10 Fleet Street
London EC4Y 1AU
DX 292 London
MA (Cantab.); LL.M. (Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley)
Slaughter & May Prize (top 1st in Law), University of Cambridge; Denning Scholar, Lincoln's Inn; Council of Legal Education Studentship; Harkness Fellow, Commonwealth Fund of New York
Examiner of the Court
Butterworths Commercial Court & Arbitration Pleadings, Joint General Editor.
The “fraudulent device” defence: justice, proportionality and human rights, Insurance Day, 27 Nov 2013.
Fortuity, inevitability and negligence, Insurance Day, 23 Oct 2013.
Fortuity, inevitability and crew negligence, Maritime Risk International, 10 Oct 2013
Committee Member, London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association; COMBAR; Denning Society; State Bar of California
Practised as commercial litigator/attorney in California for 10 years.
“A consummate litigator who fights to win and knows the file back to front. He has a charming manner with the bench.” (Chambers & Partners)
“His diligent approach towards difficult and complex cases, combined with his detailed knowledge of the law, produces superb results” (Chambers & Partners)
“Clear, effective and sensitive to clients’ needs.” (The Legal 500)
“One of the most user-friendly, hardworking and effective barristers at the Bar” (The Legal 500)
Chirag has a broad commercial, shipping, insurance and international trade practice. He appears regularly in the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal and commercial arbitrations and also appears in the Chancery Division. His cases range from charterparty, insurance, bill of lading and commodities disputes to complex oil & gas, share purchase, conflicts of laws and arbitration matters. He also sits as an arbitrator (most recently under the ICC and DIAC rules), is a Registered Practitioner before the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts and teaches advocacy to young barristers for Lincoln’s Inn.
Chirag graduated from Cambridge University with the top first in his year (winning the Slaughter and May Prize) and achieved First Class Honours in all three parts of the Law Tripos.
Chirag is also a qualified attorney admitted to practice before all the Federal and State Courts in California, where he practiced for 10 years prior to returning to the Bar. Chirag's US practice consisted of a wide range of commercial work, including international trade, oil and gas law, banking, securities fraud, conflicts of laws and intellectual property law. He has a number of reported Federal Court decisions.
Chirag is listed as a 'Leading Silk' for Shipping and Commodities disputes by both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500.
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