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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.

Banking

Gabor’s experience of banking work encompasses a variety of UK and international disputes, frequently relating to defaults on secured and/or unsecured debts. Such matters may arise in the context of actual or potential insolvency, and often include property-related issues, such as valuation, possession, and sale.

Examples of recent matters:

Appeals function of bank’s remediation process for addressing disputes raised by customers. Advised on case-work. Bank remediation (2018, ongoing).

Default on mortgage. Continuation of suspended possession order. Mortgagors in dispute with each other about selling property to repay creditor. Represented one of mortgagors. Yorkshire Building Society v Kavia (County Court, 2017).

Insolvency of bank in Dubai International Financial Centre. Breach of settlement agreement between creditor and bank’s liquidators. Advised creditor on estoppel by representation, insolvency set-off and contractual set-off (assisted David Russell QC). Creditor v Liquidators of Bank (2017).

Default on secured loan. Application for stay of warrant of eviction. Debtor intending to sell property and to repay creditor from proceeds. Represented debtor. Luwum v Royal Bank of Scotland plc (Queen’s Bench Division, 2017).

Negligent undervaluation of property when sold by mortgagee in possession. Successfully resisted application for reverse summary judgment and for strike-out of particulars of claim. Lowenthal v Bank of Ireland Home Mortgages Ltd (Queen’s Bench Division, 2016).

Alleged unlawful termination of financing provided by bank to group of property companies, resulting in latter’s insolvency. Litigation valued at £700 million. Advised defendant bank on disclosure and privilege. Debtor v Bank (Commercial Court, 2016).

Default on loan agreement. Assessment of sum owed, including whether agreement was modified to extend repayment period. Firstplus Financial Group plc v Okoye (County Court, 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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