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Priya Gopal

Pupil

Year of call: 2014

Priya Gopal

Priya commenced pupillage in October 2018 and is building experience across all of Chambers’ main areas of practice, with a particular interest in Property Law, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Professional Liability.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Priya obtained experience as a county court advocate, and has 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, including Burgess v Lejonvarn [2017] EWCA Civ 254, which is a significant authority on the liability of those providing professional services.

Priya has experience with drafting and providing advice both at the Bar and as a result of her voluntary work for Advocate and Islington Law Centre.

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

Real Property & Mortgages

Priya is an experienced county court advocate and has conducted hearings in relation to:

  • Landlord and tenant matters, including possession claims
  • Mortgage possession claims
  • Applications to suspend warrants of possession

Priya has assisted with cases involving:

  • A claim against a local authority for damage caused by flooding
  • The liability of a vendor for answers in a Property Information Form
  • The abandonment of an easement
  • A claim based on a sham joint venture agreement
  • A trial based on adverse possession under the Land Registration Act 2002

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Priya has a particular interest in commercial dispute resolution and is keen to develop a practice in this area.

As a Judicial Assistant, Priya was involved in seminal commercial cases, including:

  • Metlife v JP Morgan [2016] EWCA Civ 1248 (which concerned the interpretation of a ‘CER event’ within a structured note programme)
  • PJSC Tatneft v Bogolyubov [2017] EWCA Civ 1581 (whether an amendment involved raising a new time-barred cause of action and whether a claim under Article 1064 of the Russian Civil Code had a real prospect of success)
  • Global Asset Capital Inc v Aabar Block Sarl [2017] EWCA Civ 37 (concerning the point at which a contract was concluded during negotiations)

Priya has worked on cases involving:

  • The enforcement of a Settlement Agreement and the availability of the defence of equitable set-off
  • Directors’ misfeasance and in particular, attribution and the illegality defence
  • The interpretation of a mediation clause under a Terms of Business Agreement
  • A claim against a recruitment company for negligence in pre-engagement screening

Priya has experience as a county court advocate and has conducted trials involving:

  • A claim for damages in respect of defective furniture
  • A claim for unpaid invoices in respect of the provision of scaffolding services
  • Payments due under a contract for the hire of a photocopier

Property & Construction Professionals

Property 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.

Legal Professionals

Priya is interested in developing a practice involving claims against legal professionals. In particular, she has assisted with a loss of chance claim arising from solicitors’ negligence.

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)
  • 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
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