Practice overview

Ram has a busy practice covering all of Chambers’ core practice areas, including trusts, property, pensions, insolvency, company and commercial law. He regularly appears as sole counsel in both the High Court and the County Court and is equally comfortable being instructed in his own right or as part of a larger counsel team.

Prior to coming to the bar, Ram obtained a first-class law degree from the University of Oxford and a distinction in the BCL. He was consistently amongst the best performers in his year in exams: receiving the highest marks in the year in five separate modules, as well as the highest overall marks in the year in his first-year exams. He also won the University’s largest undergraduate mooting competition. In addition, Ram spent a year teaching the law of trusts to Oxford undergraduates: his tutorials were described as “simply brilliant” and “fantastic”.

Ram's expertise

Ram is consistently praised by solicitors for the quality of his work and his ability to achieve a positive outcome for the client. Recent feedback includes:

  • “Ram’s involvement has been a godsend from our perspective. I am not sure we could be anywhere near as advanced on everything without his involvement.”
  • “Ram has been brilliant.”
  • “Ram is always very responsive, concise and not only gets the job done but is a real pleasure to work with.”
  • “Ram was excellent in court.”
  • “Ram is very clear and methodical and very pleasant to work with. He is very reasoned in everything he does. Ram is very good with clients and very hard working and supportive.”

Recent examples of notable work include:


  • Acting, led by Alan Gourgey KC and Harris Bor in Wejo Limited v Arma Partners LLP, one of the Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2023. Alan, Harris and Ram acted for the Defendant in this major commercial dispute relating to the payment of a success fee for a SPAC transaction.
  • Assisting Tim Penny KC and Jamie Holmes in a major commercial dispute concerning a joint venture for the distribution of CT and MRI scanners, listed for a four-week trial in October-November of this year. Tim, Jamie and Ram act on behalf of the Defendants, who are advancing a counterclaim valued at hundreds of millions of pounds. The allegations include that there was a failure to sell scanners contrary to the terms of the joint venture and that there were breaches of a non-compete clause.
  • Acting as sole counsel on behalf of a major national retailer, defending claims for breach of confidentiality, misuse of private information breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998. The claim was successfully settled on a no-admissions basis shortly before trial.
  • Appearing successfully as sole counsel for the Claimant in a trial relating to the payment of a recruitment fee, obtaining a substantial money judgement and indemnity costs.

Company Law

  • Acting, led by Andrew Mold KC in the matter of Core VCT Pl, Andrew and Ram are advising a group of investors in Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs), now in liquidation, about potential claims against the former managers, directors and liquidators of the VCTs. The case has featured in the Times.
  • Acting, led by Anthony Pavlovich, in the matter of Sprintroom Ltd, on an application for permission to appeal on the issue of whether a charging order can be granted in order to enforce a buy-out order following an unfair prejudice petition. The matter was settled prior to the application being heard.
  • Acting on behalf of the co-founder and 50% shareholder of a company engaged in education and training, on claims in unfair prejudice against his co-founder and holder of the other 50% of shares. Ram helped navigate the claim to a successful settlement.
  • Appearing successfully as sole counsel in the High Court in an application to enforce a buy-out order following an unfair prejudice petition, obtaining final charging orders over four properties.


  • Acting, led by Lexa Hilliard KC, in the matter of Raedex consortium limited. Lexa and Ram are acting on behalf of the joint administrators in this complex administration involving the intermingling of assets between group companies. Ram appeared as sole counsel on an application to extend the administration and successfully obtained a 3-year extension.
  • Appearing, led by Jack Watson, in the matter of Louise Mary Brittain (as trustee in bankruptcy of Jonathan Ferster) v (1) Jonathan Ferster (a bankrupt) (2) Jonathan Seeds and (3) Evolution Software (UK) Ltd. Jack and Ram acted for the applicant trustee in bankruptcy and successfully obtained a suspension of the bankruptcy to its fifth anniversary as well as extensive orders for the disclosure of information and documentation.
  • Appearing successfully as sole counsel in various insolvency proceedings (both personal and corporate) in both the High Court and the County Court. Ram has particular expertise in complex or non-standard insolvency proceedings, including where there are allegations that the debt is disputed.


