Our working arrangements and important information during the Covid-19 pandemic

Following Government guidance, members of chambers, clerks and staff are now working remotely. During this period clerks and staff will be available by email, on their direct dial and mobile numbers. Our switchboard will also be in operation during chambers working hours (Monday-Friday, 08.30-18.30).

Paul Bunting
(Senior Clerk)

Paul.Bunting@selbornechambers.co.uk

020 7420 9502

07971 843023

Darren Madle
(Senior Clerk)

Darren.Madle@selbornechambers.co.uk

020 7420 9504

07769 714399

Oliver Ventura
(First Junior Clerk)

Oliver.Ventura@selbornechambers.co.uk

020 7420 9505

07845 079675

Aron Hanks
(Second Junior Clerk)

Aron.Hanks@selbornechambers.co.uk

020 7420 9506

07508 032811

Brandy Forrester
(Fees Manager)

Brandy.Forrester@selbornechambers.co.uk

020 7420 9507

07702 496628

Charlotte Crane
(Marketing Manager)

Charlotte.Crane@selbornechambers.co.uk

020 7420 9501

07585 445470

Please note that as we are working remotely we will not be able to accept deliveries to chambers, therefore please speak to one of the clerks who will be able to provide an alternative address or solution to this.

For more information please see our response to Covid-19.

Ramsay v Love [2015] EWHC 65 (Ch)

20.01.2015

After an 8 day trial at which they represented the Defendant landlord, Gary Love, Romie Tager QC and Alex Goold have successfully defeated a claim brought by the well-known chef and television presenter, Gordon Ramsay, that he was not bound by a personal guarantee for the rent of his hotel and restaurant, The York & Albany.

In his judgment Mr Justice Morgan held that Mr Ramsay, acting through his agent, his father-in-law Chris Hutcheson, was bound by the personal guarantee in the lease of the premises. When Mr Hutcheson committed Mr Ramsay to the guarantee, he was acting within a wide general authority conferred on him by Mr Ramsay at all times prior to his dismissal.

Mr Ramsay’s own evidence under cross-examination had established the very extensive, if not total, trust which Mr Ramsay had placed in Mr Hutcheson to deal with business affairs on behalf of both the companies and Mr Ramsay himself, giving him a wide general authority at the outset of their relationship and instructing him to offer his personal guarantee in relation to a lease when the business required it. His authority included using a signature writing machine called a Ghostwriter to sign personal legal documents in his name.

Despite his evidence to the contrary, Morgan J found that Mr Ramsay knew, long before the lease of the premises, that the Ghostwriter, was routinely used to sign legal documents in his name. The Judge found his evidence that he thought the machine was only being used to sign books which were not being sold in bookshops, “entirely implausible”.

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