Aidan Reay | Manchester, Leeds & Birmingham


Aidan Reay Commercial Litigation Barrister

Manchester

36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082

Leeds

5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
DX: 713113 LEEDS PARK SQ
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123

Birmingham

Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
DX: 13023 BIRMINGHAM
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Brandon Singh
Louie Morrissey


Aidan Reay Commercial Litigation Barrister

Aidan is regularly instructed to represent and advise clients with commercial disputes, including the sale of goods, agency agreements and guarantees. He also provides non-contentious advice on contracts, something which businesses find particularly advantageous in advance of contract renewal discussions.

Aidan has also advised on jurisdictional issues including forum, choice of law and the enforcement of foreign judgments in England & Wales.


Profile

Aidan joined Chambers in 2013 having undertaken pupillage with Kings following completion of his legal studies at Oxford, Cambridge and Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) and having completed a five-month research traineeship at the ECJ (as it then was).

Aidan has rapidly developed his practice, specialising exclusively in commercial and chancery disputes (including insolvency).

With regular appearances in both the County Court and High Court conducting applications, CCMCs, trials and appeals, Aidan has a broad range of advocacy experience.  Aidan is also often instructed in a range of advisory and drafting work.

Aidan’s practice includes the following areas:

  • Business rates disputes
  • Corporate and commercial disputes
  • Corporate and personal insolvency matters
  • Jurisdictional matters
  • Partnership disputes
  • Possession actions
  • Property disputes (including common intention constructive trusts and ToLATA 1996 matters)

Recent work includes:

  • Appearing as sole counsel for the respondent in Singh v Dass [2019] EWCA Civ 360. Aidan successfully represented the respondent on appeal before McCombe, Moylan and Haddon-Cave LJJ. The case concerned a long-running building dispute where the respondent had won at a trial of a preliminary issue on limitation and the appellant sought to introduce a new argument on appeal based on s.29(5) of the Limitation Act 1980. Aidan successfully argued that it was not and should not be open to the appellant to raise a new argument at this late stage which was not supported by the findings made at trial.
  • Representing Kirklees Borough Council in relation to a business rates avoidance scheme. Aidan successfully represented the local authority in a business rates dispute where the landlord claimed to have granted a lease of an office building to a newly-formed company that in turn claimed to be exempt from business rates because it was engaged in snail farming on the basis of a number of boxes of snails being placed in the building. The court held that the lease was not properly executed and was a sham. The judge found that the tenant “manifestly does not operate a snail farm any more than putting matchbox toy cars on the floor of the Property would constitute the operation of a car sales business”.
  • Representing the applicant in a successful claim for an injunction to restrain presentation of a winding up petition in the High Court in Manchester on the basis that there was a bona fide and substantial dispute that the debt was owed.
  • Representing the claimants (led by Mark Harper KC) in McConomy & Anr v ASE plc & anr [2017] EWHC 92 (Ch) in an 8-day trial in the High Court in Manchester concerning a joint venture, shareholders’ agreement and directors’ duties.

Outside of work, Aidan is a keen cricket fan, a developing squash and tennis player and a lapsed golfer.

Having studied in Paris and worked in Luxembourg, Aidan speaks and writes excellent French.

Year of Call: 2011

Areas of Expertise

Banking & Finance

Commercial Litigation

Company

Insolvency

Partnership

Professional Negligence

Real Estate Litigation

Sport

Technology & Construction

Memberships

Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association (Committee Member)

Gray’s Inn

Appointments

Beddingfield Scholarship (Gray’s Inn’s top scholarship for Bar school)

Reid Scholarship (one of only four senior scholarships awarded by Gray’s Inn for pupillage)

Qualifications

B.A., First Class, Law with Law Studies in Europe (University of Oxford, Brasenose College)

LL.M. (University of Cambridge, Clare College)

BPTC, Outstanding (City University (formerly the Inns of Court School of Law))

Certificat supérieur en droit français (Université Paris II)

Recommendations

Chambers UK 2023

"Aidan possesses exceptional attention to detail and knowledge of the relevant case law. His advocacy is highly effective. He is very responsive, personable and easy to deal with."

Legal 500 2023

"Aidan has exceptional knowledge of relevant case law and attention to detail. He has a highly effective litigation strategy and he is very responsive, personable and easy to deal with."

Chambers UK 2022

"He is excellent at responding to arguments on his feet, which is a very good asset at the Bar. He is a very straightforward and very responsive barrister." "Aidan is very analytical and responsive, and his written advocacy is persuasive."

Legal 500 2022

"I find Aidan particularly client-friendly. The advice Aidan gives is always commercial and measured. I would often go to London if Aidan were not available and I consider him to be one of the standout junior barristers at the commercial bar in Manchester."

Chambers UK 2021

"He is very strong on his advice, can relate to clients very well and gets a handle on the key issues very quickly." "He is an excellent advocate." "He is incredibly bright and astute."

Legal 500 2021

‘Aidan balances a commercial and practical approach with razor sharp technical skills. He is an excellent advocate, who always performs well on his feet.’

Chambers UK 2017

"He's very personable and you'd be comfortable giving him more weighty jobs - beyond his years of call." "Tactically astute, he is also really good on technical contractual issues, explaining them so the court can deal with the matter properly."

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