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Narinder Jhittay

Call: 2010

Overview

Narinder has a varied commercial chancery practice. She regularly appears in the Business and Property Courts, County Court and Court of Appeal and also represents clients in arbitrations.

She has a wealth of experience of conducting trials, appeals and shorter hearings unled – including applications for the full range of interim relief typically arising in commercial proceedings (both litigation and arbitration). In addition she is often instructed as part of a team in large scale and high value matters, and is adept at dealing with cases which are complex, fast-paced and document-heavy.

 

Narinder’s expertise extends across chambers’ main areas of expertise, with an emphasis on those detailed below. She is well-placed to assist in situations where there is overlap between specialisms (such as an insolvency angle), and in matters involving issues of jurisdiction, governing law and interaction with foreign proceedings.

She is able to assist at all stages of litigation and arbitration, often working closely alongside firms of solicitors and in-house counsel to provide support with disclosure issues (including questions of legal professional privilege), evidence preparation (including expert reports) and mediation.

Education and Qualifications

Narinder graduated with a First in Law from Downing College, Cambridge in 2008. The following year she read for the BCL at Hertford College, Oxford (taking papers in Corporate Insolvency, Advanced Property & Trusts, Conflict of Laws and Competition Law) and represented the university in the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot. She completed the BVC at BPP and was awarded Denning and Wolfson Scholarships by Lincoln’s Inn.

Based on her knowledge of international arbitration, Narinder has attained Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb). Narinder is a member of Lincoln’s Inn advocacy tutoring faculty, and regularly teaches on courses for pupils and newly qualified barristers. 

“Her organisation is meticulous and her attention to detail is extremely impressive.” (2022)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“She is absolutely brilliant. She has a good way of thinking and a razor-sharp mind.” (2022)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“She is very bright, conscientious and accessible. Even though she's very technically strong, she's also good at providing concise and comprehensible advice.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“One of the most approachable and engaged barristers at the Bar. She's heavily involved in every aspect of the case, and is extremely focused on detail, particularly on technical legal points.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

Expertise

Overview

Narinder is experienced in domestic and international commercial litigation, having acted in a large number of general business and contractual matters across a range of sectors.

Notable Cases

  • Acting for over eighty claimants in a restitution claim against several public authorities across Great Britain (led by Gregory Banner QC and Gerry Facenna QC of Monckton Chambers)
  • Acting for a leading supplier of agricultural machinery in claims for misrepresentation and breach of contract, including terms under the Sale of Goods Act 1979
  • UK College of Business & Computing Ltd v Bath Spa University: Instructed in an expedited action following the grant of an urgent injunctive relief, involving issues of estoppel and pandemic-related force majeure (led by Thomas Grant QC)
  • Acted in a dispute over a purchaser’s entitlement to reimbursement under the terms of an SPA for tax paid in various jurisdictions (led by Andrew Ayres QC of 20 Essex Street)
  • Instructed in an international arbitration concerning a contractual dispute between pharmaceutical companies based in South America and Asia (including an arbitration claim in the Commercial Court led by Jasbir Dhillon QC of Brick Court)
  • Acted in a dispute concerning hedging arrangements governed by a 1992 ISDA Master Agreement (led by Andrew Ayres QC of 20 Essex Street)
  • Woodward v Phoenix Healthcare Distribution: Acted in an application and appeal concerning the retrospective extension of service for a claim (led by Tim Penny QC of Wilberforce Chambers)
  • Acted for a course provider in two consumer rights disputes (including an appeal) regarding the purported cancellation of contracts for course fees
  • Instructed by a toy distributor in a contractual dispute regarding an option agreement (led by David Mumford QC)
  • Novus Aviation Ltd v Alubaf Arab International Bank BSC(c): Acted for a Bahraini bank in a contractual dispute regarding aircraft financing (led by Andrew Ayres QC of 20 Essex)
  • Instructed in a methane production, engineering and licensing dispute (led by Andrew Ayres QC of 20 Essex Street)

Overview

Narinder has a particular interest in matters concerning art and cultural property. She is able to assist in a range of relevant areas of law including the sale of goods, ownership and security interests in personal property, fraud, misrepresentation, negligence, restitution, agency and warranties; situations involving trusts and charities; and the implications of insolvency.

