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Practice Summary

Niranjan has a broad commercial practice. Over the past year, he has been instructed to act in complex, high-value cases in the Supreme Court (on three occasions), the Court of Appeal (on three occasions), the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division. He has also acted as sole counsel in the High Court and County Courts. Before coming to the Bar, Niranjan read and taught law at Oxford, where he was a Vinerian, Eldon and Rhodes Scholar. 

He has a particular interest in (but is not limited to) mis-selling/misrepresentation, civil fraud, professional negligence and the law of damages, which were the subject of his doctoral thesis at Oxford, and in the law of restitution. He also practised at the Indian Bar between 2011 and 2013 in the chambers of Mr Arvind Datar SC and is able to advise on matters of Indian (commercial) law.

Recent cases include:

Arcadia Petroleum Ltd v Bosworth: Acting for Arcadia in the Supreme Court in a jurisdiction challenge: the case concerns the jurisdictional characterisation of conspiracy, knowing receipt, dishonest assistance and breach of fiduciary duty claims under the Brussels Regulation (Recast) and the Lugano Convention.

BAT Industries plc v Sequana SA: Acting for Sequana in the Court of Appeal and in related proceedings in the Chancery Division. The appeal raises novel questions of company and insolvency law including the scope of section 423 of the Insolvency Act and the fiduciary duties of directors in relation to the payment of dividends.

Shagang Shipping v HNA: Acting for HNA in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the enforceability of a contract of guarantee and the scope of the illegality defence following Patel v Mirza.