Geoffrey Zelin has built a broad-based practice encompassing all aspects of commercial and chancery litigation, often appearing against silks. He is particularly in demand for company law (including shareholder disputes and cases involving breaches of directors’ duties), corporate insolvency cases (including directors’ disqualification) and bankruptcy, as well as commercial contract disputes, the enforcement of bank securities such as mortgages and guarantees, fraud, property disputes and professional negligence claims, particularly those involving solicitors, accountants and surveyors.
For example in STEWART FORD v POLYMER VISION LTD (2009)  EWHC 945 (Ch)  2 BCLC 160 he acted for the claimant on successful application for a declaration as to the validity of a debenture where the issues were whether the directors who had approved the grant of the debenture and the debenture holder had acted in good faith and within the scope of their powers in circumstances where the board was split. The company had sought to block the claim by appointing administrators under another debenture which was held to have been invalid.
In the matter of LCM WEALTH MANAGEMENT LTD  EWHC 3957 (Ch) Geoffrey successfully acted for the respondents in an unfair prejudice petition where the defence relied on bad leaver provisions in shareholder agreement and articles. The petitioner was alleging unfair exclusion, the respondents alleged serious breach of duty / conflicts of interest against the petitioner.
Notable recent cases in these areas include RE HENNELLY’S UTILITIES  EWHC 34 (Ch), a leading case on the grant of permission to act as a director following disqualification and acting for the bank in BANK OF INDIA v RIAT  EWHC 1775 (Ch) a guarantee claim where the defendant alleged misrepresentation and economic duress and for the claimant in ORIENTFIELD HOLDINGS LTD v BID & BIRD LLP  EWHC 1963 (Ch) (solicitor’s negligence). In EAST MIDLANDS PACKAGING LTD (2013 unrep) Geoffrey succeeded in obtaining a retrospective administration order after the company had moved into liquidation, and in JSC BTA BANK v ABLYAZOV AND OTHERS Geoffrey acted for two defendants against whom the bank was claiming ownership of a London property.
In addition to his effective advocacy and litigation skills, law firms and clients nationwide rely on Geoffrey’s advice in a wide variety of property, corporate partnership and commercial matters.