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Mr  Reza  Choudhury

Mr Reza A.B. Choudhury

Call: 2003 - Middle Temple

LLB (Hons) 2001

Overview

Reza is a robust, personable, and hard-working advocate with a keen eye for detail. He is adept at making clients feel comfortable by being approachable and friendly. He is fiercely committed to defending the rights of clients through meticulous preparation, and in Court, he is a tenacious and enthusiastic advocate.

Reza undertakes work in all areas of Chambers practice. He has a well rounded ability to represent all types of clients from the vulnerable to the more robust. He has experience of trial work including small claims, fast track, and multi-track in the County Court; trial work in the High Court; appellate work; as well as applications and injunctive relief. He regularly appears at all levels of the Court and Tribunal hierarchy at all locations in England and Wales.

Alternative Dispute Resolution and International work

In addition to his litigation work, Reza undertakes mediation and arbitration work in both civil and commercial disputes. His non-judgmental and facilitative approach, as well as his nimble and agile mind quickly puts parties at ease, ready to iron out their differences and come to a settlement.

Reza is familiar with the various domestic and international arbitral regimes such as ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, LMAA, and CIMAR.

Reza accepts instructions under the Bar Councils direct access scheme from members of the public direct. Please see the link on direct access for more information.

Cases of Interest

  • H (a Child) (2016) EWCA Civ 948
  • Barnes v London Borough of Lewisham (2016) EWCA Civ 582 – Representing Appellant against decision of ET and EAT for failing to reach decision on his alternative claim of constructive unfair dismissal
  • Johnson & Others v Maurice Johnson (2015), High Court (Ch) 21.12.2015, Deputy Master Bartlett – successfully removing Executor/Trustee of an Estate
  • Re: AA (consent to implantation of defibrillator) (2015) EWHC 1178 (Fam), (2016) All ER (D) 143, 23-24 April 2015 Bodey J – medical treatment case, representing the Respondent parents in an application for medical consent
  • London Borough of Islington v Farrell (2014) EWCA Civ 1073
  • Duygu Aksu v Cuma Aksu and 3 others, 30.8.13 & 3.10.13, Family Division of High Court, Parker J (forced marriage/nullity case successfully settled, representing the Respondent parents)
  • Mariam Bibi v Jamshad Miah & Fatema Bibi, 1.8.2013, Family Division of High Court, Moylan J (forced marriage order case successfully settled, representing the Respondent parents)
  • M R Engineering (A Firm) v Hussain (2013) EWCA Civ 1973
  • Doey v London Borough of Islington (2012) EWCA Civ 1825; (2013) H.L.R 13 – Appeal against sentencing in relation to a breach of Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction
  • Lida Maria Pereira Lopes v Salimatu Balde – 14.11.2012, Family Division of High Court, Baron J. Representing Respondent in an international abduction case which was settled.
  • Ali v National Westminster Bank (2011) HC (Ch) Peter Smith J, 14.7.2011 – successfully obtaining injunction against the Bank in auctioning off property

Other Recent Work



Property Lanlord & tenant:

