Gruff is a Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution Team and specialises in judicial review disputes. He acts for claimants, defendants and interested parties to judicial reviews.
Gruff has advised and acted on behalf of several local authorities in respect of threatened and issued judicial reviews. He has also advised claimants to potential judicial reviews. As such, Gruff has experience of advising on the strengths and weaknesses of bringing and defending specific judicial reviews, preparing pre-action correspondence, drafting Court documents and successfully defending several judicial reviews.
Gruff's contributions to Ashfords were recognised in the 2018/19 edition of Legal 500. He also sits on a committee organising summer camps for young people and is a trustee of a local charity.
- Private company: Assisting on a breach of warranty claim for a transnational corporation in the oil industry including the service of time-critical notices to avoid the release of funds held in escrow.
- London borough council: Acting for a London borough council in its capacity as an interested party to a judicial review issued by an individual in respect of a Court's decision to dismiss an application to set aside a statutory demand. Gruff secured dismissal of the judicial review application as permission was not granted.
- Private company: Advising a private limited company on whether it had grounds to judicially review HMRC for its decision to revoke a licence to produce alcohol.
- London borough council: Advising at the pre-action stage regarding a threatened judicial review arising out of the decision not to extend a tendered contract.
- Private individual: Advising an individual regarding the potential judicial review of a decision by a Clinical Commissioning Group to close community hospitals.