Practice Overview

Amit’s practice spans commercial litigation/arbitration, insolvency and company work. He has particular interest and expertise in civil fraud, contempt, technology disputes and group actions. 

Amit’s has a domestic and international client base with a Middle Eastern focus. They value his discretion, insight and strategical approach to litigation. While Amit is regularly led, he particularly enjoys and thrives un-led at trials, for which he has developed experience beyond his call.

Amit’s family background in business, including international trade and commercial property, to a large extent guides his more 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 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 civil/commercial fraud cases from pre-issue urgent interim relief to post trial enforcement (inc. committal). He is sought out for his strategic and tactical approach to such disputes. His past experience undertaking white-collar criminal work further sets him apart from his peers in this area.

    Recent representative instructions are: 

    • Successfully defending a committal application after 3 day trial for numerous breaches of a freezing injunction: Truell and anor v Zalinska [2021] EWHC 1877 (Ch)
    • Defending an arbitrator and Swiss lawyer in respect of a claim seeking a declaration that a Swiss ad-hoc arbitration was a sham. 
    • Obtaining permission and pursuing contempt proceedings against a director arising out of falsehoods in various documents signed with a statement of truth and otherwise interfere in the interest of justice: Mohamed v Khalil [2021] EWHC 1346 (Ch).
    • Obtaining a passport order (Bayer AG v Winter order) in support of contempt and post judgment enforcement against a foot-loose Middle-Eastern business man.
    • Successful claim against a Mayfair based asset manager and its former directors for drawing up forged cheques in the Claimant’s name in the amount of £1,000,000, including claims against the payee and collecting banks for breach of their mandate and conversion.
    • Defending a deceit claim by an acquiring company  against the CEO of crypto asset manager in respect of forged board minutes.
    • Led on TCC claim for c.£8m against a cable supplier for fraudulently provided sub-standard cabling that was used at numerous sites of a major supermarket chain.
    • Defending a c.£4m claim for theft and undue influence by the estate of a former intimate-partner.
    • Obtaining an interim proprietary injunction and thereafter judgment including declaratory relief and indemnity costs against an Abu Dhabi based Defendant in respect of a £1.5m civil fraud claim.
    • Advising and defending a freezing injunction and extensive disclosure application in the Commercial Court.
    • Proprietary and moneys claims against a London based family office and its former director for deriving a secret profit from a property deal when acting as the Claimant’s London agent.
    • Led on a civil fraud claim brought by developers of ultra-prime London residential property against their joint-venture partners.
  • Commercial Litigation

    Amit is regularly instructed on a wide variety of domestic and international commercial disputes, in both the High Court and with the various international arbitration bodies.  Those disputes often concern the technology and financial services sectors. Amit has particular experience working with and advising litigation funders and on group actions.

    Recent representative instructions are: 

    • Representing a claimant in an international sale of military equipment claim. 
    • LCIA Arbitration in respect of implementation of energy infrastructure in Central Asia.
    • Acting for a pool of professional service providers employed to assist in a group action, to recover their unpaid fees.
    • Defending a website developer against a claim for losses, including loss of revenue arising out of a purportedly defective back-end system.
    • Representing an introducer in a multiparty claim concerning a failed Bulgarian solar panel farm. 
    • Representing a Russian property investor/developer in respect of claim for c.£2m against an Italian marble supplier.
    • Advising and acting for a US virtual reality systems developer against a UK hardware manufacturer in respect of defects in supplied hardware.
    • Defending a c.£700,000 claim against a bridging loan provider and broker.
    • Led on a complex group litigation against former solicitors and others for fees of c.£20m.
    • Led on a claim by an inter-dealer broker against an IT provider for defective bespoke communication and database systems created.
    • Led on defending a claim by a Cypriot company unpaid loans and unreturned investments against a Libyan individual, Jersey trust and BVI company in respect of a £10m loan.
    • Advising on the enforceability of an assignment of a book of factored commercial debts.
    • 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.
    • 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.

     

  • Insolvency

    Amit has a wide breath of experience in corporate and personal insolvency. He is instructed equally by insolvency practitioners as individuals/companies. 

    Recent representative instructions are: 

    • Representing a director in a misfeasance and preference claims in respect of a tax scheme he entered into.
    • Advising and representing a liquidator in respect of a multiparty £3m preference claim against a Panamanian discretionary trust, a publicly traded City of London merchant bank and others.
    • Representing a major energy drinks brand against a c.£5m winding up petition and bringing counterclaims for unlawful means conspiracy against the Petitioner and supporting creditors.
    • Defending multiple directors and recipients in respect of a £2.5m liquidators claim for misfeasance, transactions at an undervalue and preferences.
    • Advising a fashion company in deadlock and thereafter winding it up on just and equitable grounds.
    • 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.
    • Advising the directors of a subsidiary and former directors of parent company in liquidation, which were the operating companies for collective investments in real estates in Romania.  
    • Advising on challenging a fixed charge receiver’s decision to sell a c.£20m development property portfolio.
  • Company & Partnership

    Amit is instructed in both contentious and non-contentious company matters. The non-contentious work focuses on advisory work and drafting for corporate lawyers, mainly in the financial services sector. Amit also provides advise on taxation.

    Recent representative instructions are: 

    • Advising on the tax implications (specifically CGT and SDLT) of the restructuring of £30m residential and commercial property portfolio, including advice on negotiations with HMRC in respect of the valuation of various atypical property assets at 1982 (for the purposes of CGT rebasing).
    • Unfair prejudice petition in respect of a deadlocked family retail company.
    • Advising a solicitor in respect of a multiparty dispute (inc. administrators) and in respect of disbursements and WIP owed from the sale/transfer of a portfolio of solicitor files.
    • Acting 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 (Sevilleja v Marex [2020] UKSC 31).
    • Negotiating a £50m share purchase agreement on behalf of the Vendor.
    • Advising M&A insurers on the lawfulness of tax efficient restructuring of a group of companies.
    • Advising on the CGT and SDLT consequences of the separation of a c.£5m residential property holding company.
    • Advising the board of a national electrical services supplier on the removal of directors and “bad leaver provisions”.
  • Additional Information

    Qualifications / Education

    • BSc in Psychology and Criminology (2:1)
    • Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)
    • Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding)

    Awards

    • Gray’s Inn Internship Scholarship (2014)

    Memberships

    • Commercial Bar Association
    • Chancery Bar Association

    Languages

    •  Gujarati (conversational)

    Public Access

    Yes