Nottingham CC v Parr
The Supreme Court handed down judgment in Nottingham CC v Parr & Another  UKSC 51, holding that the power to attach conditions to an HMO licence can be used so as to limit the class of persons for whom it is suitable. The authority’s contention that the power to attach conditions only permitted those [...]
26 new members to join 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square
4-5 Gray’s Inn Square welcomes 26 members of Arden Chambers
Move is ‘first step’ towards rebuilding set’s rich heritage at the Bar
Leading public and commercial law chambers 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is takes 26 members from the housing, local government and property specialist set Arden Chambers.
4-5 Gray’s Inn Square will now comprise 6 silks and 50 [...]
Satinder Hunjan QC secures damages for claimants in excess of £100m in recent weeks
Satinder Hunjan QC has secured damages for Claimants in excess of £100m in recent weeks.
The latest of the cases involved life changing brain injuries suffered by a three month old baby as a result of negligent mismanagement during intensive care at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. Satinder acted in dealing with the issues [...]
Conference: Environmental Dispute Resolution and Small States
Conference: Environmental Dispute Resolution and Small States
Thursday, 6 September 2018 | 9:00–17:00
Friday, 7 September 2018 | 09:00–17:30
WilmerHale, 49 Park Lane, London, W1K 1PS
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6 September 2018
Steven Finizio, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP, London
Keynote Panel—Setting the Scene
Moderator: Sir David Baragwanath, KNZM QC
Eden Charles, former Ambassador at Trinidad and [...]
Second Edition of ‘International Corruption’ by Paul Cohen
The Second Edition of ‘International Corruption’ by Paul Cohen has been published by Sweet and Maxwell. The leading text on UK and international anti-corruption legislation, investigative process and caselaw concerning the bribery of foreign officials, it provides an invaluable guide for all practitioners and others involved in the field.
Paul Cohen is among the world’s foremost [...]
Arbitration Newsletter Switzerland – The Independence of CAS confirmed
On 8 March 2018 the Swiss Federal Supreme Court the "Court") published on its website a new decision in the field of international arbitration (the "Decision") 1wherein it confirmed the Court of Arbitration for Sport's (the "CAS") independence from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association ("FIFA"). The Decision, which was rendered by all five members [...]
Settlement Facilitation: Does the Arbitrator have a Role?
Whether at all and, if so, to which extent an arbitrator should assist the parties in reaching a settlement in arbitration seems to be one of the last divides between civil law and common law. Civil law arbitrators generally take more of an engagement in leading parties of arbitral proceedings to a settlement, whereas common [...]
High Court rules Transport for London’s approach to consultation was lawful
Mr Justice Ouseley, in dismissing a challenge by the Licensed Private Car Hire Association, has ruled that a consultation conducted by TFL in respect of changes to private hire operators’ licence fee was lawful and that the changes to the fees charged did not amount to a cross-subsidy to other licensees.
Tim Straker QC represented TFL.
Rupert Beloff contributes to the new edition of the Sports Law Year Book
The new 2017/2018 edition of the Sports Law Year Book has been published by LawinSport and the British Association for Sport and Law. The Yearbook contains legal commentary and analysis from over 30 leading sports lawyers from the UK, Ireland and Europe. Rupert Beloff has contributed to the chapter on anti-doping, writing about developments over [...]
Satinder Hunjan QC achieves an outstanding result for BMW UK
Satinder secured a full strike out where the value of the case presented was to exceed £1million and when liability had been admitted.
The claim arose from an electrocution injury on the grounds of fundamental dishonesty. The circumstances of the injury were considered dubious, with a minor injury expected at most.
The Claimant, whose case was severely [...]
50 years in Gray’s Inn
Chambers is celebrating 50 years since our move to Gray’s Inn. We consider this to be an opportune time both in our history and for our future.
James Bridgeman SC joins 4-5
Chambers is very pleased to welcome James Bridgeman SC who has accepted an invitation to join Chambers.
James is the 2018 President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and we congratulate him upon his recent appointment.
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 [...]
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.
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 ; and
(3) Whether injunctions can be used to cut across the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 following the recent [...]
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 and [...]
Supreme Court delivers verdict on landmark ‘Brexit’ case
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The Supreme Court delivered judgement in the case of R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union  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
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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 [...]
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.
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Timothy Straker spoke on the topic of “How to operate skillfully and advantageously within the planning system”.
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Timothy Leader spoke on the topic [...]
Raoul Colvile Joins 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square
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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 challenge to [...]
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
Drones: flightpath to the future?
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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 [...]
Art Law Conference Geneva June 2016.
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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.
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 judgment [...]
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 Awslondon1@gmail.com
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 years, when [...]
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 their gender, [...]
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
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Cavendish Square Holding BV (Appellant) v Talal El Makdessi (Respondent);
ParkingEye Limited (Respondent) v Beavis (Appellant)  UKSC 67
On appeal from  EWCA Civ 3852 Comm,  EWCA Civ 1539 and  EWCA Civ 402
JUSTICES: Lord Neuberger (President)
PARKINGEYE LTD v BEAVIS
On 15th April 2013, Mr Barry Beavis parked [...]
The laws of comedy by Athelstane Aamodt
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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 [...]
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 film distributors and cinema [...]
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 of [...]
False statements and election law
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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 [...]