Clerking team

Chris Shaw

Senior Clerk – Civil, Commercial & Employment Clerk

Rob Lang

Assistant Senior Clerk

Gemma Eachus

Civil Clerk

Xanthé Young

Civil Clerk

Adam Parker

Civil Clerk

Adil is a specialist commercial barrister who joined chambers as a tenant in November 2022 following the successful completion of his pupillage under the supervision of Daniel Metcalfe. He has a broad commercial practice incorporating various specialisms including contractual disputes, property and land disputes, landlord and tenant claims and consumer rights. He consistently is instructed to advise on such matters as well as draft pleadings on the same. Adil also has a growing practice in public law and judicial review.

Adil prides himself on his communication with clients and ensures that they are kept informed at all stages of litigation. He provides tactical advice to both lay and corporate clients whilst keeping their commercial interests at the forefront. However, where cases progress to court, Adil is meticulous and creative in his arguments.

Adil is adept at witness handling, both in conference and court, and his ability to navigate sensitive hearings both for and against litigants-in-person has been praised by judges and opponents. He has also been praised for his submission advocacy and the ability to navigate complex situations.

Before commencing pupillage, Adil participated in various national and international mooting competitions and was highly ranked consistently. Adil also worked with victims of human trafficking through the award-winning Liverpool Law Clinic Anti-Human Trafficking project in 2019-2020. He managed case files as well as translated for Urdu-speaking clients.

Banking & finance

Adil is regularly instructed on winding up and bankruptcy proceedings, both appearing at hearings as well as drafting advices and pleadings. Adil recently advised creditors on a matter in which a national construction company had gone into liquidation and the practical steps a creditor could take in recovering both the sums owed as well as any goods left on construction sites. The case involved dealing with Quistclose trusts, lien, bailor/bailee relationships and trespass to goods. Adil has also been instructed in partnership disputes and regularly advises as to issues arising from the same. Adil has a growing practice in shareholder and partnership disputes and director disqualifications.

Adil recently represented a city council in an application to extend the administration of a company involved in development project worth over £10 million. Adil also assisted David Berkley KC and Steven McGarry on a multi-million-pound fraud case in the High Court and in an application for an urgent freezing injunction regarding the fraudulent sale of PPE equipment to the NHS.

Commercial & chancery litigation

Through his pupillage with Daniel Metcalfe, Adil was exposed to a wide range of commercial cases, and benefits from Daniel’s breadth of knowledge. Adil regularly advises, drafts pleadings for and appears at trials on various contractual disputes such as on the supply of goods and services, agency, construction and misrepresentation, and is thorough in his exploration of potential causes of actions to ensure he puts his clients’ cases at their highest. Adil is also regularly instructed on data protection and privacy cases and is pragmatic in his approach to such a developing area of law.

Adil has been instructed by both banks and consumers for consumer credit and mis-selling cases. Adil has regularly appeared both at trial and at dispute resolution hearings on PPI mis-selling claims and has been praised particularly on his arguments relating to compromise and settlement. Adil is regularly instructed to advise on claims relating to director guarantees and security.

Adil enjoys researching and putting forward arguments in developing areas of law and has recently been instructed in a reverse passing-off case regarding the sale of artwork. Adil is also regularly instructed in unjust enrichment claims as well as cases involving constructive and resulting trusts.

Adil has attended on urgent injunction hearings and was praised for successfully applying for the continuation of an injunction despite the client not having fulfilled its undertaking to the court. He is adept in working in time-pressured and difficult situations.

Adil has advised clients in relation to property trusts, wills and probate claims and is looking to grow his practice in this area. He has significant knowledge in this area of law and has had the benefit of working alongside other tenants at chambers to learn from their expertise. Adil has been praised for how he deals with clients in these often emotionally-charged proceedings and is adept at handling sensitive conversations.

