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 has a growing practice in public law. She regularly accepts instructions in relation to immigration matters and has also been instructed as a JJ in disclosure exercises for the Department for Education and for the Employment Team within GLD. She frequently drafts witness statements for a number of departments. She has SC Clearance (valid until 2024) for the purposes of sensitive disclosure exercises and is familiar with the risk assessment guidance for the GLD.
Further to this, she has been instructed as Junior Counsel for the GLD by way of off-panel nomination to represent the Home Office in a recent five-day family law hearing. She is currently instructed by the London Fire Brigade as a junior member of the team for the Grenfell Inquiry.
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.
Amelia is building a clinical negligence practice having completed her second six at 39 Essex Chambers where she worked with more senior members on multi-million claims against healthcare trusts and observed court of protection matters. She has a particular interest in delayed diagnosis matters and breaches of informed consent and is well-placed to give early advice on prospects in relation to liability and/or quantum, together with drafting Letters before Claim and Particulars of Claim and giving pragmatic advice on early Part 36 offers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amelia has appeared in general common law cases and welcomes instructions in interim and final hearings in this area.
Amelia welcomes instructions in this area and has recently been instructed by the Northern Ireland Civil Service.
Amelia has been instructed in a number of travel law cases involving flight delay and the EU Regulations. She has recently also been instructed in cases concerning air freight and impounded goods under the Montreal Convention. She is well versed in both the law and policy in this area, having previously worked in the EU team in the Department for Transport.
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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.