Hateema Zia

Call 2022


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Hateema read Law at the London School of Economics and was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 2022. She successfully completed her pupillage in September 2023 under the supervision of Steven Fennell. Hateema is building a broad commercial chancery practice and welcomes instructions across these areas.

Hateema has worked on cases across a range of traditional and commercial chancery work including company and insolvency, property, and commercial litigation disputes. Hateema regularly appears in the county and high courts for interlocutory hearings and trials. She has undertaken small and fast track trials related to a wide range of commercial, and property disputes. Hateema is also experienced in allocation hearings, application to set aside/vary judgment, defending application to set aside statutory demand, and preliminary hearings. Hateema is also skilled in drafting statements of case and providing formal advice to clients. As well as contentious court work, Hateema also has experience of mediation and assisting with arbitration disputes.

During pupillage, Hateema assisted with a variety of complex commercial litigation disputes, including assisting Steven Fennell and Jodie Wildridge in acting for the successful Claimant in the High Court professional negligence claim against RPC (Forster v Reynolds Porter Chamberlain [2023] EWHC 1150 (Ch). She also assisted Giles Maynard-Connor KC and Stephen Connolly in successfully defending £125m claim for high profile internet and fashion entrepreneur in Clements v Frisby [2023] EWHC 320 (Ch).

Before coming to the Bar, Hateema worked as an in-house paralegal in the gas and energy, aviation, and car financing sectors. Her background brings an extensive understanding of those industries, an appreciation of the business demands that each client faces and an astutely commercial and pragmatic approach to practice. Hateema has also obtained legal experience working with both US and Magic circle firms. She is able to appreciate the demands of clients from both legal professions.

At the LSE, Hateema was elected Director of the Court of Governors and Council, where she represented the views of the entire student body. She volunteered for a human rights brigade in Panama and was selected to attend a summer school in China. She is also an Ambassador for the Dick Camplin Education Trust and is at the forefront of driving significant changes to the education system whilst also focusing on enhancing diversity and inclusion at the commercial chancery Bar.