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Please find all details of up and coming events, seminars, news, publications and articles from the members of 4-5 Gray's Inn Square.


Corporate INTL – Who’s Who Adviser Handbook 2017

Karishma Vora has been mentioned in the Corporate INTL Who’s Who Adviser Handbook 2017 as an excellent individual adviser under Commercial Disputes – International Arbitration. Please click on the link below to view the Handbook. Corporate INTL Who’s Who Adviser Handbook 2017


The Association of Women Solicitors (London) 25th Anniversary

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square were very pleased to host the 25th anniversary party of the Association of Women Solicitors, this was attended by a number of distinguished guests including, the Vice President of the law society and Sir Henry and Lady Brooke. Dame Linda Dobbs an International tenant at 4-5 awarded two essay prizes to […]


Two tycoons lose bids to knock through and build palatial west London homes

Timothy Straker QC successfully overturns planning permission for creation of palatial homes in west London on behalf of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Please click on the link below for the article on London Evening Standard.


IP Summer School at Cambridge

Jane Lambert is speaking on ‘Bilateral Investment Treaties & Exporters’ Rights Post-Brexit’ at the IP Summer School. Please click here to view agenda and to book a place.


Three members of Chambers are published in ‘Supperstone, Goudie and Walker: Judicial Review’

‘Supperstone, Goudie and Walker: Judicial Review’ (6th Ed) has now been published by LexisNexis. The new, fully updated edition includes procedural changes and the impact of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 on remedies. Rupert Beloff, Vivienne Sedgley and Dilpreet K. Dhanoa have all contributed to this edition.             […]


The Association of Women Solicitors (London) 25th Anniversary Essay Competition

Please click on the link above for further details. AWS Law Essay Competition  


Caroline Kenny QC appointed President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Australia.

We are proud to announce that our International Tenant, Caroline Kenny QC  has been appointed President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Australia. Please find the media release below Media Release Caroline Kenny QC  


Costs budgeting: SARPD Oil International Ltd v. Addax Energy SA [2016] EWCA Civ 120 is overruled by the CPR

Changes made on 1 April 2017 suppress the effect of SARPD Oil International Ltd v. Addax Energy SA [2016] EWCA Civ 120, writes Vivienne Sedgley. Please click below for the article Costs Budgeting Article


Court of Appeal decision on jurisdictional challenges: Apex Global Management Ltd v Global Torch Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 315

Vivienne Sedgley summarises the Court of Appeal’s guidance on challenging jurisdiction. In brief, they should be raised at the outset of proceedings and late challenges should be treated as applications for relief from sanction. Please click below for the summary Jurisdiction Article  


Freezing Orders: A 2017 Update

Max Shephard provides a short guide to freezing orders and commentary on: (1) Injunctions and supported applications under the Insolvency Act 1986; (2) The dissipation of assets in notification injunctions following the case of Candy v. Holyoake [2017]; and (3) Whether injunctions can be used to cut across the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 following […]


Privilege and Internal Investigations in the wake of SFO v. Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited [2017] EWHC 1017 (QB)

Corporates facing internal white collar investigations left with much to consider following a landmark High Court privilege decision, writes Raoul Colvile. Please click the below  Privilege and Internal Investigations


The Insolvency Rules: A 2017 update

The Insolvency Rules were updated on 1 April 2017. Salma Duncan outlines the key Changes. Please click below for the update. Insolvency Rules Article


The Lawyer Awards 2017 – Satinder Hunjan QC shortlisted for Barrister of the Year

We are delighted to announce that our joint Head of Chambers, Satinder Hunjan QC, has been shortlisted in The Lawyer awards for Barrister of the Year 2017. The awards ceremony takes place on 27th June 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London  


New appointments to the panel of approved counsel for Welsh public sector organisations

Chambers is delighted to announce that the following members have been appointed to the panel of approved counsel for Welsh public sector organisations:       Simon Randle         Rupert Beloff         Vivienne Sedgley


General Election 8th June 2017 – Three Important Tips

Our Election Team headed by Timothy Straker QC and Richard Price QC have three important tips for the General Election. Please click below General Election


4-5 Gray’s Inn Square – The General Election 2017

Retaining the 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square Election Team - Election Law Poster


4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is pleased to welcome John Barrett and Michael Stephens as members of Chambers

Both are highly regarded and established practitioners whose expertise in their given areas further enhances Chambers’ strength and reputation. John Barrett is a Planning and Public Law specialist who has represented many of the UK’s leading national developers and house builders. His practice complements Chambers’ historic presence in the fields of Public Law, Environmental Law […]


Supreme Court delivers verdict on landmark ‘Brexit’ case

          The Supreme Court delivered judgement in the case of R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union  [2017] UKSC 5 on 24th January 2017.  It ruled by a majority of 8:3 that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 without an Act of Parliament. Full details of the […]


Richard Price OBE QC – Election Law specialist

          We are proud to announce that Richard Price OBE QC, a renowned Election Law specialist, has become a full member of Chambers.  He has extensive experience of appearing in Election Court cases, and advising clients as to all aspects of Election Law.  He is the editor of Parker’s Law and […]