Data & information law

Adil is regularly instructed on data protection and privacy cases and is well-versed in GDPR and DPA compliance. Adil provides advice to litigants who may have a claim in such areas with a realistic view of the damages they are likely to recover. This is a rapidly developing area of law and Adil keeps up-to-date with the novel arguments being put forward and is reasonably ambitious in his arguments where there is a scope for development in the law.

Adil has drafted pleadings for and attended allocation hearings and trials in DPA and GDPR matters.

Construction & property

Adil has a broad practice in and regularly advises on landlord and tenant cases and provides clarity to clients in an often-complex area of law. Adil has advised on business tenancies, residential tenancies, disrepair claims, service charge disputes, boundary disputes, housing claims, covenants, property trusts and proprietary estoppel, construction cases, possession claims, adverse possession, wills and probate and Inheritance Act claims.

Adil has also appeared in the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) on matters relating to the Mobile Homes Act 1983 and is available for instructions on such matters.

Adil receives repeat instructions on matters concerning leases and licenses and is well-versed in the law. Recently, Adil successfully opposed a pre-action disclosure application by a landlord regarding a commercial lease and is instructed in defending proceedings by a landlord seeking possession on the basis that a breach by a tenant has caused ‘stigma’ to be associated with the property and as such the breach cannot be remedied.

Adil successfully appealed a case involving a boundary dispute between neighbours, with issues such as restrictive covenants and easements, and is appearing at trial on the same in the coming month.

Adil has dealt with numerous possessions claims on both mandatory and discretionary grounds. He is alive to issues that may affect even mandatory claims, such as bankruptcy and breathing space policies, and has successfully manoeuvred around last-minute attempts to avoid possession claims by opponents in the past.

Adil has advised clients in relation to property trusts, wills and probate claims and is looking to grow his practice in this area. He has significant knowledge in this area of law and has had the benefit of working alongside other tenants at chambers to learn from their expertise. Adil has been praised for how he deals with clients in these often emotionally-charged proceedings and is adept at handling sensitive conversations.

Public & administrative law

Adil assisted Joseph O’Brien KC on a judicial review matter relating to a harbour authority ordinance and has been praised in his ability to navigate a complex limitation argument and forensic research on the substantial merits. Adil also recently advised on a matter relating to a resident being charged under the wrong tax bracket due to an error by the local council in allocating a tax bracket.

Adil has acted both for and against local authorities in care proceedings with a commercial angle, such as overcharging the estates of deceased patients. Recently, Adil advised two clients on a complex estoppel point against an energy company and a local authority funding a care home.

Adil has written articles on public and criminal international law and is available for instructions on the same. Further, Adil achieved a distinction in his dissertation on constitutional law and is keen to grow his public law practice in this area.

Recent cases

  • William Shiel v North Sunderland Harbour Commissioners and Ors: Assisted Joseph O’Brien in opposing an application for permission to apply for judicial review brought against NSHC.
  • Hunter v Kaliciak: Successfully appealed an order striking out the counterclaim for defective service. Went on to successfully represent the Defendant at trial in a neighbour boundary dispute involving issues of harassment, grant of easement, trespass and injunctive relief.
  • Dignan-Smith and Smith v Murtagh and Murtagh: Successfully represented the Claimants at trial in a boundary dispute with issues of trespass, easement by prescription and rectification.
  • Hadee Engineers Co Ltd v Francis Chambers and Co Ltd v ACDC Cranes Ltd: Represented the Second Defendant at set aside application and successfully opposed a post-judgment application for variation of the order pursuant to the rule in Re Barrell Enterprises and Re L and B (Children).
  • Lowman and Lowman v Eat Indian 2 Limited: Successfully opposed a pre-action disclosure application against a restaurant by a commercial landlord wanting to recover possession of the property.

Education

  • LLM, BPP University (2021)
  • BTC, BPP University (2021)
  • LLB, First Class Hons, University of Liverpool (2020)

Memberships

  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Northern Circuit
  • Equality and Diversity team, Northern Circuit