Ali Reza Sinai

Call date: 1997

Areas of Practice



LL.B with French Law (LSE),
Dip French Law (Strasbourg),
LL.M. in European Law (LSE),
DEA in Private International Law (Paris/Sorbonne),

Experience & Expertise

Ali started practice in October 2005 upon completion of 12 months pupillage in Chambers. Prior to pupillage, Ali qualified as an Avocat at the French Bar, worked for S.G Archibald in Paris and Dewey Ballantine in London and was a stagiaire with the European Contract Law Team at the European Commission in Brussels. He was awarded the David Karmel Award by Gray’s Inn and the Entente Cordiale scholarship by the British Council.

In 2004, he was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute of European and Comparative Law at the University of Oxford and he holds a PhD in EC Conflict of Laws from Kings College London, which he completed under the supervision of Prof CGJ Morse, and which was examined by Mr Richard Fentiman and Prof Ian Fletcher.

Ali accepts instructions in French and has an understanding of French law.

  • EU & Private International Law: Ali advises quickly on all aspects of EU law (public & private including competition law) as well issues of Private International Law (jurisdiction, choice of law and recognition & enforcement of foreign judgments).
  • Commercial Litigation: all areas relating to business and commerce with particular emphasis on contractual disputes, (commercial) agency, partnership disputes, company and insolvency law, intellectual property (patents and passing-off).
  • Public Law: mainly respondent judicial review in community care, children in need, asylum support, homelessness and local taxation but also with particular experience of claimant work for dentists against PCTs.
  • Property Litigation and Housing Law: landlord and tenant (both commercial & residential) including Housing.

Current & Recent Work

Ali appears regularly in trials and applications in the High Court and has also represented both appellants and respondents in a number of cases in the Court of Appeal. Ali has also appeared and represented clients (often together with lawyers established in France) before a number of first instance courts in France as well as the Paris Court of Appeal, the Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal and the Cour de Cassation.


  • Fathollahipour v Aliabadibenisi [2014] EWCA Civ 1633 (CA), Times 22.1.15 (extensions of time for appeal notices and relief from sanctions)
  • Fathollahipour v Aliabadibenisi [2014] EWHC 2120 (QB) (freezing injunctions, cross-undertakings)
  • Re Sofra Bakery (in liquidation) [2013] EWHC 1499 (Ch), [2014] BPIR 435 (cited in Palmer’s and Sealy & Milman)
  • Caesar’s World Communications Ltd v X-Mobility Ltd [2012] EWHC 2465 (Ch) (cited in Zuckerman on Civil Procedure)
  • NSB Ltd (in liquidation) v Worldpay [2012] EWHC 927 (Comm) (cited in Chitty)
  • Re Snelling House (in liquidation) [2012] EWHC 440 (Ch, Companies Court) (cited in Palmer’s, Sealy & Milman and McPherson’s Law of Company Liquidation)
  • Online Catering Ltd v Acton [2011] QB 204, [2010] 3 W.L.R. 928 (CA) (cited in Benjamin, Lightman & Moss and other textbooks)
  • Paseana v Lextrex Holdings [2010] EWCA Civ 1539
  • Stream Healthcare (London) Ltd v Pitman Education & Training Ltd [2010] EWHC 216 (Ch)
  • Zeba’ish Ltd v Zebaish Clothing Ltd [2008] EWHC 3647 (CH) (interim injunction); [2010] EWPCC 1 (Patent CC) (passing off trial)
  • ITAB MK Ltd v (1) Gray & (2) Gray Matter [2009] EWHC 3290 (Ch)
  • BSM Marketing Ltd v Take Ltd [2009] EWCA Civ 45
  • NPower Direct Ltd v South of Scotland Power Ltd [2005] EWHC 2123 (Comm)
  • David v Honeywell Normalair-Garrett Ltd [2006] EWHC 351 (QB)

Conflict of Laws

  • Surrey (UK) Ltd v MWPI [2014] EWHC 3165 (Comm)
  • McKew v Moore [2012] EWHC 1287 (QB) (cited in Zuckerman on Civil Procedure)
  • Shami v Shami [2012] EWHC 664 (Ch) (cited in Dicey & Morris); also [2013] EWCA Civ 227 (CA)
  • Eck v Zapf [2012] BPIR 499 (cited in Sealy & Milman and McPherson’s Law of Company Liquidation)
  • KJO v XIM [2011] EWHC 1768 (QB) (cited in Dicey & Morris, Clerk & Lindsell, Gatley and Confidentiality)
  • Karafarin Bank v Mansoury-Dara [2009] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 289 (Comm) (cited in Chitty and Dicey & Morris)

Judicial Review

  • R(C) v Hackney LPC [2014] EWHC 3670 (Admin)
  • R (Hussain) v Secretary of State for Health [2011] EWCA Civ 800  
  • R (J) v Hackney LPC [2010] EWHC 3021 (Admin)
  • R (Prince) v (1) Social Security Commissioner & (2) Southwark LBC [2009] EWHC 1181 (Admin)
  • R (Mohammed) v Southwark LBC [2009] EWHC 311 (Admin), [2009] B.P.I.R. 882 (Admin)
  • R (Scott) v Hackney LBC [2009] EWCA Civ 217 (CA), [2009] LLR 775
  • P v Hackney LBC [2007] EWHC 1365 (Admin)

Property & Housing

  • Haringey LBC v Hines [2010] EWCA Civ 1111, [2011] H.L.R. 6 (CA), Times 15.2.2011 (cited in Clerk & Lindsell, Woodfall, the Encyclopedia of Housing Law and other textbooks)
  • Akici v. LR Butlin Ltd [2006] 1 W.L.R. 201 (CA) (cited in Woodfall, Megarry & Wade and other major textbooks)

Additional Information


“The Action Plan on European Contract Law: perspectives for the future of European contract law and EC consumer law”
(with Jens Karsten), 2003 Journal of Consumer Policy 159-195

“The inclusion of mandatory rules in an optional EC contract law instrument”
2004 European Business Law Review, 41-71