        Satinder Hunjan QC instructed by Karen Reynolds, Partner, of Freeths LLP achieved a reversal of liability in the case of Sebastian Webster (a Child and Protected Party by his Mother and Litigation Friend, Heather Butler) v. Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 62 ; this was a cerebral palsy […]


Richard Price OBE QC and Colin Manning have accepted offers to join 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

          We are delighted to announce that, Richard Price OBE QC and Colin Manning have accepted offers to join 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square from Littleton Chambers, both bring with them a wealth of knowledge, they are considered two of the most experienced and widely regarded commercial mediators at the Bar they will jointly […]


Rupert Beloff writes about Gender Verification in Sport

        Rupert Beloff’s article entitled ‘Gender Verification, Hyperandrogenism and Athletics – A Moral Maze’ explores the history of gender verification in sport and recent developments. It is published in Sports Resolutions’ Sports Arbitration Handbook 2017-18. Click here for link


Satinder Hunjan QC contributes to LawInSport feature on Key sports law cases of 2016

          A year like no other! Click here for link: Key sports law cases of 2016 – UK & Ireland   Satinder undertakes some of the most complex and valuable sports injury, clinical negligence and personal injury cases that are litigated. Most of the cases which he is involved with have […]


White Paper Conferences

Timothy Straker QC & Timothy Leader of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square recently spoke on separate topics at The White Paper Conferences.           Timothy Straker spoke on the topic of “How to operate skillfully and advantageously within the planning system”.           Timothy Leader spoke on the topic of […]


Raoul Colvile Joins 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

          We are delighted to welcome Raoul Colvile as the newest member of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. Raoul joins us from the renowned glogal Law firm ,Jones Day. Raoul’s practice focuses on complex commercial civil litigation, white collar crime, and internal investigations. His civil litigation work has commonly included contractual disputes, […]


Doyen Sports & RFC Seraing v FIFA, UEFA & Urbsfa – Tribunal De Commerce Brussels

Dr Ami Barav, who has been regularly advising and acting for FIFA in matters involving EU law, has obtained a favorable judgment from the Brussels Commercial Court on 17 November 2016. The case which was brought by the Malta registered investment fund Doyen Sports and the 2nd division Belgian football club RFC Seraing, Involved a […]


The 5 Year Housing Land Supply

Timothy Leader  to speak at the The White Paper Conference “How to Operate Skilfully and Advantageously within the Planning System” Timothy’s talk will cover The 5 Year Housing Land Supply. Thursday, 24th November 2016 The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin St, London SW1X 7DR    


Max Shephard delivers first ever decision as Chairman for the IMMAF Anti-Doping Committee.

          Max Shephard delivers the first ever decision as Chairman in a case for the IMMAF Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee. IMMAF established a committee for anti-doping with the task of making the sport of MMA doping free. Battling the use of prohibited substances is crucial not only to ensure fair play but […]


Timothy Straker QC to speak at Planning System Conference

Timothy Straker QC set to speak at Planning System Conference “How to operate skillfully and advantageously within the planning system”. When: Thursday 13 October 2016 Where: The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin St, London SW1X 7DR


Thought leadership and expertise in dispute resolution

Touching on thought leadership and expertise in dispute resolution John Campbell SC .         Click here for full article


Drones: flightpath to the future?

Joseph Dalby SC and Ruhi Sethi-Smith examine the many legal issues that may flow from increased drone use. Drones are rapidly being seen as a feature of the near future, because of the dramatic rise in their private use in the UK. Suddenly, anyone can ‘get into’ aviation, resulting in reported near misses with bigger […]


Pilot schemes in the Court of Protection

          Vivienne Sedgley and Lee Parkhill summarise the key points for two pilot schemes commencing in the Court of Protection next month. Local Government Lawyer – Full Article


Intellectual Property after Brexit

Chambers are delighted to invite you to attend a seminar taking place on 7th December 2016 on the topic of  Intellectual Property after Brexit, presented by Jane Lambert Barrister at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square and Author of ‘Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights – A Concise Guide for Businesses, Innovative and Creative Individuals.  The seminar will cover the […]


Vivienne Sedgley joins 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

We are delighted to welcome Vivienne Sedgley formerly of 4 KBW as a new member of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. Vivienne’s practice covers all areas of commercial litigation, chancery, housing & property, public, aviation & travel, personal injury & clinical negligence.


Athelstane Aamodt examines recent interesting developments for the world of media law

A media frenzy It’s been a very interesting six months or so in the world of media law. Perhaps the two most prominent developments have been in the sphere of privacy, first in the publication of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation, and second in the much publicised Supreme Court case of PJS v […]


Aylesbury Vale District Council -v- B & M Retail

        The resident Judge at Aylesbury Crown Court imposed a substantial fine of £190,000 for breach of health & safety regulations against B & M retail in a prosecution where Sappho Dias acted for Aylesbury Vale District Council the Judge also awarded costs of £9500 against the retail company.    


