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Hamed Zovidavi

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Telephone 020 7831 0222
Email hamed.zovidavi@42br.com

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Introduction

Hamed has a busy practice across four broad areas of work. He enjoys a close working relationship with instructing solicitors and is happy to act as a sounding board. He has been described by his solicitors as unflappable in the face of difficulty and brings a measured approach to his cases.

Commercial and Chancery

Hamed has an in depth understanding of the concerns and needs of his SME clients and advises them on a variety of commercial disputes. Recent examples of Hamed’s work in this area include:

  • advising on the merits of an appeal to the Court of Appeal on a point of law (the circumstances which an oral promisor might be estopped from relying on s.4 of the Statute of Frauds Act 1677)
  • successfully acting for a nationwide services contractor in defending a claim for sums due under a contract and a counterclaim for damages
  • advising a frozen foods manufacturer on the merits of its claim against an industrial catering equipment manufacturer for repudiatory breach of contract
  • striking out a multi track claim on the basis of res judicata
  • advising Hong Kong lawyers on specific aspects of English intestacy rules

Hamed also acts in insolvency and bankruptcy matters, including acting for trustees in bankruptcy and dealing with winding up petitions.

Employment

Appearing regularly in the Employment Tribunal, Hamed predominantly acts for employers in the full breadth of employment matters. He has received positive feedback from his instructing solicitors for his ability to quickly gain a handle on claims brought against his employer clients, understand the details of their business operations and reflect those details precisely in his drafting and at trial.

Hamed is happy to advise on matters at a preliminary stage to help narrow issues and where possible, achieve strike out before the expenses of trial are occurred.

At trial, Hamed is a confident and effective advocate who demonstrates a strong grasp of the facts of the case and the issues that matter. He has been commended by solicitors for his command of facts and his ability put clients at ease before giving evidence.

Recent examples of Hamed’s employment work include:

  • representing a national supermarket chain in various claims for discrimination on grounds of race, sexual orientation, sex and gender reassignment
  • achieving strike out at preliminary stage of unfair dismissal and discrimination claims on various grounds
  • representing the employee of a national museum in his claims for whistleblowing and unfair dismissal

Landlord & Tenant and Property

Hamed has extensive experience of advising and representing landlords (private, commercial and local authorities) in claims for possession and forfeiture for rent arrears, against trespassers and other breaches including subletting. He also has extensive experience of advising on and defending disrepair claims.

Hamed has also advised and acted on numerous occasions in TOLATA claims arising out co-ownership cases.

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

Hamed is regularly instructed in Fast Track and Multi Track personal injury matters arising out of RTAs, occupier’s liability claims and others causes of action.

In RTA matters he is well versed in representing the interests of defendant insurer including the running of LVI and causation defences and has achieved excellent results for those clients through forensic cross examination of claimants where there are credibility issues.

Hamed has extensive experience of credit hire claims and the leading authorities on credit hire issues. He has successfully had credit hire claims dismissed on enforceability and need issues arising out of cross examination.

He also undertakes claimant work and is willing to to consider on a case by case basis entering into a CFA on agreed terms if the case is appropriate.

Accreditations

  • “…Well-rounded Counsel with a useful ability for offering incisive advice and quickly getting to the bottom of cases”

Education

  • LLB, First Class (London Metropolitan University)
  • MA (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Scholarships & Awards

  • Gray’s Inn Scholarship, 2009

Other Information

  • Away from the Bar, Hamed has a keen interest in design (particularly industrial design) and has been invited to act as a judge in design awards in the past. He enjoys following business, technology and ecommerce trends. Hamed also enjoys travel and has a particular interest in Japan.

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