Overview

Narinder has acted in a number of matters involving lenders’ rights and obligations, and other issues arising in the context of banking and financial services including regulatory matters.

Notable Cases

  • Acted for the bank in a case relating to the enforcement of various rights and obligations arising out of derivative contracts, in the context of a bankruptcy petition (alongside Benjamin John)
  • Advised on various issues arising in respect of the proposed assignment of a claim regarding the sale of an interest rate swap transaction (led by Christopher Parker QC)
  • Acted for the bank in an urgent application for a freezing injunction on the basis of a suspected mortgage fraud (led by Thomas Grant QC)
  • Acted in a complex and valuable claim alleging the mis-sale of interest rate swap transactions (led by Anthony Trace QC with Benjamin John)
  • Advised a mortgagee where the enforcement of its possession order was resisted on the grounds that it had allegedly paid secret commissions (led by Amanda Tipples QC, now Mrs Justice Tipples)
  • Acted for the bank in a claim alleging breach of mortgagees’ duties regarding enforcement
  • Instructed by a mortgagor in a dispute concerning the remuneration and fees charged by LPA receivers
  • Advised a company on the regulatory implications of advancing loans to employees as part of an incentive scheme

Overview

Narinder is developing a practice in relation to the law of charities, and is well placed to provide both non-contentious advice and assistance in relation to applications and disputes.

Overview

Narinder has acted in several substantial matters involving civil fraud and asset recovery, often including urgent applications for interim relief.

Notable Cases

  • Instructed by a Cayman bank in a civil fraud dispute to seek Norwich Pharmacal / Bankers Trust orders and related relief, involving applications for injunctions against persons unknown (led by Dominic Chambers QC)
  • Instructed by the claimants in an international civil fraud claim for specific performance of a share transfer agreement and breach of trust
  • Advised an individual who had provided funds for the purchase of certain shares as to potential claims for recovery of the funds or an interest in the shares, involving issues of jurisdiction, governing law and overlapping proceedings (as part of a wider dispute alongside Thomas Munby)
  • Assisted the claimant in a large-scale Guernsey dispute regarding a property investment trust involving allegations of sale at undervalue (led by Matthew Collings QC)
  • Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Co v Majid Al Refai: Acted for the claimants in long-running claim for conspiracy, breach of confidence and defamation brought by a prominent Saudi real estate development company and a Bahraini bank (led by Anthony Trace QC and Mark Warby QC of Three Raymond Buildings, now Mr Justice Warby)

Overview

Narinder has developed expertise in disputes concerning a range of business structures, including ordinary and limited partnerships as well as companies.

Notable Cases

  • Acted for the Competition and Markets Authority in a claim by disqualified directors for permission to act (led by Catherine Addy QC)
  • Acted in a partnership claim and unfair prejudice petition concerning a family-run restaurant business (led by James Aldridge QC)
  • Campbell v Campbell: Acted in a long-running partnership dispute concerning an international jewellery business (led by Andrew Twigger QC and James Aldridge QC)
  • Acted for the claimants in an urgent contested application for the rectification of the companies register in a shareholder dispute
  • Acted in a Mercantile Court dispute regarding the payment of loans and expenses to directors
  • Acted in an international private equity investment management dispute concerning a limited partnership (led by Andrew Ayres QC of 20 Essex Street)
  • Caldero Trading v Beppler & Jacobson: Instructed in a large-scale shareholder dispute involving the appointment of provisional liquidators (led by Matthew Collings QC and Richard Morgan QC)

Overview

Narinder has acted in a number of matters involving issues of bankruptcy and insolvency. She has experience of drafting and appearing in a range of applications – such as those for set aside of statutory demands, restraint of presentation and advertisement of winding up petitions and declarations regarding steps taken by office holders. She has also been instructed in a number of cases to advise on the legal issues and strategic considerations in play where a party is (potentially) insolvent. 

