Gavin Purves

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Gavin was called to the Bar in 1979 and is a Member of Gray’s Inn

Specialisations

  • Chancery
  • Civil
  • Planning

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons) 1977
  • (Brunel)DEI 1978 (Amsterdam)
  • Accredited Mediator (Regents) 1999
  • Accredited Mediation Advocate 2011

Profile

After graduating in law from Brunel University in London, Gavin took a postgraduate qualification in EC law and economics on a scholarship at the University of Amsterdam.

His experience in professional practice has been wide and varied but is now mainly concentrated on general Chancery work including: inc Banking, Charities, Companies, Compulsory Purchase, Copyright & Trademarks, Entertainment and IT Contracts, Franchising, Insolvency, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Landlord & Tenant, Mortgages, Partnerships, Planning, Probate, Real Property, Restrictive Covenants, Settlements and Trusts, TLATA.

He has also had particular experience in claims for malicious and injurious falsehood and comparative advertising between competing businesses.

Gavin also undertakes non-contentious Chancery work, focused on drafting complex contractual arrangements in a range of commercial settings, from a franchising network for a well-known telecoms provider, and a PPP housing initiative for a local authority to terms of business for a diversity of industries from ironworks to computer software.

In the entertainment industry where clients have included the Sex Pistols, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Jimmy Cliff, Alexander O’Neal, Mark Morrison and others, he has successfully helped artistes with royalty recovery, management agreements and exploitation of back catalogues.

Gavin has also represented clients in civil litigation in the Netherlands, Portugal, Jersey, and most recently Kenya (2006) and France (2006-08).

He trained as an examiner in the former Commonwealth Patents Office (Aus.) and has been a director of several successful companies in the publishing and property industries.

Memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Professional Mediators Association

Notable Cases

Mortgages:                         

Target Holdings Ltd v Priestley (2000) 79 P& CR 305

Trade marks:

Re Wannabe Trade Mark (2000)  0/471/00 

Health & Safety:

Health & Safety Executive v Imperial Developments Ltd (2000) Construction News 7

Computer Misuse:

R v Coventry Justice Exp O (2004) EWHC 905 Admin

Boundaries:

Well Barn Farming v Backhouse (2005 ) EWHC 3397 Ch

Agricultural Tenancies:

Well Barn Farming v Backhouse No.2 (2005) EWHC 1520

Procedure:

Johns v Thornton (2006) EWHC 3610 Ch

Trusts:

Ejiga v Youde-Owei (2006) All ER (D) 46

Insolvency:

Fagg v Rushton (2007) EWHC 657 Ch

Re Claridge (2011) EWHC 2047 Ch

Executors:

Taylor v Fairbairn (2008) EWHC 1088 Ch

Easements:

Hyde v  Banner Homes & Anor (2012) EWLandRA 2012/0028; 30.10.2012.

Addition Comments

An accredited Mediator since 1999, he is regularly engaged in mediation and is on the Bar Council’s list of Barrister Mediators.

Gavin has also been approved under the Public Access Scheme for direct instructions.

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