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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.

Pensions & Trusts

Alleged negligence relating to occupational pension scheme (2016)

Advised and drafted pleadings for defendant firm of solicitors. Claimant employer and trustees of pension scheme alleged that firm had given negligent advice about amendment of trust deed and rules to change accrual rate and salary definition (assisted David E Grant).

Safeway Ltd v Newton [2016] EWHC 377 (Ch)

Whether occupational pension scheme equalised normal pension age for men and women at 65 on date when change was announced in writing, or on date when trust deed and rules were amended (assisted Andrew Short QC). See: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Ch/2016/377.html.

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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