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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.


Jane Lambert Contributes to Helen Tse’s book on Brexit

Jane Lambert has contributed to Helen Tse’s book on Brexit. Please click here to view the book.


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

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


Just where does Mrs May’s Speech leave the Unified Patent Court?

          In her Lancaster House speech of the 17 Jan 2017 (the transcript of which can be found on The Independent’s website) the Prime Minister acknowledged that “Britain might at times have been seen as an awkward member state” However, there is one policy upon which we have always been impeccably communautaire […]


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 […]


Anti-Social media – By Athelstane Aamodt

Athelstane Aamodt examines the new CPS guidance on cases involving communications sent via social media. The law has long been concerned with what people can and cannot say publicly. As long ago as 130AD a Praetor’s Edict (a proclamation of Roman law) held that shouting at someone contrary to good morals could be punishable. In […]


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


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 […]


Blowing in the wind – Athelstane Aamodt & Michael Paulin

There has been something of a frisson in the world of employment law with the judgment of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the case of Kilraine v London Borough of Wandsworth [2016] UKEAT/0260/15/JOJ (26 January 2016). The judgment of the President of the EAT, Mr Justice Langstaff, analysed what “information” means in the context […]


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


Non-domestic rate collection: never too late? By Marc Samuels

          In the first of his three-part series on debt recovery, Marc Samuels revisits the circumstances in which local authorities can issue late demands for non-domestic business rates. National non-domestic rating (NNDR) recovery is a chore for local government practitioners for a variety of reasons – pursuit of the often unknown […]


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.  


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 […]


Phillip Pattterson features in Insolvency Intelligence

          Indefinite suspension of discharge from bankruptcy – a worrying trend? Insolvency Intelligence – Full Article


Guide to development consent orders

          Brian Hurwitz of the Sharpe Pritchard planning law team, and Phillip Patterson of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, look at legal and procedural requirements for obtaining development consent orders (“DCOs”) for a development that is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (“NSIP”), as dealt with under the Planning Act 2008 (“the 2008 […]


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 […]


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”…


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    


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 […]


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 […]


Court of Protection judge hands down key ruling on joining P as party

A Court of Protection judge has handed down the latest major judgment on whether P must be joined as a party to proceedings in deprivation of liberty cases where they are in supported living or their home and so outside the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards regime. Mr Justice Charles’ ruling comes after the President of […]


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 […]


Insurance Act 2015 – A Guide for Insurers and Insured Parties – By Ruhi Sethi

          The Insurance Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 12 February 2015 and comes into force in full on 12 August 2016 after a transitional period of 18 months. The 2015 Act signifies the greatest statutory change to commercial insurance contract law for over one hundred years. The most notable changes […]


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 […]


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 […]


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

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Clear water emerges between Mitchell and Denton – by Phillip Patterson

  The recent judgment of the Court of Appeal in Michael Wilson & Partners Ltd v Sinclair [2015] EWCA Civ 774 definitely confirms that Denton v TH White Ltd [2014] 1 W.L.R. 3926 marked a departure from the principles set down in Mitchell v News Group Newspapers [2014] 1 W.L.R. 795 regarding the circumstances in […]


Judicial Review of the Copyright Exceptions

by Jane Lambert. Judicial Review of the Copyright Exceptions: British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and Others v Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills. Judicial-Review-of-the-Copyright-Exceptions.docx


David Hughes – Equal marriage after the US decision

      David Hughes writes for Gibraltar Chronicle Gibraltar Chronicle full article  


Timothy Straker QC – Finance Monthly Law Awards – WINNER

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


Joseph Dalby discusses the privacy, data protection and ethical issues that arise with the use of drones by public and private sector bodies.

Click for full article in The Irish Times


Joseph Dalby & Ruhi Sethi explore the legal implications of increased drone use

Last week the House of Lords called for an EU-wide register of drone owners, or remotely piloted aircraft systems (which are part of the wider category of unmanned aerial systems/unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)). Last month, drones were spotted over Paris landmarks, at obviously a very sensitive time. In January, Scotland Yard declared central London a […]


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 :


Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights

A Concise Guide for Businesses, Innovative and Creative Individuals Jane Lambert


Richard Clayton QC

Clayton and Tomlinson The Law of Human Rights (3rd edn, Oxford University Press, in preparation) Clayton and Tomlinson (with Nick Bratza) The Law of the European Convention on Human Rights: A Practitioner Text (Oxford University Press, in preparation) Clayton and Tomlinson Civil Actions against the Police (Sweet & Maxwell), 3rd edn, in preparation) Clayton and […]


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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