Robert Ward
Called: 2015

Robert Ward

Bar Professional Training Course: University of Law (2014-15)

Postgraduate: Trinity College, Oxford – BCL (2013-14)

Undergraduate: Worcester College, Oxford – BA in Jurisprudence (2010-13)
Undergraduate Scholar at Worcester College

Michael and Judith Beloff Scholarship

Fitzgerald Award, Middle Temple

Chancery Prize, University of Law
Bills of Sale, Dear IP, Issue No 69, September 2015 (co-written with Fan Yang)

Bills of Sale, Law Commission Report No 369

Robert Ward joined Quadrant Chambers in October 2019 upon successful completion of pupillage. During pupillage he worked on aviation, commercial, civil fraud, insurance and shipping matters. He will continue to develop his practice in chambers' core areas. 

Examples include:

  • a defence to a claim of misrepresentation in the sale of a yacht
  • advice on the construction of a hire clause in a charterparty
  • assisting with a particulars of claim alleging civil fraud
  • advice on “unfair prejudice” in a shareholder dispute
  • researching derivatives trading contracts. 
  • skeleton argument in a Montreal Convention claim 
  • advice about the enforceability of a letter of intent in the sale of an aircraft. 

Previous Legal Experience

Robert was a full time legal research assistant with the Law Commission as a member of the Commercial and Common Law Team. He was involved with reform of the Bills of Sale Acts. The final report has now been published.

Robert also worked on a project with the Law Commissioner for Commercial and Common Law, Stephen Lewis, looking at possible reform of the Arbitration Act 1996 in its 20th anniversary year.

From October 2016 to August 2017 Robert worked as judicial assistant to Lord Justice Longmore in the Court of Appeal. 

From November 2017 to August 2018 he was a freelance County Court advocate with LPC Law, acting in a variety of small hearings such as mortgage repossession cases, landlord and tenant matters, and bankruptcy hearings.

Ongoing Cases

  • Appearing as sole counsel in the County Court on a range of matters including acting for airlines defending claims brought under EU Regulation 261/2004.
  • Acting in a ship collision claim (with John Kimbell QC and Benjamin Coffer) involving issues concerning quantification of loss.
  • Advising and drafting pleadings (with Tom Bird) in an ICC arbitration concerning alleged wrongful termination of contract.
  • Pleading in a number of bill of lading and charterparty disputes under LMAA rules.
  • Pleading in a carriage of goods by road dispute involving application of the CMR Convention.
  • Advising on a charterparty hire dispute concerning the validity of a vessel’s notice of readiness, and the construction of a clause providing for a surveyor’s inspection of the cargo holds.
  • Pleading in a claim arising out of termination of a contract to provide IT services.