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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.
In his private client practice, Gabor is instructed primarily for contentious work. He has experience of advising and representing clients in co-ownership and inheritance disputes raising issues of constructive and resulting trusts, as well as proprietary estoppel. His work encompasses actions under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. He is available to deal with matters concerning the validity, construction and rectification of wills; intestacy; the duties of personal representatives; and questions of private international law in relation to any of the foregoing.
Represented party to inheritance dispute, who claimed to be entitled to all or part of farmhouse and surrounding farm based on constructive trust or proprietary estoppel, and/or claimed to be entitled to reasonable financial provision under Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Settled during trial. Executors of Estate v Son of Deceased (County Court, 2018).
Constructive trust over residential property jointly owned by former co-habitees. Represented defendant who, after separation, repaid joint mortgage and raised couple’s four children. Obtained favourable settlement. Holmes v Thompson (County Court, 2017-2018).
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)
- 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)
- Hungarian (bilingual)
- Spanish (advanced written)
- French (intermediate written)
- Russian (basic)
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Areas of Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Commercial & Chancery
- Financial Services
- Pensions & Trusts
- Private Client
- Public Law