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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 has a broad commercial and public law practice. She is happy to provide written advice and representation at any stage of proceedings.

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


- Contractual interpretation
- Shareholder disputes
- Restitution
- Civil fraud
- Insurance
- Urgent and ex-parte applications

Examples of her work include:
- Acting for an appellant in an application to the Court of Appeal in a long-running dispute regarding breach of contract and agency.
- 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.


- Asset recovery
- Corporate and personal insolvency
- Landlord and tenant
- Real property disputes
- Urgent and ex-parte applications

Examples of her work include:
- Acting for the director of a company with a £12m turnover in a successful application to dismiss a bankruptcy petition.
- Advising a government department on liability under a high value lease.
- Advising on liability following damage to property caused by a fire on adjoining land.
- Representing an applicant for a freezing order in a property dispute.

Regulatory and Licensing

- Professional discipline
- Licensing Act 2003
- Education law
- HMO licenses

Examples of her work include:
- Obtaining a Rent Repayment Order for fifteen tenants, following the landlord’s conviction for operating an unlicensed HMO.
- Representing the Nursing and Midwifery Council in a five-day hearing involving thirty allegations of misconduct following a CQC inspection at a nursing home.
- Acting as clerk to an Independent Review Panel following an exclusion from an education establishment.


- Judicial Review
- Data Protection and Freedom of Information
- Parliamentary privilege
- Court of Protection
- Coroner’s Inquests
- Elections
- Planning

Examples of her work include:
- R (on the application of Derbyshire CC) v Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority [2016] EWHC 3355 (Admin).
- Inquest into the death of Pte Cheryl James (Deepcut Barracks).
- Advising a local authority on disclosure in a complex matter involving proceedings held on private and an ongoing criminal investigation.
- Advising the House of Commons on a variety of commercial and public law issues


-            Contributor to ‘Supperstone, Goudie and Walker: Judicial Review’ (LexisNexis)

-            Assistant editor, ‘Parker’s Law and Conduct of Elections’ (LexisNexis)

-            ‘Inquests and how they relate to Local Authorities’ (with Sappho Dias, 2017)

-            ‘Court of Protection: General Principles’ (with Sappho Dias and Salma Duncan, 2017)

-            ‘Pilot Schemes in the Court of Protection’ (Local Government Lawyer, 2016)

-            Contributor to European Scrutiny Committee report on the Unified Patent Court (2012)

Professional memberships

-          Commercial Bar Association

-          Administrative Law Bar Association

-          Property Bar Association

-          South Eastern Circuit

-          Public Access Bar Association



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