Gavin McLeod Regulatory

Call: 2010


Gavin joined St. Philip’s upon completion of pupillage in 2014, having been principally supervised by John Brennan (commercial). He came to the Bar as a Lord Justice Holker scholar and Beloff QC public law essay prize winner of Gray’s Inn.

Gavin has a particular interest in trusts, property and professional negligence matters. He regularly advises and settles pleadings, especially on contractual and landlord/tenant issues, and has appeared on a variety of applications. As pupil to John Brennan, 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). He is to teach equity and trusts to undergraduates at Nottingham University in 2015/16.

Gavin undertakes various cases in areas of regulatory law, including licensing appeals and consumer protection and trading standards prosecutions. Gavin brings his particular knowledge and interest in matters of public and administrative law to relevant regulatory work.

 Qualifications and Appointments

2011: LL.M. Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge

2010: Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding)

2009: LL.B. (Hons), First Class, University of Nottingham


Gavin has a strong junior practice in this field. He is regularly instructed in prosecutions for local authorities, including in matters of food safety, trading standards and taxi offences; and attends in more serious cases at an interim stage in the Crown Court, for instance in health and safety prosecutions.

He appears before the magistrates and the Crown Court for appeals against local authority licensing decisions. He has developed sound knowledge of the law of taxi and private hire licensing, upon which he has advised and regularly drafted written arguments. He is keen to expand his expertise across the spectrum of regulatory and licensing work and would look to build upon his strong academic background in administrative law in so doing.

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