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Gabor Bognar

Gabor Bognar

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Gabor accepts instructions on disputes, as well as non-contentious advisory and drafting matters. He has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court, the County Court, the Employment Tribunal, and before the disciplinary committees of professional regulatory bodies.

Gabor is registered to work on a public access (i.e. direct access) basis. He is an Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator.

Gabor’s legal skills are complemented by deep commercial and entrepreneurial experience from a 16-year career in investment management and investment banking. Before turning to law, he was a partner at Elsworthy Capital, a fund management business he co-founded. Earlier, Gabor was an investment strategist and portfolio manager for equities at Cheyne Capital. He was an economist at Dresdner Kleinwort (as it then was) and Goldman Sachs, advising on foreign exchange and sovereign bond investments in Emerging Europe and the Middle East.

Gabor completed the BPTC at City University; has an LLM (Qualifying Law Degree) from Birkbeck College, University of London; an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge; and a BA in Economics from Bard College (Annandale, New York). He has also studied at the London School of Economics, the University of Melbourne and the National Law School of India University (Bangalore), amongst others.

Commercial & Chancery

Grenke Leasing Ltd v Queen’s Cross Church of Scotland Aberdeen (County Court, 2017)

Hire agreement relating to printing equipment; alleged breach of contract by hirer. Forum non conveniens. Successfully argued that English court should not exercise its jurisdiction to hear claim (instructed by Church of Scotland).

Re Build Design Construction Ltd and other matters (Companies Court, 2016 and 2017)

Applications for winding-up of companies on petition of creditors. Successfully represented creditors (instructed by Devonshires Solicitors).

Lowenthal v Bank of Ireland Home Mortgages Ltd (Queen’s Bench Division, 2016)

Negligent undervaluation of property when sold by mortgagee in possession. Successfully resisted application for reverse summary judgment and for strike-out of particulars of claim (instructed by Bar Pro Bono Unit).

Reform of statute on company law (2016)

Advised and drafted legislation for public authority in Middle East in preparation for planned reform of jurisdiction’s statute on company law. Focused on directors’ duties and related remedies (instructed as part of team led by Andrew Spink QC).

Ribat Institute v Khan (County Court, 2016)

Enforcement of personal guarantee. Successfully resisted application to set aside default judgment (instructed by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe through Bar Pro Bono Unit).

Expulsion of member from limited liability partnership (London Court of International Arbitration, 2015-2016)

Arbitration. Whether management consultancy to financial services sector had reasonable grounds for expelling member; and whether remaining members of LLP were in breach of express duty of good faith (assisted Benjimin Burgher).

Commercial mortgage default (2015)

Advised receiver appointed after default by borrower on commercial mortgage. Issues included validity of receiver’s appointment; designation of legal charge as security document under loan agreement; and receiver’s personal liability relating to potential retention of title claim by third party (assisted Benjimin Burgher).

Appointments & Memberships

  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Company Insolvency Pro Bono Scheme
  • Competition Law Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA Institute)

Awards

  • Wolfson Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn; 2015)
  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn; 2014 – 2015)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn; 2013)
  • External Studentship (King’s College, Cambridge; 1995 – 1996)
  • Jerome Levy Economics Scholarship (Bard College; 1992 – 1995)
  • Eric Warren Goldman Scholarship (Bard College; 1992)
  • Soros Foundation Scholarship (Bard College; 1991 – 1992)

Languages

  • Hungarian (bilingual)
  • Spanish (advanced written)
  • French (intermediate written)
  • Russian (basic)
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