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Chambers of Timothy Straker QC and Satinder Hunjan QC
B4 6GA

Social housing Tier 1

4-5 Gray's Inn Square's members are sought out in the most complex and impactful cases shaping the social housing sphere. Their expertise spans the entire ambit of housing law issues, including homelessness and allocation schemes, disrepair and dilapidations, housing benefit and welfare reform, and fraud. The set has been playing a key role in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, with members representing the bereaved, survivors and residents. On a related note, they also provide regulatory advice to other local authorities, particularly in relation to the use of cladding in residential buildings. One of the many highly regarded practitioners at the chambers is Christopher Baker, who is representing Agudas Israel Housing Association in R (Z) v Hackney LBC and Agudas Israel Housing Association; a case where it was alleged that the housing association was unlawfully discriminating in favour of Orthodox Jewish people. Also of note, Jonathan Manning acted for the respondent local authority at the Supreme Court in Samuels v Birmingham City Council.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Baker - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareVery calm, thorough in preparation, very knowledgeable and approachable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Manning - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareA very strong advocate, always effective and thinking of the next step in court proceedings.
Ranked: Tier 1
Toby Vanhegan - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareStrengths and qualities: excellent working knowledge of all aspects of housing law; very sharp mind; ability to determine and focus on the key issue(s) in a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ian Peacock - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareVery clear and thorough advice in which I have complete confidence, highly knowledgeable. Always willing to deal with very urgent matters and to provide urgent advice. Always thoroughly prepared for hearings, even at short notice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Dymond - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareVery approachable and easy to work with. He understands the local authority viewpoint.
Ranked: Tier 2
Annette Cafferkey - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareShe is methodical and very thorough. She is very capable with bulkier instructions containing a large volume of information and is very practical in advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Stephanie Lovegrove - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareStephanie is my go-to barrister. She has the expertise, tactics, reliability, flexibility and a clear understanding of clients' needs. She is a pleasure to work with and a highly competent advocate. Very approachable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Anneli Robins - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareExtremely thorough and detailed, thinks outside the box, likes to consider new angles. Excellent on her feet and paperwork and excellent pleadings. Great with clients. An all around excellent barrister.
Ranked: Tier 4

Local government (including rating law) Tier 2

Joint head of a set that handles a range of matters concerning local government powers and governance, 4-5 Gray's Inn Square's Timothy Straker QC conducted an investigation for Devon County Council into a former council leader who was accused of sexual assaults taking place over a decade ago. Elsewhere, Jonathan Manning advised Birmingham City Council on obtaining a Local Government Act injunction against "boy racers", resisting an attempt to set it aside on the basis that a public space protection order should have been issued instead.

Leading Silks

Timothy Straker QC - 4-5 Gray's Inn Square Strengths - knowledge, intellect, clear advice, personable.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Manning - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareJonathan is able to put a client, explain complex matters which are easily understood and has excellent advocacy skills. A superb tactician who is liked and trusted by instructing solicitors and clients alike. Always helpful, and undoubtedly the leading expert in his field. A first-class legal mind.
Ranked: Tier 2
Vivienne Sedgley - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareVivienne is a standout junior. I have been impressed by her confidence and capability.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Baker - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareVery knowledgeable. A very personal, calm approach. Very clear written advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Mediators Tier 2

Colin Manning - 4-5 Gray's Inn Square Colin Manning co-heads 4-5 Gray's Inn Square's mediation group. An accredited mediator since 1997, mediation clients also benefit from Manning's 49 years' experience as a commercial litigator. Manning conducts a broad range of commercial mediations, which are frequently complex and of high value; and he has conducted several hundred mediations including multi-party disputes. His practice also covers significant contractual, professional negligence, partnership, company law and shareholders disputes, along with construction, property, trusts and probate, and international trade matters.

Property litigation

Leading Juniors

Christopher Baker - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareChris has an excellent eye for detail and strong grasp of the key issues.
Ranked: Tier 3


Leading Silks

Timothy Straker QC - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareStrengths - very knowledgeable, a great intellect, offers clear advice, very personable.
Ranked: Tier 3

Administrative and public law (including elections) Tier 4

4-5 Gray's Inn Square 'has true and unparalleled expertise in the very niche area' of election law, with a number of members active in key cases. Timothy Straker QC was involved in a number of matters concerning the election expense issues of various pro-Brexit groups co-operating prior to the referendum: in one, he successfully represented Darren Grimes in a judicial review of the Electoral Commission's decision to issue with him a £20,000 fine for election expenses matters concerning that referendum, and Vote Leave in a separate appeal brought by the Good Law Project concerning the categorisation of donations to other organisations as election expenses. Richard Price OBE QC and Vivienne Sedgley have both advised the Conservative Party on a number of matters.

