Practice

Hossein has a broad practice across all areas of Chambers’ work. He is often instructed both as sole counsel or as part of a team in complex high value litigation.

Prior to joining Chambers, Hossein worked as a paralegal at a boutique commercial litigation firm, and as an intern at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

Practice areas

Chancery: commercial

Hossein’s practice spans across the spectrum of commercial chancery work. Recent work includes:

  • Acting, led by Paul Greenwood for defendants, in relation to claims as to the ownership of a hotel and alleged breach of director’s duties.
  • Obtaining, at a contested hearing, the discharge of a passport seizure order made in support of a freezing order, on behalf of a defendant to a breach of trust claim.
  • Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse – A case concerning allegations of bribery and unlawful means conspiracy. As a pupil, Hossein assisted Sharif Shivji QC in preparing for hearings for permission to issue third party claims and to serve out of the jurisdiction.
  • As a pupil, assisting Donald Lilly in drafting pleadings in a claim for a partnership account, arising out of the defendant’s alleged embezzlement of partnership funds.
Commercial dispute resolution

Hossein is regularly instructed both led and unled, in relation to commercial claims. Recent experience includes:

  • Al Jaber & Ors v Salfiti & Ors: Acting, led by Guy Olliff-Cooper, for defendants in relation to claims in fraudulent misrepresentation, mistake, restitution and unlawful means conspiracy.
  • Acting, led by Sharif Shivji QC and Joe Wigley, in proceedings in the DIFC, in relation to a syndicated loan facility, raising issues of duress, misrepresentation, and Sharia finance.
  • As a pupil, assisting Sharif Shivji QC in bringing an unlawful means conspiracy claim relating to the management of a company.
  • As a pupil, assisting Sharif Shivji QC on a claim relating to an expert determination procedure.

 

Company law

Hossein deals with and advises on issues of company law as part of his practice. Recent experience includes:

  • Advising in relation to potential arbitration claims under a shareholders’ agreement, including on issues of arbitrability.
  • Drafting a petition to wind up a company on just and equitable grounds.
  • Advising a former director of a company in liquidation on various claims and applications brought by the liquidators of the company, in relation to remuneration and director’s loans.
  • Acting on various applications for an extension of time to register a charge at Companies House under s859F of the Companies Act 2006.
  • Re Compound Photonics Limited – An unfair prejudice petition under section 994 of the Companies Act 2006, pertaining to the management of a company developing display technology. As a pupil, Hossein assisted Donald Lilly led by Orlando Fraser QC.
  • Re ETFS Capital Limited – A claim in the Royal Court of Jersey seeking relief on the grounds of unfair prejudice or the winding up of a company on just and equitable grounds. As a pupil, Hossein assisted Gregory Denton-Cox for the plaintiffs.
Fraud – civil

Hossein has acted on a number of cases giving rise to allegations of fraud. Recent work includes:

  • Advising on a potential claim to set aside a judgment on grounds of fraud.
  • Acting on behalf of the National Crime Agency on a successful application for continued detention of seized cash under s295 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
  • Georgallides v Secretary of State for Business [2020] EWHC 768 – An application by a disqualified director to set aside a disqualification undertaking on grounds of fraud. As a pupil Hossein assisted Tiran Nersessian for the Secretary of State on legal research and trial preparation
  • Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse – A case concerning allegations of bribery and unlawful means conspiracy. As a pupil, Hossein assisted Sharif Shivji QC in preparing for hearings for permission to issue third party claims and to serve out of the jurisdiction.
Financial services

Hossein has recently completed a secondment with the General Counsel’s Division of the FCA, advising on a wide variety of issues of financial services law. Past experience includes:

  • As a pupil, in proceedings before the Financial Markets Tribunal in the DIFC, assisting Gregory Denton-Cox led by Richard Hill QC in legal research and trial preparation.
  • As a pupil, assisting Sharif Shivji QC acting on behalf of a company under investigation by the FCA.
Insolvency & restructuring

Hossein is instructed in both personal and corporate insolvency matters, and regularly appears in the High Court and County Court on bankruptcy and winding up petitions. Recent work includes:

  • Acting for the petitioners in various associated bankruptcy and winding up petitions in relation to debts of over £2 million incurred a by a secondary lending business, including on a preliminary hearing as to the application of the “coronavirus test” under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020.
  • Advising a former director of a company in liquidation on various claims and applications brought by the liquidators of the company, in relation to remuneration and director’s loans.
  • Advising as to the effect of IVAs on a debtor’s ongoing legal proceedings.
  • Re Comet Group Limited – As a pupil, assisting Tiran Nersessian on claims brought by the additional liquidator of Comet Group Limited, arising from the sale and subsequent collapse of the Comet retail chain.
  • Official Receiver v Boris Becker – An application by the Official Receiver to impose a Bankruptcy Restriction Order. During pupillage Hossein assisted Tiran Nersessian on trial preparation.
  • Re William Grosvenor Advisors Limited – As a pupil, Hossein assisted Tiran Nersessian on cross-applications for the removal of a company’s liquidators and for the provision of information under section 236 of the Insolvency Act 1986.
  • As a pupil, Hossein assisted Donald Lilly led by Stephen Atherton QC on an application in the British Virgin Islands for a provisional liquidation order.
  • As a pupil, Hossein assisted Donald Lilly led by John Brisby QC, in preparing submissions to an arbitral tribunal, on the effect of an administration moratorium on LCIA arbitration proceedings
Offshore litigation

Hossein’s work often has international and multijurisdictional elements, and he has been instructed in relation to multiple proceedings before the DIFC Court in Dubai. Recent work includes:

  • Acting, led by Sharif Shivji QC and Joe Wigley, in proceedings in the DIFC, in relation to a syndicated loan facility, raising issues of duress, misrepresentation, and Sharia finance.
  • Re ETFS Capital Limited – A claim in the Royal Court of Jersey seeking relief on the grounds of unfair prejudice or the winding up of a company on just and equitable grounds. As a pupil, Hossein assisted Gregory Denton-Cox for the plaintiffs.
  • As a pupil, Hossein assisting Gregory Denton-Cox in advising on potential unfair prejudice proceedings and injunctive relief in the jurisdiction of Guernsey.
  • As a pupil, in proceedings before the Financial Markets Tribunal in the DIFC, assisting Gregory Denton-Cox led by Richard Hill QC in legal research and trial preparation.
Trusts

As a pupil, Hossein assisted Donald Lilly led by Jonathan Crow QC, in research on the merits of a Norwich Pharmacal application for the purpose of bringing a secret trust claim.

International arbitration

Hossein has experience advising on matters relating to law of arbitration proceedings, and as regards challenges to arbitration awards. Whilst working as an intern at UNCITRAL, Hossein supported the secretariat for Working Group II in its work on expedited arbitration procedures, which has recently culminated in the adoption of the UNCITRAL Expedited Arbitration Rules.

Hossein’s recent experience includes:

  • Advising, on the merits of bringing arbitration proceedings under a shareholders’ agreement, including in relation to issues of arbitrability.
  • Advising, led by Sharif Shivji QC, on a challenge to an arbitral award.
  • As a pupil, assisting Donald Lilly led by John Brisby QC, in preparing submissions to an arbitral tribunal, on the effect of an administration moratorium on LCIA arbitration proceedings.

Additional info

Education & awards

BA in History, Keble College, Oxford University
GDL, City, University of London
BPTC, City, University of London

GDL Exhibition Scholar, Inner Temple
BPTC Princess Royal Scholar, Inner Temple

 

Career & appointments

Hossein is on the Advocate volunteer panel and accepts pro bono instructions in appropriate cases.