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Rebecca Farrell

Year of Call: 2016
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Telephone: 020 7583 8055

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Rebecca joined Chambers as a tenant in April 2018 upon successful completion of her pupillage at 3PB. She has experience working on a range of commercial and chancery matters including insolvency litigation, breach of contract claims, ToLATA matters, probate disputes, real property and landlord & tenant litigation. She also has experience seeking interim relief and dealing with enforcement matters.

She has built a strong expertise, both advising on and appearing in court, in breach of trust cases.

A former paralegal in an international law firm working on reinsurance matters, Rebecca understands the needs of solicitors and clients in commercial disputes.

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys long-distance open water swimming.


  • Commercial
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    Prior to qualifying as a Barrister, Rebecca worked as a paralegal in an international law firm on a large multi-faceted reinsurance matter, where she developed a strong grounding in commercial disputes. Subsequently Rebecca worked as a Legal Editor at FromCounsel, a publishing company that provides an excellent online resource for corporate lawyers.


    Rebecca is regularly instructed to advise and represent clients on matters concerning contested personal and corporate insolvency matters. She regularly advises and acts for petitioners; insolvency practitioners and debtors in both the High Court and County Court.

    Rebecca has experience of disputes which have a dimension outside of this jurisdiction and associated challenges to the court’s jurisdiction.

    Examples of recent work includes:

    • Successfully acting for a Petitioning Creditor in relation to a multi-million pound bankruptcy petition.
    • Successfully restraining presentation of a winding-up petition in the High Court.
    • Successfully defending an application to set aside a statutory demand representing a substantial value.
    • Assisting leading counsel in relation to an application to stay a liquidation and compel the removal of liquidators.
    • Successfully obtaining relief post-insolvency such as orders for examination.

    Breach of trust litigation

    Rebecca has experience of dealing with high value breach of trust claims in both domestic and business contexts. She also offers expertise in seeking associated relief, for example; orders for an account and inquiry and tracing. She recently worked with leading counsel on an application for a worldwide freezing order in a claim concerning breach of duty and deceit/civil fraud.

    Rebecca has also dealt with a number of enforcement matters such as obtaining charging orders and orders for sale. She has obtained good results in disputes where the beneficial ownership of charged assets have arisen.

    Commercial litigation and contractual disputes

    Rebecca acts for a range of clients including; national and international companies; education organisations; law firms and individuals.

    Recent matters include:

    • Assisting with a royalties dispute involving a high-profile band.
    • Assisting with a complex shipping dispute involving the carriage of goods.
    • Assisting with an advice on an appeal against an arbitral body appointed by a commodities association.
    • Drafting a claim concerning the misuse of funds entrusted to an agent.

    Company law, business and other entities

    Rebecca has a specific interest in this practice area, often dealing with the practical effect corporate structures and/or bodies have on obtaining legal redress in other areas. Examples of her work include:

    • Assisting with a restitution claim under FSMA 2000.
    • Assisting with a directors’ disqualification matter in the High Court: see The Official Receiver v Brett Jolly [2017] (Companies Court).
    • Acting in a number of company matters including company restorations; the reuse of company names; the rectification of the register and a partnership dispute.
    • Advising on the lawfulness of membership termination and changes to the constitution of an unincorporated association.

    Financial Services

    Rebecca has experience of disputes concerning the regulation of financial services and the conduct of investors. She was recently instructed to settle grounds of appeal to the Court of Appeal in a dispute concerning consumer credit regulation and a procedural issue connected with the dispute.

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    Trusts of Land and ToLATA

    Rebecca acts and advises on trust of land and proprietary estoppel claims, including those which involve Estates. Rebecca has managed claims where the capacity to conduct litigation has arisen an issue in this context.

    Recent work includes:

    • Successfully mediating a trust of land and proprietary estoppel claim involving a property valued in excess of a million pounds.
    • Successfully reformulating a claim and obtaining injunctive relief.

    Real property

    Rebecca’s experience of disputes in this area includes trespass, nuisance, breach of covenants; right of way and boundary disputes, as well as the associated claims for injunctive and declaratory relief.


    She has advised on Inheritance Act claims (including adult children) and the construction of wills. Recently, Rebecca assisted in the review of the administration of an Estate in order to provide advice regarding the conduct of the administration and next steps.

    She has also dealt the interface between this practice area and others, such as proprietary estoppel and constructive trust claims in the context of an Estate and the administration of an Estate involving an insolvent beneficiary.

