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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, public, and insurance disputes.

Recent work includes:

  • Instructed by the Government Legal Department as a junior junior on R (Good Law Project) v Prime Minister (and ors) and R (All the Citizens) v SSDCMS (and anr) [2022] EWHC 960 (Admin), joined judicial reviews of the use of non-Government communications systems.
  • Instructed as a junior junior on the Infected Blood Inquiry.
  • Acting as sole counsel for the Claimant 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.

Recent highlights include:

  • Instructed (led by Timothy Killen) in relation to a strike out and summary judgment application in the Technology and Construction Court. The dispute concerns the design and construction of a domestic property.
  • Instructed in relation to a springboard injunction.
  • 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 regularly instructed in employment law matters, as sole counsel and as part of a counsel team. She has experience in a wide range of employment disputes, including discrimination, harassment, victimisation, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, and constructive dismissal. She acts for both claimants and respondents.

Lauren 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.

Public

Lauren is frequently instructed in public law disputes. Her recent experience includes:

  • Instructed by the Government Legal Department as a junior junior on R (Good Law Project) v Prime Minister (and ors) and R (All the Citizens) v SSDCMS (and anr) [2022] EWHC 960 (Admin), joined judicial reviews of the use of non-Government communications systems.
  • Instructed as a junior junior on the Infected Blood Inquiry.
  • Assisting Anastasia Karseras in a claim raising issues as to the compatibility of Article 1 of Protocol 1 of the Human Rights Act 1998 with s.57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.
  • Instructed in relation to a disability discrimination claim brought against a service provider.
  • Instructed in relation to various employment law claims, including claims for unfair dismissal and age discrimination.
Private International

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

Lauren is regularly instructed on insurance matters. She was recently instructed in relation to an insurance coverage dispute raising issues of fraud.

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. She was recently instructed (led by Timothy Killen) in a product liability and property damage claim in the High Court. The main claim and its related contribution claims arise out of a fire that is alleged to have caused more than £1 million of damage to a commercial property.

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.

Product Liability

Lauren acts as both sole and junior counsel in a range of product liability claims. Her recent work includes:

  • Instructed as sole counsel in relation to claims brought against an electronic goods supplier.
  • Instructed (led by Timothy Killen) in a product liability and property damage claim in the High Court. The main claim and its related contribution claims arise out of a fire that is alleged to have caused more than £1 million of damage to a commercial property.

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