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Covid-19 update

We are business as usual at 4-5, operating a mix of attendance in Chambers along with some remote working. Decisions around remote working have not been taken lightly

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Interview: Justice Edwin Cameron - Hailed by Nelson Mandela as “one of South Africa’s heroes”

Justice Edwin Cameron - Hailed by Nelson Mandela as "one of South Africa's heroes", former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa and HIV

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New Tenant – Nikesh Pandit

New Tenant – Nikesh Pandit We are delighted to announce that Nikesh Pandit, formerly an associate solicitor in the regulatory team at the international law firm Jones Day,

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Raoul Colvile – SFO v. G4S C&J – Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Raoul Colvile – SFO v. G4S C&J – Deferred Prosecution Agreement Raoul Colvile was instructed as junior Counsel by the Serious Fraud Office who on

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Max Shephard - successful appeal in the case of Goodfellow v Rugby Football Union before the National Anti-Doping Panel.

Max Shephard is successful on appeal in the case of Goodfellow v Rugby Football Union before the National Anti-Doping Panel. Mr Goodfellow tested positive for methasterone which

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Josh Hitchens, led by Anand Beharrylal QC appeared in the Trinidadian Privy Council commercial appeal of De Zwarte Band v Kanhai [2019] UKPC 48 for two Netherlands based companies.

Josh Hitchens, led by Anand Beharrylal QC appeared in the Trinidadian Privy Council commercial appeal of De Zwarte Band v Kanhai [2019] UKPC 48 for two Netherlands based companies.

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We are delighted to welcome to Charles Foster who joins 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square today.

We are delighted to welcome to Charles Foster who joins 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square today from Serjeants’ Inn.  Another excellent addition to our expanding

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£20M:  Satinder Hunjan QC successfully concludes very high value cerebral palsy claim arising out of uterine rupture during a trial of labour following a VBAC.

£20M: Satinder Hunjan QC successfully concludes very high value cerebral palsy claim arising out of uterine rupture during a trial of labour following a VBAC. ABB (a

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Toby Vanhegan successful on behalf of the Claimant in R(Mitchell) v. Islington LBC [2020] EWHC 1478 (Admin)

Toby Vanhegan successful on behalf of the Claimant in R(Mitchell) v. Islington LBC [2020] EWHC 1478 (Admin)   In R(Mitchell) v. Islington LBC [2020] EWHC the High Court held

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Croydon LBC v Kalonga [2020] EWHC 1353 (QB)Tipples J

Croydon LBC v Kalonga [2020] EWHC 1353 (QB)Tipples J   A flexible tenancy is a species of secure tenancy which is granted for a fixed term of at least

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Satinder Hunjan QC Success: Liability for Down’s Syndrome arising out of system failure for organising urgent appointments for a combined test and indemnity costs for failing to make an offer at a JSM

CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE SUCCESS: LIABIITY FOR DOWN’S SYNDROME ARISING OUT OF SYSTEM FAILURE FOR ORGANISING URGENT APPOINMENTS FOR A COMBINED TEST AND INDEMNITY COSTS FOR FAILING TO

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International Arbitration podcast

Forethoughts @ 4-5 International Arbitration podcast – can you hold a full arbitration hearing by video? Click here to watch: The podcast    

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CURRENT COVID-19 COURT & PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE

The junior barristers at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square have compiled a list of practical guidance concerning the operation of Courts and Tribunals. We hope that readers find

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The (indemnity) cost of hubris - Mediator and Counsel Stephen Barker comments

Stephen Barker, leading CMC Registered Commercial Mediator and barrister at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square reviews an important development in mediation costs law – Mr Justice Griffiths

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Hertfordshire County Council v. Davies [2020] EWHC 838 (QB)

In Hertfordshire County Council v. Davies [2020] EWHC 838 (QB), the Court held that although the authority had not given proper notice of their application for permission for a writ

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Judgment handed down in Hertsmere Borough Council v. Kiefer, Watford Borough Council v. McMahon [2020] EWCA Civ the Court of Appeal

In Hertsmere Borough Council v. Kiefer, Watford Borough Council v. McMahon [2020] EWCA Civ the Court of Appeal held that, contrary to the decisions of the county court judges

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James v. Hertsmere Borough Council [2020] EWCA Civ 489

In James v. Hertsmere Borough Council [2020] EWCA Civ 489, the Court of Appeal decided that there was jurisdiction within a homelessness appeal to decide the lawfulness of contracting out,

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Rea Murray acts in one of the first cases where the judge cited the COVID 19 pandemic in support of his decision

On an application for an interim injunction against a trespasser to land, His Honour Judge Gerald cited, at the conclusion of the one day hearing on 17 March 2020, the

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Remote mediations @ 4-5

Our Mediators can undertake mediations online using Zoom, or by telephone.

