Joseph Farmer

Joseph Farmer

Call 2013

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Expertise

Notable Administrative & Public Law Cases


R (Forsey) v Northern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court [2021] EWHC 3013 (Admin)

Instructed (with Richard Lissack QC and Andrew Smith QC) for the claimant in a judicial review of a decision in criminal proceedings relating to an alleged offence under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992. Renewed permission hearing (October 2020); substantive judicial review hearing (2 days before Divisional Court in October 2021).


Instructed (with Akhil Shah QC) for an airline in a matter concerning the allocation/transfer of airport slots under the EU Slots Regulation.


As judicial assistant to Lord Hope (UK Supreme Court) in 2012-2013 (before practice at the Bar), involved in a number of high-profile public law/regulatory appeals.


As a research assistant in the Public Law team at the Law Commission of England and Wales in 2007-2008 (before practice at the Bar), worked on the Administrative Remedies and Level Crossings projects.

During pupillage, assisted members of chambers in a variety of areas including banking (especially concerning allegations of mis-selling of derivative products), fraud, professional negligence, aviation, sale of goods, inducement of breach of contract / attribution, insurance, and regulation / public law; Joseph also assisted in an arbitration using the LMAA Terms, and proceedings relating to the enforcement of a New York Convention arbitration award.

Notable Aviation & Travel Cases


Acting (as sole counsel) for an airline in claims against ground handling services providers for losses arising out of damage to aircraft.


Instructed (with Akhil Shah QC) for an airline in a matter concerning the allocation/transfer of airport slots under the EU Slots Regulation.


Appearing as sole counsel on behalf of airlines in a number of passenger claims, almost invariably involving Regulation 261/2004 and/or (occasionally) the Montreal Convention.


Appearing as sole counsel for the respondent airline in an application before a Circuit Judge for an order referring a question to the CJEU for a preliminary ruling (a Regulation 261/2004 case).


Defending a claim for breach of an airline’s terms and conditions which also included allegations of unfairness based on the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

Notable Banking & Finance Cases


Stichting Vestia v Société Générale (FL-2020-000034)

Representing (with Richard Handyside QC and Natasha Bennett) the defendant bank in a claim with an estimated maximum value of c.€130 million involving alleged bribery and the allegation that several interest rate swaps entered into by the parties were outside the capacity of the claimant, a Dutch social housing association.


National Bank of Kazakhstan v The Bank of New York Mellon (FL-2018-000007)

Instructed (with Richard Handyside QC) for the respondent financial services client in an application under CPR 31.22 (collateral use of disclosed documents).


Instructed by a financial services institution as junior counsel in a number of swap mis-selling claims involving allegations of LIBOR manipulation.


Instructed as sole counsel for financial services clients in a number of retail banking claims and hearings (including those involving alleged breach of account terms, s.75 and the unfair relationship provisions of the Consumer Credit Act 1974).


Advising (with Mark Simpson QC) on a proposed unfair relationship claim arising out of an investment scheme.


As sole counsel, advising a commercial client in the entertainment industry on aspects of the Payment Services Regulations 2017.


Instructed with James Cutress QC by a financial institution in a claim relating to the alleged mis-selling of an interest rate swap.


Completing a three-month secondment to the Financial Markets Disputes group at Dentons UKMEA LLP during which Joseph dealt with cases involving alleged mis-selling of interest rate swaps and a mortgage product, and a contractual dispute regarding a GMRA.


Seconded to Barclays Bank Plc. Provided advice on a contractual services dispute and a number of county court matters involving banking issues (including consumer credit matters).

Notable Civil Fraud Cases


Suppipat v Narongdej (CL-2018-000716)

Instructed (with Ben Valentin QC) for six out of seventeen defendants in a Commercial Court claim with an estimated maximum value of $1-2 billion in connection with the ownership of a renewable energy company in Thailand. The claim involves allegations of conspiracy, misrepresentation, inducement of breach of contract, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty made in terms of English and a variety of other foreign laws. There is also a claim for relief under s.423, Insolvency Act 1986 (in relation to transactions entered into at an undervalue). 15-week trial listed from October 2022. One of The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases of 2022”.


Stichting Vestia v Société Générale (FL-2020-000034)

Representing (with Richard Handyside QC and Natasha Bennett) the defendant bank in a claim with an estimated maximum value of c.€130m involving alleged bribery and the allegation that several interest rate swaps entered into by the parties were outside the capacity of the claimant, a Dutch social housing association.


Ashley v Jimenez (HC-2017-000156)

Instructed with Richard Lissack QC and James Cutress QC for the claimants in a high-profile fraud claim in the Chancery Division.