4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has been shortlisted for the 2016 Halsbury Legal Awards

        4-5 Gray’s Inn Square  has been shortlisted for Chambers of the Year – Exceptional Achievement category in the 2016 Halsbury Legal Awards.


Anthony Connerty has been appointed as sole arbitrator in an international oil arbitration.

        Dispute between Spanish and Nigerian parties. Anti-suit proceedings have been issued in the Nigerian courts and are expected to be issued in the English courts.  


4-5 Gray’s Inn Square – Judicial Review Conference success

This year’s Judicial Review Conference was a great success with over 100 delegates in attendance. The sell-out event at the Law Society, Chancery Lane, attracted lawyers from Local Authorities & Law firms from across the UK who enjoyed a schedule of informative and entertaining talks as well as a key professional networking opportunity. Please contact […]


Rupert Beloff joins 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

We are delighted to welcome Rupert Beloff formerly of No 5 Chambers as a new member of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. Rupert’s practice covers all areas of commercial litigation including sale of goods and supply of services, general contractual disputes, financial litigation, restitutionary claims, insurance fraud and consumer credit, media and sports Law.  


Satinder Hunjan QC Joins 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

We are delighted to welcome Satinder Hunjan QC formerly of No 5 Chambers as a new member of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. Satinder’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, insurance, private and manufacturing liability (including industrial plant and materials, consumer products and pharmaceuticals), construction and professional negligence (legal, sports, media, accountants and finance, architects and related […]



        Libya cruise ship set aside request sinks in UK court The English High Court has declined to set aside an ICC award in favour of France’s leading builder of cruise ships, which resold a vessel ordered by the regime of Libya’s former leader Muanmar Gadaffi following the outbreak of the Arab […]


Kent Police granted more time to investigate South Thanet election expenses

            Timothy Straker QC & Sappho Dias who represented Kent Police argued that the allegations warranted an extension to the time limit to investigate them further. Kent Police has been granted more time to probe allegations about Conservative election expenses in South Thanet at the general election. A judge has […]


An Innovative Challenge to Business Rates

          Ruhi Sethi has defeated a challenge by the landlord to an application for a number of liability orders. The premises in question are being converted from commercial office space to student accommodation. Firstly, the landlord argued that if the contractors were to allow occupation they would be guilty of an […]


Environmental Barrister of the Year 2016: Timothy Straker QC

          Finance Monthly Law Awards


Rising Star of the Year 2016 winner: Karishma Vora

        Women In Law 2016


Anthony Connerty has been instructed as Counsel by a Paris law firm on a challenge to an ICC Award in the English Courts under the Arbitration Act 1996

            Anthony Connerty has been instructed as Counsel by a Paris law firm on a challenge to an ICC Award in the English Courts under the Arbitration Act 1996. Dispute involving a € 500 million shipbuilding contract. Libyan and French parties:General National Maritime Transport Company v. STX France SA [2016] EWHC […]


Art Law Conference Geneva June 2016.

                  Anthony Connerty has been invited to speak at the Art Law Conference in Geneva in June 2016. Speakers from 13 countries will be participating. Further information will follow.


Does Panama furore distract from main issue?

          Legal World News 15th April 2016 New Law Journal “Hyperbole” surrounding the Panama Papers disclosure may be obscuring the main issue of multinational corporations’ tax arrangements,  financial regulation QC Phillip Hackett says… Click link below for full article.  


Dr Ami Barav, instructed by FIFA

Dr Ami Barav, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, has obtained a favourable judgment from the Paris Court of Appeal which recognises FIFA’s right to adopt regulation relating to the activity of player’s agent. The Paris Court of Appeal has delivered a judgment on 13 April 2016 dismissing the appeal lodged by Mr Laurent Piau against the […]


Jane Lambert Speaks with Kluwer Patent Blog

        European Union, Unitary Patent, United Kingdom, UPC ‘A Brexit will not necessarily delay the start of the Unitary Patent system’ Hopefully the United Kingdon won’t jeopardize the Unitary Patent project with a vote to withdraw the European Union, says Jane Lambert, barrister from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square in London. ‘However, it could still continue […]


Dr Ami Barav has been instructed by FIFA

Dr Ami Barav of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has been instructed by FIFA to act for it in judicial proceedings for interim relief brought in the Brussels courts by, inter alia, the Malta based investments fund Doyen Sports, relating to the prohibition on third party ownership of players’ economic rights (TPO) introduced into FIFA’s Regulations […]


Association of Woman Solicitors

          The Association of Woman Solicitors are to host an event to celebrate international woman’s day in association with 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. Thursday 17TH March 2016 from 7pm  To book ccontact the AWS Administrator Linda Davies on 07760 272809 or by email on   


Public Sector Compensation Training Workshop

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square are delighted to invite you to attend our Legal Update training workshop in collaboration with the Sellick Partnership.


Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman: 1951 – 2016

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square pays it respects to the remarkable Irish Supreme Court Judge, Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman. Judge Hardiman was born in Dublin in 1951 and educated at Belvedere College, University College Dublin and the King’s Inns. He was called to the Bar in 1974 and practised as a barrister for the next 26 […]


The Lawyer – Real estate: who’s hot property?

By James Willer 15 February 2016     The QC perspective Which planning lawyers are easiest to work with, which have the most experience, and who has a reputation for “working with the world’s greatest architects”? These barristers tell all The vast amount of development work taking place across the UK means that planning lawyers […]


Law Commission publish interim report on electoral Law

The interim report outlines our recommendations for reform in the light of the response to our consultation paper dated 9 December 2014. There was extensive support for technical improvement of electoral legislation, and we are grateful to those who took the time to respond and give us their views. The project will now enter a […]


Ryanair -V- Google

        Martin Hayden SC, assisted by Marc Samuels, has been instructed as counsel by Ryanair in high-profile proceedings against Google in relation to misuse of intellectual property rights and in particular, the operation of Adwords. The litigation will examine how Google’s advertising system operates, particularly in the context of the earlier decisions of the […]


SFO case against Lord libor thrown out.

          Philip Hackett QC represented Colin Goodman, who has just been acquitted of all charges of Libor manipulation. The serious fraud office alleged that his nickname Lord Libor reflected his reputation and ability to manipulate the benchmark rate, The defendant submitted that the SFO case was a shambles and the prosecution […]


Local government law specialist Paulin moves to 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

          Michael Paulin, a barrister specialising in local government law, has moved to 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. Paulin said: “I am excited to embark on the next stage of my career at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, a progressive and dynamic set that has enjoyed exceptional growth in the past three years”…


Solace Election Conference 2016

          Timothy Straker QC will deliver a talk on updates and Key issues in Election Law at the Solace Annual Elections Conference. Click here for full details


Austerity and Public Law: Richard Clayton QC: Accountability, Judicial Scrutiny and Contracting Out

Richard Clayton QC points out that the financial pressures on local government are prompting it to contract out its service provision.  He discusses legal implications of this development in a blog published by the UK Constitutional Law Association. Please follow the link below for the article:    


Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court Seminar

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is delighted to invite you to attend a seminar on the topic of The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court with Jane Lambert.   What will the seminar cover? 1. What is the Unitary Patent? • “A unitary patent is a European patent granted for the UK and 24 other member […]


€500 million shipbuilding contract

          Anthony Connerty has been instructed as Counsel by a Paris law firm on a challenge to an ICC Award in the English Courts under the Arbitration Act 1996. Dispute involving a € 500 million shipbuilding contract. Libyan and French parties. General National Maritime Transport Company v. STX France SA [2016] EWHC […]



        Chambers were pleased to host a meeting with the DroneSnap, winners of the South Africa Dreamtrepreneur Challenge competition, sponsored by British Council and Virgin Atlantic. DroneSnap are a drone photography company. Joseph Dalby SC discussed UK drone regulation with Mario Demetriou and Jason Kyle van den Berg from Drone Snap. Joseph […]


The new CPO Circular

          The Department for Communities and Local Government has issued a new circular on compulsory purchase and the Crichel Down Rules. David Altaras and Marc Samuels review this key document for planning practitioners. Read Full Review in Local Government Lawyer    


Welcome Michael Paulin

        4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is delighted to welcome Michael Paulin as a new member of Chambers. Michael specialises in the areas of tax litigation and tax dispute resolution including litigation settlement strategy, employment law, public, regulatory and local authority law. Please click here for Michael’s full Profile


London City Airport Planning appeal

          Simon Randle and Marc Samuels  of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square have been instructed by the London Borough of Newham in a high profile planning appeal relating to the expansion of London City Airport. Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called-in the proposals for the expansion, which will be subject to […]


Cycle Superhighway

          Timothy Straker QC and Phillip Patterson have been instructed by Transport for London (TfL) in relation to the judicial review of the much-publicised East-West Cycle Superhighway brought by the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA). The Cycle Superhighway scheme is seen as an important step in improving conditions for cyclists using […]


Mayors may vanish from poll count in fraud fight

        Full article in the The Times  


4-5 Gray’s Inn Square becomes first chambers to adopt ‘CV-blind’ recruitment

      The Lawyer – “4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has become the first chambers to adopt a CV-blind application system for all barristers and staff. The move, which launches today (9 November) means the public and commercial set will view all applications from new members on experience alone, and not be made aware of […]


Welcome James Barnard

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is delighted to welcome James Barnard as a new member of Chambers. James joins us from leading commercial and insolvency set 11 Stone Buildings. James was formerly a banker with a leading Japanese investment bank having overall responsibility for Italy. He practises in commercial and chancery litigation, including banking and guarantees, contractual […]


David Altaras Success in the Supreme Court

          Cavendish Square Holding BV (Appellant) v Talal El Makdessi (Respondent); ParkingEye Limited (Respondent) v Beavis (Appellant) [2015] UKSC 67 On appeal from [2012] EWCA Civ 3852 Comm, [2013] EWCA Civ 1539 and [2015] EWCA Civ 402 JUSTICES: Lord Neuberger (President)   PARKINGEYE LTD v BEAVIS A Synopsis On 15th April […]