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New Pupils @ 4-5

Laura Stockin and Iulia Şaran start their second six at 4-5 on Wednesday 1st April.  They will be available for remote hearings from 1st April for

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Modern Slavery - Leaning into the debate

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Luton Community Housing Limited v Durdana.  Court of Appeal, Patten, Moylan and Newey LJJ.  [2020] EWCA Civ 445, 26 March 2020

The Court of Appeal has held that where the Appellant landlord had breached the public sector equality duty (“PSED”), the Circuit Judge had been wrong to

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Public Sector Equality Duty. Court of Appeal - Luton Community Housing Partnership v Durdana

The Court of Appeal (LJJ Patten, Moylan, Newey) heard the appeal in the case Luton Community Housing Partnership v Durdana. The Equality and Human Rights Commission intervened.

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Mediation: untangling knotty problems

Colin Manning (Joint Head of Medition Group), Iain Christie and Patrick Taylor feature in February 2020 Counsel Magazine 'Mediation: untangling knotty problems' following on from CMC Annual Conference 2019.

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The Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Phase 2 of the Inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower is under way and the Inquiry will seek to investigate the series of events which caused the fire

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Denmark’s investigation into the Solo Capital hedge fund, Jonathan Rose instructed

SKAT [the Danish tax authority], have brought a claim in the Commercial Court against 80+ defendants with at least 23 legal teams alleging fraudulent and/or the wrongful reclaim of

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International Arbitration Conference 2020

Regrettably, due to Covid-19 we have cancelled this conference. It will be rescheduled in due course.   Liaise, learn and network with the field’s legends, leaders,

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Nikki Carr Appointed as a Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber

4-5 would like to congratulate Nikki Carr on her appointment as a Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber by the Senior President of Tribunals, the Right Honourable

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New Senior Clerk

  I am delighted to announce that Emily Martin has taken over as Senior Clerk. Emily brings an absolute breath of fresh air to Chambers with her strong

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Association of Women Solicitors Seminar - Tackling Problems in Witness Preparation: An interactive workshop - Thursday 30th January 2020, 18:00 in Chambers

Amrit Kaur Dhanoa and Rosalee Dorfman Mohajer will consider the various stages of preparing witness evidence in a civil case, from issuing a claim up

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Christopher Baker and Rea Murray are to be in a ground-breaking case in the Supreme Court.

Permission to appeal has been granted by the the Supreme Court in R (Z and others) v (1) Hackney LBC  and (2) Agudas Israel Housing Association [2019] EWCA Civ 1099; [2019] HLR 44.

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Jonathan Manning is ‘Lawyer of the Week’ in The Times

Jonathan Manning is ‘Lawyer of the Week’ in The Times for his work representing Birmingham City Council over LGBT equality protests. This important case considered

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Alexandra Sidossis obtains a successful outcome under TUPE (the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006)

Last month, Alexandra Sidossis successfully argued a Service Provision Change (SPC) TUPE transfer in a 7-day preliminary hearing. Here are the key points to take away:   SPC

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On Thursday 28th November, Tim Straker QC and Vivienne Sedgley present a webinar on Purdah ahead of the General Election

In preparation for 12th December General Election, Timothy Straker QC and Vivienne Sedgley discuss political publicity, access to information, the Code of Practice, guiding principles and statutory restrictions.

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Teaching ‘LGBT issues’ at a Birmingham Primary School – Court decision regarding protesters

Judgment is out in the case of Birmingham City Council v Afsar & Ors [2019] EWHC 3217 (QB). Jonathan Manning and Clara Zang have successfully obtained

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Satinder Hunjan QC Successful in Settlement of Brain Damage and Blindness Claim Following Weight-Loss Surgery

Satinder Hunjan QC has successfully represented a Claimant who suffered mal-nutrition following otherwise successful weight loss surgery resulting in catastrophic consequences involving substantial disability and blindness. Following the

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Joint and Severally Liable Tenancies: A Guide for Landlords, Tenants and Guarantors

Clara Zang and Salmaan Hassanally have written an article for OpenRent called ‘Joint and Severally Liable Tenancies: A Guide for Landlords, Tenants and Guarantors’. The article

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Josh Hitchens successfully applies for “extremely rare” Order in Employment Tribunal

In a five-day Employment Tribunal concerning potential damages of several hundred thousand pounds and several Claimants, Josh Hitchens, instructed by Pattinson & Brewer successfully applied to strike out

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Simawi v The London Borough of Haringey Judgment handed down in Appeal succession case

Simawi v The London Borough of Haringey (Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government as an interested party) [2019] EWCA Civ 1770   The Court of Appeal held

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Alexandra Sidossis and Joshua Hitchens join 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

We are delighted to announce that following successful third-six pupillages, Alexandra Sidossis and Joshua Hitchens have both accepted offers of tenancy at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square.

