Gavin McLeod Regulatory

Call: 2010


Gavin joined Chambers upon the completion of his pupillage in 2014. His practice has a particular focus on Chancery and property law whilst encompassing the breadth of general commercial litigation. Gavin also undertakes work in areas of local government and regulatory law.

Gavin’s work in property law, trusts and related matters (such as regards mortgages, landlord and tenant and probate) accounts for a substantial part of his practice. During pupillage he was heavily involved in helping the appellant bank prepare for its case before the Supreme Court in AIB Group v Redler [2014] UKSC 58, concerning the liability of a solicitor in breach of trust. Reflecting that background, Gavin has since taught Equity and Trusts to undergraduates at Nottingham University.

Gavin was recently junior counsel to Avtar Khangure Q.C. in their successful appearance in the Court of Appeal in Takhar v Gracefield Developments Ltd. [2017] 3 W.L.R. 853, concerning the correct test for the setting-aside of judgments on grounds of fraud. He has also been led in first instance proceedings in the High Court.

In other areas, Gavin is developing particular experience in local government finance law (especially rating). He is keen to broaden his experience in other areas of local government and public law. He also undertakes licensing work, particularly in the taxi/PHV vehicle sphere. In these areas he has appeared in the High Court in cases stated and judicial review proceedings.

Notable cases:

  • Takhar v Gracefield Developments Ltd. [2017] EWCA Civ. 147; [2017] 3 WLR 853: junior in the Court of Appeal.
  • Bibby v Coventry City Council [2016] EWHC 2554 (Admin.); [2017] RVR 4: successful appearance in appeal by case stated against the imposition of a liability order by magistrates. Order upheld.
  • Davis v Wiggett [2016] UKUT 358 (TCC); [2016] WTLR 1563: Upper Tribunal appeal following a constructive trust trial in the Land Registration Division of the First-tier Tribunal, with a particular focus on new evidence and the rule in Ladd v Marshall.


  • 2011: LL.M. Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge
  • 2010: Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding): Lord Justice Holker scholar, Gray’s Inn; Beloff Q.C. Public Law Essay Prize Winner, Gray’s Inn
  • 2009: LL.B. (Hons), First Class, University of Nottingham


Gavin continues to develop his practice in areas of regulatory and public law. In local government work, his work is particularly focused on finance cases, especially rating. He advises and appears on matters of rateable occupancy, unoccupied properties, reliefs etc., and has appeared on a multi-day committal application as well as at a number of liability order hearings.

Gavin appears before the magistrates and the Crown Court for appeals against local authority licensing decisions. In that capacity he has developed particular knowledge of the law of taxi/PHV licensing, and his written arguments on the subject have been complimented by circuit judges and recorders.

Gavin has experience of advising on matters of technical statutory regulation, for instance as regards Houses in Multiple Occupation (‘HMOs’).

Gavin is keen to expand his expertise across the spectrum of local government and licensing work, including in judicial review cases.

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