  • London Borough of Islington v Whittington – Acting for the 2nd Defendant in succession claim (s87 HA) and ‘public law/article 8 proportionality’ defence
  • Kamara v Circle 33 Housing Trust Ltd – successfully securing specific performance injunction for the Claimant in residential disrepair claim
  • London Borough of Islington v Weekes - defending possession claim based on succession (s87 HA)
  • Salih & 2 others v Hitepi Holdings Ltd and 2 others - acting for Defendant company in a commercial forfeiture of lease claim, successfully settling case at PTR with C agreeing to discontinue case with no costs
  • London & Quadrant Housing Trust v R Begum - successfully staying 2nd warrant of possession on behalf of Defendant in serious asb/nuisance & sub-letting case where an outright possession given + the Court's proper exercise of discretion under s.9 of HA 1988
  • Kaur v Carreno (1) Fernandez (2) - successfully obtaining possession on behalf of landlord Claimant following trial
  • Aydin v My Homes Lettings & Sales Ltd - successfully obtaining possession on behalf of landlord Claimant at first hearing
  • Georgieva v Nika (1) Balogh (2) - successfully representing Claimant landlord in securing possession at first hearing
  • Khan v Jamil - representing commercial leaseholder C against freeholder D for: damages for unlawful/wrongful re-entry, damages for breach of covenant, relief from forfeiture, injunction. Successfully securing relief, injunction, and settlement prior to trial.
  • Amin v Rohaut - successfully obtaining possession on behalf of Claimant landlord following trial under new 'prescribed requirements' (s.21A HA 1988) rules
  • London & Quadrant Housing Trust v R Begum – successfully suspending warrant of possession in nuisance/anti-social behaviour and sub-letting grounds
  • Lingwood Clinic Limited v Kumar, Pradyun Ltd & 2 Others - representing all Defendants against claims for breach of contract/fraudulent misrepresentation; breach of contract/duty of confidence/fiduciary duty; conversion; passing off. Successfully settling on day of trial.
  • Birmingham City Council v P Jan (By her Litigation Friend M Shabir) – representing the Defendant/Applicant in application to set aside possession based on forfeiture and on defence ground non est factum
  • William George Reeves v Mohammed Sadik Hossain – successfully striking out Claimant’s boundary dispute claim against the Defendant
  • London Borough of Southwark v Abdul Osinowo – appeal against refusal to suspend possession warrant on behalf of Defendant/Appellant
  • Ernest Okonkwo v Florence O’Tudor – set aside app re judgement of £35,500 for unlawful eviction
  • London Borough of Southwark v Abdul Osinowo – successful oral permission to appeal refusal to suspend possession warrant on behalf of Defendant/Appellant
  • London Borough of Islington v Tanith Giltrow – Multi-track trial acting for Defendant of possession based on ASB and defence & counterclaim for disability discrimination and reasonable adjustment under the Equality Act 2010
  • Desh TV (1) TMP Ltd (2) Shah Siddiqui (3) v Trywin Ltd (1) Sazzad Miah (2) Bow Village Ltd (3) – acting for Claimants in damages claim for unlawful eviction of commercial premises, trespass and conversion of goods
  • London Borough of Southwark v Alberta Kyei-Poakwa (1) Samuel Kyei-Poakwa (2) and 2 others – Unlawful Profit Order pursuant to s.5 of Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 in the sum of over £45,000 against 2nd Def was successfully averted
  • London Borough of Islington v Michael Howard – successfully defending ASBI exclusion order
  • London Borough of Islington v Christopher Farrell – multi-track possession claim brought on ASB grounds defended
  • Kantilal Limbachia v Hashmukhlal Limbachia and 3 others – 3 days multi-track possession claim defended on fraudulent misrepresentation and undue influence & trust counterclaim
  • London Borough of Islington v Daniel Nyameke – 3 days multi-track possession claim defended on implied grant/public law/human rights; successfully settled after trial
  • Akgul v Kasakowska – 2 days multi-track possession + harassment claim, representing the landlord in a successful settlement
  • London Borough of Islington v Alan Doey - ASB committal
  • Mohammed Mustapha & Madania Monwara v Shah Azizur Rahman - unlawful eviction injunction committal, successfully representing the Defendant landlord against committal
  • London Borough of Islington v Alan Doey - representing the Defendant against ASB injunction
  • London Borough of Islington v Santos - representing the Defendant against ASB injunction
  • Governors of Peabody Trust v Bahlbi - representing the Dependant/Respondent to an ASBI appeal
  • London Borough of Islington v France-Hoffler - representing the Defendant against ASBI that was settled


Council tax/ratings:

  • Great Yarmouth Borough Council v Mr & Mrs Balaratnam - liability for council tax/NDR against former care home
  • Arsen Davtyan v London Borough of Newham - successfully representing the Appellant against council tax liability for four properties
  • London Borough of Newham v Arsen Davtyan - successfully representing the Defendant against council tax payment prosecution
  • V Aberia v London Borough of Barnet – council tax liability against an asylum seeker successfully overturned (s.8 LGFA 1992)


Employment:

  • Mbali Msibi v Cygnet Internet Services Limited – representing C in a 3 days unfair dismissal & race claim
  • Ms Arzu Ecran & Ms Jennifer Marecheau v Westminster Housing Co-Operative Limited – 2 days unfair dismissal + wages claim, settled at hearing
  • Dilara Begum v Tescos Ltd – 2 days unfair dismissal claim acting for the Claimant
  • H Raja v Broadridge Financial Solutions Ltd - originally a 5 day discrimination + unfair dismissal claim acting for the Claimant
  • S Balaratnam (T/A Highfield Nursing Home) v Sharon Woodcock – acting for employer in appeal against finding by ET of unfair dismissal, breach of contract, notice pay, & deduction of wages claim


