Gavin Purves (1979)

Public Access Accredited

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  • Chancery
  • Civil
  • Planning


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


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.


  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Professional Mediators Association



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


Well Barn Farming v Backhouse (2005 ) EWHC 3397 Ch

Agricultural Tenancies:

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


Johns v Thornton (2006) EWHC 3610 Ch


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


Fagg v Rushton (2007) EWHC 657 Ch

Re Claridge (2011) EWHC 2047 Ch


Taylor v Fairbairn (2008) EWHC 1088 Ch


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

Additional 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.

To instruct Mr Purves please contact us below or telephone Julia Vaughan on 07760 766152

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