Described as a ‘very good up-and-coming junior’ who ‘has a knack for getting to the root of an issue quickly’ by the 2014 and 2015 editions of Legal 500, Ali has a busy and thriving commercial practice specialising in the often-overlapping areas of banking/finance, insolvency and professional liability as well as core commercial litigation work. He regularly appears in lengthy trials in the High Court and County Court, and has been instructed alone in the Court of Appeal on several occasions. He is currently being led by Ed Pepperall QC in a dispute arising from a share sale agreement, and has recently been a led junior in cases arising from matters as diverse as a defective share sale agreement and civil orders resulting from the largest-ever successful prosecution by the Serious Fraud Office.
Ali is a confident courtroom advocate, and is equally comfortable adapting his approach in mediations. He is diligent, proactive and very approachable, and he welcomes early involvement so as to help formulate a strategy in line with the client’s realistic commercial objectives. His advice is pragmatic and realistic, and robust when the occasion requires it. Ali’s responsive style commends him to urgent applications for injunctive relief, which is a regular feature of his fraud and insolvency practice areas.
In banking work, he has conducted numerous trials on behalf of major international institutions involving issues of fraud, undue influence, misrepresentation, estoppel and sham trusts, providing strategic advice at an early stage in several matters. His professional liability work has seen him represent claimants and defendants alike in matters concerning solicitors, surveyors and IFAs, and he is mindful of the commercial considerations which drive strategy in insurance-funded litigation. Ali’s insolvency practice encompasses wide-ranging claims for misfeasance, TUV/preferences and transactions to defraud creditors, alongside directors’ disqualification work and other procedural applications. In addition, Ali’s broad knowledge base has attracted instructions in unfair prejudice petitions and shareholder disputes.
Ali has recently contributed articles to Corporate Rescue and Insolvency, Insolvency Intelligence and the Lexis Nexis insolvency blog, and he is a contributing author to the Lexis Nexis practitioner notes and precedents on Part 36 offers. He regularly delivers seminars, both organised through chambers and on request from clients, and has recently spoken on the topic of misfeasance at the Insolvency Network conference. Ali is qualified to accept instructions under the Direct Public Access scheme, where appropriate. He is fluent in Farsi, and has a good working knowledge of German and French.
What the Directories Say:
- Legal 500 2015: ‘has a knack for getting to the root of an issue quickly’
- Legal 500 2014: ‘a very good up-and-coming junior’
- Legal Week’s Stars of the Bar 2013: highly commended
- American Express Services Europe Ltd v Al-Shabrakah  EWHC 3004 (QB)
- Nelson v Circle Thirty-Three Housing Trust Ltd  EWCA Civ 106
- Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills v Williams and Weston  EWHC 2933 (Ch)
- Chatfields-Martin Walter Ltd v Lombard North Central plc  EWHC 1222 (QB)
- Chatha v Uppal  EWHC 2150 (Ch)
- Eleftheriou v Costi  EWHC 2168 (Ch).
- Led by Ed Pepperall QC in a claim for breach of warranty in a share sale agreement
- Acted for a multinational bank in a claim involving issues of undue influence, misrepresentation and allegations of sham (listed in the Court of Appeal in mid-2016)
- Acting for the defendants in a claim brought by a former England footballer to recover fees allegedly misappropriated by his agents
- Acting for a financier in a dispute surrounding the title to a luxury sports car
- Represented the petitioner in an unfair prejudice petition arising from the break-up of two linked telecommunications companies
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