Amit Karia

Called:2013 (Grays Inn)

Specialisms:Commercial, Crime, Financial & Regulatory Crime, Employment, Immigration, Direct Public Access, Insolvency, Personal Injury, Professional Negligence

EDUCTATION

BSc in Psychology and Criminology (2:1)

Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)

Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding)

Gray’s Inn Internship Scholarship (2014)

 

PRACTICE

Amit has developed a broad common law practice with a commercial leaning. He accepts direct access instructions.

 

BACKGROUND

Prior to joining Thomas More Chambers Amit spent his first six at 3 Paper Buildings, undertaking mainly Chancery and Commercial work and second six at the Insolvency and Enforcement Department of HM Revenue and Customs Solicitor’s Office. Prior to coming to the Bar Amit worked at the Financial Conduct Authority, Slaughter and May LLP and undertook government policy work in relation to labour migration in Nepal from Advocacy Forum (Nepal), an NGO based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

 

EXPERIENCE
Insolvency

Amit has a wide breath of experience in corporate and personal insolvency. Specifically, he has experience in dealing with and challenging receivers, administrators and liquidators, as well as multitude of hearings, applications and orders that arise prior to entering formal insolvency, e.g. setting aside statutory demands; bankruptcy petitions; annulments/recessions; the dismissal, restraint and progression of winding up petitions; validation orders; and administration orders.

  

During his time at HMRC Solicitor’s Office’s he appeared in County Courts and the High Court almost daily representing HMRC in most conceivable insolvency and debt recovery hearings that HMRC would be involved in. He is therefore particularly able to advise and represent in those cases where there is an overlap between procedural and substantive tax issues and insolvency. Amit’s recent work in this area has consisted of:

 

  • Vivalda Limited v Richard Austin Alloys (North West) Limited [2017]: advising on and sucessfully dismissing, a winding up petition presented by the UK distributor of an international external building cladding manufacturer. Interestingly the outcome turned on it being at least arguable that said cladding was not safe, despite satisfying building regulations.
  • Advising on direct taxation and appearing in an insolvency context on behalf of a financial advisor that invested and operated sideways tax relief film schemes.
  • Advising on challenging a receiver’s decision to sell cumbersome assets at a particularly disadvantageous time.

 

Financial Services and Commercial

Amit developed experience of financial regulation from his time at the Financial Conduct Authority prior to pupillage. Since joining Thomas More Chambers Amit has both acted on his own behalf and has been led on a number of matters.

Amit has been involved in following recently:

  • A dispute concerning the regulatory status and the legality of an investment fund “introducer”, introducing a prominent pension fund to a secondary real estate fund;
  • A dispute concerning the legality and enforceability of lending agreements to fund timeshare contracts; and
  • A claim against a short-term mezzanine lender on unfair relationship grounds.

 

Personal Injury

Amit acts for Claimants and Defendants both in Fast Track and Small Claims trials. He has a considerable amount of experience in credit hire and the plethora of arguments that exist in the same. More recently he has been involved in a number of multi party road traffic accident fast track trials.

 

Crime and Financial and Regulatory Crime

Amit has experience prosecuting and defending in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. Amit accepts instructions in all areas of crime. Given his commercial leaning he has a particular interest and competency in fraud, confiscation, cash forfeiture and other Proceeds of Crime Act matters. Amit recently:

  • Defended a property developer in proposed confiscation proceedings arising out a local authority prosecution.
  • Appeared for the Crown in R v Tania Amisi a c.£250k commercial scale benefit fraud - Telegraph News Report

 

Employment

Amit's employment practice consists of mainly acting for claimants. He has experience of most types of claims, including disability discrimination and whistleblowing.


INTERESTS
Travel, rugby, snowboarding, theatre and politics.