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Year of Call: 2012 zbryan@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Zahler has a broad commercial chancery practice, with a particular emphasis on contentious trusts, financial disputes, and civil fraud. Since returning to Chambers in September 2014, Zahler has advised on a wide range of matters and appeared as sole counsel in the High Court as well as the County Courts. Zahler also acts as junior counsel in large-scale international commercial and trust disputes.

Zahler's current instructions include the group litigation arising from RBS's £12bn rights issue as well as several significant offshore trust disputes.

Following successful completion of her pupillage Zahler spent a year as judicial assistant to Lord Neuberger PSC. While working at the Supreme Court Zahler was involved in a number of landmark cases, including FHR European Ventures LLP v Cedar Capital Partners LLC [2014] UKSC 45 (whether a bribe or secret commission accepted by an agent is held on trust), Coventry v Lawrence [2014] UKSC 13 (on acquiring a right by prescription to carry out what would otherwise be a nuisance), Marley v Rawlings [2014] UKSC 2 (on the rectification of a will after the death of the testator), and Khaira v Shergill [2014] UKSC 33 (on the justiciability of matters of religious doctrine). Since returning to Chambers Zahler has appeared in the Supreme Court as junior counsel on behalf of The Crown Estate in Loose v Lynn Shellfish [2016] UKSC 14, a case concerning prescriptive rights over the foreshore and the doctrine of accretion.

Areas of Expertise and Cases



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Company

Zahler has acted (with Geraldine Clark) for an Indonesian mining company bringing a multi-million claim against former directors for breach of duty, in relation to $7.5m loan made to acquire mining concessions
Zahler has also been involved in the following cases:

  • Petrodel Resources Ltd v Prest [2013] 3 WLR1: assisted Daniel Lightman in this landmark case in which the Supreme Court redefined the circumstances in which the court can pierce the corporate veil
     
  • Apex Global Management Ltd v Fi Call Ltd: a substantial shareholder dispute in which both principal shareholders presented unfair prejudice petitions
     
  • Eckerle v Wickeder Westfalenstahl GmbH [2013] 3 WLR 1316, a decision which determined locus standi under section 98 of the Companies Act 2006

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Insolvency

Zahler is regularly instructed in cases concerning personal and corporate insolvency. She frequently advises and appears on behalf of trustees in bankruptcy, as well as acting for those seeking to challenge insolvency proceedings.

Zahler is also experienced in jurisdictional challenges to the winding up of foreign companies.

Zahler has also assisted on the following cases:

  • Glasgow Rangers Football Club plc (in liquidation) v Collyer Bristow & Ors [2015]: worked with Jonathan Adkin QC in the multi-million pound dispute arising from the collapse of Glasgow Rangers football club
     
  • Assisted Matthew Morrison in defending the Isle of Man directors of Isis Investments Limited, a subsidiary of Kaupthing bank, in relation to claims brought by the liquidators of Isis alleging breaches of their fiduciary duties 

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Civil Fraud

Zahler assisted Jonathan Adkin QC in Otkritie v Urumov et al [2014] EWHC 191, a substantial international fraud claim brought by a Russian financial institution against former employees. She also worked with Jonathan on Madoff Securities International Ltd v Raven [2014], a multi-million pound fraud claim brought against the former directors of the London branch of the Madoff business.

Zahler has acted as sole counsel on behalf of an English firm successfully bringing a complex fraud claim against former employees, and advised on a wide range of civil fraud matters.


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Trusts and Probate

Led by Richard Wilson QC, Zahler is acting on behalf of a beneficiary in a multi-million pound offshore trust dispute involving allegations that a trustee wrongfully failed to account for trust assets worth $100m. 

Zahler also has experience of advising and acting in claims brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. 


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Commercial Litigation

Zahler has experience in an extensive range of commercial disputes, from claims against company directors for breaches of duty, contractual disputes and proceedings under FSMA.

Zahler is currently instructed by RBS in the group litigation arising from RBS’s £12bn rights issue in 2008.

Led by Hugh Norbury QC, Zahler acted on behalf of a private equity firm bringing proceedings against a number of companies for the use of confidential information in breach of confidence to acquire strategic infrastructure concession rights.


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Charities

Assisted Ruth Jordan in advising the Charity Commission on the breach of fiduciary duties committed by charity directors.



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Offshore

Zahler accepts instructions in a wide range of offshore disputes, from JR proceedings to contentious trust matters. Zahler has worked on JR proceedings concerning the pollution of the marine and terrestrial environment in The Bahamas, advised on potential jurisdictional challenges to a winding up petition issued by the English High Court, and is currently instructed in a multi-million pound offshore trust dispute under appeal to the Privy Council. 


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Property

Led by Thomas Braithwaite, Zahler appeared in the Supreme Court on behalf of The Crown Estate in Loose v Lynn Shellfish [2016] UKSC 14, a case concerning prescriptive rights over the foreshore, the construction of ancient grants and the doctrine of accretion.