Notable Cases

  • Acted for leaseholders in a multi-party dispute concerning fire safety and roofing issues arising from the redevelopment of a residential property complex, involving the consideration of strategy and procedure where the former freeholder had entered into administration (led by Edwin Johnson QC)
  • Advised a Guernsey company in respect of a claim brought against it for the immediate repayment of a loan advanced for a property development, in circumstances of potential insolvency
  • Advised an equipment hire firm as to its rights to recover property stored at the premises of a lessor in administration, involving consideration of the implications of the moratorium and potential rights of action against the administrators
  • Assisted with research concerning the effect of a proof of debt in a substantial BVI dispute

Overview

Narinder has experience of representing and advising clients in the media and entertainment sector, in both contentious and transactional contexts. She is able to bring expertise to bear in a number of relevant areas of practice, including company law and economic torts.

Notable Cases

  • Advised the directors of a media company in relation to the construction of a shareholders’ agreement and general principles of company law, in relation to potential disputes over the occurrence of an obligatory share transfer event and engagement in competitive activities
  • Advised a firm of solicitors acting for a number of celebrities and other clients with privacy concerns in relation to company law requirements for the publication of information
  • Acted for a production company in a claim for misrepresentation and breach of confidence in connection with the format of a television show (alongside Edmund Cullen QC)
  • Instructed by the home entertainment division of a multinational mass media company in a claim for royalties under a distribution agreement

Overview

Narinder has acted in a number of property-related disputes, in both a residential and commercial context. As well as dealing with issues of land and landlord & tenant law, her experience in a range of other areas enables her to address further angles which may arise in the course of such disputes – including issues of insolvency, breach of fiduciary duty and lenders’ rights.

Notable Cases

  • Acting for the developer in a rights of light dispute relating to a property on Oxford Street (led by John McGhee QC)
  • Acting for the adjoining owner in a rights of light dispute relating to the construction of a hotel in Wimbledon (led by John McGhee QC)
  • Acted for leaseholders in a multi-party dispute concerning fire safety and roofing issues arising from the redevelopment of a residential property complex, involving the consideration of strategy and procedure where the former freeholder had entered into administration (led by Edwin Johnson QC)
  • Advised a mortgagee where the enforcement of its possession order was resisted on the grounds that it had allegedly paid secret commissions (led by Amanda Tipples QC, now Mrs Justice Tipples)
  • Advised a Guernsey company in respect of a claim brought against it for the immediate repayment of a loan advanced for a property development, in circumstances of potential insolvency
  • Advised an equipment hire firm as to its rights to recover property stored at the premises of a lessor in administration, involving consideration of the status of the lease over the premises
  • Advised the owner of a high value residential property on strategic considerations in relation to a dispute with their lodger for non-payment of sums due and damage to the premises
  • Assisted the claimant in a large-scale Guernsey dispute regarding a property investment trust involving allegations of sale at undervalue (led by Matthew Collings QC)
  • Acted for a judgment creditor in an urgent application for an injunction preventing the sale of a residential property pending the determination of a Part 8 claim for sale based on charging orders
  • Acted for the claimant in a claim for wrongful eviction from business premises, involving analysis of the claimant’s rights (whether as tenant or a licensee as contended by the defendant)

Directory quotes

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“Her organisation is meticulous and her attention to detail is extremely impressive.” (2022)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“She is absolutely brilliant. She has a good way of thinking and a razor-sharp mind.” (2022)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“She is very bright, conscientious and accessible. Even though she's very technically strong, she's also good at providing concise and comprehensible advice.” (2021)

 

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“One of the most approachable and engaged barristers at the Bar. She's heavily involved in every aspect of the case, and is extremely focused on detail, particularly on technical legal points.” (2021)

Memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Charity Law Association
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • Insolvency Lawyers' Association
  • Institute of Art & Law
  • Property Bar Association

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) First Class
  • BCL

Terms of Business 

The Clerks are happy to discuss the basis on which Narinder will act in any given matter. In the absence of express written agreement otherwise, the terms under which Narinder accepts instructions from authorised persons (lawyers and licensed access clients) are The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (as updated from time to time) referred to in the BSB Handbook. In appropriate cases  Narinder is able to accept instructions directly from lay clients through the Public Access scheme (on different terms): please contact the Clerks for further information.