The Law of Compulsory Purchase: David Altaras & Marc Samuels

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square are delighted to invite you to attend our Legal Update training workshop in collaboration with the Sellick Partnership. Date: Wednesday 25th November 2015 Registration: 4.00pm Seminar: 4.15pm – 6.15pm   Click here for full details


The laws of comedy by Athelstane Aamodt

        Copyright is no laughing matter for an aggrieved comic. Recently, Twitter has started to bow to complaints from users that others on the social network have been lifting jokes and passing them off as their own. Claims of joke theft are nothing new of course. Robin Williams, Keith Chegwin, Carlos Mencia […]


Thomas Dillon named chair of Film Complaints Panel

        Thomas Dillon has been appointed as the new chair of the Film Complaints Panel, the industry body established to adjudicate on competition disputes within the UK cinema sector. Dillon’s appointment was announced today by the Film Distributors’ Association and the UK Cinema Association, the trade bodies representing the interests of UK […]


Richard Clayton QC contributes to ‘The UK and European Human Rights a Strained Relationship’

Hart Publishing have just published an important book on this topical and contentious issue edited by Katja Ziegler, Elizabeth Wicks and Loveday Hodson. Richard has written a chapter on whether the English courts under the Human Rights Act should mirror the Strasbourg case law. The book is based on a symposium held last year at Leicester […]


Ruhi Sethi summarises the new financial list and financial markets test case scheme.

New Specialist List for Complex and High Value Financial Cases and Financial Market Test Case Pilot Scheme. On 1 October 2015, new amendments to the CPR relating to the resolution of complex and high value financial disputes came into force. The amendments have created a new specialist list known as the financial list. The scope […]


John Campbell speaks at New Media World 2015

          The Law of Defamation in flux: Fault and contemporary commonwealth accommodation of the right to reputation with the right of free expression.      


False statements and election law

          Aathelstane Aamodt looks at the issues where false statements are made about an election candidate. Defamation claims have have tended to be the preferred cause of action for people who have had false and damaging statements made about them. However, if a person is a candidate in an election, the […]


Chambers are pleased to announce that Joseph Dalby has been appointed Senior Counsel of the Bar of Ireland.

          Chambers are pleased to announce that Joseph Dalby has been appointed Senior Counsel of the Bar of Ireland. In the Irish jurisdiction, leading counsel are appointed by the Government of Ireland on the recommendation of an Advisory Panel comprising the Chief Justice of Ireland, the President of the High Court […]


High profile test case before the Vice President of the Court of Protection. In Re NRA & others [2015]EWCOP 59

          Lee Parkhill represents five local authorities in high profile test case before the Vice President of the Court of Protection. In Re NRA & others [2015]EWCOP 59 Mr Justice Charles considered the process for the Court of Protection authorising a deprivation of liberty.  Click here for note summarising the judgment […]


4-5 Gray’s Inn Square hits 800 per cent growth

The Lawyer 25th September 2015 Public and commercial set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has grown by 800 per cent in three years since a mass exodus by members to 39 Essex threatened to close its doors. 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square dropped down to just six barristers in March 2013 following the departure of 24 barristers […]


Richard Clayton QC intervenes before Strasbourg Grand Chamber in important access to information case.

      The Strasbourg court has now allowed Richard to intervene before it in a ground breaking case, which arose out of Richard’s appearance before the Supreme Court in Kennedy v Charity Commission. In 2015 in Kennedy the Supreme Court decided that Article 10 of the European Convention did not confer a right of […]


Richard Clayton QC in important human rights case

          In Minshall v HMRC the Court of Appeal for the first time considered the impact on domestic proceedings based on a victory before the European Court of Human Rights. In 2000 the claimant became subject to a Confiscation Order. He applied to the European Court of Human Rights, which eventually […]


Richard Clayton QC and Lee Parkhill successfully defend museum closure

          R(Hardy) v Leicestershire County Council concerned a high profile judicial review challenge to the County Council’s proposal to close an important museum, the Snibston Discovery Museum. Although the courts have dealt with many cuts cases in relation to library closures, Blake J took the opportunity to lay down new principles […]


Good Faith in Commercial Contracts: A New Duty? – By Ruhi Sethi

As English law currently stands, there is no general duty of good faith in commercial contracts. There are exceptional contracts where the law will imply a duty of good faith i.e. employment, insurance and contracts governing fiduciary relationships where a group majority can bind a minority. Over the last few years the UK courts have […]


Our Chambers regret to announce the death of their distinguished member and colleague, Arthur Leslie Marriott QC, who was widely regarded as one of the leading figures in international arbitration and dispute resolution.

Arthur was initially admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1966 and also of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong. He was one of the first two solicitors ever to be honored as Queen’s Counsel. More recently he was Called to the Bar by the Honorable Society of Gray’s […]


Changing the nature of flight – Ruhi Sethi talks to Reuters News.

