Rhoderick Chalmers is developing his practice in all of Chamber’s practice areas, particularly in clinical negligence, personal injury, inquests public law, human rights, tax and costs. He also accepts instruction on pro bono cases.
From a background in academic research in linguistics and history, he moved to the International Committee of the Red Cross, helping to establish their field mission in Nepal and working with state and rebel forces to promote the observance of international humanitarian law. He is fluent in French, Nepali and Hindi, and has a good knowledge of Russian, Spanish, Bengali and Sylheti.
Whilst completing his legal studies, he volunteered for the Free Representation Unit, representing clients in social security hearings and on appeal. He produced a guide on court interpreting and provided training for new volunteers at induction sessions. He continues to provide advocacy skills training.
During his pupillage he worked on cases involving professional liability, energy and natural resources, jurisdiction and conflict of laws, Commonwealth law, shipping, insurance and reinsurance. He also worked on complex commercial disputes and continues to bring this experience to cases with a strong commercial element.
Commercial Cases include:
- Appeared in the High Court for the claimant in freezing order and committal hearings in a commercial fraud case.
- Cases involving contract law including an appeal before a circuit judge and a permission to appeal application to the Court of Appeal.
- Representing national gym chain in commercial dispute.
- Acted in a loan recovery dispute.
- Currently instructed on a claim for damages arising from the seizure of goods in Hong Kong following the expiry of a CITES licence permitting their export from the UK