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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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Emergency cover during the Christmas holidays

Here are our opening hours during the festive season along with emergency contacts and telephone numbers. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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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, our webinar will examine the pre-election period. Timothy Straker QC and Vivienne Sedgley will discuss political publicity, access to information, the

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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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Karishma Vora - Approved Barrister for Bank of India

Karishma Vora is the first barrister to be empanelled by the Bank of India’s UK branch to carry out commercial litigation and International Arbitration work

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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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Update on Election Law - Solace Elections Conference 2019

Timothy Straker QC provides an update on key Election Law issues at the SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) Elections Conference 2019. Chief Executives and Returning Officers

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Satinder Hunjan QC secures award of £26 million for unnecessary brain surgery

A 3-year-old who underwent unnecessary brain surgery for a tumour, has been awarded in excess of £26 million. The child – now an adult – has severe behavioural

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Homes fit for human habitation - is the new law a turning point?

The Homes Fit for Human Habitation Act is on the statute book. But what is it for? What does it do? And will it work? Karen Buck MP,

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Through the looking glass - Sir Cliff Richard v the British Broadcasting Corporation and The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police [2018] EWHC 1837 (Ch) (18th July 2018)

Rosalee Dorfman Mohajer looks at the implications of the Cliff Richard judgment against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police for local authorities when they share information with the

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Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

Yesterday (19 December 2018) saw the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act complete its passage through Parliament. It is expected to come into force in March 2019. The Act updates ss.8

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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