Ali Tabari
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Commercial & Chancery Litigation Profile

Ali is a well-established leading junior, consistently ranked in the legal directories since 2014 and described variously as “a highly skilled and persuasive advocate”, “exceptional on his feet.”, “very incisive”, “a pleasure to deal with”, “very approachable, responsive and friendly”, and “absolutely fantastic”. He has a busy and thriving commercial practice focussing on heavy commercial litigation involving fraud, insolvency and finance aspects. His experience in those fields also leads to instructions in professional liability cases involving solicitors, accountants, IFAs and surveyors.

He regularly appears in lengthy trials in the High Court, and has been instructed alone in the Court of Appeal several times. He has recently been a led junior in cases variously concerning large-scale breaches of warranty, defective share sale agreements, fraudulent trading by a company director, and civil orders resulting from the largest-ever successful prosecution by the Serious Fraud Office.

First and foremost, Ali is a confident courtroom advocate who is diligent, proactive and approachable. He welcomes early involvement so as to help formulate a strategy in line with the client’s commercial objectives, and his advice is robust, pragmatic and realistic. Ali’s responsive and collaborative style is well-suited to urgent applications for injunctive relief, as well as applications for interim relief, all of which are regular features of his fraud and insolvency practice areas. Ali is an accredited civil/commercial mediator through ADR Group, and uses those skills when instructed as the advocate in mediations. His sensible and considered approach has also led to instructions as an independent investigator for private companies requiring findings of fact and determinations of internal disputes.

  • His recent fraud practice has involved claims arising from sophisticated schemes by employees, competitors, and third-party scams, and an action by a local authority to recover monies claimed under a European Union grant scheme. Ali has variously dealt with applications for worldwide Freezing Orders (both on notice and ex parte), Norwich Pharmacal Orders, passport orders and legal expenses paid out of frozen funds, and is well-versed in the importance of early decisive action to secure assets before they are dissipated.
  • Ali’s insolvency practice encompasses wide-ranging claims for fraudulent trading, misfeasance, TUV/preferences and transactions to defraud creditors, alongside directors’ disqualification work and all types of other procedural applications. He regularly obtains and extends administration Orders, and has recently acted in applications to remove office-holders on grounds of conflict and misfeasance.
  • In banking/finance work, he has conducted numerous trials on behalf of major international institutions involving issues of fraud, undue influence, duress, misrepresentation, estoppel and sham trusts, often providing strategic advice at an early stage. Away from pure banking work, Ali has substantial experience in asset finance, particularly automotive.
  • His professional liability work has seen him represent claimants and defendants alike in matters concerning solicitors, surveyors and IFAs, and other insurance claims involving matters as diverse as fire damage and agronomy services. His extensive experience has made him fully conversant with the commercial considerations which drive strategy in insurance-funded litigation.
  • In addition, Ali’s broad knowledge base regularly attracts instructions in unfair prejudice petitions and shareholder disputes.

Ali recently contributes articles to Corporate Rescue and Insolvency, Insolvency Intelligence and the Lexis Nexis insolvency (RANDI) blog, and he is a contributing author to the Lexis Nexis practitioner notes and precedents on Part 36 offers. He regularly delivers seminars to solicitors and professional networks on a range of topics within his core specialisms. 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

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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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      • £6m breach of contract claim between two multinational companies arising from an abortive tendering process (led by James Morgan QC)
      • £1m fraudulent trading claim against a director of three companies wound up on public interest claims, and associates alleged to have created sham trust deeds;
      • Acting for an employer against two ex-employees alleged to have committed a substantial and sophisticated fraud (listed for 9-day High Court trial in 2019);
      • Acting for a local authority against a company and its director arising from an allegedly fraudulent application for a grant of public funds (listed for 8-day trial in 2019);
      • Acting for an ex-director in the recovery of her consultancy fees, facing counter-allegations of misfeasance (listed for 8-day trial in 2020)
      • Several successful actions on behalf of liquidators against ex-directors on grounds of misfeasance, TUVs, preferences and illegal dividends;
      • Acting for an invoice factoring financier in a dispute involving allegations of fraudulent invoicing and the applicability of two personal guarantees;
      • Recovered a luxury car on behalf of a finance house where title was disputed at trial and again on appeal;
      • Several actions on behalf of multinational banks involving allegations of fraud, undue influence, duress, sham and misrepresentation.

  • Reported-Cases

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      • Rubens v Evolution Funding Limited [2018] EWHC 270 (QB)
      • Tongue v RSPCA [2017] EWHC 2508 (Ch)
      • American Express Services Europe Ltd v Al-Shabrakah [2015] EWHC 3004 (QB)
      • Nelson v Circle Thirty-Three Housing Trust Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 106
      • Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills v Williams and Weston [2014] EWHC 2933 (Ch)
      • Chatfields-Martin Walter Ltd v Lombard North Central plc [2014] EWHC 1222 (QB)
      • Chatha v Uppal [2012] EWHC 2150 (Ch)
      • Eleftheriou v Costi [2013] EWHC 2168 (Ch)

  • 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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