Family:

  • R Sandhu v R Sandhu – acting for Respondent Husband in non-mol and occupation order application, eventually settled
  • Budis v Budis, F Budis (Intervenor) - representing Intervenor in a successful claim for beneficial interest in property
  • Akhtar v Islam - successfully settling financial claim at dispute resolution hearing on behalf of Wife
  • H Pitrola v H Pitrola – representing Respondent Husband in financial remedy final hearing
  • Floarea Budis v N Budis (1) T Budis (Intervenor) (2) – Acting for Claimant in TOLATA claim
  • M Bukhari v N Abbas – representing the Applicant Mother in PR and contact proceedings in 2 days final hearing
  • E N Ojarikre v O F Ebojoh – representing Applicant Wife in financial remedy hearing, assisting with an agreeable settlement
  • James Gordon v Maria Gordon – representing Respondent Wife in financial remedy final hearing
  • London Borough of Hackney v Mitu Begum (1) Rahman (2) Guardian (3) - oral permission to appeal against care and placement orders on behalf of the Mother
  • Fozia Mawi v Zulfiqar Ali – Acting for Defendant in TOLATA claim
  • Faizan Arshad v Saima Khan- Representing Respondent Mother in private law children act child arrangements order application over a 3 days fact find hearing
  • Ramsey v Sinclair – acting for Respondent Father in private law children act child arrangements order application (all hearings including 1-day fact find)
  • Planas v Sinclair - acting for Respondent Father in private law children act child arrangements order application (all hearings including 2 days fact find)
  • London Borough of Haringey v Ninnolar (1) Ninnolar (3) Guardian (3) – representing the Respondent Mother in public law care & adoption proceedings
  • Renielde Day v Terence Day – Representing Respondent Husband in financial remedy final hearing 2 days hearing
  • Sibel Hadjiali v Ali Soyer Hadjiali – Representing Respondent Husband in financial remedy claim including cross border claims
  • Sevim Sakar v Fevzi Sakar – Representing the Respondent Father in a 4 days private law children act case relating to residence and contact
  • Jonathan Mutisay v Priscilla Young - successfully defending Applicant’s financial remedy claim following a 2 days trial
  • Gulsen Mehmet v Ahmet Basturk – Acting for Defendant in TOLATA claim
  • Harry Richards v Sonia Da Silva – 3 days final hearing private law children Act case: care, residence, PSO + experts; successfully Defending all applications against Mother


Immigration:

  • Susam & another v SSHD – successfully representing the Appellants in application to extend leave following refusal on grounds of failing to meet English language requirements
  • SSHD v Susam & Another - successfully overturning appeal at UT from first instance decision
  • Turk v ECO - acting for Appellant in a successful Ankara Agreement appeal against entry clearance of a spouse
  • Kilinc v SSHD - acting for Appellant in entry clearance of a dependent
  • Shamsul Alam t/a Cawdar Hotel v Secretary of State for Home Department - acting for Appellant/Defendant in application to extend time to file appeal against civil penalty liability for employing illegal migrant workers
  • Papadom Ltd v Secretary of State for Home Department - acting for Appellant company against civil penalty liability for employing illegal migrant workers
  • Abu Miazi v SSHD - JR renewal app (Art 8 JR App)
  • Bangol Light Ltd v Secretary of State for Home Department – 2 days trial acting for Appellant company against civil penalty liability for employing illegal workers
  • Brucegrove Ltd v Secretary of State for Home Department - representing Appellant company against civil penalty liability for employing illegal workers
  • Ozoekwo v SSHD – entry clearance application to join a spouse
  • Z v SSHD – successfully acting for the Appellant in appeal against leave under Ankara Agreement
  • Gashi & another v SSHD – successfully securing extension of family visitor permit for the Appellants
  • Moin Ul Haq v SSHD - Sufficient funds in Tier 1 Entrepreneur appeal


Public Law:

