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Year of Call: 2016 ghogan@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Gregor joined Chambers in October 2017 and is developing a busy practice across Chambers’ areas of expertise.  He regularly appears in the High Court, where he is instructed in his own right on interlocutory matters, and in the County Court.  Gregor has a particular interest in contentious trusts and probate work (including offshore), commercial litigation, company and civil fraud.

Gregor has recently returned to Chambers from a seven-month secondment in the Contentious Trusts and Succession group at Withers LLP, during which he worked on a number of Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims involving dynastic and high net worth estates as well as advising offshore trustees and charities on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters.

Gregor completed his pupillage in 2017 and his pupil supervisors were Jennifer Haywood, Constance McDonnell, Matthew Morrison and James Weale. During pupillage Gregor worked on cases covering the full spectrum of Chambers' practice.  Prior to coming to the Bar, Gregor completed his BA and BCL at Merton College, University of Oxford and also holds a Certificat Supérieur de Droit Français et Européen from the Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II. He was also a Lecturer in Constitutional, EU and Administrative Law at St Hugh's College, University of Oxford and was a research assistant to Professor Jeremias Prassl on his book The Concept of the Employer.

Areas of Expertise and Cases


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Company

Gregor appears regularly in the Companies Court, including making applications for the late registration of company charges and for the removal of accounts from the Companies Register.  He has also appeared in the Companies Court representing a judgment creditor for the enforcement of a Tomlin Order.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in a case management hearing of a s.994 unfair prejudice petition in a six-party dispute concerning allegations of undue directors' remuneration and a failure to pay dividends.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in advising on directors' rights of access to company documents under the Companies Act 2006 and at common law, and steps that can be taken to enforce such rights.

Assisted Jennifer Haywood in advising a company director as to his liability to repay certain pension contributions and other remuneration under ss.171 and 172 of the Companies Act 2006.


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Trusts and Probate

Gregor advises the beneficiary of a high net worth estate in relation to claims pursuant to the 1975 Act and various commercial claims, which also involve aspects of BVI trust law. 

Gregor was recently instructed to advise in relation to potential claims against and an application to remove an independent administrator of a multi-million dollar estate following eight years of administration, including appearing unled in the High Court on an interlocutory application.

During his secondment, Gregor acted for the independent administrators of a dynastic estate in relation to an application to set aside a financial divorce order and on two separate 1975 Act claims.  Gregor also advised a number of offshore trustees in relation to the dissolution of trusts following extensive intra-beneficiary litigation and in relation to potential fraud and money laundering offences.

Assisted James Weale in a three-day trial defending an application to remove trustees and executors on the grounds that they were unable to properly investigate potential claims of the estate (Griffin v Higgs & Others [2017] EWHC 2559 (Ch)).

Assisted Constance McDonnell in preparing Chambers' seminar on Ilott v The Blue Cross [2017] UKSC 17 following hand down of the Supreme Court's first judgment on the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Assisted Constance McDonnell in defending an application to rectify a trust or to set aside a deed of appointment for mistake (RBC Trustees (CI) Ltd v Stubbs [2017] EWHC 180 (Ch)).


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Partnership and LLP

Assisted Thomas Elias in a five-day trial concerning a dispute about the existence of a partnership or joint venture to develop commercial property, and whether there had been any breaches of duty or contract (Kiwak v Reiner [2017] EWHC 3018 (Ch)).

Assisted Jonathan McDonagh in a three-day trial concerning a dispute as to whether a residential and commercial property development was partnership property and allegations of a failure to account for rental monies (Akhtar v Arif).

 


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Property

Gregor represented the Canal & River Trust in successfully obtaining an order for the seizure of a riverboat pursuant to the British Waterways Acts as a result of the owner having failed to comply with the terms of his continuous cruising licence.

Assisted Thomas Elias in a five-day trial concerning a dispute about the existence of a partnership or joint venture to develop commercial property, and whether there had been any breaches of duty or contract (Kiwak v Reiner [2017] EWHC 3018 (Ch)).

Assisted Jonathan McDonagh in a three-day trial concerning a dispute as to whether a residential and commercial property development was partnership property and allegations of a failure to account for rental monies (Akhtar v Arif).


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Offshore

Gregor advises the beneficiary of a high net worth estate in relation to claims pursuant to the 1975 Act and various commercial claims, which also involve aspects of BVI trust law. 