Ashley v Jimenez [2019] EWHC 17 (Ch); [2019] EWHC 580 (Ch)

Successful defence of a jurisdictional challenge. Issues of jurisdiction at common law and under the Brussels Regulation in the context of allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of contract, and breach of trust.


Ashley v Jimenez [2019] EWHC 1806 (Ch)

Successfully obtaining judgment on the merits of the claim without trial, and an order for alternative service.


Ashley v Jimenez

Proceedings relating to the enforcement of the judgment debt (2019 onwards), including multiple hearings: CMC on 31 March 2020, application in relation to expert evidence on 8 October 2020, application to adjourn trial on 1 February 2021, and trial on 2-3 February 2021. Successfully obtaining charging orders in favour of Claimants.


Ashley v Jimenez

Applications for permission to appeal against judgment on the merits and orders in relation to enforcement of the judgment dismissed (oral permission hearing before Meade J: 4 November 2021).


Fundo Soberano de Angola v dos Santos [2018] EWHC 2199 (Comm)

Instructed (with Paul McGrath QC, Nik Yeo, Alexander Milner and Samuel Ritchie) for the claimants in the defendants’ application to set aside a freezing injunction and proprietary injunction in relation to assets up to the value of $3 billion (four days in July 2018). Issues included those relating to jurisdiction at common law and under the Lugano Convention in the context of allegations of conspiracy, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt; and proprietary claims.


Instant Access Properties (in Liquidation) v Rosser [2018] EWHC 756 (Ch)

Instructed (with Edmund Cullen QC) for a tax advisor in a £35 million claim by liquidators alleging a diversion of funds to offshore entities. The claim against multiple defendants included allegations of shadow/de facto directorship, breach of fiduciary duty, dishonest assistance, conspiracy, and fraudulent trading under s.213, Insolvency Act 1986, and culminated in a 20-day trial in the Chancery Division.

Notable Commercial Disputes Cases


Suppipat v Narongdej (CL-2018-000716)

Instructed (with Ben Valentin QC) for six out of seventeen defendants in a Commercial Court claim with an estimated maximum value of $1-2 billion in connection with the ownership of a renewable energy company in Thailand. The claim involves allegations of conspiracy, misrepresentation, inducement of breach of contract, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty made in terms of English and a variety of other foreign laws. There is also a claim for relief under s.423, Insolvency Act 1986 (in relation to transactions entered into at an undervalue). 15-week trial listed from October 2022. One of The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases of 2022”.


Stichting Vestia v Société Générale (FL-2020-000034)

Representing (with Richard Handyside QC and Natasha Bennett) the defendant bank in a claim with an estimated maximum value of c.€130m involving alleged bribery and the allegation that several interest rate swaps entered into by the parties were outside the capacity of the claimant, a Dutch social housing association.


Ashley v Jimenez (HC-2017-000156)

Instructed with Richard Lissack QC and James Cutress QC for the claimants in a high-profile fraud claim in the Chancery Division.


Ashley v Jimenez [2019] EWHC 17 (Ch); [2019] EWHC 580 (Ch)

Successful defence of a jurisdictional challenge. Issues of jurisdiction at common law and under the Brussels Regulation in the context of allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of contract, and breach of trust.


Ashley v Jimenez [2019] EWHC 1806 (Ch)

Successfully obtaining judgment on the merits of the claim without trial, and an order for alternative service.


Ashley v Jimenez

Proceedings relating to the enforcement of the judgment debt (2019 onwards), including multiple hearings: CMC on 31 March 2020, application in relation to expert evidence on 8 October 2020, application to adjourn trial on 1 February 2021, and trial on 2-3 February 2021. Successfully obtaining charging orders in favour of Claimants.


Ashley v Jimenez

Applications for permission to appeal against judgment on the merits and orders in relation to enforcement of the judgment dismissed (oral permission hearing before Meade J: 4 November 2021).


Fundo Soberano de Angola v dos Santos [2018] EWHC 2199 (Comm)

Instructed (with Paul McGrath QC, Nik Yeo, Alexander Milner and Samuel Ritchie) for the claimants in the defendants’ application to set aside a freezing injunction and proprietary injunction in relation to assets up to the value of $3 billion (four days in July 2018). Issues included those relating to jurisdiction at common law and under the Lugano Convention in the context of allegations of conspiracy, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt; and proprietary claims.


Instant Access Properties (in Liquidation) v Rosser [2018] EWHC 756 (Ch)

Instructed (with Edmund Cullen QC) for a tax advisor in a £35 million claim by liquidators alleging a diversion of funds to offshore entities. The claim against multiple defendants included allegations of shadow/de facto directorship, breach of fiduciary duty, dishonest assistance, conspiracy, and fraudulent trading under s.213, Insolvency Act 1986, and culminated in a 20-day trial in the Chancery Division.


