Ali’s specialist knowledge of his subject areas, together with his very commercial and practical mindset to disputes, lends itself well to mediation environments, where he is also regularly instructed as an advocate. Ali is open and engaging and can easily establish a rapport with the parties. He prides himself on his judgment in choosing the right approach for the right case. As an advocate with a very busy commercial practice, he offers the parties confidence in his assessment of the practical and legal implications of the dispute, including the consequences of continuing to litigate.
Ali has a busy and thriving practice as a commercial barrister specialising in the often-overlapping areas of banking/finance, insolvency and professional liability as well as core commercial litigation work.
He has appeared in nearly every level of the Court system, from County Court to the Court of Appeal and many varied tribunals in between. He is regularly instructed by multinational banks and corporations, but is equally comfortable frequently representing individuals.
Before coming to the Bar, Ali worked at a boutique firm of civil fraud solicitors, in which the firm’s clients variously sued the government, arms companies and oligarchs of various nationalities.
Ali is described as 'absolutely fantastic', ‘very bright and persuasive’ and ‘highly practical’ by Chambers & Partners 2017, and 'pragmatic, sensible and exceptional on his feet' by the 2016 edition of Legal 500 for his advocacy in commercial dispute resolution.
Ali’s thick skin and ability to cope with adversity stems from a lifelong support of Tottenham Hotspur. Now that the legs aren’t as fast as they once were, Ali plays Padel Tennis, which is a Spanish mix of squash and tennis. When his two small children allow, he tries to recreate his mother’s Persian cooking.