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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.


Nottingham CC v Parr

The Supreme Court handed down judgment in Nottingham CC v Parr & Another [2018] 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

Agenda 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 Map | RSVP Thursday, 6 September 2018   09:00–09:30 Registration 09:30–09:45 Welcome Steven Finizio, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP, London 09:45–10:45 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 [...]


Hyperandrogenism and the IAAF’s Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification

Rupert Beloff writes about the IAAF’s controversial new regulations in the latest edition of World Sports Advocate, considering the need for them, whether they are fair and the legal issues that they raise. from=wslr&ID=2073&Search=Yes&txtsearch=classification


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.


Election law update: Three members of Chambers are published in ‘Parker’s Law and Conduct of Elections’

The latest issue of ‘Parker’s Law and Conduct of Elections’ has been published by LexisNexis. It is one of the leading commentaries on election law and practice in England and Wales. This issue covers developments such as: Changes to primary legislation designed to reduce the likelihood of a European Parliamentary by-election prior to the UK’s withdrawal from [...]


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 [...]


4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is delighted to welcome two new tenants to Chambers.

Thomas Francis (2015) and Katharine Elliot (2016). They have both accepted invitations to join Chambers following their successful completion of pupillage.


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 [...]


Professor Dr. Guido Carducci joins 4-5

Chambers is delighted to welcome Professor Dr. Guido Carducci who has joined our International Arbitration group


Attorney General’s C Panel

Congratulations to Helen McAteer on her successful application to the Attorney General’s C Panel.


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. Announcement


Andrew Singer appointed Queen’s Counsel

We congratulate Andrew Singer who has been included in the list of appointments to Queen’s Counsel. The ceremony will take place in February.  


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.


4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is delighted to announce the appointment of Vicky Thompson as Chief Executive and Colin Griffin as Executive Clerk.

Chief Executive – Vicky Thompson Vicky joins 4-5 Gray's Inn Square as their first ever Chief Executive. She brings a wealth of experience having worked with the Bar and Solicitors in central London for over 25 years. Joint Head of Chambers Tim Straker QC, commenting upon Vicky’s appointment, “Chambers is very pleased to have Vicky on board. [...]


Max Shephard acts for the NMC in the case of a nurse who accidentally gave an overdose to a care home resident

Max Shephard acted for the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the case of Mariana Birsasteanu. The allegations included the registrant administering oxycodone to a resident which was not prescribed this drug and by doing so caused and/or contributed to that resident’s death. These charges, amongst others also relating to medication errors, were found proved by [...]


Helen McAteer Joins 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

We are delighted to welcome Helen McAteer formerly of 4 KBW as a new member of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. Helen’s practice covers all areas of commercial and public law litigation, chancery, and property.


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. [caption id="attachment_1715" align="alignnone" width="150"] [...]


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 [caption id="attachment_1755" align="alignleft" width="150"] Vivienne Sedgley[/caption]


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 [caption id="attachment_1755" align="alignleft" width="150"] Vivienne Sedgley[/caption]  


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 the recent [...]


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 [caption id="attachment_1793" align="alignleft" width="150"] Raoul Colvile[/caption]


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 [caption id="attachment_1796" align="alignleft" width="150"] Salma Duncan[/caption]


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 and [...]


Supreme Court delivers verdict on landmark ‘Brexit’ case

[caption id="attachment_1796" align="alignleft" width="115"] Salma Duncan[/caption]           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

[caption id="attachment_1831" align="alignleft" width="119"] Richard Price OBE QC[/caption]           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 [...]



[caption id="attachment_1730" align="alignleft" width="115"] Satinder Hunjan[/caption]         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 [...]


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

[caption id="attachment_1831" align="alignleft" width="119"] Richard Price OBE QC[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1834" align="alignleft" width="119"] Colin Manning[/caption]           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 [...]


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

[caption id="attachment_1730" align="alignleft" width="115"] Satinder Hunjan QC[/caption]           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. [caption id="attachment_520" align="alignleft" width="115"] Timothy Straker QC[/caption]           Timothy Straker spoke on the topic of “How to operate skillfully and advantageously within the planning system”. [caption id="attachment_614" align="alignleft" width="115"] Timothy Leader[/caption]           Timothy Leader spoke on the topic [...]


Raoul Colvile Joins 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

[caption id="attachment_1793" align="alignleft" width="115"] Raoul Colvile[/caption]           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?

[caption id="attachment_566" align="alignleft" width="115"] Joseph Dalby SC[/caption] [caption id="attachment_587" align="alignleft" width="115"] Ruhi Sethi-Smith[/caption] 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 [...]


Environmental Barrister of the Year 2016: Timothy Straker QC

[caption id="attachment_520" align="alignleft" width="115"] Timothy Straker QC[/caption]           Finance Monthly Law Awards


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

[caption id="attachment_1041" align="alignleft" width="115"] Anthony Connerty[/caption]             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.

  [caption id="attachment_1041" align="alignleft" width="115"] Anthony Connerty[/caption]                 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?

[caption id="attachment_508" align="alignleft" width="115"] Philip Hackett QC Financial Regulation[/caption]           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 judgment [...]


Jane Lambert Speaks with Kluwer Patent Blog

[caption id="attachment_560" align="alignleft" width="115"] Jane Lambert[/caption]         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, [...]


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   


Karishma Vora to Judge LSE-LCIA Vis Pre-Moot

[caption id="attachment_569" align="alignleft" width="115"] Karishma Vora[/caption]


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 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

[caption id="attachment_1338" align="alignleft" width="115"] David Altaras[/caption]           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 2013, Mr Barry Beavis parked [...]


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

[caption id="attachment_1048" align="alignleft" width="115"] Athelstane Aamodt[/caption]         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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


John Campbell speaks at New Media World 2015

[caption id="attachment_523" align="alignleft" width="114"] John Campbell SC[/caption]           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

[caption id="attachment_1044" align="alignleft" width="115"] Athelstane Aamodt[/caption]           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.

[caption id="attachment_566" align="alignleft" width="115"] Joseph Dalby SC[/caption]           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 profile test case before the Vice President of the Court of Protection. In Re NRA & others [2015]EWCOP 59

[caption id="attachment_572" align="alignleft" width="115"] Lee Parkhill[/caption]           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 [...]


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.


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