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Bianca accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice including commercial litigation, probate, employment & discrimination, financial services, personal injury, inquests and international related matters. She has a particular interest in international arbitration.
Advocacy experience includes High Court and County Court hearings, multiday Employment Tribunal work, inquests at the Coroner’s Court and hearings at the Crown Court.
She is a former solicitor, having qualified at Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May in 2012.
Prior to starting pupillage, Bianca was a judicial assistant to the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas at the Court of Appeal from April to July 2014. She was a research assistant at the Law Commission in the Common Law and Commercial Team in 2013-2014. She undertook a stage at the European Court of Human Rights in 2012.
Bianca speaks fluent German, advanced French and elementary Brazilian Portuguese.
Bianca is licensed to undertake public access work.
Pensions & Trusts
Pensions & Trusts
Bianca advises in relation to a number of pension matters including court proceedings and pension ombudsman claims.
Bianca assisted The Pensions Regulator in a relation to a high-profile pension fraud (Friendly Pensions Limited) which resulted in the High Court ordering the fraudsters to repay £13.7 million to their victims.
Recent matters include:
- Advising a GP surgery in relation to a substantial contribution claim under Section D3 of the NHS Pension Scheme Regulations 1995
- JK v E, advising a wealthy businessman in relation to his potential claims of breach of contract and misrepresentation against his employer for placing him in the wrong pension fund
- C v NHS Business Authority, advising a retired nurse in relation to the NHS Pension Scheme Regulations 1995
- G v Ministry of Defence, advising as to whether a retired Gurkha had a legitimate expectation to be paid the same pension as a UK army officer, and on the fairness of the transfer from the Gurkha Pension to the government gratuity scheme and to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 1975
- Advising the Department of Work and Pensions on the implications of Brexit on social security legislation.
- Re T Fund, advising in relation to the interpretation of the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2015
- B v NHS, advising in relation to the change of position and limitation defences in a pension overpayment claim
Bianca is currently updating the salary sacrifice chapter in Tolley’s Pensions Law Service and is a contributor to Atkins Pensions Court Forms.
Appointments & Memberships
- Associate member of the Association of Pension Lawyers (APL)
- Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
- Commercial Bar Association
- Chancery Bar Association
- Contentious Trusts Association
- Employment Law Bar Association
- Financial Services Law Association
- London Very Young Arbitration Practitioners
- International Court of Justice Grant, Lincoln College, 2013
- Drucker Prize, Lincoln College, 2012
- BCL from Lincoln College, University of Oxford
- First-class law degree from the University of Manchester
- German (fluent)
- French (advanced)
- Brazilian Portuguese (elementary)
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Areas of Law
- Insolvency & Restructuring
- Business Crime
- Clinical Negligence
- Commercial & Chancery
- Employment & Discrimination
- Financial Services
- Pensions & Trusts
- Personal Injury
- International Injury & Travel
- Private Client
- Professional Negligence