During his secondment, Gregor advised a number of offshore trustees in relation to the dissolution of trusts following extensive intra-beneficiary litigation and in relation to potential fraud and money laundering offences.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in advising an English company as to its response to proceedings brought in Italy under a contract with an exclusive English jurisdiction clause.

Assisted James Weale (led by Dakis Hagen QC and Jonathan Harris QC (Hon)) in preparing for a three-day trial and a further application for permission to appeal in Gibraltar in a high value divorce case involving offshore trusts.


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Commercial Litigation

Gregor advises an education company in relation to various breaches of contract and misrepresentations by partner education institutions.

Gregor recently appeared for a judgment creditor in the High Court in relation to the enforcement of a Tomlin Order.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in the Court of Appeal, representing a pro bono client, successfully obtaining a retrial of a claim by a large high street bank for breaches of overdraft facilities on the basis of inappropriate accounting following the disclosure of new evidence (Dixon v Santander Asset Finance Ltd).

Assisted Matthew Morrison in advising a small educational charity regarding a claim under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 for the misselling of interest rate swaps by a large high street bank.

Assisted Thomas Elias in a five-day trial concerning a dispute about the existence of a partnership or joint

venture to develop commercial property, and whether there had been any breaches of duty or contract (Kiwak v Reiner).

Assisted Jonathan McDonagh in a three-day trial concerning a dispute as to whether a residential and commercial property development was partnership property and allegations of a failure to account for rental monies (Akhtar v Arif).


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Chancery

Assisted Jennifer Haywood in advising a members' club on various actions taken by its chairperson and the committee, and their constitutional arrangements generally.


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Civil Fraud

Assisted Matthew Morrison in the Court of Appeal, representing a pro bono client, successfully obtaining a retrial of a claim by a large high street bank for breaches of overdraft facilities on the basis of inappropriate accounting following the disclosure of new evidence (Dixon v Santander Asset Finance Ltd).


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Charities

During his secondment, Gregor acted for a number of large and small charities in defending both probate claims and in relation to charities regulation more generally.  Gregor provided advice on the procedure and scope of Charity Commission investigations and inquiries by Parliamentary Select Committees.

Gregor Hogan

Gregor Hogan

Year of Call: 2016
Email: ghogan@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Gregor joined Chambers in October 2017 and is developing a busy practice across Chambers’ areas of expertise.  He regularly appears in the High Court, where he is instructed in his own right on interlocutory matters, and in the County Court.  Gregor has a particular interest in contentious trusts and probate work (including offshore), commercial litigation, company and civil fraud.

Gregor has recently returned to Chambers from a seven-month secondment in the Contentious Trusts and Succession group at Withers LLP, during which he worked on a number of Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims involving dynastic and high net worth estates as well as advising offshore trustees and charities on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters.

Gregor completed his pupillage in 2017 and his pupil supervisors were Jennifer Haywood, Constance McDonnell, Matthew Morrison and James Weale. During pupillage Gregor worked on cases covering the full spectrum of Chambers' practice.  Prior to coming to the Bar, Gregor completed his BA and BCL at Merton College, University of Oxford and also holds a Certificat Supérieur de Droit Français et Européen from the Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II. He was also a Lecturer in Constitutional, EU and Administrative Law at St Hugh's College, University of Oxford and was a research assistant to Professor Jeremias Prassl on his book The Concept of the Employer.

Areas of expertise

Company

Gregor appears regularly in the Companies Court, including making applications for the late registration of company charges and for the removal of accounts from the Companies Register.  He has also appeared in the Companies Court representing a judgment creditor for the enforcement of a Tomlin Order.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in a case management hearing of a s.994 unfair prejudice petition in a six-party dispute concerning allegations of undue directors' remuneration and a failure to pay dividends.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in advising on directors' rights of access to company documents under the Companies Act 2006 and at common law, and steps that can be taken to enforce such rights.

Assisted Jennifer Haywood in advising a company director as to his liability to repay certain pension contributions and other remuneration under ss.171 and 172 of the Companies Act 2006.

Trusts and Probate

Gregor advises the beneficiary of a high net worth estate in relation to claims pursuant to the 1975 Act and various commercial claims, which also involve aspects of BVI trust law. 

Gregor was recently instructed to advise in relation to potential claims against and an application to remove an independent administrator of a multi-million dollar estate following eight years of administration, including appearing unled in the High Court on an interlocutory application.

During his secondment, Gregor acted for the independent administrators of a dynastic estate in relation to an application to set aside a financial divorce order and on two separate 1975 Act claims.  Gregor also advised a number of offshore trustees in relation to the dissolution of trusts following extensive intra-beneficiary litigation and in relation to potential fraud and money laundering offences.