    Landlord & Tenant

    Rebecca advises and acts on numerous claims involving both residential and commercial issues.  She has specific expertise in possession matters, including against persons unknown, and associated rental arrears. She has also has experience with claims relating to the specific enforcement of terms contained within commercial leases and the associated drafting.

    Rebecca has experience appearing in the First Tier Tribunal (Property) Chamber on applications to the Tribunal including those for determinations regarding service charges; administration charges and the appointment of a manager.

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      She has advised and acted on a number of contentious probate disputes including Inheritance Act claims (including adult children claims); claims involving the construction of wills and applications to remove personal representatives. In the non-contentious sphere, Rebecca has assisted in the review of the administration of an Estate in order to provide advice regarding the conduct of the administration and next steps.

      She has also dealt the interface between this practice area and others, such as proprietary estoppel and constructive trust claims in the context of an Estate and the administration of an Estate involving an insolvent beneficiary.

  • Publications
    • 24th Jul 2020

      No duty to exercise option reasonably or in good faith in engine maintenance agreement

      Rebecca Farrell analyses Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd v Lufthansa Technik AG, in which the High Court found that there was no duty of good faith or duty to act reasonably in respect of an option to withdraw engines from a maintenance agreement.

      This article was first published by Lexis®PSL on 21 July 2020.

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    • 10th Jul 2020

      Following the introduction of the Corporate Governance and Insolvency Act 2020 (“the CIGA 2020”) and the associated Insolvency Practice Direction, 3PB’s specialist commercial law barristers Charles Irvine and Rebecca Farrell consider winding up petitions in this context.

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    • 8th Jun 2020

      3PB’s specialist commercial law barristers David Parratt QC and Rebecca Farrell review the cost consequences for lawyers and their clients of a refusal to engage in ADR.

      The article includes a recent case law review which demonstrates a particular trend whereby Courts will examine closely the actions of the parties in relation to offers of ADR as to whether they are ‘reasonable’ or not. Even the failure to respond to a Part 36 Offer alongside an offer to mediate, can of itself potentially signify an unreasonable refusal to engage with ADR.

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    • 27th Apr 2020

      3PB’s specialist Property and Estates Barristers Charles Irvine and Rebecca Farrell have issued an updated guide on the rights of commercial landlords and their tenants during the Coronavirus pandemic.

      The guide reviews the existing position for commercial landlords and their tenants as well as an update on the latest Government’s announcement on 23rd April 2020.

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    • 23rd Apr 2020

      Following the recent decision of Re Debenhams Retail Ltd (In Administration) [2020] EWHC 921 (Ch) which applied Re Carluccio’s Limited [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch), 3PB’s specialist Employment and Commercial Barristers Daniel Brown and Rebecca Farrell join forces to review the Carluccio’s decision.

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    • 9th Apr 2020

      3PB's Charles Irvine and Rebecca Farrell discuss Changing the locks during lockdown: The Coronavirus Act 2020, Commercial Property and Forfeiture

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    • 14th Mar 2019

      Commercial update: Substituted service of bankruptcy petitions

      The High Court has ruled that permission to serve a bankruptcy petition by a substituted means cannot be given retrospectively. Rebecca Farrell analyses the decision Ardawa v. Uppal and Jordan [2019] EWHC 456 (Ch) and considers how it changes the law.

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  • Recommendations

    "I am a Solicitor and have so been since 1974-and once appeared in many criminal and civil cases. Just to say that Rebecca (whom I had never known of or met) was first class in her dealings with the Court witnesses and conducting the case. Hopefully she will go far”(Client)

    "I am writing to thank you for representing me yesterday. As you know following the mix up on my last court date I was quite anxious about yesterday's hearing. As soon as we met, you immediately put me at ease and it was clearly obvious that you had given a lot of time in familiarising yourself with my case. This proved to benefit us both. I was impressed by your professionalism and knowledge in the court room that led to a positive outcome. I have let [X firm] know how good you are and that they should be confident in you representing their clients in the future.” (Client)

Academic qualifications

  • Law (LLB), The University of Durham: First Class Honours
  • BPTC, The University of Law: Very Competent


  • Exhibition Award – Inner Temple
  • Advocacy Scholarship – The University of Law
  • Quarter-finalist at the National Rounds of the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2014

Professional bodies

  • Property Bar Association (associate member)
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)

Direct Access

Rebecca Farrell is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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