Gaurav is an international arbitration specialist with particular expertise acting in disputes in the energy industry. He is a highly accomplished advocate having appeared as lead counsel in international arbitrations throughout his career. He was named in the Legal 500 as a “Future Leader” and “Next Generation Lawyer” in 2018 and 2019. He is dual-qualified, having passed the Paris bar exams in 2008 to become an avocat. As such, he is equally adept at handling civil and common law disputes.
Before joining Quadrant, Gaurav was “Counsel” at the specialist international arbitration law firm Three Crowns LLP. Prior to that, he spent a number of years as a Senior Legal Counsel at Shell, which followed several years as an international arbitration Associate at the London and Paris offices of the international law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton.
Gaurav acts as sole counsel, together with other barristers or as part of a team with lawyers from instructing law firms (whether international- or UK-based). He is typically instructed to develop case strategies, and implement them through written and oral advocacy. His experience as a senior lawyer at specialist arbitration firms and in-house means he is also perfectly comfortable handling the day to day conduct of cases, including acting as a senior legal team leader and managing associates working on individual work streams in complex matters.
Gaurav has a track record of success acting in disputes across all sectors of the energy industry, notably including:
Gaurav also has extensive experience acting in arbitrations in other industries (notably including disputes in the mining, banking and financial, pharmaceutical and automotive sectors) as well as corporate disputes between shareholders, arising from M&A transactions, or from joint ventures. In addition, he has successfully acted in emergency arbitrations in commercial and investment disputes.
In addition to his arbitration practice, Gaurav is also an experienced commercial litigator, having acted in some of the most significant litigation matters in recent years, including for the defendants in the matter of Okpabi and others v Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd, which deals with the complex issue of the liability of parent companies for the acts of their foreign affiliates as well as related threshold jurisdictional questions that arise in that context.
Gaurav is a fluent French and German speaker and has previously conducted disputes in both languages.
BA (Hons) French and German
Gerald Moody Major Scholar; GDL Major Scholar (Gray’s Inn)
Gaurav is frequently invited to speak at arbitration events, with recent appointments including chairing conferences or panels at the C5 Long Term Gas Contracts conference in Berlin (2018); the Institute for Transnational Arbitration London conference on Environmental Issues in Investment Arbitration (2019); and the Legal Business International Arbitration Summit (2019).
Advocates for International Development (A4ID) Legal Partner
French (fluent); German (fluent); Dutch (basic)