Qarrar Somji
SAHCA
Qarrar Somji Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer

Qarrar Somji

Solicitor-Advocate

Qarrar qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in 2014 having previously had experience in a varying range of litigation roles.

He graduated with a Masters in Commercial Law from the University of Birmingham in 2009 writing his thesis on Employer’s Liability for Work Related Stress.

Qarrar during the early part of his career had significant experience in dealing with Consumer Credit Act and Financial Services and Markets Act litigation. From 2011 he was exposed to all aspects of Commercial, Chancery, Civil and Insolvency litigation. This now forms the bulk of his case load.

Qarrar has been described in the Legal 500 (2019) as ‘an impressive and industrious litigator’.

Qarrar has experience of working on challenging and complex cases. A notable case he previously successfully pursued on behalf of a former director involved the recovery of significant racing car assets worth in excess of £100,000 through the High Court. The matter was legally and factually complex and settled on the morning of the Trial with a significant recovery for the Client.

Qarrar recently issued proceedings for £1.5M for a breach of contract in the Birmingham District Registry against a national bank arising out of a significant property development in Harborne, Birmingham. Qarrar has also previously advised and assisted with an application to remove a liquidator with a view to pursuing misfeasance claims against former directors of a company.

Qarrar recently successfully defended and settled a breach of trust and directors duty claim where his client also recovered her legal costs.

Qarrar has also successfully arbitrated an alleged breach of a construction contract worth over £500,000 resulting in a payment to his Client.

Qarrar has experience in dealing with Solicitors Act assessments and applications under Section 61(1) of the Solicitors Act 1974. Qarrar also has significant injunction experience and has in the last 12 months defended a mandatory injunction for the return of £100,000.

Qarrar has previously advised on Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims and recently successfully settled a six-figure claim against an Estate.

Qarrar likes to be commercially focused and enjoys thinking strategically to achieve desired outcomes. He strives to achieve client objectives in a timely and cost-effective manner. As a solicitor advocate, Qarrar has rights of audience in the Higher Courts, and regularly conducts his own advocacy, saving his clients the additional expense of instructing a barrister.

He is a member of the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Rights Advocates. In the dynamic and changing world of Dispute Resolution Qarrar ensures his problem-solving skills are employed effectively in Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”). Litigation at times can be a blunt and expensive tool and therefore with the effective use of ADR, settlements can be negotiated which would not be possible in Court. Qarrar has participated in several mediations and resolved numerous disputes by way of oral and written negotiations.

Qarrar is multi-lingual and in addition to English he is also fluent in Gujarati, Urdu and Swahili.

In his spare time he takes an interest in Cricket, Tennis and F1 and likes to go to the gym. He enjoys reading fantasy fiction and is a fan of the works of J R Tolkein. Qarrar enjoys Classical Music.