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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
|Chief Executive||Vicky Thompsonemail@example.com||0207 404 5252|
|Senior Clerk||Emily Martinfirstname.lastname@example.org||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|