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Gabor Bognar

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Gabor Bognar is a barrister specialising in chancery and commercial disputes, private international law, and aspects of public law. He has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court and the County Court, amongst other forums. He is also a Civil Mediation Council Registered Mediator.

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 accepts instructions from 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 (“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 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 is finishing an LLM at the London School of Economics, 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, 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.

Pensions & Trusts

Gabor’s experience of pensions work includes assisting in relation to regulatory issues, such as a financial support direction and prohibition proceedings. He has also assisted on disputes relating to alleged professional negligence in the amendment of trust deeds and rules, and pension-age equalisation.

Examples of recent matters:

Financial support direction issued by the Pensions Regulator under Pensions Act 2004, section 43. Whether applicant “connected with or an associate of the employer”, despite appointment of administrative receivers. Whether reasonable to impose direction on applicant (assisted Nicolas Stallworthy QC). Granada UK Rental and Retail Ltd v The Pensions Regulator (Box Clever Group Pension Scheme) [2018] UKUT 164 (TCC).

Prohibition proceedings against former directors of corporate trustee of an occupational pension scheme. Whether trustees acted with lack of integrity by making employer-related investments, by making allegedly misleading statements, and/or in relation to “pension liberation” (assisted Michael Uberoi). The Pensions Regulator v SAW (Determinations Panel, 2017).

Occupational pension scheme. Alleged negligence by firm of solicitors in advising about amendment of trust deed and rules. Advised and drafted pleadings for defendant (assisted David E Grant). Pension scheme professional negligence (2016).

Occupational pension scheme. Equalisation of normal pension age for men and women. Whether effective from date when announced in writing, or from date when trust deed and rules were amended (assisted Andrew Short QC). Safeway Ltd v Newton [2016] EWHC 377 (Ch).

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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