          Please click below for full report. Reuters Report


Athelstane Aamodt considers attempts by local authorities to protect their reputation and analyses a recent European Court of Human Rights ruling.

Local authorities cannot sue in defamation. This was not always the case however. There are in fact two reported incidences of local authorities prior to 1993 (when the law changed) suing in this fashion… click here to read full article.


Athelstane Aamodt speaks to Lawyer Monthly on Media and Entertainment, Employment, and Sports law.

Lawyer Monthly’s Specialist Advocate feature looks in depth into the work of experienced and highly skilled lawyers and barristers to explore the world within which they practice. We focus on the challenges they face, how they overcome them, the types of case they work on and what led them to the legal world in the […]


Sculpting trouble–local authorities and art ownership

  Local Government analysis: Timothy Straker QC and Dilpreet K Dhanoa, explain the legal issues considered in the case of London Borough of Tower Hamlets v London Borough of Bromley, regarding ownership of art by local authorities. Original news Tower Hamlets London Borough Council v Bromley London Borough [2015] EWHC (Ch), [2015] All ER (D) 160 […]


BBC Radio 4 speak to Labour Deputy Leadership candidate Caroline Flint and Timothy Straker QC, a specialist in electoral law.

The candidates in Labour’s leadership election will meet Harriet Harman today to discuss concerns about the integrity of the contest. BBC Radio 4 speak to Labour Deputy Leadership candidate Caroline Flint and Timothy Straker QC,  electoral law specialist.           click here for full interview at 01:49:31


Athelstane Aamodt examines the legal implications of Chelsea FC’s treatment of its club doctor

              click here for full article in the New Law Journal    


2015 Halsbury Legal Awards – Chambers of the Year Finalist

    Chambers of the Year    


FIFA on third party ownership

Ami Barav instructed by FIFA The Brussels first Instance court has rejected Doyen Sports & Others application for interim relief, directed against FIFA, UEFA and the Belgian Football Association regarding the recent prohibition by FIFA on third party ownership of the so called players’ economic rights (TPO). The Court held it had no jurisdiction under […]


Arthur Marriott honoured at GAR dinner

Arthur Marriott was presented the award by GAR publisher David Samuels after an introduction by his friend, Hong Kong-based arbitrator Neil Kaplan QC – receiving a standing ovation from guests. Active in law for nearly half a century, Marriott was one of the first solicitors to be made Queen’s Counsel (in 1997) and served as […]


No job sharing in the Commons – by Phillip Patterson

The Administrative Court has recently ruled against two members of the Green Party who made an innovative attempt to stand together in the Basingstoke constituency at the 2015 General Election on the basis of a job-share. Sarah Cope and Clare Phipps both felt that their personal circumstances prevented them from adequately fulfilling the role of […]


Mega-basement Decision

  Judgment in the matter of (1) Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring and (2) Force Foundations (Basement Force) Ltd V The Mayor and Burgesses of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Full Judgment                    


4-5 Gray’s Inn Square – Judicial Review Conference success

This year’s Judicial Review Conference was a great success with over 90 delegates in attendance, In keeping with tradition this event was held at the magnificent common room in the Law Society. Please contact if you would like to receive electronic versions of the talks.      


4-5 Gray’s Inn Square Annual Judicial Review Conference (Limited availability)

Thursday 16th July 2015 Top Ten Public Law Cases of the Last 12 Months Democracy and Judicial Review The Limits of Discretionary Remedies Judicial Review in Environmental Law: The Latest Developments Judicial Review “Practice and Procedure Judicial Review: What Comes Next? Click here for full details  


4-5 Gray’s Inn Square: Annual Judicial Review Conference

We are pleased to announce the return of our one-day annual Judicial Review Conference. Date: Thursday 16th July 2015 Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL Time: 10am to 4pm. Top Ten Public Law Cases of the Last 12 Months Democracy and Judicial Review The Limits of Discretionary Remedies Judicial Review in […]


Athlone House inquiry: Campaigners in plea to save Highgate mansion from ‘super-rich plutocrats’

The mysterious owners of Athlone House, on the edge of Hampstead Heath, are appealing the council’s refusal to grant planning permission to knock down the former hospital building and replace it with an ostentatious eight-bedroom classical-style mansion. In a rousing speech on the last day of a three-week planning inquiry on Friday, the campaigners’ barrister David […]


Martin Hayden SC speaks to Lawyer Monthly

              Lawyer Monthly “In Profile” Full Article


Richard Clayton QC appointed to Editorial Board of “Public Law”

Chambers is pleased to announce that Richard has been invited to join the Editorial Board of Public Law, which is the best known and most authoritative academic journal in the public law field.


Legal specialists urge curbs on postal voting

Timothy Straker QC talks to The Times regarding postal voting. The Times full article


Stephen Brown speaks to Lawyer Monthly about Commercial Disputes

              Click below for full interview. Commercial Disputes – Specialist Advocate


Timothy Straker QC Success for Tower Hamlets returning officer

              An east London election has been declared void and will have to be re-run after the mayor was found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices. An Election Commissioner concluded Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman had breached election rules and would have to vacate his post immediately.