  • Epsom & Ewell Borough Council v Sadiqahs Spice Ltd – acting for the Defendant company in 1.5 days appeal against conviction/sentence for food hygiene offences, appeal partly allowed
  • Jason Groocock (Liquidator of Mr Meats Ltd – in CVL) v Mr Kaleem Khan - representing Defendant in recovery of debt action by liquidator of a company in voluntary liquidation. C decided to discontinue on day of trial with both parties agreeing no order as to costs.
  • G Sakhi v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions - representing Appellant in ‘living together as husband and wife’ income support and JSA entitlement and overpayment appeal (£8,463)
  • Uni-Balance Chinese Healthcare Ltd T/A Simplytreatments.com v Gurgun(1) and Kuru(2) - successfully representing both Defendants at trial against claims for breach of contract for alleged failure to deliver website & SEO, quantum meruit, unjust enrichment, & restitution
  • Begum v London Borough of Barking & Dagenham - acting for Appellant against entitlement of HB/CTR and Overpayment of £33,655.46, successfully overturning both
  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets v G Khatun - representing the Defendant against two counts of fraud and successfully securing reduced community order, compensation, and costs
  • M Chowdhury v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – representing Appellant in ‘living together as husband and wife’ income support entitlement and overpayment appeal & successfully overturning both (£4,500 in IS and £11,000 in resulting housing benefit & council tax reduction)
  • Royal Borough of Greenwich v Ades Ltd & Michael Adedipe – representing both Defendants for health & safety and food hygiene offences resulting in reduced fines and costs
  • London Borough of Haringey v Easy Properties Ltd and Dilip Parmar - acting for 2nd Defendant Parmar on a 2 days’ trial on charges of failing to repair an HMO home under Housing Act 2004
  • London Borough of Redbridge v Rafique Uddin - acting for the Defendant against failure to comply with an Improvement Notice pursuant to the Housing Act 2004
  • Deeqa Osman v Commissioners of HMRC – acting for Appellant in ‘living together with husband’ child tax credit refusal, successfully overturning decision
  • Enamur R Chowdhury v Commissioners of HMRC – representing the Appellant in respect to child benefit entitlement as a holder of a ‘derivative right’ following the CJEU judgement in Case-34/09 Zambrano v Office national de l’emploi (2012) QB 265 which provided non-EU carers of EU nationals the right to reside in the form of Derivative Rights and the subsequent trio of judgement of Sanneh v SSWP (2015) EWCA Civ 49. Sought to distinguish paragraph 2 of the judgement in the instant case.
  • Begum Manjuda Khanam v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions – acting for a pensioner Appellant who was a non-EU dependant of a dependant of an EU national, thus not having the ‘right to reside’ where Art 15/16 of 2004/34/EC did not provide any assistance. Entitlement to State Pension Credit was argued on the outcome of the CJEU judgment of Case E-4/11 Proceedings concerning Clauder (2012) 1 CMLR 1.
  • Fazal Ahmed v London Borough of Redbridge – representing a pensioner Appellant against an overpayment of housing/council tax benefit in the amount of £15, 712.20
  • Mourad Nabil v Hertsmere Borough Council – representing Appellant against an overpayment of housing/council tax benefit in the sum of £26, 369.78
  • Mohammed Mayeen v London Borough of Newham – acting for a pensioner Appellant against housing benefit overpayment of £72,809.98
  • K Khalib v London Borough of Haringey – overpayment of HB/CTB of £32,532.52 & CTB of £461.67
  • J Acheampong v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions- entitlement to income support successfully overturned against refusal decision based on EU ‘right to reside’ test
  • I Paker v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions – overpayment of income support of £8,716.90 successfully overturned
  • C Kokkini v London Borough of Enfield – Housing Benefit entitlement refusal based on tenancy agreement not being made on a ‘commercial basis’ successfully overturned
  • J Crossman v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions – Carer’s Allowance overpayment of £4,602.05 successfully overturned
  • C Dunne v London Borough of Enfield – Housing Benefit entitlement refusal based on tenancy agreement not being made on a ‘commercial basis’ successfully overturned
  • E Paleologou v London Borough of Enfield- Housing Benefit entitlement refusal based on tenancy agreement not being made on a ‘commercial basis’ successfully overturned
  • P S Puati v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions – entitlement to income support successfully overturned against refusal decision based on EU ‘right to reside’ test
  • S Guleed v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions – entitlement to income support refusal based on EU ‘right to reside’ test successfully overturned
  • A Omar v London Borough of Enfield – Housing benefit backdating refusal decision successfully overturned
  • S Yuce v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions – Income support entitlement refusal based on EU ‘right to reside’ test successfully challenged
  • M Appleton v London Borough of Enfield – Representing the Appellant against Housing Benefit overpayment of £79,453
  • D Mohammed v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions – Representing the Appellant in an income support entitlement refusal decision based on EU ‘right to reside’ test
  • A Christou v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions – successfully overturning JSA refusal decision based on EU ‘right to reside’ test
  • P Ferreira v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions – entitlement to income support refusal based on EU ‘right to reside’ test successfully overturned
  • D Dahir v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions – Representing Appellant against refusal decision based on EU ‘right to reside’ test
  • T Anang v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions – Representing disable Appellant against DLA overpayment of £36, 165.80 decision
  • A Sharif v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions – Representing Appellant against refusal decision based on EU ‘right to reside’ test
  • V Arrowsmith (On behalf of the Estate of JH Arrowsmith) v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions – successfully challenging income support overpayment of £7106.33 against recovery from the executor
  • T Ioannou v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions- successfully overturning first instance DLA decision on grounds of failing to base decision on evidence
  • K Osner v London Borough of Enfield – successfully challenging refusal of HB decision based on ownership of previous private property
  • J Savva v Broxbourne Borough Council – successfully overturning housing benefit overpayment of £14,365.68 decision


