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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.

Public Law

Examples of recent matters:

Leave to remain. Appeal from refusal decision by Home Office. Welfare of children. Statutory and ECHR, article 8 grounds. WEO v Secretary of State for Home Department (First-tier Tribunal, 2018, ongoing).

Judicial review. Application for bail accommodation under Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. Whether delay in provision unlawful at common law. Whether continuing detention contrary to ECHR, article 5. Drafted summary grounds of defence. ELM v Secretary of State for Home Department (Administrative Court, 2018).

Judicial review. Leave to remain. Whether further submissions “created a realistic prospect of success” in meaning of Immigration Rules. Whether evidence of “exceptional circumstances” exited. Drafted summary grounds of defence. AK v Secretary of State for Home Department (Upper Tribunal, 2017).

Judicial review. Application for residence card refused. Whether refusal contained sufficient reasons. Detention and decision to remove. Whether human rights claim to be regarded as previously determined. Drafted summary grounds of defence. AA v Secretary of State for Home Department (Upper Tribunal, 2017).

Judicial review application for alleged unlawful detention. Whether “child” includes person about whom decision maker mistakenly but reasonably believed that his age was 18 or over. Whether Hansard can be used as aid to interpretation. Advised defendant on interpretation of Immigration Act 1971 (assisted John McKendrick QC). R (AA) v Secretary of State for Home Department [2016] EWHC 1453 (Admin). See:

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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