Harry Hodgkin (1983)

Harry Hodgkin (1983)

Membership Status: Arbitrator, Barrister - Full Member Qualified in 1983 Public Access Accredited
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General Information


Harry Hodgkin undertakes commercial, contractual and property work both in court and by way of advice and drafting over a range of practice areas and business sectors, including international and cross border disputes.

He is an arbitrator and a well known mediator.

He is a team player who enjoys working with lay and professional clients to identify and resolve problems in a way that is best suited to the client's needs.

He speaks plainly, adopts a pragmatic approach to cases, prepares cases assiduously and is an effective and well-established senior advocate.

Work undertaken:

  • Company / LLP / partnership / shareholder / membership rights, interests and disputes
  • Commercial and contractual disputes including in particular insurance, music and entertainment industries
  • Financial services, guarantees and indemnities
  • Taxation
  • Business property disputes including tenancy renewals
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Professional negligence

Business legal consultancy

Drafting commercial documentation and advisory work in relation to the above areas for both professional and corporate clients on a public access basis, with a particular emphasis on problem solving, negotiation and business development.


Harry is an experienced High Court advocate.

A company director himself, Harry knows the mechanics of business, commercial negotiations and contractual detail. He likes to get involved at an early stage so as to ensure that the negotiation or dispute is properly managed.

He has served on the board of the Civil Mediation Council, the Civil Justice Council, and as it then was, the Department of Constitutional Affairs Dispute Resolution Committee. He was instrumental in setting up the National Mediation Helplines. At the forefront of the development of effective court based schemes, Harry has a clear insight into the logistic, ethical and administrative issues that they raise, given his contacts with the judiciary, the Department and practitioners generally.


On a personal level, Harry is married and enjoys being Dad. He also paints, goes mountain walking with his dogs, and loves opera and baseball.


Radley College, Ealing College LLB (Hons), Middle Temple

Memberships: Chancery Bar Association.

Other Experience:

Joint Founder of Clerksroom in 2001. Chairman of the board for the Clerksroom Group of Companies including Clerksroom Barristers, Clerksroom Mediation and Clerksroom Direct, Public Access Portal. Head of Chambers.

Governor of Richard Huish College, Taunton



Areas of Law

Harry Hodgkin (1983) is happy to accept instructions as counsel who is:

  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Land & Property
  • Wills & Probate
  • Approved for the following panels:
  • Brexit Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Commercial Arbitration & ADR inc Adjudication
  • Family Law
  • Inheritance Act Claims
  • International Law
  • Professional Negligence
  • Professional Regulation
  • Public & Administrative Law
  • Tax

Outside of these key areas of law, Harry Hodgkin (1983) is always willing to consider any enquiry requiring the experience or knowledge needed to help you or your client. Please call Harry direct or the support team on 01823 247 247 if you would like to discuss any aspect of this profile.

Cases and Publications

Hakimzay Ltd v Swailes [2015] EWHC B14 (Ch) (25 February 2015) (Bailii).


The effect of serving a notice to complete and making time of the essence of the contract can be misunderstood, as this case illustrates. Service of a notice to complete does not make time of the essence on an ongoing basis. Service of a notice to complete fixes a date for performance. Failure to perform by the date that has been fixed constitutes a repudiatory breach of contract. The innocent party can elect not to accept that repudiation and so the contract continues. The basis of that non-acceptance may be that a new date for completion is agreed. Whether time is of the essence in relation to that new date will depend on the facts and the basis upon which the new date is agreed. The defaulting party cannot unilaterally re-write the terms of the agreement, for example, by offering late performance.

Fees and Feedback

Fees and Feedback


Details regarding our approach to fees can be found at the following link:  http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=336


Please see “profile” tab for description of the legal services provided by this barrister.

We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.

Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.

We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost effective solution for our clients.

If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.


All our barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and hold a current practising certificate, details can be found at the following link Barristers’ Register

Complaints information

If you are not satisfied with the service provided, you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on the chambers’ complaints procedure is available at the following link: http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=416

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from my chambers, you can make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. You must contact the Legal Ombudsman either within 6 months following the conclusion of our handling your complaint, within 6 years from the date of the act/omission, or 3 years from the date that you should reasonably have known there were grounds for complaint (if the act/omission took place before the 6 October 2010 or was more than six years ago).

The Legal Ombudsman’s details are as follows:

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PO Box 6806
Tel: 0300 555 0333
Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk
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