Amelia Highnam

Amelia Highnam

  • Called in 2016

Amelia’s practice encompasses the full range of Chambers’ specialisms together with an ever-increasing public law practice. She has developed extensive trial experience, appearing in court on an almost daily basis in trials, application hearings, CCMCs and disposal hearings. Her practice combines advisory work, drafting and advocacy.

Amelia joined Chambers from the Government Legal Department where she worked in immigration litigation, the Department for Exiting the European Union and the Department for Transport. In addition to the core Chambers’ practice areas, she regularly accepts public law instructions as a JJ for the Government Legal Department and has represented the Home Office by was of off-panel nomination in a five day hearing. She has SC Clearance (recently renewed in 2020) for the purposes of sensitive disclosure exercises and is familiar with the risk assessment guidance for the GLD.​

She is currently instructed by the London Fire Brigade as a junior member of the team for the Grenfell Inquiry. She was also recently instructed by the Home Office in the Brook House Inquiry.

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.

Public Law

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, the Ministry of Defence and for the Employment Team within GLD. She frequently drafts witness statements for a number of departments together with Summary Grounds of Defence and has in some instances been asked to advise the client although this generally falls outside the remit of JJs.

Recently she has assisted in a growing number of Asylum Accommodation appeals in relation to cessation of s.4 support or refusal of s.4 support during the Covid-19 pandemic, together with challenges to the adequacy of accommodation provided. She has been involved in a number of high profile judicial reviews and is often instructed by GLD as she is entirely familiar with the challenges faced by departments and clients in these matters, having previously worked within the civil service.

Public Inquiries

Amelia is currently instructed by the London Fire Brigade as a junior member of the team for the Grenfell Inquiry. She was also recently instructed by the Home Office in the Brook House Inquiry.

Clinical Negligence

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.

Civil Fraud

Amelia appears in Fast Track hearings defending exaggerated, dishonest and fraudulent claim, an area which she finds particularly interesting. She welcomes instructions in this area.

Amelia has also had success 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.


Amelia welcomes instructions in this area.

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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
  • Personal Injury Bar Association

Education & Qualifications


  • 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.