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Call: 1973    QC: 1994

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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 2021 edition describes Robert as a “top-notch trusts silk”.” fantastically knowledgeable and provides very clear and concrete advice on trust and other matters.” and “a very clever and creative barrister with exceptionally deep knowledge, [he] offers superbly pragmatic advice every time” The Legal 500 2021 edition hails him as “absolutely wonderful – user-friendly, always keen to provide a helpful opinion wherever possible, creative, and willing to take a position and stick to it” The previous Chambers & Partners 2020 edition describes Robert as “a leading authority for years; he is very forceful and persuasive without overstepping the mark”. “He has a great aura and presence about him whatever he does”. The Legal 500 2020 edition hails him as “an intellectual giant, who always finds a pragmatic solution and is brilliant with clients”. He “has a superb mind and provides wonderfully clear advice”.

Chambers & Partners, 2021 (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. “a very clever and creative barrister with exceptionally deep knowledge,” he “offers superbly pragmatic advice every time.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021 (Pensions): An experienced 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. “he doesn’t skirt around issues and cuts through the information easily.”