Aidan Reay

Kings Chambers

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 QC) 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

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