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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.

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 for lenders in mortgage possession claims.

Her other 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
  • Acting for a lender in a claim concerning whether a mortgage was regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority
  • A claim for the acquisition of an interest through a common intention constructive trust and proprietary estoppel
  • The prospects of obtaining an order for sale under TOLATA 1996
  • 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
  • A claim for rectification
  • 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 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 Dispute Resolution

Priya is interested in developing a practice within commercial landlord and tenant law and is keen to accept instructions in this area.

 

Commercial Litigation

Priya has a particular interest in commercial litigation. Her commercial work includes:

  • Misuse of private information, breach of confidence and the General Data Protection Regulation
  • Appearing in a claim for damages in respect of the supply of goods
  • Acting for the Claimant in a claim for unpaid invoices
  • Appearing in a claim to recover payments due under a contract of hire
  • Drafting a claim for conversion and breach of a Sale and Lease Agreement
  • 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
  • A claim based on a sham joint venture agreement

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

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 been involved in 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

Priya also volunteers for the Pro Bono Scheme.

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