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Ian Hammond

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Dispute resolution.


Ian is national practice group head of dispute resolution in the UK. He has over 20 years’ experience of dealing with substantial domestic and international commercial disputes. Much of Ian’s work has an international element, and he has experience of dispute resolution for clients in the energy and life sciences sectors in the courts of France, Italy, the United States and Japan, as well as the English High Court. Ian also has an established practice acting for professional services firms in relation to liability, regulatory and disciplinary matters with a particular focus on accountants and actuaries.


Trained Simmons & Simmons; qualified into litigation department 1988; partner 1998.

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Ian Hammond - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Commercial litigation

Simmons & Simmons' 'clients get an all-round service from committed lawyers who know their business'. The commercial litigation team has expertise in complex contractual, boardroom and joint venture disputes that are often cross-border. UK dispute resolution practice head Ian Hammond  defended a £1.5bn claim against Grant Thornton, brought by Robert Tchenguiz, which alleged conspiracy with the Serious Fraud Office in relation to an investigation into the Tchenguiz brothers and their roles in Kaupthing Bank's collapse.  Senior partner Colin Passmore is a privilege expert  who has maintained a litigation practice alongside his management role and Patrick Boylan specialises in high-value commercial and fraud disputes. Other key advisers are Ed Crosse, Robert Turner, and managing associates Paolo Caldato and Kirsten Kitt. Chris Owen was promoted to partner.

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    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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