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Chirag Karia QC

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Practice Areas

Commercial law, including shipping, commodities, joint ventures, share purchase agreements and commercial arbitration. Cases: Stema Barge II [2020] EWHC 1294 (Admlty) (Meaning of “operator” in 1976 Tonnage Limitation Convention); LCIA Arbitration (2020) (supply of contaminated bunkers & effect of quality certificates); Bunker fraud arbitration (2019); Committeri v ClubMed [2019] I.L.Pr. 19 (CA)(Rome I vs. Rome II Regulations); Sea Master [2019] 1 Lloyd's Rep. 101 (switch bills; arbitral jurisdiction); Sam Purpose [2017] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 50 (Anti-suit injunctions; Arrest); Yusuf Cepnioglu [2016] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 641(CA)(contractual anti-suit injunction vs. 3rd party); DC Merwestone [2015] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 32 (CA)(insurers’ fraudulent device defence); Ramburs v Agrifert [2016] Bus LR 135 (GAFTA substitution clause); Crudesky [2014] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 1(CA)(force majeure; novus actus); Proton v. Orlen [2014] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 100 (contract formation; description vs. quality); DC Merwestone [2013] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 131(Com.Ct)(“perils of the sea” & Inchmaree insurance cover; fortuity requirement); Lehmann Timber [2013] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 541 (CA)(GA; lien exercise costs); Ratna Shradha (CA)(US$60M oil cargo dispute between Sudan and South Sudan; state immunity); ICC Arbitration (subsea blowout preventer supply); Choil v Sahara (recoverability of hedging losses).


Called 1988, Lincoln’s Inn (Denning Scholar); Queen’s Counsel 2012; MA(Cantab.), Slaughter & May Prize (top 1st in Law at Cambridge University); LL.M. (UC Berkeley), Harkness Fellow; Attorney practising in California (1990-2000).

Professional Memberships

COMBAR; State Bar of California.


Joint Editor, “Butterworths Commercial Court and Arbitration Pleadings”