Rayan Imam

Call: 2013 

“A robust and skilful advocate with excellent presentational skills. Her attention to detail and boundless energy sets her apart from her peers”.

Kumarlo Menns, Smithfield Partners

"I wanted imagination and Rayan delivered"

Darren Coleran (Partner) Bolt Burdon

Practice Summary

Rayan specialises in property and commercial litigation. Rayan’s practice spans the full range of landlord and tenant matters, with a particular focus on leasehold disputes and claims pursuant to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 involving resulting/constructive trusts. Rayan is also experienced in commercial litigation and is regularly instructed to represent in matters pertaining to contract disputes. Prior to coming to the Bar, Rayan worked at international law firm Steptoe & Johnson on two multi-million pound (ICSID) investment treaty arbitrations against the Republic of Zimbabwe. Rayan also interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva and assisted in an amicus curiae brief in the UK Court of Appeal as well as drafting various policy papers.

Rayan was instructed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service of Nigeria (FIRS) in an application to discharge an interim Third Party Debt Order (iTDPO) relating to an arbitration award of approximately £14 million. Arguments advanced by FIRS led to the Claimant's withdrawal of its application against FIRS. Rayan was led by David Quest QC and instructed by A2 Solicitors.

Rayan was recently successful in a multitrack building dispute which involved skilful and thorough cross-examination based on a variety of financial statements.

Rayan was also instructed as in-house counsel to act for the Defendant and Third-Party in the Chancery Division in a multi-track multi-million pound commercial dispute (Rollerteam Ltd & Others v Linda Riley [2015] EWHC 1545 (Ch): Declarations of trust; Enforcement; Formalities; Formation of contract; Intention to create legal relations; Part performance; Settlement; Validity)

In her spare time, Rayan enjoys travelling, horse riding and watching documentaries. Rayan is fluent in Arabic.

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International Arbitration

Rayan represented an investor in two multi-million pound (ICSID) investment treaty arbitrations against the Republic of Zimbabwe whilst working at international law firm, Steptoe & Johnson.

Housing

Rayan accepts instructions from landlords and tenants (private and social sector) and represents in the full range of possession proceedings. Rayan has had experience in making and resisting applications for possession, set aside applications, warrant suspensions, unlawful eviction, anti-social behaviour, succession, disrepair and public law defences.

Real Property

Rayan acts for clients in all areas of property law. She has a particular interest in constructive/resulting trusts and claims pursuant to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Rayan is called upon to provide advice at the initial stages, draft pleadings and represent at trials.

Regulatory

Rayan represents in proceedings for breaches to the Housing Act 2004 where she has defended landlords in the Magistrates’ Court. Having undertaken a criminal pupillage, Rayan is well placed to deal with criminal proceedings arising from the contravention of the 2004 Act.

Anti-Social Behaviour

Rayan has experience in matters relating to antisocial behaviour and has represented in committal proceedings.

Local Government

Rayan accepts instructions in all areas relating to Chambers’ core practice areas.

Public

Rayan accepts instructions in all areas relating to Chambers’ core practice areas.

Public Access


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