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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.

Financial Services

Gabor’s practice in financial services covers both contractual disputes and regulatory matters relating to a variety of financial products and services, such as foreign exchange and stockbroking, fund management and investments, as well as life and other insurance. His experience in this field has included a secondment to the Financial Conduct Authority, where he worked in the General Counsel’s Division.

Examples of recent matters:

Contracts for difference on foreign exchange futures. Breach of contract by brokerage, by making margin call on investor’s positions when balances in investor’s accounts sufficient to keep positions open and by closing positions at a price below market. Drafted particulars of claim (assisted Michael Uberoi). Investor v Brokerage (Commercial Court, 2017).

With-profits life insurance. Constitution of classes for proposed scheme of arrangement under Companies Act 2006. Advice in writing. Life insurance (2017).

Protection plan” for domestic appliances. Whether in law a contract of insurance or a contract for services. Whether requiring regulatory permission. Insurance perimeter (2017).

Car insurance policy marketed by with a “guarantee” of no future premium increases, regardless of claim history. Firm seeking to remove “guarantee“. Advised about contractual and regulatory position. Insurance regulation (2017).

Marketing of appointed representative services to fund managers. Whether description as “regulatory hosting” was a reference to approval or endorsement by a competent authority. Advice in writing. Regulatory hosting (2017).

Private client stockbroking and wealth management. “Insistent client” policy, i.e. procedure to be followed by firm if client wishes to proceed with a transaction which is considered by firm not to be suitable and/or appropriate for client in meaning of Financial Conduct Authority Handbook (assisted Oliver Assersohn). Insistent client policy (2015).

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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