Privacy Statement

Narinder's privacy statement can be accessed here.

 clerks@maitlandchambers.com                                                                  

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Narinder Jhittay

Call: 2010

“Her organisation is meticulous and her attention to detail is extremely impressive.” (2022)

Chambers UK

Chancery: Commercial

Overview

Narinder has a varied commercial chancery practice. She regularly appears in the Business and Property Courts, County Court and Court of Appeal and also represents clients in arbitrations.

She has a wealth of experience of conducting trials, appeals and shorter hearings unled – including applications for the full range of interim relief typically arising in commercial proceedings (both litigation and arbitration). In addition she is often instructed as part of a team in large scale and high value matters, and is adept at dealing with cases which are complex, fast-paced and document-heavy.

Narinder’s expertise extends across chambers’ main areas of expertise, with an emphasis on those detailed below. She is well-placed to assist in situations where there is overlap between specialisms (such as an insolvency angle), and in matters involving issues of jurisdiction, governing law and interaction with foreign proceedings.

She is able to assist at all stages of litigation and arbitration, often working closely alongside firms of solicitors and in-house counsel to provide support with disclosure issues (including questions of legal professional privilege), evidence preparation (including expert reports) and mediation.

Education and Qualifications

Narinder graduated with a First in Law from Downing College, Cambridge in 2008. The following year she read for the BCL at Hertford College, Oxford (taking papers in Corporate Insolvency, Advanced Property & Trusts, Conflict of Laws and Competition Law) and represented the university in the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot. She completed the BVC at BPP and was awarded Denning and Wolfson Scholarships by Lincoln’s Inn.

Based on her knowledge of international arbitration, Narinder has attained Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb). Narinder is a member of Lincoln’s Inn advocacy tutoring faculty, and regularly teaches on courses for pupils and newly qualified barristers. 

Memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Charity Law Association
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • Insolvency Lawyers' Association
  • Institute of Art & Law
  • Property Bar Association

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) First Class
  • BCL

Terms of Business 

The Clerks are happy to discuss the basis on which Narinder will act in any given matter. In the absence of express written agreement otherwise, the terms under which Narinder accepts instructions from authorised persons (lawyers and licensed access clients) are The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (as updated from time to time) referred to in the BSB Handbook. In appropriate cases  Narinder is able to accept instructions directly from lay clients through the Public Access scheme (on different terms): please contact the Clerks for further information.

Privacy Statement

Narinder's privacy statement can be accessed here.

Commercial Disputes

Narinder is experienced in domestic and international commercial litigation, having acted in a large number of general business and contractual matters across a range of sectors.

  • Acting for over eighty claimants in a restitution claim against several public authorities across Great Britain (led by Gregory Banner QC and Gerry Facenna QC of Monckton Chambers)
  • Acting for a leading supplier of agricultural machinery in claims for misrepresentation and breach of contract, including terms under the Sale of Goods Act 1979
  • UK College of Business & Computing Ltd v Bath Spa University: Instructed in an expedited action following the grant of an urgent injunctive relief, involving issues of estoppel and pandemic-related force majeure (led by Thomas Grant QC)
  • Acted in a dispute over a purchaser’s entitlement to reimbursement under the terms of an SPA for tax paid in various jurisdictions (led by Andrew Ayres QC of 20 Essex Street)
  • Instructed in an international arbitration concerning a contractual dispute between pharmaceutical companies based in South America and Asia (including an arbitration claim in the Commercial Court led by Jasbir Dhillon QC of Brick Court)
  • Acted in a dispute concerning hedging arrangements governed by a 1992 ISDA Master Agreement (led by Andrew Ayres QC of 20 Essex Street)
  • Woodward v Phoenix Healthcare Distribution: Acted in an application and appeal concerning the retrospective extension of service for a claim (led by Tim Penny QC of Wilberforce Chambers)
  • Acted for a course provider in two consumer rights disputes (including an appeal) regarding the purported cancellation of contracts for course fees
  • Instructed by a toy distributor in a contractual dispute regarding an option agreement (led by David Mumford QC)
  • Novus Aviation Ltd v Alubaf Arab International Bank BSC(c): Acted for a Bahraini bank in a contractual dispute regarding aircraft financing (led by Andrew Ayres QC of 20 Essex)
  • Instructed in a methane production, engineering and licensing dispute (led by Andrew Ayres QC of 20 Essex Street)

