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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.

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

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.

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:

  • Re L  advising on whether the removal of certain holiday properties from a timeshare constitutes a repudiatory breach of contract
  • A v A – successfully resisting an application to set aside a charging order in the Chancery Division, High Court
  • Garvey v Chamberlain and Others – successfully obtaining an unless order against a Defendant in relation to the service of a Defence and Counterclaim and an order to move the Claim forward to a summary judgment application, in a contentious probate claim at the Central London Civil Justice Centre
  • 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.

Bianca contributed to the Employer Liability chapter in Tolley’s Looseleaf Employment Law.

Recent cases include:

  • C v All Inn Ltd – successfully representing a claimant in a two-day pregnancy discrimination case at South London Employment Tribunal
  • C v Goslings Farm – a three day pregnancy and maternity discrimination and victimisation claim at Huntingdon Employment Tribunal
  • W v T – 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 former 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

Bianca has assisted in 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 matters include:

  • G v Ministry of Defence – advising as to whether a retired Gurkha had a legitimate expectation to be paid the same pension as a UK army officer, and on the fairness of the transfer from the Gurkha Pension to the government gratuity scheme and to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 1975
  • Public body-advising on the implications of Brexit on social security legislation
  • Re T Fund – advising in relation to the interpretation of the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2015
  • B v NHS – advising in relation to the change of position and limitation defences in a pension overpayment claim.

Clinical Negligence

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

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.

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.

Recent cases include Goldhill v London Borough of Bromley – representing a claimant in a fast track case regarding whether following a motorbike accident there had been a breach of the duty to maintain the highway under section 41 of the Highways Act 1980.

Public Law

During pupillage Bianca gained experience in public law under the supervision of John McKendrick QC.

Bianca has advised and drafted pleadings for the Government Legal Department in relation to a variety of immigration judicial review matters including deportations, asylum claims, fresh submissions and human rights claims.

Bianca is a volunteer at Jesuit Refugee Service and Bail for Immigration Detainees.

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

Recent cases include D(Zimbabwe) v Secretary Of State For The Home Department – representing a claimant at the First-Tier Immigration Tribunal and successfully obtaining bail.

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.

She has conducted research regarding the Money Laundering and Disclosure of Suspicious Transactions Chapters in The Proceeds of Crime.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Financial Services Law Association
  • London Very Young Arbitration Practitioners
  • 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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