Romie Tager QC

Call: 1970
QC: 1995

Romie is a specialist in commercial and property law. His experience covers a vast range of work in these fields, and the breadth and specialisation in his practice and career give him a commanding position.

He is frequently instructed in cases involving complex issues and commercial sensitivity, often calling for original presentation and the identification of novel solutions.

His practice includes considerable advisory work, and he has extensive experience of international commercial arbitration.

Annually lauded in the guides to the legal profession and recognised as “one of the better known names at the Bar“, he is described by his peers as a “force of nature…a real scrapper and an aggressive and phenomenally effective advocate” and “the consummate professional“, “completely ferocious and skilled at getting his client’s case across powerfully” (Chambers & Partners 2011).

He has previously been described as a “terrier of a litigator” who is “quick to grasp the technical details and deploy them to devastating effect in cross examination” (Chambers & Partners 2009) and “a real ideas man – if you need to bounce ideas off someone in a complex and difficult case, he’s your man” (Chambers & Partners 2006).

  • Notable Cases
    • Ramsay v Love [2015] EWHC 65 (Ch)
      Guarantee of leased signed with a ‘Ghost Writer’.  Extent of authority, and doctrine of estoppel by negligence.
    • Zarbafi v Zarbafi [2014] EWCA Civ 1267 / [2014] 1 WLR 4122 
      Court of Appeal consider standing as litigation friend in the context of conflicting interests, and protection by injunction where threats to vulnerable adult.
    • Barnsley v Noble [2014] EWHC 2657 (Ch) 
      Requirements for enforceable oral agreement; extent of scope of exoneration clause in a will where self-dealing by executor.
    • Group Seven Ltd v Allied Investment Corp Ltd [2014] 1 WLR 735 
      Freezing injunction does not extend to assets belonging to a company owned or controlled by defendant.
    • Serious Organised Crime Agency v Szepietowski [2013] UKSC 65 [2014] AC 338 
      Remedy of marshalling not available to second mortgagee where the common property did not secure a debt owed by the mortgagor.
    • Group Seven Ltd v Allied Investment Corp Ltd [2013] EWHC 1509 (Ch) 
      Freezing injunction does not extend to assets belonging to a company owned or controlled by defendant.
    • Mellor v Partridge [2013] EWCA CIV 477 
      Court of Appeal considered the constituents of fraudulent misrepresentation claim relating to the sale of a business, as well as the application of the reflective less doctrine to quantum.
    • Fanfare Properties Ltd v Grafton Estate No.2 LP (Nominee One) Ltd [2012] EWHC 2918 (Ch) 
      Represented adjoining landowner enforcing rights under a deal threatened by a major Mayfair office development.
    • Ibrahim v Barclays Bank Plc [2012] EWCA Civ 640 [2013] Ch 400
      Court of Appeal considered subrogation in the context of a letter of credit, and analysed the effect in law of the disclosure of the draft by the bank issuing the letter of credit.
    • Barnsley v Noble [2012] EWHC 3822 (Ch)  
      Requirements for enforceable oral agreement; extent of scope of exoneration clause in a will where self-dealing by executor.
    • Baturina v Times Newspapers Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 308
      Clarifies the law relating to innuendo in defamation arising in the contect of overseas sales of an English newspaper.
    • Innovatis Investment Fund Ltd v Ejder Group Ltd [2010] EWHC 1851 (Norris J.)
      Obtained judgment at trial for over US$4m under a disputed ‘repo’ agreement concerning a Lehman Brothers Medium Term Basket Note with a face value of US$7m. It is believed that this is the first reported decision in which the High Court has considered the legal nature of a securities repurchase agreement. The case also concerned issues of an agent’s liability under a contract in the context of securities trading.
    • Good Harvest Partnership v Centaur Services Ltd [2010] NPL 22
      Whether original guarantor’s guarantee of assignee is enforceable under 1995 Covenants Act.
    • Transview Properties Ltd v City Site Properties Ltd [2009] EWCA Civ 1255
      Admissibility of fresh evidence on appeal; rectification of override liabilities under a sale contract.
    • Pocket Kings Ltd v Safenames Ltd & Kentucky [2009] EWHC 2529 (Ch)
      US state of Kentucky not a state for the purposes of the State Immunity Act 1978.
    • Invertec Ltd v de Mol Holdings BV [2009] EWHC 2471 (Ch)
      Liability for fraudulent warranties in share sale agreement, and extent of liability for post-completion losses.
    • Welford v EDF Energy Networks (2007) 24 EG 170
      Court of Appeal upheld finding of Lands Tribunal that compensation for loss of profits not too remote in law in compulsory purchase and similar cases where investment in land made in anticipation of starting a business, even though that business did not trade.
    • Bexley London Borough Council v Maison Maurice Ltd [2007] 2 EG 124
      Local authority precluded by estoppels from denying access to public highway.
    • Capita Trust (Channel Islands) Ltd v Chatham Maritime J3 Devps Ltd [2007] 2 L & TR 2
      Mandatory injunction requiring grant of underlease under estate management obligations of lease.
    • Halpern v Halpern [2006] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 83
      Conflict of laws, application of Shamil Bank of Bahrain EC v Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd & Ors [2004] 1 WLR 1784 to Jewish law and to a compromise agreement embodied in an arbitration award.
    • Proforce Recruit Ltd v Rugby Group Ltd CA LTL 17/2/06
      Admission of extrinsic evidence as to interpretation the words “preferred supplier status” in an agreement; words bore the meaning that the parties given them in their communications up to the signing of the agreement.
    • Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd v Olympia Homes Ltd (2005) (Mann J.) 25 EG 193 (CS)
      Option agreement – whether Claimant’s option constituting equitable interest binding on purchaser – effect of failure to register title by grantor of option.
    • Medcalf v. Mardell & others [2003] 1 AC 120
      Appearing in the House of Lords for the respondent on an appeal against a wasted costs order made by the Court of Appeal against leading and junior counsel; this appeal involved a fundamental challenge to the court’s wasted costs jurisdiction, questions of privilege and the impact of the Human Rights Act.
    • Halley v. Law Society
      Acting at the trial and on the appeal of a claim for monies held in the client account of a solicitor whose practice was intervened, with allegations of money laundering and advance fee fraud.
    • Twinsectra Limited v Yardley & others [2002] 2 AC 164 
      Representing the claimant in a leading trust, fraud and asset tracing case from the High Court up to the House of Lords.
    • Official Receiver v. Stern [2002] 1 BCLC 119
      Appearing for the appellant in the Court of Appeal in a high profile director’s disqualification case.
    • Secretary of State for Transport v. Jenkins (2000) 79 P&C 118 
      Appearing for the landlord in a Court of Appeal case which considered the requirements for a tenant holding as trustee for others for the purposes of the Landlord and Tenant Act.
  • Chambers and Partners 2021
  • Legal 500 2021