Practice Summary

Dilpreet’s practice covers Commercial, Planning and Public Law.

Dilpreet has experience across the spectrum of Chambers’ core areas of expertise, including Commercial Litigation, Financial Services, International Law, Public, Local Government, Adult Social Care (in particular the Court of Protection) and Tax.

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Commercial

Dilpreet has substantial experience in drafting skeleton arguments and pleadings in a range of financial fraud litigation, as well as undertaking legal research and analysis on contract obligations in international law and conflict of laws, trusts and estates, pharmaceutical negligence, international arbitration and alternative forums for dispute and Competition Law.

Recently, Dilpreet was lead on a large shareholders’ dispute matter involving a number of injunctions relating to the ownership and management of a boutique group of hotels. She is currently being lead in a High Court Chancery dispute (now to be heard in the Court of Appeal) between two local authorities as to the ownership of a Henry Moore statue, and appeared as sole Counsel in a High Court trial (Chancery Division) in the matter of Bourne v. Blacker relating to a property, wills and trusts dispute.

Dilpreet has also been instructed on a range of breach of contract matters, and regularly appears in the County Courts and High Courts. Most recently, she has been instructed on providing advice relating to the merits of bringing a misrepresentation claim and the award of damages.

Dilpreet worked in the banking sector (Deutsche Bank) in New York after university. Here she managed a number of simultaneous projects to ensure new legal and compliance regulations were met within Securities and Derivatives groups, and she continues to retain a strong interest in legal commercial developments affecting the industry and regularly gives talks in relation to various commercial litigation aspects.

Tax

Dilpreet has considerable experience in providing detailed written advice, drafting pleadings and grounds of appeal. She has also successfully completed her CTA examinations in order to be able to provide holistic advice in relation to tax law.

Prior to joining Chambers, Dilpreet worked for Deloitte LLP in the Tax team where she regularly advised clients on a variety of indirect taxation issues. She undertook a one year seat in Financial Services, where she advised in particular on the tax element of pension management services, tax considerations for insolvency practitioners and looking in particular at the structure of pension arrangements following the European Court of Justice judgments in PPG Holdings and ATP Pension Services. She then completed a second seat in the property, construction and investment funds sectors.

Dilpreet also assisted as a junior in coordinating the preparation of industry analysis, technical tax papers and written responses for the Self Storage Association UK to VAT law changes in 2012, which contributed to a favourable amendment to the draft law (the introduction of the £1 capital goods scheme opt-in). She was recently instructed on the recovery of VAT in respect of a large-scale project costing several million for a large educational establishment, and has further provided advice in relation to taxation issues faced by local authorities, as well as recently advising on the efficient tax structures in a large planning matter concerning the sale and development of a business.

Recently, she has been instructed on providing advice in relation to the implementation of the Community Infrastructure Levy for a local authority, and its implications in respect of various planning and enforcement measures. Dilpreet is regularly instructed on providing advice in respect of HMRC Notices, and recently assisted lead Counsel in a detailed analysis of the interface between the issuance of Follower and Accelerated Payment Notices, and whether any challenge could be permissible under administrative law.

Insolvency

Dilpreet has provided advice on a variety of insolvency matters, including assisting with drafting voluntary wind up arrangements and advising on various Crown guarantee and contingent asset arrangements. She has also undertaken matters in the Companies Court, representing companies against whom winding up petitions have been presented.

Dilpreet has been instructed to provide advice on disqualification consequences for company directors, along with the consequences of company being put into receivership.

To complement her insolvency practice, Dilpreet is a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser. She previously worked in Deloitte's tax team, where she provided advice on the tax structure of companies, amongst other matters.

International, Public & Constitutional Law

Dilpreet spent three months as an intern for the Office of the Defence at the International Criminal Tribunal in the Hague where she conducted a variety of research contributing to the defence case of Borovcanin in relation to Milosevic trial. She analysed and drafted memoranda on a variety of international case law and theories, and attended meetings on a daily basis to keep the team updated on progress.

Dilpreet has worked on a number of complex and important principles in a range of cases, and has most recently been instructed in a Privy Council matter (from Trinidad and Tobago) in relation to the unlawful detention of youth in adult prisons. Ongoing work includes:

Advising the Claimants in respect of the unlawful detention of property, search and seizure by police and disclosure of evidence.

