Ali Tabari
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Banking & Financial Services Profile

Described by the Legal 500 2017 edition as a leading junior in the field of banking work, Ali is frequently instructed by large multinational banks and finance institutions in claims involving fraud, undue influence, duress, misrepresentation, estoppel and sham trusts, often contributing to early strategic decisions. He regularly advises on the enforceability of guarantees and indemnities, subrogation claims, and on the suitability of enforcement options after judgment.

He recently secured a $1m judgment against a Saudi national who alleged fraud against the merchants with whom he did business, and in another matter secured a full judgment against a defendant who, amongst other defences, relied on a trust document which the bank alleged was a sham. A recent 5-day trial involving a £1m claim between a mortgage broker and a property developer recently ended mid-way through Ali's cross-examination of the claimant.

He has previously acted for individuals alleging sales at an undervalue amounting to £2m, and has acted in cases involving allegations of inappropriate investment advice by IFAs. Ali also has substantial experience of acting for finance houses in asset finance cases, and has successfully acted in numerous claims for conversion and the return of goods.


  • What-the-Directories-Say

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      • "Very incisive, thorough and great to work with.", "Technically sound and very commercially minded.", "He is a pleasure to deal with and has a splendid manner with clients and witnesses alike." and"He's very commercial, efficient and thorough in his approach." "He is fabulous at building a rapport with clients – he offers clear advice in everyday language and is always one step ahead." - Chambers UK 2019
      • “Very personable, nimble on his feet, concise and pragmatic.” - Legal 500 2019
      • "He's very well versed in his subject area and an impressive advocate. He's able to put the client at ease with his confident grasp of the subject material and he comes up with inventive suggestions for maximising the best result at trial." "He is very approachable, responsive and friendly. It's a real pleasure working with him." - Chambers UK 2018
      • "He is able to deal with tricky opponents and offers sensible, commercial advice." "Ali is a pleasure to work with, he is really personable and always makes time for his clients." - Chambers UK 2018
      • "A highly skilled and persuasive advocate." - Legal 500 UK 2017
      • "He works immensely hard. A very bright and persuasive advocate with excellent knowledge." "He is absolutely fantastic, he gives such good, measured advice and has a good way of explaining things to clients in ways which they can understand." - Chambers UK 2017
      • "He has a fantastic ability to break down complex legal ideas; he is pragmatic, sensible and exceptional on his feet." - Legal 500 2016
      • "Has a knack for getting to the root of an issue quickly." - Legal 500 2015
      • "A very good up-and-coming junior." - Legal 500 2014
      • Highly commended - Legal Week’s Stars of the Bar 2013

    • Recent-Experience

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      • Ali's recent unreported cases include:

        • Successfully represented a bank at trial in mortgage possession proceedings defended on the basis of undue influence and misrepresentation where the bank’s witness was absent on long-term sick leave
        • Acting for a bank defending a claim for loss of investment opportunity arising from a stopped cheque
        • Instructed by a bank defending a breach of mandate claim arising from its alleged failure to spot fraudulent activities
        • Acted successfully for a bank at trial where the defendant guarantor relied on breach of a collateral agreement and alleged property sales at undervalue 
        • Acting for a financier in a dispute concerning title to a luxury sports car
        • Acting in a trial involving allegations of fraud by a property purchaser, and competing subrogation claims by a commercial lender and a private financier

    • Reported-Cases

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        • Blade Motor Group Limited v Reynolds & Reynolds Limited [2018] EWHC 497 (Ch), [2018] All ER (D) 164 (Feb)
        • Rubens v Evolution Funding Limited [2018] EWHC 270 (QB)
        • American Express Services Europe Ltd v Al-Shabrakah [2015] EWHC 3004 (QB)
        • Chatfields-Martin Walter Ltd v Lombard North Central plc [2014] EWHC 1222 (QB)

    • Specialist-Areas

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    • Qualifications-and-Appointments

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        • LLB (Hons), Dunelm
        • BVC (Very Competent), Nottingham Law School

    • Professional-Associations

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        • Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association (MCCBA)
        • ADR Group

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