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Chambers of Timothy Straker QC and Satinder Hunjan QC
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London Bar > Social housing Tier 1

The barristers at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square advise on the full range of social housing issues and are 'absolutely brilliant, thrive to set case law and always happy to assist'. The set has recently established a notable reputation for fire safety and cladding issues following significant involvement in the Grenfell inquiry and members of the set, Andrew Dymond among others, representing bereaved and survivors of the disaster. In 2020, Christopher Baker successfully defended Agudas Israel Housing Association before the Supreme Court in R (on the application of Z) v Hackney LBC, a challenge brought by a concerning the allocation properties in Stamford Hill specifically fitted out for the needs of Orthodox Jews. Toby Vanhegan has been involved in a number of cases concerning the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on housing and homelessness, such as in Bankole-Jones v Watford BC, concerning the interpretation of priority need. Also noteworthy, Anneli Robins was involved in Croydon LBC v Kalonga, a case concerning the ejection of anti-social tenants on flexible tenancies, which do not generally have forfeiture clauses.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Baker - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareChris has a superb knowledge of the residential landlord and tenant law and understands the broader social housing picture and the regulatory environment. His measured approach to advocacy works well in the tribunals and higher courts.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Manning - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareIt is clear from his advocacy style that he is highly knowledgeable in this area of law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Toby Vanhegan - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareToby is a quick thinker and can see arguable legal points where others may not.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Dymond - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareI think that there are few barristers who would have his combination of knowledge and commitment.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Peacock - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareHe is very approachable, has extensive knowledge of local government, homelessness appeals and judicial reviews.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Stephanie Lovegrove - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareA highly experienced barrister who has an excellent command of all aspects of housing law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Anneli Robins4-5 Gray’s Inn Square 'Tenacious and committed to every instruction - her strengths are her knowledge of the law and of people, and the ability to work well with her clients.'
Ranked: Tier 4



‘4-5 Grays Inn Square remains a leading set for social housing work, in particular with a number of enthusiastic and knowledgeable junior counsel.’

‘The overall knowledge and expertise of this set of chambers is impressive.’

‘The set as a whole offer a variety of skilled and experienced counsel in social housing. Their client base give them a well-rounded approach to strategy in social housing cases. Their training courses are engaging and highly relevant. One of the few sets I would instruct regularly in these matters.’

‘Many members of its housing team are excellent, well-renowned and easy to get on with.’

‘4-5 Gray’s Inn is set of chambers that are absolutely brilliant, thrive to set case law and always happy to assist.’


‘The clerks have always been courteous and helpful. Fee notes are provided in good time and any corrections that need to be made on fee notes are always done quickly.’

London Bar > Local government (including rating law) Tier 2

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is ‘reliable and always well prepared in the areas of housing, public law and administrative law ‘. The set is increasingly active in cases concerning financial, modern slavery, mental health, housing, planning and public space protection matters. Recent work for the team includes the ‘clear and concise advocateJonathan Manning obtaining an injunction for Birmingham City Council for the purpose of banning the much-publicised protests outside Anderton Park School by parents opposed to the school’s sex and relationships education lessons.

Leading Silks

Timothy Straker QC - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareHis strengths are that he is knowledgeable, intellectual and personable - and the clarity of his advice.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Manning - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareVery good advocate, clear and concise, always to the point. Very good with clients humorous and calm.
Ranked: Tier 2
Vivienne Sedgley - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareShe has excellent advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Baker4-5 Gray’s Inn SquareChristopher is well versed in his specialist area of practice. He brings a concise and problem solving approach to any matter upon which he is asked to advise. His advice is always focussed and he provides sensible and workable solutions.
Ranked: Tier 3



‘4-5 are specialists in housing law and are able to offer counsel with varying degrees of specialism so that there is always someone available to assist.’

‘Very strong set overall. Reliable and always well prepared in the areas of housing, public law and administrative law.’


‘The clerks are very friendly and professional, will respond to queries within very short timescales and will always try and accommodate with regards to finding suitable counsel for the task in hand.’

‘The clerks are very helpful and happy to try to help to provide counsel at short notice.’

Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 2

Colin Manning – 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square An accredited mediator since 1997, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square's Colin Manning is 'good at getting the client's confidence and brokering a settlement'. Manning brings approximately 50 years' experience as a commercial litigator to the mediation of commercial disputes involving contracts, professional negligence, partnership, company, shareholders, construction, property, international trade, and trusts and probate.

Stephen Barker – 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square4-5 Gray’s Inn Square's 'calm and authoritative' Stephen Barker, who practises jointly through CEDR Chambers), is 'an appropriate mix of sensitive and commercial, and reads the dynamics of the room extremely well'. Barker's experience includes over 100 successful mediations, with recent experience including multi-party shareholder disputes, insolvency cases and professional negligence mediations.

Patrick Taylor – 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square 'A very reliable mediator', Patrick Taylor of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square 'has gravitas; he is relaxed, focused, builds rapport, and gently guides parties to settlement'. Taylor's practice areas cover private law disputes, commercial agents' claims and multi-party matters, with recent mediations involving property disputes, often with agricultural dimensions.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections) Tier 4

4-5 Gray's Inn Square 'has an established reputation in public law' and is noted for its 'leading silks in election law', who are 'supported by many excellent juniors'. In one such example, Timothy Straker QC and Vivienne Sedgley successfully defended the London Borough of Newham in a case brought by campaigners submitting a petition seeking a referendum on abolishing the role of elected mayor in 2020. The matter featured issues of coronavirus legislation, which had stopped petitions being brought as part of the one-year freeze on local elections, and a breach of the embargo on the judgment by the campaigners.

Leading Silks

Richard Price QC - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareRichard is one of, if not the, preeminent barristers 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.
Ranked: Tier 2
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. An absolute star.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Vivienne Sedgley - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareVivienne is an outstanding junior in election law, and is constantly up-to-date on all aspects of election law. Assiduous and thorough in research and other work, including drafting of complex legal arguments.
Ranked: Tier 2



‘4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has an established reputation in public law, election law, local authority, housing work, professional regulation and mediation. Chambers has silks and juniors across all areas, who provide strength in depth.’


‘The service provided by Vicky Thompson, the CEO, Emily Martin, Stephen Somerville (Acting Senior Clerk) and their team is outstanding. They have worked assiduously to keep chambers going during the pandemic in difficult circumstances.’

London Bar > Planning

London Bar > Property litigation

Leading Juniors

Christopher Baker - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareChris has a superb knowledge of the residential landlord and tenant law and unlike many barristers understands the broader social housing picture and the regulatory environment; he is approachable and his written work is first class. His measured approach to advocacy works well in the tribunals and higher courts that I use him for.
Ranked: Tier 3

Commercial and 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 and IP, commercial debt recovery, employment law, and international commercial practice. Members appear in courts and tribunals in England and Wales and in overseas jurisdictions, acting for both domestic and foreign clients, including individuals, corporations, and public bodies.

Planning and 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 and 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 and 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 and property: Our barristers are noted experts in housing, landlord/tenant and residential and 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.

Chief Executive Vicky Thompsonvthompson@4-5.co.uk0207 404 5252
Senior Clerk Emily Martinemartin@4-5.co.uk0207 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