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Bianca Venkata

Bianca Venkata

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Bianca joined Chambers as a tenant in 2015 after successfully completing pupillage. She accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice including commercial litigation, probate, employment & discrimination, financial services, personal injury, inquests and international related matters.

Bianca has a BCL from Lincoln College, University of Oxford, and a first-class law degree from the University of Manchester. She is a former solicitor, having qualified at Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May in 2012.

Prior to starting pupillage, Bianca was a judicial assistant to the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas at the Court of Appeal from April to July 2014. She was a research assistant at the Law Commission in the Common Law and Commercial Team in 2013-2014. She undertook a stage at the European Court of Human Rights in 2012.

Advocacy experience includes High Court and County Court hearings, multiday Employment Tribunal work, inquests at the Coroner’s Court and preliminary hearings at the Crown Court.

Bianca speaks fluent German, advanced French and elementary Brazilian Portuguese.

Commercial & Chancery

Bianca has appeared as Counsel in the High Court and County Court for businesses, financial institutions and individuals. Recent matters have included a trial in a builder contractor dispute, applications  to strike out and for summary judgment, to set aside default judgment, obtaining enforcement of charging orders, resisting claims to set aside an order for sale and for payment, restoring an insolvent company to the register, and serving out of jurisdiction. She regularly appears in case and cost management conferences.

Bianca has advised and appeared in hearings in probate and insolvency proceedings.

Bianca successfully contested the jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales in an insurance dispute and achieved full costs.

She has advised on liability and quantum regarding copyright and contractual disputes. She has advised and drafted a defence in relation to a breach of contract claim in the construction sector.

She is a regular volunteer at the Chancery Bar Litigation In Person Advisory Scheme (CLIPS), at the High Court, Rolls Building.

Recent cases include:

A v A, successfully resisting an application to set aside a charging order in the Chancery Division, Rolls Building

Garvey v Chamberlain and Others, Bianca represented a Claimant in a contentious probate claim in the Central London Civil Justice Centre. The Claimant was seeking a decree probate of a will in solemn form. A Defendant alleged that the will was invalid because the deceased lacked capacity and had been subject to undue influence. Bianca successfully obtained an unless order against a Defendant in relation to the service of a Defence and Counterclaim, to join another Defendant as a Second Claimant, and to move the Claim forward to a summary judgment application.

F v Standard Life, successfully obtaining summary judgment at Portsmouth County Court

A v Standard Life, successfully striking-out a claim at Brentford County Court

Orlovas v TC&D, achieving a positive result in trial involving a builder contractor dispute at Edmonton County Court

Financial Services

Bianca was seconded to the US international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher where she gained experience in a number of high-profile investigations into corruption and bribery. She assisted in relation to investigations being conducted by the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority and US regulators.

She has been instructed in relation to the Forex market investigations being conducted by UK and US regulators.

Bianca published an article in the New Law Journal in January 2016 “New senior manager rules: three key requirements & removal of the reverse burden of proof “.

Bianca has assisted in updating the chapters on money laundering and suspicious activity reports in the 6th edition of Millington and Sutherland Williams on The Proceeds of Crime (Oxford University Press) 2013.

Employment & Discrimination

Bianca appears as Counsel in a variety of employment and discrimination cases in relation to unlawful deduction of wages and breach of contract claims, whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, redundancy, victimisaton, harassment, disability discrimination, race discrimination, sexual orientation, pregnancy, maternity and sex discrimination claims. She drafts pleadings for employment tribunal and employment appeal tribunal cases, and has advised on a variety of employment claims including litigation strategy and settlement offers. Bianca receives instructions from Claimants and Respondents.

Bianca was instructed as junior counsel in the High Court in a claim resisting an injunction and summary judgment. She assisted as junior counsel in McCloud & others v The Lord Chancellor & others (the judicial pensions’ litigation), one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2016.

She is a volunteer at ELIPS (Employment Litigation in Person Scheme) at Central London Tribunal.

Recent cases include:

C v Goslings Farm, a three day pregnancy and maternity discrimination and victimisation claim at Huntingdon Employment Tribunal

W v Tesco, a sexual orientation discrimination, harassment and victimisation claim at East London Employment Tribunal

F v Haringey Council, a three day race discrimination, harassment and victimisation claim at Watford Employment Tribunal

International Illness, Injury & Travel

Bianca has been instructed to advise and draft pleadings in relation to the bringing of a personal injury claim in India. She has attended case and costs management conferences in relation to international travel cases.

Bianca studied International Dispute Settlement as part of the BCL at the University of Oxford. She is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), a member of the International Bar Association and has judged international law mooting competitions including the UK National Championship of the 55th Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Gray’s Inn in 2014.

Pensions & Trusts

During pupillage Bianca gained experience in pensions under the supervision of David E Grant. She has since assisted a number of pension matters including limitation, quantum of pension loss and liberation.

Bianca assisted The Pensions Regulator in a relation to a high-profile pension fraud.

Recent cases include:

Bennett v NHS – Bianca advised in a pension overpayment claim in relation to the change of position and limitation defences.

Clinical Negligence

Bianca has drafted pleadings and advices in clinical negligence cases including negligent birth and operation claims. She has advised on liability and quantum.

She has assisted the Ministry of Defence in relation to clinical negligence and personal injury cases.

Bianca regularly appears in inquests at the Coroner’s Court.

Personal Injury

Bianca appears in personal injury cases at the County Court relating to damages disputes in low value personal injury claims, infant approval settlements and CMCs including determining the parties’ budget.

She has drafted a variety of pleadings in personal injury cases, such as a defence in relation to a woman’s alleged negligent care at a care home, and advising generally on liability and quantum.

Bianca has given a talk at a solicitors firm on the Limitation Act 1930.

Public Law

During pupillage Bianca gained experience in public law under the supervision of John McKendrick QC. She drafted advices and pleadings regarding a variety of judicial review matters in the immigration, commercial and education fields, and attended court on several occasions.

Bianca is appointed to the Junior Junior Scheme of the Attorney General’s Panel.

She is a volunteer at Jesuit Refugee Service and Bail for Immigration Detainees and visits Heathrow Detention Centre.

Bianca conducted research for Sir Stephen Sedley in relation to his book, Lions Under the Throne (Cambridge University Press) 2015.

Business Crime

Bianca has appeared as an advocate in the Crown Court and the Magistrates Court on behalf of Defendants regarding a variety of charges including corporate manslaughter, public order offences and driving offences.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • International Bar Association
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Financial Services Law Association
  • London Very Young Arbitration Practitioners
  • Attorney General’s Panel, Junior Junior Scheme (2016-2017)
  • Lex Anglo Brasil

Awards

  • International Court of Justice Grant, Lincoln College, 2013
  • Drucker Prize, Lincoln College, 2012

Languages

  • German (fluent)
  • French (advanced)
  • Brazilian Portuguese (elementary)
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