Energy and International Arbitration specialist Gaurav Sharma joins Quadrant Chambers

Mon, 10 February, 2020

Quadrant Chambers is delighted to welcome energy and international arbitration specialist Gaurav Sharma as a new member of chambers. 

“It is a great pleasure to welcome Gaurav to Quadrant Chambers. The depth and breadth of his experience make him a fantastic addition to our energy and international arbitration offering. Gaurav’s arrival compliments and enhances Quadrant’s strategic focus on these sectors.”  

Simon Croall QC, Head of Quadrant Chambers

Gaurav Sharma is a highly experienced international arbitration practitioner who has appeared as an advocate in many dozens of investment and commercial arbitrations throughout his career. He is dual-qualified as a barrister and avocat, having passed the Paris Bar exams in 2008. Prior to joining Quadrant, Gaurav was “Counsel” at the specialist arbitration firm, Three Crowns, and was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton earlier in his career.  Gaurav has particular expertise in energy arbitration, having spent a number of years as a Senior Legal Counsel in Shell’s Global Litigation Group, where he successfully acted as counsel in many of the group’s upstream oil and gas disputes, natural gas and LNG pricing arbitrations and investment treaty matters. Between 2014-2016, Gaurav was a member of the IBA Subcommittee on Investment Treaty Arbitration. He featured in The Legal 500 as a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ and ‘Future Leader’ in the field of international arbitration (2018, 2019).

“I am thrilled to be joining Simon and the other members of Chambers as a colleague. Quadrant offers an unrivalled platform at the Bar for energy disputes and international arbitration, with a host of pre-eminent specialists in these fields and a demonstrated track record of success. I look forward to developing my arbitration practice independently over the coming decades from my new home on Fleet Street.”

Gaurav Sharma   

“Gaurav is a seasoned litigator with great judgment and instinct, with a growing list of friends and admirers in the field.”

Constantine Partasides QC, Three Crowns

Quadrant Chambers holds a pre-eminent position as a leading international commercial disputes set. We are market leaders with a reputation for excellence in our areas of focus: aviation, banking, commercial disputes, commodities, energy, insurance, international commercial arbitration and shipping. Quadrant was shortlisted for International Arbitration Set of the Year 2020 at the Legal 500 UK Awards.

Gaurav Sharma

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:

Upstream oil and gas production arbitrations, including operational disputes (for example in relation to alleged breaches of the “Good Oilfield Practice” standard; in arbitrations of environmental claims based on oil contamination or gas flaring; and in disputes relating to joint operating arrangements) as well as in the context of liabilities at the end of production sharing arrangements and related economic disputes. 

Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) and natural gas disputes arising under long term contracts (including price reviews and reopeners, transportation and shortfall disputes, and force majeure issues affecting LNG production).

Renewable energy disputes.

Investment arbitration, including most recently acting in SCC proceedings for Puma Energy in relation to the attempted expropriation of its assets and operations by the Republic of Benin; for Shell in relation to its ICSID arbitration with the Republic of Philippines; and for the Republic of Oman in ICSID proceedings brought by Turkish former contractor, Attila Dogan.

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.