Leading Silks

Timothy Straker QC - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareHe is the go-to silk for any electoral work. His knowledge and insight is second to none and he fights hard. Absolute star!
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Price QC - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareRichard is one of, if not the, preeminent barrister in this field. What he doesn't know about elections and election law probably isn't worth knowing. Combined with this is his fantastic sense of humour and his willingness to help and advise whenever necessary. He is a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Vivienne Sedgley - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareExcellent judgement, hard working, responsive, good client manner, persuasive advocate, bright, knowledgeable and a team player.
Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

A multidisciplinary set with offices in London and Birmingham, 4-5 Gray's Inn Square is particularly strong in social housing and local government work. In recent news, Nikesh Pandit, formerly an associate solicitor in the regulatory team at Jones Day, as joined the set, while Charles Foster arrived from Serjeants’ Inn as his new chambers expands its healthcare regulatory team. Also of note, Ian Peacock has been appointed a Recorder on the South Eastern Family Circuit and Nikki Carr was appointed a judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber. In the clerks' room, Emily Martin has taken over as the new senior clerk.    



All the clerks are very professional; Emily Martin especially. She has often found counsel at short notice in emergency matters. She is friendly and approachable and goes out of her way to help.

Excellent all round. Emily Martin is particularly helpful and efficient.

The clerking is down to earth and responsive. In particular, Emily Martin (Senior Clerk) is approachable and efficient, making her very popular with clients and barristers alike. The Chief Executive, Vicky Thompson, is a very safe pair of hands and runs a tight ship.

The clerks are all so friendly. they go that extra mile to help you and once you have engaged with them they remember you.

The clerks are particularly helpful and very efficient in responses.


4-5 Gray’s Inn has changed for the better over the past few years. They have recruited a number of barristers who we use on a regular basis and are happy to recommend to others.

It has a wealth of members with specialist social housing practices who are constantly involved in judicial reviews. This means it can provide suitable counsel for every social housing matter, no matter how big or small, and turn instructions around very quickly.

Chambers and clerks are always helpful and have offered training and webinars to my authority. There is a wide skills set within chambers at various levels which means they can offer quick advice and good value for money on local authority matters.

Since Arden Chambers merged with 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, it has become the leading set for social housing, and local government law. It is also a leading public law Chambers. Its members are some of the best at the Bar.

The housing barristers are generally friendly, knowledgeable and excellent.

The Set offers a good range of fee levels in relation to property litigation.

They provide excellent training in new areas of housing law. They will deal swiftly with urgent issues and ensure counsel with appropriate expertise is offered to provide advice and assistance.

Commercial & Chancery

Our barristers offer specialist advice and advocacy across Commercial and chancery areas of practice and industry sectors – from contract-commercial disputes, to company law, insolvency, intellectual property and trusts. Chambers offers expertise in the areas of media & IP, commercial debt recovery, employment law, and international commercial practice. Members appear in courts and tribunals in England & Wales and in overseas jurisdictions, acting for both domestic and foreign clients, including individuals, corporations, and public bodies.

Planning & Environment

Our Planning Barristers specialise in the processes of planning applications for the development, construction or change of use of a building or buildings; compulsory purchase orders (CPO); and s106 agreements. Our members are experts in contentious judicial reviews, inquiries and appeals; and non-contentious planning and CPO strategies relating to development projects and urban regeneration schemes. Our members also undertake large infrastructure schemes.

Regulatory & Disciplinary

Our Regulatory and Disciplinary team has the expertise and experience to provide specialist advice and representation in all areas of regulatory and disciplinary law including financial services, public safety, environmental, tax, licensing, the medical professions, lawyers, accountants, architects, police, clergy and sports.

Members of Chambers regularly appear for regulators and defendants in front of a wide range of tribunals and other professional bodies and sit as tribunal members.

In the sports arena members have particular expertise in disciplinary proceedings brought by various governing bodies, including doping and misconduct cases, and regulatory matters involving selection, funding, safeguarding, licensing, sponsorship and FA Rule K arbitrations.

Public & Administrative

Our Barristers cover judicial reviews, statutory appeals, inquiries, disciplinary proceedings and non-contentious advice on the powers of administrative functions of central and local government and other public and regulatory bodies. 4-5 Barristers work on a whole spectrum of local government activities, including planning, environmental, education, community care, highways, housing, health, compulsory purchase, public procurement, freedom of information, rating, licensing and elections, issues relating to local government powers, structure and finance.