Assisted James Weale in a three-day trial defending an application to remove trustees and executors on the grounds that they were unable to properly investigate potential claims of the estate (Griffin v Higgs & Others [2017] EWHC 2559 (Ch)).

Assisted Constance McDonnell in preparing Chambers' seminar on Ilott v The Blue Cross [2017] UKSC 17 following hand down of the Supreme Court's first judgment on the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Assisted Constance McDonnell in defending an application to rectify a trust or to set aside a deed of appointment for mistake (RBC Trustees (CI) Ltd v Stubbs [2017] EWHC 180 (Ch)).

Partnership and LLP

Assisted Thomas Elias in a five-day trial concerning a dispute about the existence of a partnership or joint venture to develop commercial property, and whether there had been any breaches of duty or contract (Kiwak v Reiner [2017] EWHC 3018 (Ch)).

Assisted Jonathan McDonagh in a three-day trial concerning a dispute as to whether a residential and commercial property development was partnership property and allegations of a failure to account for rental monies (Akhtar v Arif).

 

Property

Gregor represented the Canal & River Trust in successfully obtaining an order for the seizure of a riverboat pursuant to the British Waterways Acts as a result of the owner having failed to comply with the terms of his continuous cruising licence.

Assisted Thomas Elias in a five-day trial concerning a dispute about the existence of a partnership or joint venture to develop commercial property, and whether there had been any breaches of duty or contract (Kiwak v Reiner [2017] EWHC 3018 (Ch)).

Assisted Jonathan McDonagh in a three-day trial concerning a dispute as to whether a residential and commercial property development was partnership property and allegations of a failure to account for rental monies (Akhtar v Arif).

Offshore

Gregor advises the beneficiary of a high net worth estate in relation to claims pursuant to the 1975 Act and various commercial claims, which also involve aspects of BVI trust law. 

During his secondment, Gregor advised a number of offshore trustees in relation to the dissolution of trusts following extensive intra-beneficiary litigation and in relation to potential fraud and money laundering offences.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in advising an English company as to its response to proceedings brought in Italy under a contract with an exclusive English jurisdiction clause.

Assisted James Weale (led by Dakis Hagen QC and Jonathan Harris QC (Hon)) in preparing for a three-day trial and a further application for permission to appeal in Gibraltar in a high value divorce case involving offshore trusts.

Commercial Litigation

Gregor advises an education company in relation to various breaches of contract and misrepresentations by partner education institutions.

Gregor recently appeared for a judgment creditor in the High Court in relation to the enforcement of a Tomlin Order.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in the Court of Appeal, representing a pro bono client, successfully obtaining a retrial of a claim by a large high street bank for breaches of overdraft facilities on the basis of inappropriate accounting following the disclosure of new evidence (Dixon v Santander Asset Finance Ltd).

Assisted Matthew Morrison in advising a small educational charity regarding a claim under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 for the misselling of interest rate swaps by a large high street bank.

Assisted Thomas Elias in a five-day trial concerning a dispute about the existence of a partnership or joint

venture to develop commercial property, and whether there had been any breaches of duty or contract (Kiwak v Reiner).

Assisted Jonathan McDonagh in a three-day trial concerning a dispute as to whether a residential and commercial property development was partnership property and allegations of a failure to account for rental monies (Akhtar v Arif).

Chancery

Assisted Jennifer Haywood in advising a members' club on various actions taken by its chairperson and the committee, and their constitutional arrangements generally.

Civil Fraud

Assisted Matthew Morrison in the Court of Appeal, representing a pro bono client, successfully obtaining a retrial of a claim by a large high street bank for breaches of overdraft facilities on the basis of inappropriate accounting following the disclosure of new evidence (Dixon v Santander Asset Finance Ltd).

Charities

During his secondment, Gregor acted for a number of large and small charities in defending both probate claims and in relation to charities regulation more generally.  Gregor provided advice on the procedure and scope of Charity Commission investigations and inquiries by Parliamentary Select Committees.

Qualifications

Merton College, University of Oxford: BA Law with Law Studies in Europe (First Class)
Merton College, University of Oxford: BCL (Distinction)
Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II: Certificat Supérieur de Droit Français et Européen (mention assez bien) 
University of Law: BPTC (Outstanding)

Publications

Trusts & Trustee, Vol 24, Issue 2, March 2018, pp.212-215: Mezhrom Bank v Pugchev [2017] EWHC 2426 (Ch)


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