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Gabor Bognar

Gabor Bognar

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Gabor’s practice has three focus areas: First, commercial and chancery work, often in the context of banking and finance, pensions, or professional services. Second, employment law, including whistleblowing. Third, public law, in particular immigration.

Gabor has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court, the County Court, the Employment Tribunal and before the disciplinary committees of professional regulatory bodies.

He accepts instructions from professional clients primarily on disputes, as well as on some non-contentious advisory and drafting matters.

Gabor is qualified to work on a public access (i.e. direct access) basis. He accepts such instructions from individuals, companies and other organisations, relating to matters where litigation is imminent or has already started.

Gabor is a member of the Civil Mediation Council (“CMC”) and a CMC Registered Mediator. He accepts instructions to act as a mediator, or as a mediation advocate, both from professional clients and on a public access basis.

In 2017, Gabor completed a four-month secondment to the Financial Conduct Authority. There, he worked in the General Counsel’s Division, advising on several disputes and proposed transactions of regulatory interest, specifically in relation to insurance, investments and pensions.

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 previously 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 undertook the BPTC at City University. He 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). In addition, Gabor has studied at the London School of Economics, the University of Melbourne and the National Law School of India University (Bangalore), amongst others.

Commercial & Chancery

Examples of recent matters:

Breaches of consultancy agreement for facilitating sale of farmland to developer. Advising consultant, who is prevented by landowners from performance of contract. Consultant v Landowners (2017-2018, ongoing).

Dispute between two directors of company, each a 50% shareholder. Mutual allegations of breaches of directors’ duties, including of diversion of corporate opportunities. Advised director excluded form management of business. Director v Director (2017-2018).

Director’s failure to repay loan taken from company. Represented company and obtained favourable settlement. Nights Gone Wild Ltd v Verhagen (County Court, 2017).

Alleged breach of hire agreement. Forum non conveniens. Successfully argued that English court should not exercise its jurisdiction to hear claim relating to contract formed in Scotland. Grenke Leasing Ltd v Queen’s Cross Church of Scotland Aberdeen (County Court, 2017).

Applications for winding-up of companies on petition of creditors. Successfully represented creditors. Re Build Design Construction Ltd and other matters (Companies Court, 2016 and 2017).

Reform of company law statute in a jurisdiction in Middle East. Advised on directors’ duties and related remedies. Drafted legislation for public authority (instructed as part of team led by Andrew Spink QC). Company law reform (2016).

Enforcement of personal guarantee. Successfully resisted application to set aside default judgment. Ribat Institute v Khan (County Court, 2016).

Arbitration. Expulsion of member from a limited liability partnership in management consultancy sector. Whether remaining LLP members had reasonable grounds for expulsion. Whether breach of express duty of good faith (assisted Benjimin Burgher). Expulsion of LLP member (London Court of International Arbitration, 2015-2016).

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). Commercial mortgage default (2015).

Appointments & Memberships

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


  • 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)


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

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