  • Acting, led by Jonathan Hilliard KC and Sebastian Allen, in relation to a complex and high value pensions dispute involving the validity of benefit changes made to a pension scheme across a period of more than 20 years.
  • Advising on various contentious pensions matters, including in relation to the entitlement of the beneficiary of a Jersey trust to the payment of an annuity.
  • (As a pupil) assisting Tom Robinson and Henry Legge KC in Punter Southall Governance Services Ltd v Hazlett, the leading case on forfeiture and limitation in the context of claims to pension arrears.

Trusts and Estates

  • Acting as junior counsel to Jonathan Hilliard KC advising trustees in relation to very high value divorce proceedings in which the wife was seeking orders for the trusts to be varied or otherwise treated as a matrimonial resource.
  • Acting as sole counsel on behalf of a category of beneficiaries in relation to a complex dispute concerning the construction of a will.
  • Acting as junior counsel to Jonathan Hilliard KC advising the defendants to a complex estates dispute. The claimants were seeking to set aside a number of payments made by the deceased prior to her death on the grounds of undue influence, lack of capacity, and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Acting, led by Jonathan Hilliard KC, Michael Ashdown and Joe Steadman, on behalf of the Trustees of a trust containing assets of approximately US$ 1 billion. The Trustees are bringing an application seeking the Court’s directions in relation to a number of significant matters concerning the administration of the trust.


  • Acting, led by Tom Roscoe, on behalf of High Court Enforcement Officers, defending claims for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and breaches of the human rights act brought by protestors in relation to their eviction from HS2 land.
  • Acting on behalf of the landlord in relation to a dispute concerning possession of a skate park.
  • Acting (pro bono) in a leasehold dispute relating to the failure of the local London Borough Council to perform essential repairs to a property.
  • Acting on behalf of the tenants of a substantial property in London claiming a repayment of rent on the basis that the property was rendered unfit for habitation.
  • Appearing successfully as sole counsel in various commercial and residential possession proceedings (both landlord/tenant and mortgagor/mortgagee), as well as proceedings to stay the enforcement of writs and warrants of possession. Ram has particular expertise in complex or non-standard possession proceedings, including where issues are raised relating to the failure to comply with the deposit protection legislation, or where there are allegations of disrepair.

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    Wilberforce Insolvency Conference & Dinner 2024

    Thursday 1st February 2024 | 12.30pm - 7pm, followed by dinner
    The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, London

    Price - TBC

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    Wilberforce Trusts Litigation Day 2024

    Monday 29th January 2024 | 9am - 5.35pm, followed by drinks and dinner
    InterContinental Park Lane, London

    £299 - £360 + VAT | 5.5 CPD

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    Remind me about… pensions tax

    In the second of this “Remind me about” series, Emily Campbell (Charles Russell Speechlys) and Ram Lakshman look at pensions tax. The article was first posted on Paul Newman KC’s website To read ‘Remind me about … pensions tax’, please... Read more

    By Ram Lakshman
    Monday 12 June 2023

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    Civil Fraud Conference 2023

    Thursday 8th June 2023 | 12.15pm - 5.55pm followed by drinks & canapés
    The View at The Royal College of Surgeons, Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3PE

    £130 + VAT | 4.0 CPD

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Ram's Details

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Registered name: Mr Ramganesh Lakshman
VAT number: 389464732

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Qualifications and Appointments

  • BA Law, Oxford University (2018, First Class Honours)
  • BCL, Oxford University (2019, Distinction)
  • BPTC, BPP Law School (2020, Outstanding)
  • 3 Verulam Buildings Prize in Legal Concepts in Financial Law (2019)
  • Prince of Wales BPTC Scholarship from Gray’s Inn (2019)
  • Advocacy Scholarship from BPP Law School (2019)
  • Full BCL Scholarship from Arts and Humanities Research Council (2018)
  • Taberdarship from The Queen’s College (2018)
  • 5 Stone Buildings Prize in Trusts (2018)
  • 3 Verulam Buildings Prize in Commercial Law (2018)
  • White and Case Prize in Comparative Private Law (2018)
  • Mander Law Prize from The Queen’s College (2018)
  • Michel Junior Scholarship from The Queen’s College (2016)
  • Norton Rose Fulbright Prize for Best Overall Results in Law Moderations (2016)
  • Slaughter and May Prize in A Roman Introduction to Private Law (2016)

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