agreement.

Insolvency & Restructuring

Rob’s growing experience in insolvency matters complements his broader commercial disputes practice. Further, before joining Hardwicke, Rob was involved in the defence of a long-running directors’ disqualification investigation, following a high-profile corporate insolvency. Recent work includes:

  • Obtaining costs following a final charging order adjourned due to the Respondent’s personal bankruptcy;
  • Producing the first draft of a skeleton for a member of chambers defending against non-party costs orders sought from the director of an insolvent company;
  • Producing a first-draft advice for a member of chambers in a case of directors’ misfeasance, fraudulent and wrongful trading, and limitation.

Qualifications

BA Jurisprudence (Law), University College, Oxford
BPTC, BPP University

Awards

BPP BPTC Merit Award

Professional Associations

Young Fraud Lawyers Association

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