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Katharine Elliot nominated for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year

Katharine Elliot - 4-5 Gray's Inn Square Katharine represented the campaign group, Stop Bengeo Quarry (SBQ) - a community of over 4,000 residents, who are against plans for

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Siân McGibbon and Katie Lines join 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

We are delighted to announce that following successful pupillages, Sián McGibbon and Katie Lines have both accepted offers of tenancy at 4-5 Gray’s

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Timothy Straker QC - R (The Good Law Project) -v- The Electoral Commission and Others

The Court of Appeal has unanimously allowed an appeal arising out of the 2016 EU referendum and have held, as submitted by Timothy Straker QC with James Tumbridge of

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Edwin Cameron, Former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, joins 4-5.

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is delighted to announce that Edwin Cameron has accepted an invitation to join us as an international arbitrator following his recent retirement

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Philippa Seal joins 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

We are delighted to welcome Philippa Seal, who has a property and general commercial practice with particular expertise in the field of landlord and tenant. 

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The WINNER of 2 Premium Tickets for Tottenham Hotspur V Crystal Palace F.C.

Congratulations to Ilian Granville from BUTTERS DAVID GREY LLP for winning 2 tickets to watch Tottenham Hotspur at their NEW Stadium on Saturday 14th September 2019, when they will be

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Iain Christie Appointed as Vice-Chair of BSB Independent Decision-Making Body

Chambers is pleased to announce the appointment of Iain Christie, an Associate member of chambers and member of the 4-5 Mediation Group, as the Vice-Chair of the Independent

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ELECTION LAW - NEWS: Timothy Straker QC & Amrit Kaur Dhanoa on Electoral Petitions: A Case in Favour of the Law Commission’s Proposals for Reform

Electoral Law in the UK has become complex, voluminous and fragmented. Following much debate on the subject, and having monitored the position for a number of years, the

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Sappho Dias addresses the Constitutional Court of South Africa

Sappho Dias delivered a speech on behalf of Timothy Dutton CBE QC at a special sitting of the Constitutional Court on 20 August 2019 to mark the retirement of Justice

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Tanveer Qureshi joins 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

We are delighted to welcome Tanveer Qureshi, who specialises in allegations of fraud, money laundering, asset forfeiture, bribery and other misconduct by companies, directors and financial

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WIN 2 Premium Tickets for Tottenham Hotspur V Crystal Palace F.C.

4-5's Sports Group are delighted to offer two premium tickets to watch Tottenham Hotspur at their NEW Stadium on Saturday 1

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Jonathan Manning and Josh Hitchens instructed on important Judicial Review

Jonathan Manning and Josh Hitchens are instructed on an important judicial review of the decision by the Secretary of State for Justice and HM Prisons and Probation Service

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Garrett Byrne to be a Circuit Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor

The Queen has appointed Garrett Thomas Byrne to be a Circuit Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable David Gauke MP and the Lord

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Jane Lambert contributes to WIPO study on intellectual property enforcement measures.

This study provides an overview of current approaches to online copyright infringements, focusing specifically on the responses to piracy in the digital sphere across the world.  The

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James Bridgeman SC appointed as arbitrator on the General List of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS TAS)

James Bridgeman SC has been appointed as arbitrator on the General List of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS TAS). The CAS TAS consists of approximately 390 members

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Timothy Straker QC secures victory in case against the Electoral Commission

DARREN GRIMES -v- ELECTORAL COMMISSION  Mr Grimes has been completely exonerated and The Electoral Commissions notice fining him has been withdrawn by Order of the Court. The

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Satinder Hunjan QC - Discount rate in Foreign Jurisdictions

Satinder Hunjan QC has secured a multi-million pound settlement on behalf of a catastrophically brain injured young man who suffered a road traffic accident in central London; he

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Martin George -Thompson’s Modern Land Law (7th Edition) published on 8th August