Gemini v CBRE & King Sturge (CL-2013-000161)

Instructed with Mark Simpson QC, Nik Yeo and Nico Leslie for the claimant in a claim exceeding £200 million, arising out of the alleged negligent valuation of a £1.2 billion commercial property portfolio, one of the The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases of 2016”.


Instructed (with Bankim Thanki QC and Michael McLaren QC) to advise a commercial client in relation to champerty and maintenance with respect to agreements about litigation.


As sole counsel, advised a postal service in relation to proceedings for alleged breach of contract.


Appeared as sole counsel on behalf of a multinational retailer at a hearing relating to a contractual dispute which involved issues relating to the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2012 and the Consumer Rights Act 2015.


As sole counsel, advised a client in the petroleum industry in relation to a sales agreement and a guarantee.


Appeared as sole counsel for a commercial client in an application to strike out a claim involving online gaming.


Appeared as sole counsel for a national energy company in applications involving strike out/summary judgment in relation to a claim for injunctive relief based on alleged harassment, the setting aside of judgment in default, and relief from sanction.


Instructed as sole counsel in a case for a commercial client involving alleged breach of contract, negligence and breach of duties of bailee in relation to a dispute about the storage and processing of goods.


Instructed as sole counsel to advise a commercial client on anticipated proceedings in relation to a consultancy services contract.

Notable Company, Restructuring & Insolvency Cases


Suppipat v Narongdej (CL-2018-000716)

Instructed (with Ben Valentin QC) for six out of seventeen defendants in a Commercial Court claim with an estimated maximum value of $1-2 billion in connection with the ownership of a renewable energy company in Thailand. The claim involves allegations of conspiracy, misrepresentation, inducement of breach of contract, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty made in terms of English and a variety of other foreign laws. There is also a claim for relief under s.423, Insolvency Act 1986 (in relation to transactions entered into at an undervalue). 15-week trial listed from October 2022. One of The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases of 2022”.


Acting (with Ben Lynch QC) in a confidential matter regarding the transfer of shares in an investment vehicle.


Entertainment Partners LLC v Sargent [2019] EWHC 3718 (Ch)

Acting (with Ben Valentin QC) for the Petitioner, a minority shareholder, in application for an interim injunction restraining the sale of shares which involved allegations of unfairly prejudicial conduct.


Instant Access Properties (in Liquidation) v Rosser [2018] EWHC 756 (Ch)

Instructed (with Edmund Cullen QC) by a tax advisor in a £35 million claim by liquidators alleging a diversion of funds to offshore entities. The claim against multiple defendants included allegations of shadow/de facto directorship, breach of fiduciary duty, dishonest assistance, conspiracy, and fraudulent trading under s.213, Insolvency Act 1986. 20-day trial in the Chancery Division, late 2017.


Instructed (with Stuart Ritchie QC and David Lascelles) in a shareholders’ dispute in the Commercial Court relating to a drag-along right and involving allegations of fraud, procurement of breach of contract and unlawful means conspiracy.


Advising in relation to unfair prejudice and dividend entitlement (in the context of a shareholders’ dispute) (assisting Stuart Ritchie QC).


Instructed (with Michael Green QC) in a dispute involving allegations made by a minority shareholder.


Appeared as sole counsel for the Petitioner at a hearing on the Petitioner’s application for (among other things) the stay of a costs order (underlying claim was an unfair prejudice petition under s.994 of the Companies Act 2006).


Acting as sole counsel for the claimant in a dispute in relation to alleged breach of a share purchase agreement.


Advising as sole counsel on a claim involving the alleged conversion of a bankruptcy asset.


Appearing as sole counsel for a financial services client at a hearing dealing with the costs of an application under Insolvency Act 1986, s.236.


Appearing as sole counsel for a commercial client at a hearing dealing with the costs of an application to restrain the presentation of a winding-up petition.

Notable Construction, Energy & Infrastructure Cases


Instructed (with Anneliese Day QC and Calum Lamont) on behalf of a contractor in relation to a significant construction dispute (overseas adjudication (2019); LCIA arbitration (three week hearing in April 2021)).


Acting (with Anneliese Day QC) for a party involved in a construction project in a potential claim for professional negligence.

Notable Professional Discipline Cases


Advising an individual in relation to an FCA investigation (with Richard Lissack QC).


Solicitors Regulation Authority v Robinson [2019] 4 WLR 162

Instructed as sole counsel for the SRA in an application in the High Court under the Solicitors Act 1974 relating to the costs of an intervention. The application resulted in a full day’s hearing (which included extensive cross-examination of the respondent).


