Shakil is highly regarded for his expertise in commercial and chancery litigation. His practice covers a broad range of domestic and international commercial work with a particular emphasis on company, insolvency and partnership litigation:
Commercial: Dealing with a wide variety of contractual and commercial disputes relating to the supply of goods and services, secured finance agreements, agency, banking, mortgage agreements, enforcement of guarantees, retention of title agreements, insurance agreements, bailment and professional negligence.
Company: Representing companies, directors, shareholders and creditors in all aspects of company litigation including applications under the Companies Act 2006, claims in respect of breach of directors’ duties, derivate claims and all types of shareholders’ disputes (including, in particular, unfair prejudice petitions). Acting in Directors’ Disqualification proceedings on behalf of directors and the Secretary of State.
Insolvency: Dealing with aspects of corporate and personal insolvency including receiverships, administrations, liquidations, bankruptcies, company and individual voluntary arrangements, the adjustment of antecedent transactions, tracing and recovery of corporate assets and wrongful trading and misfeasance claims.
Partnership: Representing partners and former partners in all aspects of partnership disputes, including preliminary disputes as to the existence and constitution of partnerships, retirements and evictions, the construction and enforcement of partnership agreements and claims for post dissolution accounts and enquiries.
Interlocutory and Interim Applications: Acting in a wide range of interlocutory and interim applications including freezing and other injunctions, disclosure related applications, security for costs, summary judgment, strike out applications, charging orders and costs related applications.
Public and Administrative Law: As Treasury Counsel acting for various Secretaries of State and government departments in judicial review and other public law proceedings.
Shakil is a skilled advocate and regularly appears in the County Court and in all divisions of the High Court and has significant experience representing clients in mediations. He is known for his approachable manner and his appreciation of the commercial realities of disputes and of clients’ practical requirements.
He is a regular contributor to Corporate Rescue and Insolvency and is a frequent speaker at insolvency and commercial law seminars.
Shakil has regularly been listed by Chambers and Partners as a leading junior (Band 1)
- Acting for a shareholder and director in a claim for breach of fiduciary and other directors’ duties and a proposed unfair prejudice petition.
- Acting for a shareholder and director in a derivative claim
- Acting for a BVI company in a restitutionary claim for the return of monies paid for the purchase of shares in a UK company
- Acting for an Italian parent company as to its potential liability under a letter of comfort provided to a UK subsidiary
- Junior counsel in a multi million pound claim for breach of fiduciary and other directors’ duties, fraud and the taking of bribes
- Representing the Secretary of State in directors’ disqualification proceedings against a German national involved in assisting foreign nationals in fraudulently obtaining bankruptcy orders in the UK
- Representing a liquidator in claims arising from transactions defrauding creditors and preferences and for breach of directors’ duties and misfeasance.
- Junior Counsel in a claim by Cobbetts LLP against a former partner for breach of fiduciary duty arising from the former partner acquiring shares in a client company
- Junior Counsel for the estate of a deceased partner in a claim against the former partners for an account to the estate for the deceased’s share
- Acting for a former partner in a solicitors’ firm in a claim for a contribution/indemnity against his former fellow partners.
- Representing a number of former partners in the accounts and enquiries phase of a substantial partnership dispute in which the partnership assets included a significant number of buy to let properties.
French, Urdu and Punjabi
“He is a strong and powerful advocate with a substantial eye for detail. He is also very client-aware and analytical, always seeking out the maximum evidence to support a claim.” “Particularly strong on his feet and has a very thorough grasp of commercial matters.”
Chambers and Partners 2016
Shakil Najib handles a wide range of matters in the field of company law, including those arising from partnership disputes. He is an authority on contract law and insolvency, and has experience of acting as lead counsel.
Chambers and Partners 2015
‘renowned for high-quality representation in company and insolvency litigation’, ‘we have been very impressed with his expertise and efficiency’, ‘Receives strong feedback for the partnership law dimension of his broader commercial and company law practice.’, ‘He is an impressive character. He is very good on his feet. Clients find him authoritative and forthright’.
Chambers and Partners 2014
‘has a strong presence in company law’, ‘very approachable and helpful’.
Chambers and Partners 2013
Sun Legend Investments Ltd v Ho  B.P.I.R. 533 (bankruptcy on foreign debt)
Re Eco Link Resources Ltd  B.C.C. 731 (invalid appointment of Administrators)
Cobbetts LLP v Hodge  1 B.C.L.C. 30 (Breach of fiduciary duty by partner)
Fender v National Westminster Bank Plc  3 E.G.L.R. 80 (charge released by mistake)
Re Needwood Managed Services Limited  EWHC 3519 (ChD) (injunction restraining administrator from selling the company’s business and assets).
Choudary v Nawaz and Ors  EWCA Civ 1355 (CA) (intention required to create partnership)
Unadkat and Co (Accountants) Ltd v Bhardwaj  B.C.C. 452 (priority of various types of costs incurred in declaring the dissolution of a company to be void).
Ram v Ram (No.2)  B.P.I.R. 628 (CA) (order under Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 s.24A when husband bankrupt).
Ram v Ram (No.1)  2 B.C.L.C. 476 (CA) – (whether property should vest in Trustee or wife after a transaction at undervalue was set aside).
Treasury Counsel (2010)
Recorder and a Deputy Upper Tribunal Judge
Chancery Bar Association
Commercial Bar Association
Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association
University of Birmingham LL.B (Hons)
The London School of Economics and Political Science
LL.M Corporate and Commercial Law – Awarded with Distinction