The new, 7th edition of Thompson’s Modern Land Law by Martin George and Antonia Layard will be published on 8th August. You can request an inspection

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“The Addison Act” - a celebration of 100 years of social housing

One hundred years ago this month, the Housing, Town Planning Etc. Act 1919 received Royal Assent. Commonly known as the Addison Act after the then Minister of Health and

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Delighted to welcome five new members

Chambers is proud to welcome five new members; Elisabeth Mason & Denise Gomez DelSignore strenghten our International team; Selena Jones joins our Property team whilst Alexandra Sidossis

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Our new art exhibition - Industry meets the Professions by Jon Woolfenden

We are very excited to hang our new exhibition! We welcome artist Jon Woolfenden from Salcombe, Devon. Jon's work is big, its industrial and its hard hitting

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Toby Vanhegan - Discrimination Law Association - Using the Equality Act 2010 in Housing Law

Toby will present a seminar about the current developments of using the Equality Act 2010 in housing litigation. He is pioneering in this area of housing law by acting

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Sir Guenter Heinz Treitel QC FBA DCL

4-5 Gray's Inn Square is saddened to report the death of Sir Guenter Heinz Treitel QC FBA DCL, Emeritus Vinerian Professor of English Law and the

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Public Law Group holds first conference for Lawyers in Local Government, Homelessness, Housing & Allocations

 

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James Bridgeman SC elected as Honorary member of the Board for the Georgian International Arbitration Centre (GIAC)

The Secretary General of the Georgian International Arbitration Centre (GIAC), Mr Beka Injia, has confirmed that James Briedgeman SC has been elected by the Board

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Top 10 Legal Cases All Property Managers Should Know

Andrew Dymond and Rayan Imam, leading barristers in the property management industry, contributed to a new white paper which focuses on the ‘Top 10 Legal Cases All

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Vivienne Sedgley and Deborah Evans (CEO of Lawyers in Local Government) discuss Local and European Elections.

Vivienne Sedgley of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square joins Deborah Evans (CEO of Lawyers in Local Government) to discuss Local and European Elections in this informative Webinar.

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4-5 barristers to speak at the LLG National Expert Planning Conference and London Branch Meeting

Timothy Straker QC, Vivienne Sedgley and Katharine Elliot will be speaking at the LLG National Expert Planning Conference and London Branch Meeting on 24th May 2019. Timothy Straker QC

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James Bridgeman SC accepts invitation to deliver keynote lecture at Arbitration in Scotland Conference 2019

Keynote Lecture: James Bridgeman SC, Worldwide Past President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Current issues in international commercial arbitration, direction of travel and a role for

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New form for s.21 notices (by Andrew Dymond)

With effect from 1 June 2019, the prescribed form of notice requiring possession against assured shorthold tenants is being changed. The new form is in the Assured Tenancies and Agricultural

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HHJ Bloom grants permission to appeal in Luton Community Housing Trust v Durdana

Her Honour Judge Bloom has granted permission to the Claimant to appeal in Luton Community Housing Trust v Durdana and ordered that the appeal be transferred to the

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Ayesha Omar chaired panel discussion entitled “Consultation Fever” at the 2019 Professionalism in Property Conference

Ayesha Omar chaired a panel discussion entitled “Consultation Fever” at the Professionalism in Property conference yesterday. The numerous consultation documents and law reform proposals published by

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Andrew Dymond accepts invitation to speak at SHLA Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 An evening with an expert panel - 23rd May 2019

On 20 December 2018, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill received its Royal Assent becoming the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. It came into force on 20 March 2019.

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Passing off - Asian Business Publications Ltd v British Asian Achievers Awards Ltd and Another

This was an action for passing off.  The claimant ran an event called the Asian Achievers Awards. The defendants ran a similar event called the British Asian

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Rea Murray and Toby Vanhegan provide some clarification on serving notice to quit after a death

Recent cases addressing the issue of serving notice to quit a property following the tenant’s death have resulted in conflicting outcomes. Rea Murray and Toby Vanhegan

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Triplerose Limited v Bronwen Stride [2019] UKUT 0099 (LC)

The case concerned an application by the landlord, a lessee-owned company, to vary the Appellant's lease under section 35, Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.  The effect of

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Local Authorities and Returning Officers retain 4-5’s specialist Elections & Governance barristers

Several of 4-5’s specialist Elections & Governance barristers have been retained by many Local Authorities & Returning Officers to cover immediate 24/7 legal advice during elections. Please

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Katie Lines (Pupil) now accepting instructions in all of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square’s core areas of practice.

