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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.

Employment & Discrimination

Examples of recent matters:

Post-resignation and post-termination obligations of marketing/sales professional. Whether employer entitled to recall employee from previously agreed garden leave. Whether duration of restrictive covenant unreasonable. Advised employee. Garden leave and restraint of trade (2017).

Protected disclosures about patient safety to management of private hospital by director of operations. Detriment and unfair dismissal. Employer’s decision-making process manipulated/tainted by senior employee. Represented claimant. Settled. Whistleblower v Employer (Employment Tribunal, 2017).

Disability discrimination. Travel insurance for cancer patients. Whether refusal to insure, or offering insurance only subject to unfavourable terms and conditions, is lawful under Equality Act 2010. Advice in writing. Travel insurance discrimination (2017).

Judicial mediation. Redundancy in restructuring at primary school. Alleged discrimination on grounds of religion and sex. Represented claimant. Obtained written apology and financial settlement. Mediation settlement (Employment Tribunal, 2016).

Refusal by bakery to fulfil customer’s order for cake decorated with words chosen by customer. Whether discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or political opinion. Whether relevant domestic legislation can be read compatibly with ECHR, articles 9 and 10 (assisted Sarah Crowther). Lee v McArthur [2016] NICA 39. See: http://www.bailii.org/nie/cases/NICA/2016/39.html.

Gross misconduct by employee. Whether open to Employment Tribunal to form its own view of potential mitigating factors, or whether it must ask only if employer’s decision to dismiss was reasonable (assisted Sarah Crowther). Sanders v East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (Employment Appeal Tribunal, 2016).

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)

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)

Gabor Bognar is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

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