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Robert Ham QC

Call: 1973    QC: 1994

+44 (0)20 7306 0102rham@wilberforce.co.uk

Practice Overview

Robert has a litigation and advisory practice, largely related to trust law. It covers not only traditional private client work, and associated tax law, but also pension schemes together with professional negligence in those fields.

He enjoys devising complex transactions and drafting the documents to give effect to them, as well as sorting out the legal effect of complex transactions for which others were responsible.

Robert Ham has been ranked as a leading silk in the areas for Pensions, Trusts and Traditional Chancery in Chambers & Partners. He is described as “incredibly charming, extremely receptive, relaxed and easy to work with”. He combines this amiability with a skill for providing “clear, concise advice” that brings him instruction after instruction. “Able to refine issues in a commercial way”, he creates “a very reassuring atmosphere for the client and gets to the heart of the matter in a non-technical way”.

The Chambers & Partners 2019 edition describes Robert as “absolutely fabulous. He’s incisive, commercial and brilliant with clients. His addresses in court combine great sophistication with elegant simplicity of language”. The Legal 500 2019 edition hails him as “a master of trust law”; he is “sharp minded, commercial and has a wonderful delivery”. The previous 2018 edition of Chambers & Partners says he “has enormous understanding of his subject; when he speaks everyone listens and everyone believes what he says.” “He is extraordinary; he gives some of the best and most clear advice on very difficult topics. A seasoned trusts lawyer, he is very good with clients as he has a very kind and sympathetic manner.”

Chambers & Partners, 2019 (Trusts): Robert offers significant expertise in trusts law as part of his broad private client law practice. He handles both contentious and non-contentious mandates in the UK and abroad. Ham is particularly adept dealing with offshore disputes for wealthy families and trust companies. “Not to be underestimated in court, he is incredibly knowledgeable on trust matters.” “He appears in some of the biggest cases in this field and is very highly rated.”

Chambers & Partners, 2019 (Pensions): A much-admired silk with a very strong reputation in the field of chancery and associated trusts work, both at home and overseas. He is frequently sought out to provide counsel on complex pension scheme matters. He also offers expertise in associated professional negligence issues. “Very bright and always pragmatic. Clients adore his easy manner.”