Acting for the Appellant in relation to a matter being sent to the Privy Council in respect of whether the forced retirement of the Appellant is contrary to the Constitution, is a denial of natural justice principles and accordingly, whether such a decision is irrational and/or unreasonable.

Acting for the Appellant in relation to a matter being sent to the Privy Council in respect of unlawful detention of the Appellant, and whether the assessment of damages by the Court of Appeal was correct.

Property, Planning & Local Authorities

Since joining 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, Dilpreet has gained substantial experience in planning and local authority matters. She acts for both Claimants and Local Authorities, and regularly advises on disputes concerning a variety of issues pertaining to local government. She has drafted a number of Opinions relating to Section 288 applications, as well as undertaking legal research and analysis of the cases and legislation around Section 106 Agreements, planning appeals, the Localism Act 2011 and the Local Government Act 1972. Dilpreet has also provided advice in relation to the duties of Local Authorities including planning policy matters, education law, recharging of VAT in local authorities and contractual arrangements.

Whilst on secondment to two large local authorities (the Tri-Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster; and, the London Borough of Haringey), Dilpreet was able to assist both the Licensing Appeals and the Housing & Property Litigation teams in a variety of ways; including researching issues into the wording of the legislation concerning the Chief Executive’s role, repayment of water charges for local authority tenants and the role of Registered Providers amongst other matters. She regularly appears in County Courts and the High Court in relation to housing arrangements (for both secure and non-secure tenants) under the various Housing Acts. She is also regularly instructed in respect of enforcement notices and breach of condition notices.

Dilpreet has been heavily involved in a range of planning inquiries across the country, covering a range of issues including commercial versus residential properties, the National Planning Policy Framework and class uses in relation to empty buildings falling within a local planning authority’s remit. Most recently, Dilpreet was instructed as sole Counsel on a construction adjudication negotiating on behalf a local authority relating to contractual breaches and dilapidations following the Olympic legacy developments.

Dilpreet is currently being lead by Timothy Straker QC on a large Judicial Review in relation to building policy planning matters in London, and was the junior in the recent Tower Hamlets Election Law trial, the Kensington basements policy trial and the Garden Squares case involving planning restrictions and the Garden Squares Act 1931.

Election Law

Dilpreet has acted for a number of local authorities in respect of election petitions, providing advice on the merits of bringing an election petition and drafting the grounds and skeleton arguments for such petitions. She has also advised the Electoral Commission on the recall of MPs and the new election guidance for 2016 for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Dilpreet also assisted in re-drafting the law in relation to elections and the electoral timetable for Trinidad and Tobago, and provided further advice on various particulars in respect of the conduct of elections, polling systems and how the voting should be conducted.

She was instructed with leading Counsel on the mayoral election fraud case for Tower Hamlets, to act on behalf of the Returning Officer. Most recently, Dilpreet is instructed with lead Counsel to appear on an election petition matter being brought by the former ruling party of Trinidad and Tobago, arising out of the recent general election held in 2015.

Adult Social Care

Dilpreet regularly appears in the Court of Protection, and has experience in drafting of pleadings in relation to the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She regularly accepts instructions from local authorities and families, and has gained considerable experience in ‘best interests’ cases relating to healthcare, residence, deputyship, welfare, contact and deprivations of liberty.

Dilpreet has also assisted in a detailed analysis of the Care Act 2014 for the Tri-Borough (including the provision of property), and most recently was instructed to provide advice on the treatment of finance for local authorities in the new arrangements in the Act.

Most recently Dilpreet has been instructed to appear in various Mental Health Tribunals (particularly Sections 2 and 3), in relation to the removal of the applicants from being placed under section. She is also regularly instructed in inquests relating to Adult Social Care, and has built up valuable experience in relation to Coroner’s Court proceedings.

Pro Bono

Whilst in Nairobi, Dilpreet completed an internship at the United Nations Environment Progamme headquarters where she wrote up a report on the impact of international law on the climate agenda. Dilpreet was also a member of the Oxford University Pro Bono Publico, LIBERTY and Kent Student Law Clinics where she handled a number of cases, and subsequently provided regular advice on a variety of matters having conducted in-depth research into the issues. Dilpreet continues to be an active member of pro bono initiatives and is a member of the National Pro Bono Unit.

