Robert is a solicitor and Partner with over 30 years experience of defending civil claims brought against local authorities and other public bodies. His main area of work is in personal injury litigation, with a particular interest in stress related claims, but he also has considerable expertise in handling property related claims and claims arising out of local searches and planning and professional advice.

Route to Law

Robert qualified in 1978 and joined Wansbroughs as a Partner in 1990. Winner Cooks Law Prize for Somerset (1977).

Significant Work

Burns v Thamesdown Borough Council CA 14.11.91;Deadman v Bristol City Council CAEllis v Bristol City Council CAWooldridge v Torridge DC (2011) [2011] EWHC 1238 (QB)O'Callaghan v Mid Sussex District Council [2012] EWHC 3820 (QB); Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary v Southampton City Council CA.

Personal Interests

Particular interests include football, contemporary music, Greece and the language.
“Practice head Robert Hams has ‘keen knowledge’ and ‘significant experience of public sector claims’; he specialises among other things in claims arising from stress, bullying and harassment. ”
The Legal 500 (2017)

“A highly experienced tactician. He knows from an early stage which claims to fight and which to settle.”
Chambers 2015