Vivienne Sedgley | 4-5 Gray's inn square
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Vivienne Sedgley

Date of call: 2011

Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge

Certificate of Honour, Middle Temple (awarded for outstanding achievement on the Bar Professional Training Course)

Practice Summary

Vivienne’s practice covers public and commercial law. She is often instructed in cases where there is an overlap between the two areas and/or where a public authority is involved.

Areas of Experience (Select to add to the CV download)


• Judicial review
• Local authority powers
• Elections
• Licensing
• Procurement
• Professional regulation
• Court of Protection
• Coroner’s Inquests

Past work includes:

• The first reported case on combined authorities: R (on the application of Derbyshire CC) v Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority [2016] EWHC 3355 (Admin).

• Acting for a public authority in a dispute concerning record keeping and data protection (MD v An NHS Trust [2016] EWHC).

• Advising on parliamentary privilege and the drafting of legislation.

• Acting in professional regulatory proceedings brought in relation to the actions taken by nurses prior to a service-user’s death in a care home (Re O and B, 2017).

• Advising a local authority in a complex disclosure dispute relating to proceedings held in private (2013-2015).

• Representing a local authority employee in a dispute regarding an admission under the Mental Health Act 1983 for the treatment of an eating disorder (TL v AA, 2017).

• Advising on a local authority’s obligations under the Education Act 1996 and Children and Families Act 2014.

• Spending a year working for the House of Commons’ Office of Speaker’s Counsel and assisting the European Scrutiny Committee (2011-12).


• Contract
• Agency
• Civil fraud
• Insurance
• Landlord and tenant

Past work includes:

• Acting for an appellant in an application to the Court of Appeal in a long-running dispute regarding breach of contract and agency.

• Acting in an application for a freezing order in a long-running commercial and property dispute.

• Advised on privilege in a £multi-million claim for breach of contract against a local authority.

• Led junior in a $multi-million international arbitration regarding a contractual dispute.

• Advising on the drafting of a £multi-million contract for electrical services.

• Acting for a group of companies in a claim regarding restitution, breach of contract and professional negligence.

• Acting for an insurer in a claim to set aside settlement agreements after fraudulent misrepresentation was suspected on behalf of a large number of
linked policyholders.

• Acting for a landlord in a dispute regarding the agency of an estate agent.

• Acting for an insurer in a dispute regarding the agency of a ‘ghost broker’.

• Acting for the director of a company with a £multi-million turnover in a successful application to dismiss a bankruptcy petition.

• Advising a government department on liability under a high value lease.

• Advising on insurance liability following property damage caused by a fire on adjoining land.

Professional posts

  • Appointed to the National Procurement Service for Wales’ panel of approved counsel (2017)
  • Appointed as clerk to the Bar Tribunals and Arbitration Service (2017)



  • The Honourable Society of Middle Temple, Certificate of Honour (awarded for outstanding achievement on the Bar Professional Training Course)
  • The University of Cambridge, MA (Hons) Philosophy
  • The College of Law, LL.B.

Professional memberships

  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Property Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Public Access Bar Association

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