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Overview

Soofi began his practice in London after a pupillage in The Temple and New Square, Lincoln’s Inn and a tenancy in New Square.  In 1989 he joined Ropewalk Chambers and has specialised in all areas of Chancery work focused in London, Birmingham and Leeds.

He has a special interest in Land Law, particularly relating to all aspects of Trusts and Mortgages and other securities affecting land.

He is registered with the Bar Council to undertake Public Access work and is able to receive instructions directly from lay clients, as well as those on the traditional professional client basis.

Property and Chancery

Soofi advises and represents a wide range of clients in all aspects of property and chancery dispute, including:

  • Land registration
  • Boundaries
  • Covenants
  • Easements
  • Trusts
  • Conveyancing
  • Mortgages, particularly undue influence and priorities
  • Wills and probate
  • Landlord and tenant, both commercial and residential
  • Property and housing matters, including those with an Equality Act element
  • Construction, including arbitrations
  • Professional fees disputes

He has a particular interest in professional negligence claims, mainly in respect of surveyors, architects and solicitors.

Commercial

Soofi advises and represents across a range of commercial matters, including:

  • Insolvency matters, both individual and corporate
  • Asset recovery and protection
  • Inheritance Act claims
  • Partnership disputes
  • Professional fees disputes
  • Professional negligence, including accountants and lawyers.

Notable Cases

Thompson v Foy (Lewison J) [2010] 1 P. & C.R. 16 (an undue influence contest between the Claimant and secured lender.  A number of important points arose.  The land registration point concerned “actual occupation” under the LRA 2002. It has been applied by Court of Appeal in Link Lending Ltd v Hussein [2010] 2 P. & C.R. DG15)

Beauchamp Pizza Ltd v Coventry City Council [2010] EWHC 926 (Ch) (the Claimant was a company which had the benefit of a premises licence to operate a night club in Coventry.  The company was struck off the Register and dissolved before the CA 2006 was in force, it was subsequently restored by the new administrative restoration procedure.  Coventry CC contended that the new procedure did not apply but relented on seeing Soofi Din’s Skeleton Argument.  HHJ Cooke ruled that the effect of the restoration was to bring the licence back into operation, s 1028 of the Companies Act 2006 providing that the company shall be deemed to have continued in existence as if its name had not been struck off')

Derbyshire County Council v (1) Glen Neil Fallon (2) Tracy Jayne Fallon (2007) 25 EG 182 (CS) (on appeal the Judge decided that the Adjudicator had the power to refuse an alteration that had been won on the law and evidence because the Applicant may be refused an injunction in any action brought to prevent a trespass)

Archer Structures Ltd v Griffiths [2003] EWHC 957 (Ch); [2004] B.C.C. 156; [2004] 1 B.C.L.C. 201; [2003] B.P.I.R. 1071 (where a Defendant director's new company had a name that suggested a clear association with a liquidated company, the director could not rely on differences in get up to avoid the thrust of the Insolvency Act 1986 s.216.  Also the director’s attempt to rely on an insolvency set off failed in the face of the joint and several liability imposed by s.216)

Areas of Work

  • Property and Chancery
  • Commercial

Professional Memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

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