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STEPHEN HAM

Year of Call: 1999

Main Areas of Practice

Commercial Law
Mediation or Alternative Dispute Resolution
Personal Injury
Professional Negligence

Biography

Stephen’s main areas of practice are Professional Negligence, Medical Negligence and Personal Injury litigation specialising in industrial disease cases.

His practice is split approximately 70% defence insurance and 30% Plaintiff’s litigation.

In Stephen’s professional negligence practice he mainly appears in the Commercial Court on behalf of insurers in high value claims representing Accountants, Architects, Valuers and Financial Advisors.

In his personal injury practice he acts in a wide variety of EL, PL and RTA cases and is currently engaged on behalf of Defendants in a significant number of industrial disease cases in respect of Noise Induced Hearing Loss and Pleural Plaques/Asbestosis.

In Stephen’s medical negligence practice he appears on behalf of the various Health Trusts across Northern Ireland and continues to also appear in a variety of Plaintiff’s cases.

He was appointed to the Attorney Generals Government Civil Panel (C Panel) in April 2004 - 2013.

He was appointed to the Directorate of Legal Services Panel for General and Medical Negligence in December 2009.

Stephen regularly acts on behalf of a wide variety of defence Insurance Companies and Legal Expenses companies.

He is a committee member of the Northern Irish Personal Injury Bar Association.

Stephen is a fully qualified and accredited mediator.

Stephen was a former captain of the Bar Rugby team and a member of the Bar Golf Society and his outside interests include a wide range of sporting activity, food, travel and of course his family.

Qualifications

1995 - 1998; LL.B 2:1 Queen’s University, Belfast

1998 - 1999; Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast

1999; Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland

2010; Admitted to Middle Temple and called to the Bar of England and Wales

Experience

Notable cases include Clarke, Colin v McCullough, Lyndsay [2013] NICA 50 (credit hire), and

BOI v Patterson Miller [2014] (Weatherup J) (valuer’s negligence)