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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

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
  • 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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