Art and Cultural Property

Narinder has a particular interest in matters concerning art and cultural property. She is able to assist in a range of relevant areas of law including the sale of goods, ownership and security interests in personal property, fraud, misrepresentation, negligence, restitution, agency and warranties; situations involving trusts and charities; and the implications of insolvency.

Banking & Financial Services

Narinder has acted in a number of matters involving lenders’ rights and obligations, and other issues arising in the context of banking and financial services including regulatory matters.

  • Acted for the bank in a case relating to the enforcement of various rights and obligations arising out of derivative contracts, in the context of a bankruptcy petition (alongside Benjamin John)
  • Advised on various issues arising in respect of the proposed assignment of a claim regarding the sale of an interest rate swap transaction (led by Christopher Parker QC)
  • Acted for the bank in an urgent application for a freezing injunction on the basis of a suspected mortgage fraud (led by Thomas Grant QC)
  • Acted in a complex and valuable claim alleging the mis-sale of interest rate swap transactions (led by Anthony Trace QC with Benjamin John)
  • Advised a mortgagee where the enforcement of its possession order was resisted on the grounds that it had allegedly paid secret commissions (led by Amanda Tipples QC, now Mrs Justice Tipples)
  • Acted for the bank in a claim alleging breach of mortgagees’ duties regarding enforcement
  • Instructed by a mortgagor in a dispute concerning the remuneration and fees charged by LPA receivers
  • Advised a company on the regulatory implications of advancing loans to employees as part of an incentive scheme

Charities

Narinder is developing a practice in relation to the law of charities, and is well placed to provide both non-contentious advice and assistance in relation to applications and disputes.

Civil Fraud & Asset Recovery

Narinder has acted in several substantial matters involving civil fraud and asset recovery, often including urgent applications for interim relief.

  • Instructed by a Cayman bank in a civil fraud dispute to seek Norwich Pharmacal / Bankers Trust orders and related relief, involving applications for injunctions against persons unknown (led by Dominic Chambers QC)
  • Instructed by the claimants in an international civil fraud claim for specific performance of a share transfer agreement and breach of trust
  • Advised an individual who had provided funds for the purchase of certain shares as to potential claims for recovery of the funds or an interest in the shares, involving issues of jurisdiction, governing law and overlapping proceedings (as part of a wider dispute alongside Thomas Munby)
  • Assisted the claimant in a large-scale Guernsey dispute regarding a property investment trust involving allegations of sale at undervalue (led by Matthew Collings QC)
  • Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Co v Majid Al Refai: Acted for the claimants in long-running claim for conspiracy, breach of confidence and defamation brought by a prominent Saudi real estate development company and a Bahraini bank (led by Anthony Trace QC and Mark Warby QC of Three Raymond Buildings, now Mr Justice Warby)

Company, Partnerships & LLPs

Narinder has developed expertise in disputes concerning a range of business structures, including ordinary and limited partnerships as well as companies.

