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Priya Gopal
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Priya is building experience across all of Chambers’ main areas of practice, with a particular interest in Property Law, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Professional Liability.

Before joining Hardwicke, Priya obtained experience as a county court advocate, and appeared in hearings for mortgage possession, landlord and tenant matters, consumer credit, charging orders, applications to set aside judgments, orders for sale and small claims trials.

Priya also worked as Judicial Assistant to Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Hamblen. During her time at the Court of Appeal, Priya gained valuable insight into the appeals process and was involved in numerous high-profile cases.

Priya contributes to the Insurance Broking Practice and the Law, edited by CMS Cameron McKenna, Informa loose-leaf.

Outside of law, Priya enjoys tennis, yoga and travelling.

Housing (Social & Privately Rented)

Priya deals with all matters arising in the context of residential landlord and tenant disputes.   She is an experienced county court advocate and is regularly instructed to appear in the county court in the context of:

  • Possession claims (in relation to both social housing and private renting)
  • Tenancy deposit claims
  • Trespasser possession claims
  • Forfeiture proceedings

She also has experience of advising on merits and quantum in respect of disrepair claims.

Real Property & Mortgages

Priya accepts instructions across the scope of real property and mortgage disputes. She regularly appears in mortgage possession and mortgage application claims.

Her other recent work includes:

  • Advising a lender on the recovery of legal costs under an unregulated mortgage agreement
  • Acting for a lender in a claim concerning whether a mortgage was regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Drafting a Defence to a trespass claim where a landowner had acquired a right of way and right to park by prescription
  • A claim for the acquisition of an interest through a common intention constructive trust and proprietary estoppel
  • A claim concerning the proper interpretation and scope of a party wall award
  • A claim against a local authority for damage caused by flooding
  • The liability of a vendor for misrepresentation in a Property Information Form
  • Adverse possession claims, both in relation to unregistered land and under the Land Registration Act 2002
  • Whether the position of the boundary as identified on the title plan had been varied by an informal boundary agreement

Leasehold & Leasehold Management

Priya accepts instructions in a wide variety of leasehold matters. Her recent work includes:

  • Representing landlords in forfeiture proceedings
  • Advising on waiver of the right to forfeit
  • Advising and appearing in the First Tier Tribunal and County Court in relation to service charge disputes
  • Advising on quantum in respect of a disrepair claim
  • An appeal in the context of a disrepair claim, where a defence was raised under the Equality Act 2010

Commercial Landlord & Tenant

Priya acts for both landlords and tenants in commercial property disputes. Her recent work includes:

  • Representing a landlord in a claim where a tenant refused to pay service charges on the basis that works to the roof of the property were defective
  • Advising a landlord on the merits of a forfeiture claim for non-payment of rent
  • A contested lease renewal in respect of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
  • Forfeiture proceedings against the tenant of a public house for breach of covenant, including substantial rent arrears
  • Whether a landlord had complied with the formalities to contract out of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
  • Representing a landlord in possession proceedings where the parties had contracted out of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

Trusts of Land

Priya accepts instructions in relation to applications under section 14, TOLATA 1996 as well as other co-ownership disputes, including constructive trusts of the family home and proprietary estoppel.

Her recent work includes:

  • Advising on the prospects of obtaining an Order for Sale in relation to co-owned commercial property where the trustees were in a deadlock
  • Representing creditors in their applications for an Order for Sale in respect of co-owned property
  • Obtaining an Order for sale in respect of property which the Applicant jointly owned with her brother. Priya was also able to recover a substantial amount of the Applicant’s costs
  • Advising on the prospects of obtaining an order for sale under TOLATA 1996
  • Drafting a Particulars of Claim in respect of a claim to secure a beneficial interest in a family home pursuant to a common intention constructive trust and proprietary estoppel

Electronic Communications Code

Priya has a particular interest in the Electronic Communications Code and welcomes  instructions in this area.

Her recent work includes:

  • Advising a landowner on whether they can terminate a licence agreement entered into with a code operator under the new Electronic Communications Code
  • Advising a landowner on whether he was bound by Code Rights and how the Transitional Provisions applied to his case

Commercial Litigation

Priya is developing a broad commercial practice and welcomes instructions in this area.

As Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice Hamblen, Priya was involved in numerous high-profile commercial cases, including Global Asset Capital Inc v Aabar Block Sarl [2017] EWCA Civ 37 and PJSC Tatneft v Bogolyubov [2017] EWCA Civ 1581.

Her recent work includes:

  • Assisting Nigel Jones QC and Sri Carmichael in a multi-million dollar fraud claim
  • Acting as junior counsel to David Lewis QC in a claim for fraudulent misrepresentation under a building contract
  • Advising on liability for misuse of private information, breach of confidence and the application of the General Data Protection Regulation
  • Advising on liability for making misleading statements, dishonest omission and dishonesty delay under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000
  • Acting as sole counsel in an appeal involving non-payment of solicitors’ fees
  • Defending a claim for unpaid letting fees on the basis that it amounted to an unfair term under the Consumer Rights Act 2015
  • Drafting a claim for conversion and breach of a Sale and Lease Agreement
  • Advising whether a credit agreement improperly relied on a business purpose exemption
  • Advising on the enforcement of a Settlement Agreement and the availability of the defence of equitable set-off

Banking & Finance

Priya is looking to develop a practice in banking and financial services work. Her interest in banking and finance stems from her experience as Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice Hamblen where she was involved in the seminal decision of Metlife v JP Morgan [2016] EWCA Civ 1248, which concerned the interpretation of a ‘CER event’ within a structured note programme.

Priya has recently acted for lenders in cases where:

  • A mortgage deed has been challenged as being defective
  • There is a dispute as to whether a second charge mortgage was regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

She has also defended a well-known cryptocurrency exchange platform in a claim concerning re-payment of losses incurred following purchase of cryptocurrency.

Franchising

Priya has an interest in Franchising and welcomes instructions in this area.

She has recently defended the franchisor of a large cleaning company in a claim brought by a franchisee who alleged that he was not liable to pay for diary management system costs and  advance payments under the franchising agreement.

Property & Construction Professionals

Priya is interested in developing a practice within professional liability and particularly in the context of property law.

As a Judicial Assistant, Priya was involved in the seminal case of Burgess v Lejonvarn [2017] EWCA Civ 254, where it was concluded that an architect who had provided gratuitous professional services was under a duty to exercise reasonable care and skill for any work she had assumed responsibility for.

Priya has also assisted with a case concerning an architect’s liability for the negligent design and construction of a barn.

Financial Professionals, Insolvency Professionals, Directors & Officers

Priya has experience with professional claims against a variety of professionals, including solicitors and accountants.

She has recently acted for an accountant in a negligence claim brought by a former client for failure to advise in relation to capital gains tax and bankruptcy.

Costs Litigation

Priya regularly deals with costs matters arising out of property and commercial litigation, including advising on Part 36 offers and attending costs budgeting hearings.

Her other recent work includes:

  • Assisting Robin Dunne in the matter of PME v Scout Association [2019] 7 WLUK 574 which concerned whether authorised court officers had jurisdiction to conduct provisional assessments and whether there could be an appeal from a provisional assessment
  • Advising on appealing a summary assessment of costs in a housing dispute

Qualifications

  • LLB, First Class Honours (King’s College, London)
  • LLM, Distinction (King’s College, London)
  • BPTC, Outstanding (BPP Law School, Holborn)
  • ADR-ODR International accredited Civil Commercial Mediator

Awards and achievements

  • Cholmeley Studentship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Marchant BPTC Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn)

Publications

  • Contributor to the Insurance Broking Practice and the Law, edited by CMS Cameron McKenna, Informa loose-leaf
  • Publication of ‘A Critical Examination of the Impact of Section 172 of the Companies Act 2006’ in the Student Journal of Law, Issue 4 (2012)

Languages

  • Gujarati (Proficient)

CSR

Priya has volunteered for various organisations, including:

  • Advocate, as a casework intern
  • Islington Law Centre, in the Debt and Consumer team

Priya also volunteers for Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit), offering pro bono legal services to members of the public.

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