Richard Clayton QC gives annual case law update at Solicitors’ in Local Government weekend school in April

For the 12th year in a row Richard gave his popular update lecture on the case law of the last year on community care and mental health, education, environmental and planning housing, judicial review, local government and public procurement cases to the local government solicitors’ weekend conference. His paper is attached.


Timothy Straker QC – Finance Monthly Law Awards – WINNER

Environmental Barrister of the Year 2015 : Timothy Straker QC               Finance Monthly Law Awards 2015


Decision of the Supreme Court in Quinn & Ors. v. IBRC & Ors

Martin Hayden SC acted on behalf of the Plaintiffs and Respondents in relation to a decision of the Irish High Court, the subject of appeal, in which the High Court as a preliminary issue had held that the Quinns could rely upon illegality arising out of regulatory breach as a basis for seeking to set […]


Anthony Scrivener QC: 1935 – 2015

4-5 Gray’s Inn Sq pays its respects to this remarkable man and brilliant advocate. He, for many years, held a pre-eminent position at the bar. It was with great sadness that news of his death was received. All members and staff, whether or not they worked with Tony, express their condolences to his family.



Chambers is delighted to announce that Richard has been appointed a Visiting Professor of UCL for 5 years from 1 September 2015. Richard has a strong interest in academic work, writes and lectures regularly on public law and human rights subjects and has been giving seminars at UCL for the past 2 years.


Supreme Court in Ryanair v Billigfluege

  Martin Hayden SC was recently successful in the Irish Supreme Court in upholding the decision of the High Court in Ryanair Limited v. Point Reiseburo GmbH & Anor [2015] IESC 15. Acting for Ryanair in what was one of the first cases in Europe dealing with internet contracts and exclusive jurisdiction clauses relating to […]


David Hughes obtains apology for Gibraltar lawyer

David Hughes advised Rafael Benzaquen, a lawyer on the Rock and activist with the Rock’s main opposition party, in dispute with Jackie Canessa, a supporter of the Rock’s governing party over comments made on social media. On Friday, a consent order was made by the Supreme Court of Gibraltar, in which Ms Canessa agreed to […]


Timothy Straker QC success for Gravesham Borough Council

Before : MR JUSTICE OUSELEY Between : THE QUEEN (on the application of SUZANNE COUVES) Claimant - and - GRAVESHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL Defendant -and- EDINBURGH HOUSE ESTATES LIMITED Interested Party Click for Full judgment  


Richard Clayton QC wins important cuts case

On 16 February 2015 in R(T) v Trafford MBC Stewart J rejected a judicial review challenge where it was argued that the recent Supreme Court decision in Moseley meant that consultations must spell out that cuts could be addressed- by raising Council tax or spending reserves. In October 2014 the Supreme Court ruled in Moseley […]


Timothy Straker QC to deliver detailed analysis of the legislative provisions relating to Electoral Law.

at the LGG Training Elections Conference. With the May 7th elections likely to be the most complex and stressful for most administering the process ever undertaken, this is a must attend event for Returning Officers, Deputy Returning Officers, Democratic Services Officers and all those involved in the conduct and management of elections. Date:11 March 2015 […]



Philip Hackett Q.C and David Hassall of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square had previously acted for the senior partner of a firm of solicitors in resisting the prosecution’s allegations in this matter and then in resisting the prosecutions application for a voluntary bill of indictment after the dismissal of the charges. Fulford LJ, who had dismissed the […]


First ever decision on London Squares Act

Timothy Straker QC and Dilpreet K. Dhanoa appeared for the successful local authority, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in the First ever decision on London Squares Act 1931. Please find the Judgement attached below. Eliterank Ltd v RB Kensington


Last call for mis-selling complaints

The FCA has provided an update on the progress of its interest rate hedging product (‘IRHP’) review scheme (the ‘Review’), including a deadline for submission of complaints. The FCA has confirmed that 31 March 2015 will be the closing date for entrants into the Review. It has directed the nine participating banks to remind eligible […]


The end for ‘lawful means’ conspiracy?

The limits of conspiracy to defraud defined as SFO case dismissed in mining rights case.             Philip Hackett QC and David Hassall acted for the senior partner of a firm of solicitors in successfully applying to Hickinbottom J. for the dismissal of the Serious Fraud Office case alleging conspiracy to […]


Welcome Martin Hayden SC

          4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is delighted to welcome Martin Hayden SC as a new member of Chambers. Martin has a broad practice covering areas of Aviation Law, Banking Law, Tax Law, Commercial Law, Employment Law, Public Procurement Law and Competition Law. He has appeared regularly in the Superior Courts of […]


Common law rights and the Human Rights Act

  Richard Clayton QC explains why human rights as developed by the common law are no substitute for Human Rights Act which the academic journal, Public Law, has published in January 2015. Analysis


Election Law – Update on Key Issues (inc Electoral Law Project)

Timothy Straker QC to deliver Election law talk at the Solace Election Conference 2015  


World’s largest container ship arrives at the Port of Felixstowe

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square congratulate the Port of Felixstowe on the visit of the World’s largest container ship.  Timothy Straker QC acted for Felixstowe in respect of harbour extensions and improvements.