Solicitors Regulation Authority v Leigh Day

Instructed with (Patricia Robertson QC, Paul Gott QC and Tetyana Nesterchuk) for the respondent solicitors in a 21-day hearing in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The case involved allegations of breaches of a number of conduct rules, and allegations of lack of integrity and dishonesty.


Appeared as sole counsel for a professional body in a hearing to resist the discharge of a charging order, which involved cross-examination of the applicant on the validity of a trust deed.


Assisted Tim Dutton QC in the preparation for disciplinary proceedings before the SDT involving allegations relating to accounts rules (among other matters).

Notable Professional Negligence Cases


Instant Access Properties (in Liquidation) v Rosser [2018] EWHC 756 (Ch)

Instructed (with Edmund Cullen QC) for a tax advisor in a £35 million claim by liquidators alleging a diversion of funds to offshore entities. The claim against multiple defendants included allegations of shadow/de facto directorship, breach of fiduciary duty, dishonest assistance, conspiracy, and fraudulent trading under s213, Insolvency Act 1986. 20-day trial in the Chancery Division, late 2017.


Gemini v CBRE & King Sturge (CL-2013-000161)

Instructed (with Mark Simpson QC, Nik Yeo and Nico Leslie) for the claimant in a claim exceeding £200 million arising out of the alleged negligent valuation of a £1.2 billion commercial property portfolio, one of the The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases of 2016”.

  • LL.B (Hons) (First Class) – Law with French Legal Studies – University of Glasgow (2006)
    • Dr John MacCormick Prize for the LL.B graduate deemed to have had the most distinguished academic record (2006)
    • Erasmus Exchange at Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg, France (2004-2005)
  • LL.M – University of Pennsylvania Law School (2007)
    • Thouron Scholar (2006-2007)
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, Glasgow Graduate School of Law (2009)

  • Judicial Assistant to Lord Hope of Craighead, Deputy President, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (2012-2013)
  • Solicitor, Brodies LLP, Edinburgh (2011-2012)
  • Research Assistant, Law Commission of England and Wales (2007-2008)
  • Erasmus Exchange student at Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg, France (2004-2005)
  • Participated in the European Human Rights Project, which involved the preparation of moot written pleadings and culminated in a hearing before judges and registrars in the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg (2005 – 2006). 

  • Joseph is the co-author, with Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC, of the chapter entitled “Liability in Public Law” in P Feldschreiber (ed.), The Law and Regulation of Medicines and Medical Devices (2nd ed, OUP, 2021).
  • Joseph is the co-author, with Nik Yeo, of a two-part article on cryptocurrency disputes (N Yeo and J Farmer, “Mapping the Landscape: Cryptocurrency Disputes under English Law: Part 1” (2019) 2 Journal of International Banking and Financial Law80, with the second part at (2019) 5 JIBFL 290). Part 1 covered disputes between holders of cryptocurrencies, and between holders and service providers. Part 2 looks at disputes between service providers, and regulation.

  • French

For enquiries please contact

Richard Evans

Richard Evans
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3771
Click here to email

Katie Palmer

Katie Palmer
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7842 3709
Click here to email

  • LL.B (Hons) (First Class) – Law with French Legal Studies – University of Glasgow (2006)
    • Dr John MacCormick Prize for the LL.B graduate deemed to have had the most distinguished academic record (2006)
    • Erasmus Exchange at Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg, France (2004-2005)
  • LL.M – University of Pennsylvania Law School (2007)
    • Thouron Scholar (2006-2007)
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, Glasgow Graduate School of Law (2009)

  • Judicial Assistant to Lord Hope of Craighead, Deputy President, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (2012-2013)
  • Solicitor, Brodies LLP, Edinburgh (2011-2012)
  • Research Assistant, Law Commission of England and Wales (2007-2008)
  • Erasmus Exchange student at Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg, France (2004-2005)
  • Participated in the European Human Rights Project, which involved the preparation of moot written pleadings and culminated in a hearing before judges and registrars in the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg (2005 – 2006). 

  • Joseph is the co-author, with Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC, of the chapter entitled “Liability in Public Law” in P Feldschreiber (ed.), The Law and Regulation of Medicines and Medical Devices (2nd ed, OUP, 2021).
  • Joseph is the co-author, with Nik Yeo, of a two-part article on cryptocurrency disputes (N Yeo and J Farmer, “Mapping the Landscape: Cryptocurrency Disputes under English Law: Part 1” (2019) 2 Journal of International Banking and Financial Law80, with the second part at (2019) 5 JIBFL 290). Part 1 covered disputes between holders of cryptocurrencies, and between holders and service providers. Part 2 looks at disputes between service providers, and regulation.

  • French

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