Congratulations to Katie Lines (Pupil) who is now accepting instructions in all of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square’s core areas of practice. Please contact the

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Sian McGibbon (Pupil) now accepting instructions in all of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square’s core areas of practice.

Congratulations to Sian McGibbon (Pupil) who is now accepting instructions in all of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square’s core areas of practice. Please contact the

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BREXIT REVISITED: AN UNMEDIATED DISASTER

    4-5 Mediation Group’s Iain Christie is a barrister, mediator and former FCO legal adviser who has conducted negotiations on behalf of the UK at

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Amrit Kaur Dhanoa joins 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

We are delighted to welcome Amrit Kaur Dhanoa as a full member of 4-5 Gray's Inn Square following her successful completion of pupillage

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Rosalee Dorfman Mohajer joins 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

We are delighted to welcome Rosalee Dorfman Mohajer as a full member of Chambers following her successful completion of pupillage.

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E-Flash The Licensees of Ashley Community Housing v Bristol City Council

The Licensees of Ashley Community Housing v Bristol City Council (CH/127/2016 and 53 others)   Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) Judge Rowland 8 March 2019   The Upper Tribunal has held

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London Borough of Southwark v Baharier [2019] UKUT 73 (LC) - Rayan Imam acted for the Respondent in appeal to the Upper Tribunal

The Landlord sought to recover £24,486.88 from the Tenant as her contribution towards the cost of replacing the central heating and hot water system. The Tenant was

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Nikki Carr appointed as a Deputy District Judge

Congratulations to Nikki Carr who has been appointed as a Deputy District Judge in the County Court.

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Rea Murray appointed to the Government Legal Department Junior Junior Panel of Counsel

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Silks Day 2019 - Kings Chambers welcomed at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

4-5 Gray's Inn Square were delighted to host Sarah Pritchard QC and Giles Cannock QC of Kings Chambers for Silks Day, accompanied by their families and

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Hansjörg Stutzer ranked in this year’s Chambers Global

Dispute Resolution: Arbitrators - Switzerland Chambers Partners, the world leader in legal market analysis, just released its Chambers Global Guide 2019. Hansjörg Stutzer is ranked among Switzerland

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David Penson joins 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square as a Senior Practice Manager.

David Penson joins 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square as a Senior Practice Manager. Formerly Landmark & Blackstone Chambers, David brings expertise in property and planning. We are

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Richard Price OBE QC Celebrates 50 Years at The Bar

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E-Flash Haringey LBC v. Simawi (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government intervening) [2018] EWHC 2733

Permission to appeal granted in Haringey LBC v. Simawi (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government intervening) [2018] EWHC 2733

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Satinder Hunjan QC: Defeat of Fundamental Dishonesty with Adverse Findings against the Defendants

Following a 7 day trial, with Satinder Hunjan QC representing the Claimant and the Defendants appearing by Leading and Junior Counsel, a defence of fundamental dishonesty was defeated, with

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Jane Lambert to speak at Pharma and Biotech Patent Litigation

For the second year running, I have been invited to address C5's annual conference on Pharma & Biotech Litigation.  That conference will take place at the

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Judges reject bias claim against Jewish housing association

Christopher Baker and Rea Murray, who appeared as counsel for the charity, said: “It will have particular significance for many organisations looking to undertake forms of positive

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Satinder Hunjan QC secures 60% liability in favour of speeding motorcyclist.

Satinder Hunjan QC, acting for the Claimant, has secured a finding of 60% liability in favour of a speeding motorcyclist. The Motorcyclist was travelling along a main road which

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E-Flash R (Z and others) v (1) Hackney LBC and (2) Agudas Israel Housing Association [2019] EWHC 139 (Admin)

Christopher Baker and Rea Murray of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square secured a landmark victory in the Divisional Court for an Orthodox Jewish, charitable housing association accused

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Rupert Beloff joins LawInSport Editorial Board

Rupert Beloff has been appointed to the LawInSport Editorial Board (UK Division). LawInSport is a leading global community of people working in or with an interest in sport

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ICSID Review Article

Professor Carducci analyses under the law of treaties and EU law the role and interactions in treaty and investment arbitration of four important questions: a State's capactiy

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Multilingual Arbitrations: Optimizing Parties’ Agreements, Scope, Costs, Award-Making

Professor Carducci analyses issues and challenges that international multilingual arbitrations raise.

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Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002

The Law Commission has published its consultation paper on proposals to amend the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 so as to make the Right to Manage a more

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