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Lauren Hitchman

Call 2020

lhitchman@2tg.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7822 1200

Overview

Lauren accepts instructions across the full spectrum of Chambers’ work. She has a particular interest in commercial, employment, private international, and insurance disputes.

Recent highlights include:

  • Acting as sole counsel in a multi-day final hearing against a major healthcare charity in a claim for unfair dismissal and age discrimination.
  • Assisting Charles Dougherty QC and Timothy Killen (as a pupil) in PJSC National Bank Trust and another v Mints and another[2021] EWHC 692 (Comm). The case concerned whether England was the appropriate forum for proceedings between state-owned Russian banks and foreign domiciled Defendants.
  • Assisting (as a pupil) in a case concerning issues of policy cover arising out of business interruption losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

During pupillage, Lauren won the Jarman Prize for ranking 1st out of 72 pupils in the Inner Temple Pupils’ Advocacy Prize 2021.

Prior to joining Chambers, Lauren was a Visiting Lecturer in Contract Law at City, University of London. She was awarded the Inner Temple’s Princess Royal Scholarship (the Inn’s single-highest GDL award) for the GDL, as well as scholarships from COMBAR and City Law School. For the BPTC, Lauren was awarded a Major Scholarship by the Inner Temple and a further scholarship from City Law school.

Before coming to the Bar, Lauren gained a First Class BA in English Literature from Durham University. She also holds a Distinction in her Master’s degree in English (1900 – Present) from the University of Oxford, where she ranked 1st in her year. Lauren subsequently worked for some of the West End’s leading commercial theatre producers.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Lauren has a particular interest in commercial dispute resolution. She was recently instructed in relation to a springboard injunction.

Recent highlights include:

  • Assisting Charles Dougherty QC and Timothy Killen in PJSC National Bank Trust and another v Mints and another [2021] EWHC 692 (Comm) (as a pupil). The case concerned whether England was the appropriate forum for proceedings between state-owned Russian banks and foreign domiciled Defendants.
  • Assisting in the making of an application for permission to appeal in a multi-million-dollar breach of contract claim in the DIFC Courts (as a pupil).
  • Assisting in relation to a multi-million-pound arbitration governed by ADCCAC Rules and seated in Abu Dhabi (as a pupil).
  • Assisting in a case concerning issues of policy cover arising out of business interruption losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (as a pupil).
  • Assisting in relation to a multi-million-pound arbitration concerning coverage under a Professional Indemnity policy (as a pupil).
  • Assisting with an advice relating to the making of a Norwich Pharmacal application (as a pupil).
Employment

Lauren is building a practice in employment law. She recently represented (as sole counsel) a claimant in a three-day final hearing against a major healthcare charity in a claim for unfair dismissal and age discrimination. She has also been instructed in relation to claims for unfair dismissal.

As a pupil, Lauren assisted in a wide range of employment disputes, including discrimination, unfair dismissal, redundancy, and equal pay claims.

Private International Law

As a pupil, Lauren assisted Charles Dougherty QC and Timothy Killen on PJSC National Bank Trust and another v Mints and another [2021] EWHC 692 (Comm). The case concerned whether England was the appropriate forum for proceedings between state-owned Russian banks and the Defendants.

Insurance

As a pupil, Lauren assisted on a variety of insurance disputes, including a case concerning issues of policy cover arising out of business interruption losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and a multi-million-pound arbitration concerning coverage under a Professional Indemnity policy.

Property Damage

Lauren acts in a range of property damage disputes.

During pupillage, Lauren assisted on a variety of property damage disputes, including a claim arising out of damage to a multi-million-pound home and a claim against multiple defendants for damage to a construction site.

Professional Negligence

Lauren accepts instructions in professional negligence disputes. As a pupil, she assisted in relation to a claim brought against several lawyers arising out of an alleged fraud.

Personal Injury

Lauren regularly appears in the County Courts in a range of small claims and fast track matters.

Public Law

Lauren is a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior Scheme.