Electoral Law – A Joint Consultation Paper

Timothy Straker QC consulted by the Law Commission on the Electoral Law Joint Consultation paper.   Electronic versions of the consultation paper and further details about the electoral law project are available at :


Al Sweady Inquiry report is published

Phillip Patterson played a fundamental role in the team which helped Sir Thayne Forbes to write his high-profile and important report into the events which followed the Battle of Danny Boy in Iraq in 2004. The wide-ranging Al Sweady Inquiry examined some of the most serious allegations made against British troops since the Second World War. […]


Hail the Chief (Finance Officer)

Sappho Dias & Lee Parkhill discuss the role of The Chief Finance Officer in local authority affairs. The Chief Finance Officer plays a vital role in administering a local authority’s affairs. However, their functions are set by statute and are limited; there can be no prospect of a coup d’etat by the Chief Finance Officer. Sappho […]


Timothy Straker QC – Kensington wins battle of the basements

Timothy Straker QC Advises Kensington and Chelsea Council. Kensington and Chelsea Council has won its battle to restrict multi-storey basement extensions, in a move that is likely to be copied by other London local authorities. Luxury mega basements ‘to be banned in Kensington and Chelsea’ – Kensington wins battle of the basements


Richard Clayton QC has been re-appointed as the United Kingdom representative to the Venice Commission

Chambers is delighted to announce that Richard Clayton QC has been re-appointed as the United Kingdom representative to the Venice Commission The Venice Commission is the Council of Europe’ advisory body on constitutional law. Richard was appointed to the Venice Commission as the UK’s representative in 2011 and has just been re-appointed for a further term […]


Plevin v Paragon Personal Finance

The Supreme Court has delivered its long-awaited judgment in Plevin v Paragon Personal Finance Ltd & Another John Campbell acted for the claimant. Click here to read full Judgment


Dame Linda Dobbs DBE

Dame Linda Dobbs DBE has joined 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square as a member of the Arbitration and Mediation team. Prior to her appointment to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court, Linda had been Chair of the International Committee for Africa. She also chaired the Professional Standards Committee of the Bar Council. She served […]


Shirley Sooker Vs The Attorney General of Trinidad & Tobago

Timothy Straker QC successfully defends the Attorney General of Trinidad And Tobago in claim that judge not constitutionally appointed.


Lee Parkhill – Taking Care

Lee Parkhill, a barrister at leading set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, has previously worked for a regulator of social care providers, the largest local authority in the country and a major law firm. He tells Local Government Lawyer about moving to the Bar and why he practises health and social care law. Taking care – […]


Richard Clayton QC argues 8 day constitutional case before Turks and Caicos Court of Appeal.

Richard Clayton QC argues 8 day constitutional case before Turks and Caicos Court of Appeal. R v Miscik involvs a prosecution against the former Prime Minister, Cabinet members and other individuals who are accused of corruption charges and raised the question of whether the security of tenure of Supreme Court judges of 2 to 3 years […]


Arfan Khan and Sappho Dias have successfully procured the release of prominent Burmese political prisoner

Sappho Dias successfully procured the release of prominent Burmese political prisoner Kyaw Hla Aung last week, following a submission of a Petition, on 27th March 2014, of Unlawful and Arbitrary Detention to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Kyaw Hla Aung is a respected Community Leader and defender of human rights of the […]


London borough defeats procurement challenge over £177m repairs contract

A London borough has successfully defended a High Court procurement challenge over the award of a contract for maintenance and repairs. Joseph Dalby acted as counsel for Hammersmith & Fulham.


‘Media Freedom and Regulation in the New Media World’

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences has recently published a book, ‘Media Freedom and Regulation in the New Media World’, in which John Campbell’s contribution argues that the new defence of reasonable or responsible publication developed in many commonwealth countries is really the introduction of fault in the form of negligence into the tort of libel” […]


Scottish Independence Vote

The 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square’s dedicated Election Law team headed up by renowned election law specialist,Timothy Straker QC, has been retained by the Electoral Commission for the Yes/No vote on the Scottish Independence Referendum. Sappho Dias and Lee Parkhill complete the team.              


Richard Clayton QC argues constitutional case in Turks and Caicos Court of Appeal

Richard Clayton QC has recently returned from arguing an 8 day case before the Court of Appeal in relation to the prosecution brought against the former Prime Minister, Cabinet members and other individuals who are accused of corruption charges. The case in R v Miscik and others raised two important issues: whether the security of […]


Administrative Law 11th Edition

Professor Forsyth is pleased to announce the publication of the 11th edition of Administrative law by H W R Wade & C F Forsyth. Professor Sir William Wade QC was until his death a member of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. Professor Christopher Forsyth is a current member.


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