Amelia Highnam

Amelia Highnam

  • Called in 2016

Amelia joined Chambers in March 2019 upon successful completion of her third six pupillage. She is happy to consider instructions in all Chambers’ areas of expertise. She appears in court on a day-to-day basis, complemented by a developing paperwork practice, which includes written advice, drafting statements of case (including schedules and counter-schedules) and drafting defences.

Amelia joined the bar from the Government Legal Department where she worked in immigration litigation, the Department for Exiting the European Union and the Department for Transport.

Amelia is a Junior Junior Barrister and regularly accepts instructions from GLD through this scheme. She has SC Clearance for the purposes of sensitive disclosure exercises and is familiar with the risk assessment guidance for the GLD.

Personal Injury

Amelia is regularly instructed in personal injury cases, including RTA claims, together with matters involving occupiers’ liability, employers’ liability and the Highways Act. Amelia prides herself on practical and to the point advice both on paper and at hearings. Having previously worked as an employed barrister in a litigation department, she is empathetic to the issues faced by solicitor firms and understands their needs and concerns.
Amelia is willing to consider instructions on a CFA basis.

Employment

Amelia has a particular interest in Employment Law, having successfully acted on a pro bono basis for the Free Representation Unit in a number of cases. She is entirely comfortable with the evolving legal principles and case law in this area, having achieved the highest mark in her academic year in Labour Law at Oxford University and is actively seeking to expand her employment practice.

Amelia is willing to accept instructions in all areas of employment law, including unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing.

Insurance

Amelia has experience of representing insurers in disputes involving the Motor Insurance Bureau and RTA insurers’ liability. She has also appeared for insurers in property damage claims, recently representing an insurer client in a neighbourhood dispute about damage to a septic tank.

Civil Fraud

Amelia has appeared in Fast Track hearings  involving pleadings of fundamental dishonesty, predominantly in LVI accidents, an area which she finds particularly interesting. She welcomes instructions in this area and is well versed in the recent case law and costs consequences of any such findings.

Amelia has also had a high success rate with findings of fraudulent misrepresentation in credit hire cases, having recently being praised on record by a Judge for her delicate cross examination on the matter which lead to him finding the credit hire contract was void.

Credit Hire

Amelia is instructed on a frequent basis by both Claimants and Defendants in credit hire matters. She is well versed in the full range of arguments surrounding enforceability, need, period, impecuniosity and rate. She particularly enjoys credit hire matters where enforceability is in dispute, having successfully had a number of credit hire contracts rendered unenforceable on this basis.

General Common Law

Amelia has appeared in general common law cases and welcomes instructions in interim and final hearings in this area.

Inquests

Amelia welcomes instructions in this area.

If you would like to instruct Amelia Highnam or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by senior clerk Alan Kilbey MBE. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at chambers@farrarsbuilding.co.uk

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Appointments & Memberships


  • Attorney General’s Civil Panel Counsel (Junior Juniors Scheme)
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit Volunteer
  • Free Representation Unit Volunteer
  • Elected member of the Bar Representation Committee, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Co-Chair of the Social Mobility Sub-Committee, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Personal Injury Bar Association

Education & Qualifications


Education

  • 2017: BPTC University of Law (Outstanding)
  • 2014: BA Jurisprudence, University of Oxford (1st Class)

Prizes & Scholarships:

  • 2016: Bar Council Law Reform Competition
  • 2016: Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • 2016: Hardwicke Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • 2015: Advocacy Scholar, University of Law
  • 2015: Educational Trust Scholarship, International Bar Association
  • 2014: Winner of the Littleton Award for the highest mark in Labour Law in FHS, University of Oxford

Personal Interests


Amelia went to music school and sings in a young professional choir in London. She enjoys sports, especially boxing after a hard day at the office, and when she has the time enjoys baking, cooking for friends and family and occasionally dusting off her sewing machine for a new project.