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Gabor Bognar

Gabor Bognar

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Gabor’s practice has three focus areas. First, chancery work, with an emphasis on contentious private client matters and pensions. Second, commercial disputes, often in the context of banking and finance. Third, private international law, covering issues of jurisdiction, applicable law, plus the recognition and enforcement of judgments. In addition he has an interest in, and experience of, immigration and asylum work.

Gabor has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court, the County Court, the Employment Tribunal, the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), and before the disciplinary committees of professional regulatory bodies.

He is instructed by professional clients primarily on disputes where proceedings are imminent or ongoing. Gabor is qualified to work on a public access (i.e. direct access) basis. He accepts such instructions relating to cases where litigation is already underway.

Gabor is a Civil Mediation Council 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 secondment to the Financial Conduct Authority. There, he worked in the General Counsel’s Division, advising on 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 has an LLM from the London School of Economics; 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, he has studied at the University of Melbourne and the National Law School of India University (Bangalore), amongst others. Gabor undertook the BPTC at City University, London.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Gabor is an ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator and a Civil Mediation Council Registered Mediator. He is available to act as a mediator, or as a mediation advocate. In particular, Gabor accepts instructions for the mediation of chancery disputes, including private client and pensions cases; commercial disputes, including banking and financial services cases; as well as matters involving private international law.

Examples of recent experience:

Action for specific performance of mediation settlement agreement. Dispute about ownership of equitable interest in a variety of residential properties. Advised one of defendants on whether settlement agreement can be rescinded based on misrepresentation and/or for other reasons. Whether specific performance should be resisted on ground that claimant had “unclean hands”. M v M (Chancery Division, 2018).

Inheritance mediation. Dispute between deceased’s family in England and his family in Pakistan, relating to real property situated in England. Potential claim for constructive trust, proprietary estoppel, and/or under Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Settled. Mediation observation (2018).

Debt mediation. Default on unsecured business loan between individuals. Settled. Mediation observation (2017).

Mediation of finance/regulatory dispute. Default on mortgage of residential property, after loan taken to finance borrower’s business. Mortgage allegedly unenforceable by reason of non-compliance with financial services regulation and due to “unfair relationship” under consumer credit legislation. Did not settle. Mediation observation (2017).

Commercial mediation. Contract dispute about rental of short term office space. Alleged breaches as to size and condition; alleged improper termination. Settled. Mediation observation (2017).

Judicial mediation of employment dispute. Acted as mediation advocate for claimant. Redundancy in restructuring at primary school. Alleged discrimination on grounds of religion and sex. Obtained written apology and financial settlement. Mediation advocacy (Employment Tribunal, 2016).

Arbitration relating to 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).

 

Appointments & Memberships

  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Civil Mediation Council
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Affiliate Member
  • 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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