ADR/International work:

  • Advising a major pharmaceutical firm (based in Bangladesh) in its purchase of land and three pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria
  • Acting as counsel in arbitration of a Nigerian shipping company against a Chinese firm for repudiatory breach of contract under LCIA rules;
  • Advising and assisting a large retail company based in the UK in setting up a commercial bank in Bangladesh;
  • Advising owner/partner of oil and pharmaceutical companies in Bangladesh and UK in its acquisition of stakes in oil companies in Kuwait and Nigeria;
  • Advising a leading cancer surgeon in the creation of a cancer hospital and university in Bangladesh (worth over $100m) – particular emphasis on commercial loan structure, land, and building development;
  • Acting as mediator in a breach of contract of storage of antique belonging to a fashion design house and a storage house proprietor worth £10m;
  • Advising a banking association of Bangladesh in relation to licensing disputes over its members with regulatory authority;
  • Acting as counsel in Arbitration of a merchant bank in its sanction of $30m worth of loan capital to a start-up domestic airliner in Bangladesh;
  • Pre-action advisory work and dispute avoidance (in particular, retail in UAE)
  • Advisory work on inclusion of English law contract in full or various terms in civil law jurisdiction (Turkey)
  • Advising a capital venture firm based in Bangladesh in its expansion of fluid-less battery being rolled out in the UK and the European markets


    Lectures and Seminers

    Preparing and conducting a hearing before the Social Security Tribunal – 2006

    Introduction to law, practice, and advocacy before Social Security and Employment Tribunal – BPP Law School- October 2008

    Handling Litigation work; negotiation of contracts/settlements; & dealing with English law in cross border contracts – Akinci Law Offices, Istanbul, Turkey 31.5.2013 (attended by over 35 local and international lawyers, CEO’s, CFO, and HR personnel’s).

    Judge – National Speed Mooting Competition 2015/2016, 20.2.2016 held at Salford University

    Judge - National Speed Mooting Competition 2016/2017, 25.2.17 Liverpool Hope University

    Appointments

    Chair, Education Appeals Panel - January 2010 - (adjudicating admission appeals)

    Chair, Independent Review (formerly Appeal) Panel - January 2010 - (adjudicating permanent exclusion appeals)

    Member – Bar Council Wasted Costs Panel, May 2016

    Chair, Standards Advisory Committee LBN, July 2019

    Professional Membership

    Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

    Administrative Law Bar Association

    Industrial Law Society

    Family Law Bar Association

    South Eastern Circuit

    International Bar Association

    Professional Qualification

    Bar Vocational Course - Inns of Court School of Law - 2002-2003

    Accredited Mediator (Civil & Commercial) - ADR Chambers (UK) - May 2012

    Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb) - - September 2012