Ali Tabari
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Insolvency & Restructuring Profile

Ali has a well-established insolvency practice encompassing both corporate and individual work. He is currently instructed in numerous claims involving allegations of misfeasance, TUV/preferences, unlawful dividends and transactions to defraud creditors, and is instructed with James Morgan on a £1m fraudulent trading claim against the director of a company wound up on public interest grounds.

As part of his corporate insolvency practice, as well as acting in the common claims against directors or shareholders, he is regularly instructed to obtain injunctive relief, including worldwide freezing orders, and to act on procedural applications arising from administration and liquidation. In bankruptcy matters, Ali has appeared in contested petitions, applications to annul bankruptcies and set aside statutory demands, challenges to an IVA, public examinations, committal applications, cases involving 'bankruptcy tourism', and in the Crown Court to recover luxury cars subject to a criminal Restraint Order.

Ali regularly acts for directors facing disqualification proceedings, both in disputing the application itself and in mitigating the period of disqualification. He appeared in a reported case where disqualification proceedings were dismissed as an abuse of process.

He has recently delivered a seminar to Insolvency Network on misfeasance, and has written the following articles for Insolvency Intelligence, Corporate Rescue and Insolvency and the Lexis Nexis insolvency blog: (2016) 29 Insolvency Intelligence 1 'Misfeasance claims: Back to Basics'; CRI April 2015 'Re Comet Group (in liquidation), Khan & ors v Whirlpool (UK) Ltd & anor [2014] EWHC 3477 (Ch)'; Lexis Nexis RANDI blog 17 November 2015 'The illegality defence and misfeasance claims against IPs – Top Brands v Sharma'; CRI October 2016 'BTI v Sequana [2016] EWHC 1696 (Ch).

  • 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 experience includes: 

      • Instructed for the office holder in a £1m fraudulent trading claim
      • Acting for office-holders in numerous cases alleging misfeasance based variously on payments and illegal dividends to directors, family members, creditors
      • Acting for the Trustee in a case involving the embezzlement of up to £60m of investors’ funds;
      • Obtaining several injunctions to restrain the presentation and advertisement of winding-up petitions;
      • Acting for the Trustee in the Crown Court to successfully recover luxury cars.

  • Reported-Cases

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      • Tongue v RSPCA [2017] EWHC 2508 (Ch)
      • Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills v Williams and Weston [2014] EWHC 2933 (Ch); [2014] BCC 581

  • 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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