  • Acted for the Competition and Markets Authority in a claim by disqualified directors for permission to act (led by Catherine Addy QC)
  • Acted in a partnership claim and unfair prejudice petition concerning a family-run restaurant business (led by James Aldridge QC)
  • Campbell v Campbell: Acted in a long-running partnership dispute concerning an international jewellery business (led by Andrew Twigger QC and James Aldridge QC)
  • Acted for the claimants in an urgent contested application for the rectification of the companies register in a shareholder dispute
  • Acted in a Mercantile Court dispute regarding the payment of loans and expenses to directors
  • Acted in an international private equity investment management dispute concerning a limited partnership (led by Andrew Ayres QC of 20 Essex Street)
  • Caldero Trading v Beppler & Jacobson: Instructed in a large-scale shareholder dispute involving the appointment of provisional liquidators (led by Matthew Collings QC and Richard Morgan QC)

Insolvency & Restructuring

Narinder has acted in a number of matters involving issues of bankruptcy and insolvency. She has experience of drafting and appearing in a range of applications – such as those for set aside of statutory demands, restraint of presentation and advertisement of winding up petitions and declarations regarding steps taken by office holders. She has also been instructed in a number of cases to advise on the legal issues and strategic considerations in play where a party is (potentially) insolvent. 

  • Acted for leaseholders in a multi-party dispute concerning fire safety and roofing issues arising from the redevelopment of a residential property complex, involving the consideration of strategy and procedure where the former freeholder had entered into administration (led by Edwin Johnson QC)
  • Advised a Guernsey company in respect of a claim brought against it for the immediate repayment of a loan advanced for a property development, in circumstances of potential insolvency
  • Advised an equipment hire firm as to its rights to recover property stored at the premises of a lessor in administration, involving consideration of the implications of the moratorium and potential rights of action against the administrators
  • Assisted with research concerning the effect of a proof of debt in a substantial BVI dispute

Media & Entertainment

Narinder has experience of representing and advising clients in the media and entertainment sector, in both contentious and transactional contexts. She is able to bring expertise to bear in a number of relevant areas of practice, including company law and economic torts.

  • Advised the directors of a media company in relation to the construction of a shareholders’ agreement and general principles of company law, in relation to potential disputes over the occurrence of an obligatory share transfer event and engagement in competitive activities
  • Advised a firm of solicitors acting for a number of celebrities and other clients with privacy concerns in relation to company law requirements for the publication of information
  • Acted for a production company in a claim for misrepresentation and breach of confidence in connection with the format of a television show (alongside Edmund Cullen QC)
  • Instructed by the home entertainment division of a multinational mass media company in a claim for royalties under a distribution agreement

Real Estate

Narinder has acted in a number of property-related disputes, in both a residential and commercial context. As well as dealing with issues of land and landlord & tenant law, her experience in a range of other areas enables her to address further angles which may arise in the course of such disputes – including issues of insolvency, breach of fiduciary duty and lenders’ rights.

  • Acting for the developer in a rights of light dispute relating to a property on Oxford Street (led by John McGhee QC)
  • Acting for the adjoining owner in a rights of light dispute relating to the construction of a hotel in Wimbledon (led by John McGhee QC)
  • Acted for leaseholders in a multi-party dispute concerning fire safety and roofing issues arising from the redevelopment of a residential property complex, involving the consideration of strategy and procedure where the former freeholder had entered into administration (led by Edwin Johnson QC)
  • Advised a mortgagee where the enforcement of its possession order was resisted on the grounds that it had allegedly paid secret commissions (led by Amanda Tipples QC, now Mrs Justice Tipples)
  • Advised a Guernsey company in respect of a claim brought against it for the immediate repayment of a loan advanced for a property development, in circumstances of potential insolvency
  • Advised an equipment hire firm as to its rights to recover property stored at the premises of a lessor in administration, involving consideration of the status of the lease over the premises
  • Advised the owner of a high value residential property on strategic considerations in relation to a dispute with their lodger for non-payment of sums due and damage to the premises
  • Assisted the claimant in a large-scale Guernsey dispute regarding a property investment trust involving allegations of sale at undervalue (led by Matthew Collings QC)
  • Acted for a judgment creditor in an urgent application for an injunction preventing the sale of a residential property pending the determination of a Part 8 claim for sale based on charging orders
  • Acted for the claimant in a claim for wrongful eviction from business premises, involving analysis of the claimant’s rights (whether as tenant or a licensee as contended by the defendant)