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Raoul Colvile instructed by Serious Fraud Office

‘Raoul Colvile has been instructed as Junior Counsel by the Serious Fraud Office on a major, high profile matter. Previously, Raoul was part of the team which negotiated the

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Justin Bates was interviewed by BBC London about the regulation of residential service charges. The programme is expected to be broadcast on December 11.

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4-5 New Bank Details

Please note our bank account details have changed. New sort code: 23-05-80 New account number: 30545834 New IBAN: GB26MYMB23058030545834

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26 new members join 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

I am delighted to welcome 26 new members who have joined us from Arden Chambers together with their clerking team.  They bring expertise in housing, property, local government, public and

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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Change of venue for Land Registration Act 2002 appeals

From 14 May 2018, appeals from the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) relating to the Land Registration Act 2002 will be determined by the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), rather than the Upper Tribunal (Tax

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New statutory guidance on the provision of accommodation for 16 and 17 year old young people who may be homeless and/or require accommodation

Following the coming into force of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 and the new Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

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Homelessness & Allocations (11th ed.) available for pre-order

Since publication of the first edition 35 years ago, Homelessness and Allocations has established itself as the definitive guide to the rights of the homeless. It combines an unrivalled historical overview

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Upper Tribunal grants permission to appeal on house-boat housing benefit case

On 9 April 2018 the Upper Tribunal granted permission to appeal a decision of the FTT concerning a boat-dweller’s entitlement to housing benefit. The case concerns an itinerant boat-dweller who applied

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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

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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.

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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

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Professor Dr. Guido Carducci joins 4-5

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

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Attorney General’s C Panel

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Government announces new measures for the leasehold sector

Robert Brown considers an announcement from the Department for Communities and Local Government that new measures will be brought forward to tackle what are considered to be “unfair and

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Justin Bates appeared on BBC London News speaking about service charges in leasehold property.

The interview can be heard here.

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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

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Supreme Court rules on the right of Zambrano carers to claim social-security assistance in R (HC) v SSWP [2017] UKSC 73

The Supreme Court dismissed an appeal challenging legislation whereby the appellant was denied homelessness assistance and welfare benefits due to her status as a Zambrano carer. Clara

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Government seeks views on the proposed revised Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities

As part of the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, the government is revising the existing statutory code of guidance. The intention is that it will provide updated guidance

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Justin Bates to address the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid

Justin Bates, of Arden Chambers, will be addressing the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid about housing and fire safety post Grenfell Tower on 25 October and 20 November 2017.

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Reforming the law on wills

Tim Clarke, Barrister The Law Commission is currently consulting on reforming the law on wills. Anyone who has been involved in probate litigation will know how difficult this area of

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Success in the Legal 500

Chambers is very grateful to clients and referees who provided feedback to the Legal 500 and we are very pleased with another excellent set of recommendations Social Housing We are a

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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

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New Housing Green Paper Announced

Robert Brown and Justin Bates, Barristers, Arden Chambers The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has announced that the Government will be bringing forward a green

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Preparation for the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017: commencement expected April 2018

The Minister for Local Government, Marcus Jones MP, has announced that the Government intends to bring the Act into force in April 2018. His letter to local authorities says: “I very

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In Birmingham City Council v Jerome Jones and others, which is believed to be the largest gang injunction claim ever brought, Jonathan Manning and Alice Richardson successfully represented the claiman

In the claim, which was brought by the local authority in conjunction with West Midlands Police, injunctions were obtained against all 18 defendants, including some gang members who were serving prisoners.

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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

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Commencement of Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 in April 2018

Marcus Jones MP has written to all local authority Chief Executives to advise that it is the government’s intention to introduce secondary legislation commencing the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 in

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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.

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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,

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