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Amit Karia   Barrister
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Practice Overview


Amit has a commercial chancery practice that focuses on commercial litigation, insolvency and company law. He has particular interest and expertise in civil fraud and group actions. Amit is sought after for his insight, client care and strategical approach to litigation. While Amit is regularly instructed un-led on sizable High Court claims, he is the go-to junior for a number of leaders and solicitors.

 

Amit’s family background in business, including trading and managing companies and commercial property, to a large extent guides his candid and commercial approach to clients and disputes. 

Prior to coming to the Bar Amit worked at the Financial Conduct Authority, Slaughter and May LLP and undertook government policy work in Kathmandu, Nepal. Amit has also worked as in-house counsel in both the Personal Tax Litigation and Insolvency departments of HM Revenue and Customs Solicitor’s Office. 

  • Civil Fraud
    • Amit is regularly instructed in High Court civil fraud cases from pre-issue advice all the way to post trial enforcement. His experience at HMRC, the FCA and previously undertaking white-collar criminal work sets him apart from his peers in civil fraud. Amit is experienced and adept at obtaining and opposing urgent interim relief.

       

      Recent instructions have been:

      • Advising and defending a freezing injunction and extensive disclosure application in the Commercial Court (2019).
      • 2 joint proprietary and money claims against a London based family office and its director for (amongst other claims) fraud and unlawful means conspiracy for £1,000,000 and c.£350,000 (2019).
      • Obtaining an interim proprietary injunction and bringing proceedings on behalf of a wealthy Egyptian businessman in respect of a £1.5m civil fraud claim (2019).
      • Led on a civil fraud claim brought by developers of ultra-prime London residential property (adopting a SAM model) against their joint-venture partners (2018).
  • Commercial Litigation
    • Amit is regularly instructed to represent and advise on a wide variety of commercial disputes, those often include professional negligence, financial services and international elements. Amit has particular experience working with litigation funders and on group actions.

       

      Recent instructions have been:

      • Representing a Russian property investor/developer in respect of claim for c.£2m against an Italian supplier (2019).
      • Led on a complex group litigation action group against former solicitors and others for fees of c.£20m (2019).
      • Being instructed as part of a counsel team as interveners in a Supreme Court appeal on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Fair Business Banking - the appeal related to an extension of the rule against reflective loss (2019).
      • Led on defending a claim by a Cypriot company against a Libyan individual, Jersey trust and BVI entity in respect of a £10m loan (2018).
      • Advising on the enforceability of an assignment of a book of factored commercial debts (2018).
      • Led on a group litigation (c.200 claimants) against a major financial institution concerning the legality and enforceability of lending agreements to fund Spanish timeshare contracts (2018).
      • Advising on a dispute concerning the regulatory status and legality of an investment fund “introducer” when introducing a prominent pension fund to a secondary real estate fund (2017).
      • Advising a solicitor in respect of a multiparty dispute (inc. administrators) and in respect of disbursements and WIP owed from thesale/transfer of a portfolio of solicitor files (2019).
      • Defending a c.£700,000 claim against a bridging loan provider and broker.
  • Company
    • Amit is instructed in both contentious and non-contentious company matters.

       

      Recent instructions have been:

      • Bringing an unfair prejudice petition in respect of a retail company (2019).
      • Advising the board of a national electrical services supplier on the removal of directors and “bad leaver provisions” (2018).
      • Negotiating a £50m share purchase agreement on behalf of the Vendor (2019).
      • Advising M&A insurers on the lawfulness of tax efficient restructuring of a group of companies (2019).
      • Advising on the CGT and SDLT consequences of the separation of a c.£5m residential property holding company.
  • Insolvency
    • Amit has a wide breath of experience in corporate and personal insolvency. He is instructed equally by office holders as individuals/companies.

       

      Recent instructions have been:

      • Representing a major energy drinks brand against a c.£5m winding up petition and bring counterclaims for unlawful means conspiracy against the Petitioner and supporting creditors (2019).
      • Advising and winding up a Company in deadlock on just and equitable grounds (2018).
      • Representing and advising the liquidator (from the above winding up) in respect of bringing a c.£700,000 claim for subscription monies against a BVI investor (2019).
      • Acting for a liquidator in respect of claims against a former director for transactions at an undervalue, unpaid director’s loan account and preferences (2018).
      • Advising and representing a liquidator in respect of a multiparty £3m preference claim (2019).
      • Defending multiple directors and recipients in respect of a £2.5m liquidators claim for misfeasance and transactions at an undervalue and preferences (2019)
      • Representing a financial advisor that invested and operated sideways tax relief film schemes (2017)
      • Advising on challenging a fixed charge receiver’s decision to sell a c.£20m development property portfolio (2018)
      • Advising, and eventually having dismissed, a winding up petition presented by the UK distributor of an international external building cladding manufacturer. Interestingly, the outcome turned on it being at least arguable that said cladding was not safe, despite satisfying building regulations (2017).
      • Acting, successfully, for a Trustee in Bankruptcy in respect of the sale of commercial property at a significant undervalue (2019).
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