Housing & Property

Our barristers are noted experts in housing, landlord/tenant and residential & commercial property disputes; many are recommended in the legal directories and engage in wider policy work for government, MPs, pressure/trade groups and devolved governments. We cover everything from possession proceedings to leasehold enfranchisement; HMO and other licensing and homelessness; housing procurement to restrictive covenants.



Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Vicky Thompson 0207 404 5252
Senior Clerk Emily Martin 0207 670 1555
Members of Chambers STRAKER QC, Timothy (1977)
Members of Chambers HUNJAN QC, Satinder (1984)
Members of Chambers PRICE, Richard OBE QC (1969)
Members of Chambers SAPSFORD QC, Philip (1974)
Members of Chambers BRIDGEMAN SC, James (1989)
Members of Chambers SINGER QC, Andrew (1990)
Members of Chambers MANNING, Colin (1970)
Members of Chambers JEFFERIS, Michael (1976)
Members of Chambers LAMBERT, Jane (1977)
Members of Chambers DAVEY, Toby (1977)
Members of Chambers HORSINGTON, Simon (1978)
Members of Chambers BARRETT, John (1982)
Members of Chambers RANDLE, Simon (1982)
Members of Chambers DIAS, Sappho (1982)
Members of Chambers STEPHENS, Michael (1983)
Members of Chambers BAKER, Christoper (1984)
Members of Chambers POWELL, Jonathan (1984)
Members of Chambers CLARKE, Gerard (1986)
Members of Chambers ROSE, Jonathan (1986)
Members of Chambers SHARMA, Kishore (1986)
Members of Chambers FOSTER, Charles (1988)
Members of Chambers MANNING, Jonathan (1989)
Members of Chambers COLVILLE, Iain (1989)
Members of Chambers OKOYA, William (1989)
Members of Chambers BARKER, Stephen (1989)
Members of Chambers PEACOCK, Ian (1990)
Members of Chambers DYMOND, Andrew (1991)
Members of Chambers CAFFERKEY, Annette (1994)
Members of Chambers VANHEGAN, Toby (1996)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR, Patrick (1996)
Members of Chambers GREATOREX, Helen (1997)
Members of Chambers QURESHI, Tanveer (2000)
Members of Chambers AGNIHOTRI, Naveen (2001)
Members of Chambers BELOFF, Rupert (2001)
Members of Chambers LOVEGROVE, Stephanie (2004)
Members of Chambers MCATEER, Helen (2008)
Members of Chambers SEAL, Philippa (2008)
Members of Chambers PANAYI, Christian (2009)
Members of Chambers LARKIN, Christopher ( 2010)
Members of Chambers PANDIT, Nikesh (2010)
Members of Chambers ROBINS, Anneli (2011)
Members of Chambers SEDGLEY, Vivienne (2011)
Members of Chambers JONES, Selena ( 2011)
Members of Chambers ZANG, Clara (2012)
Members of Chambers DUNCAN, Salma (2012)
Members of Chambers OMAR, Ayesha (2012)
Members of Chambers FORD, Olivia (2013)
Members of Chambers SHEPHARD, Max (2013)
Members of Chambers IMAM, Rayan (2013)
Members of Chambers MURRAY, Rea (2015)
Members of Chambers FRANCIS, Thomas (2015)
Members of Chambers COLVILE, Raoul (2016)
Members of Chambers DORFMAN MOHAJER, Rosalee (2015)
Members of Chambers ELLIOT, Katharine (2016)
Members of Chambers SIDOSSIS, Alexandra (2016)
Members of Chambers SARAN, Iulia-Claudia (2016)
Members of Chambers DHANOA, Amrit (2016)
Members of Chambers GARDINER, Hannah (2016)
Members of Chambers HASSANALLY, Salmaan (2017)
Members of Chambers HITCHENS, Josh (2018)
Members of Chambers LINES, Katie (2018)
Members of Chambers HARMS HON JUSTICE, Louis*
Members of Chambers CARDUCCI, Prof. Dr. G*
Members of Chambers KENNY QC, Caroline (2010)*
Members of Chambers STUTZER, Dr Hansjörg*
Members of Chambers BYRNE, Garrett (1986)*
Members of Chambers BARAV, Ami (1993)*
Members of Chambers PETER, Natasha (2001)*
Members of Chambers DHANOA, Dilpreet K (2009)*
Members of Chambers COHEN, Paul H (2011)*
Members of Chambers FORSYTH, Prof. C (1987)**
Members of Chambers CHRISTIE, Iain (1989)**
Members of Chambers HOFFMAN, David (1997)**
Members of Chambers *International Tenants
Members of Chambers **Associate Tenants