Consistently recommended as a 'Leading Junior' in the legal directories for Commercial Litigation, Commodities, Shipping and Information Technology, Yash Kulkarni has a broad commercial practice covering international trade, banking, information technology, insurance and insolvency. He is described by Chambers UK as: "...a formidable opponent… quick and clever, as well as wonderfully approachable and easy to work with.”
He has appeared extensively in the Commercial Court, QBD, Technology and Construction Court and arbitration and has particular experience of applications for interim relief including applications to appoint receivers, freezing and search orders and asset preservation orders. He also experienced in applications for anti-suit injunctions. Yash has appeared in over 20 reported cases over the past 5 years alone.
"...Very sharp and very user-friendly...."(Chambers UK, 2018)
"...Very bright and very refreshing to deal with." "His approach is highly commercial and his written work is meticulous...."(Chambers UK, 2018)
"He has a great intellect and always seems to find a solution to every issue that’s thrown at him." "Extremely user-friendly, and a great team player, who is quick to spot the issues in a case."(Chambers UK, 2018)
"...He is able to sort out the important issues quickly and efficiently..."(Legal 500, 2017)
"...A commercially astute, creative and technically strong barrister, who is very thorough in his arguments.’(Legal 500, 2017)
"...Calm and commercial with excellent drafting and advocacy skills..."(Legal 500, 2017)
"..Highly intelligent, approachable, commercial and user-friendly."…"He continues to provide solid legal advice with a firm grasp of the commercial aspects of a dispute…"(Chambers UK, 2017)
"…technically adept and tactically aware…"(Chambers UK, 2017)
"…A very polished performer." "He is extremely user-friendly and approachable..."(Chambers UK, 2017)
"…Clearly on top of his material, he's a very good cross-examiner and an impressive performer all round…"(Chambers UK, 2017)
"...Very creative, comprehensive and thorough, always showing good commercial understanding..."(Legal 500, 2016)
"...Genuinely a star performer, whom solicitors would entrust with their personal matters..."(Legal 500, 2016)
"...very meticulous and a producer of excellent written work." "He is technically adept, tactically aware and someone who gives useful commercial guidance”….”He is amazing and lovely to deal with as he's really calm and reassuring. His legal opinion is so clear, concise and easy to follow." "He swiftly acquires a clear grasp of complex situations and remains analytical, authoritative and unflappable even under pressure..."(Chambers UK 2016)
."...absolutely brilliant – hugely talented, utterly reliable, a real pleasure to work with.” “Expertly tackles complex cases, and provides sound commercial advice..."(Legal 500 2015)
"...a confident advocate who is very powerful because he can really hit home hard with his arguments, and also has a good rapport with the judges. Anything that he delivers to us is always meticulous and he has a very calming manner which clients really like. On top of that, he's very decisive, will immediately see what's going on and can devise strategies and plans that work..."(Chambers UK 2015)
“...a considered, determined and unflappable advocate, who delivers results and is friendly, prompt and organised...”(Legal 500 2014)
"...lends a real charm to his advocacy, which certainly goes a long way with the Bench ..." ; "...a formidable opponent..."; "...he is quick and clever, as well as wonderfully approachable and easy to work with. His a‘Genuinely a star performer, whom solicitors would entrust with their personal matters.’ dvocacy is particularly admirable..."(Chambers UK 2013)
Yash Kulkarni is instructed in a wide range of substantial commercial disputes and is often instructed as part of a team on substantial and complicated commercial cases. Illustrative cases include:
Yash is instructed in all manner of maritime disputes and is currently instructed in disputes involving, among other things, dangerous cargo claims, liability for stevedore damage, demurrage, breach of nomination clauses in contracts of affreightment, claims for breach of performance warranties, off-spec bunkers disputes, unsafe port claims and cargo claims. Illustrative cases include:
Yash regularly advises in a broad range of commodities disputes. Ilustrative cases include:
Yash is regularly instructed in arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, LMAA, FOSFA, GAFTA and ICA rules as well as those conducted on an ad hoc basis. Illustrative cases include:
Yash is instructed in a wide range of substantial construction and energy disputes. He has advised and appeared in disputes between employers and contractors, contractors and their sub-contractors and disputes involving architects/engineers, project managers, costs consultants and surveyors. He is familiar and comfortable with disputes arising under the usual standard form contracts in the construction industry e.g. JCT, NEC, ACE and RIBA. Illustrative cases include:
Yash enjoys a growing reputation for the quality of his analysis and advocacy in relation to complex information technology disputes. He is particularly experienced with regard to matters relating to software licensing and contract disputes. Illustrative cases include:
Yash regularly advises and appears in a broad range of banking and finance disputes on behalf of banks, financial institutions and hedge funds. The areas in which he is instructed include asset financing, claims under guarantees, the trading of distressed debt, issues as to conformity and rejection of documents and the scope of duties of banks. Cases in which he has been involved include:
Yash has experience of a wide range of classes and types of insurance dispute, acting on behalf of insurers, brokers and assureds, involving a broad range of issues in the marine and non-marine sectors, including issues of construction, double insurance, contribution, insurable interest and non-disclosure. Illustrative cases include:
"...Highly intelligent, approachable, commercial and user-friendly..."(Chambers UK, 2017)
MA (Law, Double First Class) (Cantab)
Fairest Prize for Law. Highest First Class for Equity in Cambridge University Law Tripos Part II.
Hardwicke and Sunley Scholarships (Lincoln's Inn).
Hindi (fluent) and French (near-fluent).
Butterworths Commercial Court & Arbitration Pleadings - author of the chapter on Agency.
Informa Law 2009 - writing chapter on rules and doctrines relevant to jurisdiction and maritime law.
Indian Maritime Association (UK)
Society for Computers and Law