More recently, Dilpreet was seconded to a Cabinet in Paris having been awarded the Pegasus scholarship. She was required to work on a daily basis with French and English law, subsequently drafting articles on comparisons between the law of evidence in both countries, and also on the French ‘Blocking Statute’. She also attended the Paris Bar School and marshalled Judges when attending Court, and subsequently conducted a mock trial in the Palais de Justice.

Current Work

Dilpreet’s ongoing work in Chambers includes:

  •  Court of Appeal matter from the High Court (Chancery Division) relating to ownership of a Henry Moore sculpture.
  •  Instructed, with leading counsel, by the former ruling party of Trinidad and Tobago on an election petition arising out of the recent general election on the islands.
  •  Ongoing representation of a local authority in a Court of Protection matter relating to an individual’s financial and property deputyship and best interests care arrangements.
  •  Instructed, with leading counsel, by a local authority in respect of developments relating to its housing policy (matter listed to be heard in the High Court later in 2016).
  •  Providing ongoing advice in relation to Tax and Planning law relating to the sale of a large property business.
  •  Assisting leading counsel with the representation on a complex public law point relating to two children detained in adult prisons in Trinidad and Tobago in an appeal to the Privy Council.
  •  Instructed by a local authority to represent them in a national inquest looking into the death of Alois Dvorzak.

Significant and reported cases

    •  YB v. Islington LBC [2015] EWCOP 79.
    •  Lisle-Mainwaring v. Kensington and Chelsea RLBC [2015] EWHC 1814 (Admin); [2015] EWHC 2105 (Admin).
    •  Tower Hamlets LBC v. Bromley LBC [2015] EWHC 1954 (Ch).
    •  Erlam and others v. Rahman and The Returning Officer for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets [2015] EWHC 1215 (Q.B.).
    •  R. (on the application of Eliterank Ltd) v. Kensington and Chelsea RLBC [2015] EWHC 220 (Admin).
    •  Peak Hotels and Resorts Limited v Tarek Investments Limited, Peak Hotels and Resorts Group Limited, Sherway Group Limited [2014] EWHC 2315 (Ch)

Publications

  •  ‘Putting the Lights Out’ – How can developers override private rights of light under s.237 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990, New Law Journal (2015) [co-authored with Andrew Francis].
  •  Commentary for LexisNexis on the Finance Act in respect of tax and planning (2015) [co-authored with Timothy Straker QC].
  •  ‘Oaths and Perjury in a Protestant Monarchy’, Revue International de Droit Comparé (2014) [with Simon Horsington].

Academic Background

  • Law (L.L.B., Hons.), MSc (Oxon.), CTA
  • Visiting Seminar Leader – Pembroke College, University of Oxford – in the Law of Property and Trusts

Affiliations

Lincoln’s  Inn  (Barrister-at-Law),  Denning Society, Chartered  Institute  of  Taxation, UNA-UK, ALBA, ComBAR, Public Law Project, Education Law Association, Planning & Environmental Bar Association

Scholarships & Awards

  • Pegasus Trust – Paris Scholarship (2014).
  • Lincoln’s Inn – Euro Scholarship (2014).
  • Lincoln’s Inn – Levitt Scholarship (2013).
  • Member of the ‘Best Indirect Tax Consultancy Team’ – BLT Awards (2012).
  • St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford – Travel and research Grant Award (2011).
  • Mountbatten Scholarship (2009-2010). Awarded the Earl Mountbatten Award for ‘Global Vision’ (2010).
  • Nominated for the Attorney-General’s Pro Bono Award (2009).
  • Awarded the Dean’s scholarship at BPP Law School to undertake the LLM in International Law and Practice (2008).
  • Best Delegate’ at Harvard World M.U.N. 2007 in the Disarmament & International Security Commission of 300 people, and then again at Oxford International MUN 2007 (Security Council), and London International MUN 2008 (Special Political & Economic Commission). Awarded best speaker as ICJ advocate (July 2009).

Languages

French, German, Spanish (basic), Punjabi, Hindi, Gujarati (basic), Urdu.

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