Zahler Bryan

Zahler Bryan

Year of Call: 2012
Email: zbryan@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Zahler has a broad commercial chancery practice, with a particular emphasis on contentious trusts, financial disputes, and civil fraud. Since returning to Chambers in September 2014, Zahler has advised on a wide range of matters and appeared as sole counsel in the High Court as well as the County Courts. Zahler also acts as junior counsel in large-scale international commercial and trust disputes.

Zahler's current instructions include the group litigation arising from RBS's £12bn rights issue as well as several significant offshore trust disputes.

Following successful completion of her pupillage Zahler spent a year as judicial assistant to Lord Neuberger PSC. While working at the Supreme Court Zahler was involved in a number of landmark cases, including FHR European Ventures LLP v Cedar Capital Partners LLC [2014] UKSC 45 (whether a bribe or secret commission accepted by an agent is held on trust), Coventry v Lawrence [2014] UKSC 13 (on acquiring a right by prescription to carry out what would otherwise be a nuisance), Marley v Rawlings [2014] UKSC 2 (on the rectification of a will after the death of the testator), and Khaira v Shergill [2014] UKSC 33 (on the justiciability of matters of religious doctrine). Since returning to Chambers Zahler has appeared in the Supreme Court as junior counsel on behalf of The Crown Estate in Loose v Lynn Shellfish [2016] UKSC 14, a case concerning prescriptive rights over the foreshore and the doctrine of accretion.

Areas of expertise

Company

Zahler has acted (with Geraldine Clark) for an Indonesian mining company bringing a multi-million claim against former directors for breach of duty, in relation to $7.5m loan made to acquire mining concessions
Zahler has also been involved in the following cases:

  • Petrodel Resources Ltd v Prest [2013] 3 WLR1: assisted Daniel Lightman in this landmark case in which the Supreme Court redefined the circumstances in which the court can pierce the corporate veil
     
  • Apex Global Management Ltd v Fi Call Ltd: a substantial shareholder dispute in which both principal shareholders presented unfair prejudice petitions
     
  • Eckerle v Wickeder Westfalenstahl GmbH [2013] 3 WLR 1316, a decision which determined locus standi under section 98 of the Companies Act 2006

Insolvency

Zahler is regularly instructed in cases concerning personal and corporate insolvency. She frequently advises and appears on behalf of trustees in bankruptcy, as well as acting for those seeking to challenge insolvency proceedings.

Zahler is also experienced in jurisdictional challenges to the winding up of foreign companies.

Zahler has also assisted on the following cases:

  • Glasgow Rangers Football Club plc (in liquidation) v Collyer Bristow & Ors [2015]: worked with Jonathan Adkin QC in the multi-million pound dispute arising from the collapse of Glasgow Rangers football club
     
  • Assisted Matthew Morrison in defending the Isle of Man directors of Isis Investments Limited, a subsidiary of Kaupthing bank, in relation to claims brought by the liquidators of Isis alleging breaches of their fiduciary duties 

Civil Fraud

Zahler assisted Jonathan Adkin QC in Otkritie v Urumov et al [2014] EWHC 191, a substantial international fraud claim brought by a Russian financial institution against former employees. She also worked with Jonathan on Madoff Securities International Ltd v Raven [2014], a multi-million pound fraud claim brought against the former directors of the London branch of the Madoff business.

Zahler has acted as sole counsel on behalf of an English firm successfully bringing a complex fraud claim against former employees, and advised on a wide range of civil fraud matters.

Trusts and Probate

Led by Richard Wilson QC, Zahler is acting on behalf of a beneficiary in a multi-million pound offshore trust dispute involving allegations that a trustee wrongfully failed to account for trust assets worth $100m. 

Zahler also has experience of advising and acting in claims brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. 

Commercial Litigation

Zahler has experience in an extensive range of commercial disputes, from claims against company directors for breaches of duty, contractual disputes and proceedings under FSMA.

Zahler is currently instructed by RBS in the group litigation arising from RBS’s £12bn rights issue in 2008.

Led by Hugh Norbury QC, Zahler acted on behalf of a private equity firm bringing proceedings against a number of companies for the use of confidential information in breach of confidence to acquire strategic infrastructure concession rights.

Charities

Assisted Ruth Jordan in advising the Charity Commission on the breach of fiduciary duties committed by charity directors.

Offshore

Zahler accepts instructions in a wide range of offshore disputes, from JR proceedings to contentious trust matters. Zahler has worked on JR proceedings concerning the pollution of the marine and terrestrial environment in The Bahamas, advised on potential jurisdictional challenges to a winding up petition issued by the English High Court, and is currently instructed in a multi-million pound offshore trust dispute under appeal to the Privy Council. 

Property

Led by Thomas Braithwaite, Zahler appeared in the Supreme Court on behalf of The Crown Estate in Loose v Lynn Shellfish [2016] UKSC 14, a case concerning prescriptive rights over the foreshore, the construction of ancient grants and the doctrine of accretion.

Qualifications

Magdalen College, Oxford: BA PPE (First); MPhil; DPhil in political philosophy City University: GDL (distinction); BPTC (outstanding)

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association

Publications

Limitation and Fraudulent Breaches of Trust, Trusts & Trustees 92015) 21 (4) 405-414


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