Alex accepts instructions across all of Chambers’ practice areas with an emphasis on insolvency, commercial disputes and trusts, probate & estates.
Recent instructions include assisting on an unfair prejudice petition concerning a global Chinese-Mongolian restaurant group, resisting an insolvency action to reverse a series of financial transactions on the basis of s.339 (transactions at an undervalue), s.423 (defrauding creditors) and s.340 (preferences) of the Insolvency Act 1986 and acting in a multi-million pound action raising conspiracy and consumer credit issues. He frequently appears as sole counsel before the High Court and County Courts.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Alex worked at a leading commercial litigation boutique where he assisted in large-scale commercial disputes heard at every level before the English Courts, including the Supreme Court, and arbitral tribunals under all major institutional rules including LCIA and ICC. He also worked at a leading offshore firm based in the British Virgin Islands. He was admitted to the Bar in the BVI in 2022.
Insolvency & restructuring
Alex has acted for office-holders, directors, shareholders and individuals in personal and corporate insolvency disputes.
During pupillage he heavily assisted on litigation concerning the priority of a floating charge holder and the circumstances in which a solicitor’s lien may be preserved or waived in a multi-jurisdictional insolvency dispute heard before the Supreme Court and Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal:  UKSC 35. He also as a pupil helped advise on the merits of an appeal challenging a liquidator’s assignment of a cause of action:  EWCA Civ 626.
Alex’s experience includes:
- Claims challenging reviewable or antecedent transactions;
- Applications to challenge the decisions of office-holders;
- Applications seeking an exemption to the general restriction on the re-use of company names on behalf of directors under section 216 of the Insolvency Act 1986;
- Official Receiver applications for bankruptcy restrictions orders under sch.4A of the Insolvency Act 1986;
- Advising and acting in winding up and bankruptcy petitions;
- Applications to set aside statutory demands;
- Applications restraining the presentation of winding up petitions; and
- Applications to challenge both the remuneration of office-holders and extent of liquidation expenses.
Alex’s practice incorporates a wide range of commercial disputes. He is regularly instructed on matters concerning company, partnership, contract, agency, debt, and the sale and provision of goods and services.
- Acting (led by Duncan MacPherson) in an unfair prejudice petition concerning a Chinese-Mongolian restaurant group valued at £20-£30m;
- Acting (led by Jonathan Miller) in the defence of an action concerning a £7m loan raising conspiracy and consumer credit issues;
- Acting (sole counsel) for the personal representatives of the estate of a deceased partner in a solicitor’s firm subject to a claim for damages and dissolution;
- Acting (sole counsel) in a dispute concerning the secret purchase of a home and the tracing of misappropriated funds; and
- Acting (sole counsel) in an unfair prejudice petition concerning a joint venture in a quasi partnership.
Trusts, probate, & estates
Alex accepts instructions within the contentious private client space, whether to advise, draft or appear in Court.
He acts in:
- Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
- Challenges to the validity of wills; and
- Claims to remove trustees and personal representatives.
He also has experience in general trust litigation including:
- Claims for personal and proprietary remedies based on breach of trust;
- Applications to facilitate the tracing and discovery of misappropriated assets; and
- Claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
Much of Alex’s property work is undertaken as sole counsel.
His experience includes:
- Advising and appearing in lease extension applications for residential and commercial properties;
- Applications for charging orders and orders for sale in respect of properties subject to disputed claims by alleged beneficiaries;
- Acting in fast and small track trials in respect of dilapidation and disrepair claims; and
- Contested possession proceedings, including where the property in question is the subject of a trust contested amongst the beneficiaries.
He recently acted, on an urgent basis, in an injunction application brought under the Tort (Interference with Goods) Act 1977 in a landlord and tenant dispute concerning a commercial property.
- BPTC, City Law School
- GE LLB, City Law School
- BA (double-major philosophy and literature), Boston College (USA)
- Contentious Trusts Association
- Chancery Bar Association
- Spanish (conversational)
Barrister: Alexander Farara
Address: 1EC, 3 King’s Bench Walk North, Inner Temple, London, EC4Y 7HR
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