Rebecca Farrell

Year of Call: 2016
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Telephone: 020 7583 8055

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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 (in her own name) to the Court of Appeal in a dispute concerning consumer credit regulation and a procedural issue connected with the dispute.


  • 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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"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)

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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