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Nehali Shah has extensive experience of complex and high-value commercial litigation and international arbitration, both led and unled. She has appeared at all levels in the English Courts (including the Supreme Court and a number of appearances in the Court of Appeal), and in a variety of other Tribunals, both arbitral (e.g. LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC, KLRCA and LMAA) and regulatory (e.g. the RDC), and in expert determination. Nehali’s core practice areas include banking, financial services and restructuring, energy, civil fraud, and jurisdiction.  Nehali accepts appointments as an arbitrator and is a member of the Attorney General’s B Panel of Counsel.  

Nehali has been recognised in The Lawyer’s Hot 100, noting that she is ‘FTSE companies’ most coveted adviserShe has been instructed more in the past two years by the top 100 UK companies than any other junior.’  Nehali is recommended in Who's Who Legal Litigation as a Future Leader. In 2016, Nehali was named as one of Legal Week's 'Stars at the Bar', profiling ten of the most promising barristers of 10 years and under.  The article notes that Nehali is a barrister with ‘not just potential, but also of increasing prominence.’  She has been described as ‘bright, personable, and capable.’  One leader says ‘I would not be surprised if one day she were to emerge as a Supreme Court Justice – she’s that good’.  Nehali won International Arbitration Junior of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards 2019, and was also nominated for Banking Junior of the year in 2019 and Commercial Litigation Junior of the Year in 2018.

Nehali is recommended in 

Chambers and Partners 2021 (Banking & Finance) "Brilliant on every front. She's exceptionally hard-working and a real pleasure to work with. I can't recommend her highly enough." "She is very thorough, client-friendly and an absolute joy to work with."

Chambers and Partners 2021 (Energy & Natural Resources) "Brilliant on every front - exceptionally hard-working and a real pleasure to work with." "Her written work is excellent and her ability to distil and condense information in a short amount of time is impressive."

Chambers and Partners 2021 (International Arbitration: General Commercial) "She will be outstandingly successful. She is good at writing, good with clients and has plenty of common sense." "A class act." "She is super impressive. Her written work is excellent, she gets on top of work really quickly and, on top of that, she is super user-friendly."

Chambers and Partners 2021 (Commercial Dispute Resolution) "Knows the law on jurisdiction and forum like the back of her hand, and turns round complex questions and documents incredibly quickly." "She consistently adds value."

Legal 500 2020 (Banking & Finance) "A strong banking and finance junior, and a pleasure to work with - on top of the detail and quick to respond."

Legal 500 2020 (Commercial Litigation) "Just a class act from start to finish, incredibly hard working and responsive."

Legal 500 2020 (Energy) "She has an incredible brain, provides fantastic, clear and concise drafting, and is always ready and willing to get stuck into a case."

Chambers & Partners 2020 (Banking & Finance) "Super smart, very easy to work with and someone who immediately makes a difference in a case." "She is very clever and lovely to work with, and she can turn things around very quickly."

Chambers & Partners 2020 (Energy & Natural Resources) "She is absolutely fantastic."

Chambers & Partners 2020 (Arbitration) "Always completely on top of the law and the detail, incredibly hard-working, and her written work is fantastic."

Chambers & Partners 2020 (Commercial Dispute Resolution) "She's very hard-working, hugely intelligent and a team player - a star of the future."

Legal 500 2019 (Banking & Finance) "Extremely efficient and very thorough"

Legal 500 2019 (Commercial Litigation) "Has ability beyond her year of call and is all over the details of the case."

Legal 500 2019 (Energy) "Exceptionally diligent and committed, she can cut through the knottiest of legal and technical issues."

Legal 500 2018 (Banking & Finance) "Came to every call with all the points and ready to make a real contribution."

Legal 500 2018 (Commercial Litigation) "Thorough, hardworking and completely dependable; an excellent junior and first-rate lawyer."

Legal 500 2018 (Energy) "A first-rate junior."

Chambers & Partners 2019 (Banking & Finance) "Excellent; she assimilates material in no time at all." "Very commercial and great with clients."

Chambers & Partners 2019 (Energy & Natural Resources) "Phenomenally hard-working and quick to get to grips with complex background facts and issues of foreign law." "She shows superb attention to detail and is wonderfully proactive."

Chambers & Partners 2019 (Arbitration) "Extremely hard-working. She consistently exercises good judgement." "She has superb attention to detail and is wonderfully proactive."

Chambers & Partners 2019 (Commercial Litigation) "Nehali's extremely hard-working and responsive, and she consistently exercises good judgement." "She goes above and beyond, has a high level of technical ability, and is someone whose commitment really stands out."

Chambers & Partners 2018 (Banking & Finance) "Nehali is particularly responsive and always up to speed on the details of a matter." "She is phenomenally bright, great at the law and can retain and analyse facts impressively quickly."

Chambers & Partners 2018 (Commercial Litigation) "She remembers it all, she's incredibly responsive and hard-working, and she's all over the legal issues in terms of the boundaries of the law."

Chambers & Partners 2018 (Arbitration) “Hugely clever.”  “Very impressive.”

Legal 500 2017 (Banking & Finance)A 21st century barrister, who is very bright and inspires confidence.”

Legal 500 2017 (Commercial Litigation)Her intelligence and ability is clear to see, and she is friendly and easy to deal with.”

Legal 500 2017 (Energy) A real champion of the cause.”

Chambers & Partners 2017 (Banking & Finance): “has forged a growing reputation across a number of related fields for being a highly intelligent and hard working practitioner.  She has particularly pronounced experience with regard to noteholder, private equity and restructuring cases.”  “She is brilliant – both technically very strong and someone with the ability to master complex issues and materials quickly. She also has the most elegant manner when working with us." "Nehali is a highly capable junior. She is very bright, has an eye for detail and is a strong team player."

Chambers & Partners 2017 (Commercial Litigation): “Really hands-on and committed to all aspects of the case.” "She is phenomenally bright and has a very good manner with clients."

Chambers & Partners 2017 (Arbitration) “assists in high-stakes international arbitrations under the rules of institutions such as the LCIA, LMAA, ICC and SIAC, as well as enforcement proceedings ancillary to such arbitrations.”  “Very response, very smart and just a pleasure to work with.”

Recent cases include:

·         Rihan v EY Global Ltd & Ors (2020): Appearing (with Daniel Toledano QC and Josh Crow) for EY in a 3-week trial of a negligence and conspiracy claim brought by a former partner, relating to a reasonable assurance engagement in relation to a gold refiner in Dubai.

·        Filatona Trading Ltd & Deripaska v Navigator Equities Ltd & Chernukhin [2020] EWCA Civ 109: Appearing (with Justin Fenwick QC) for the Deripaska parties in the Court of Appeal, on an appeal from a s.67 challenge, in relation to the proper interpretation of a joint venture agreement and, in particular, whether it excluded the intervention of an unnamed principal.

·         SCOR SE v Barclays [2020] EWHC 133 (Comm): Appearing (with Sonia Tolaney QC) for Barclays in an application for a stay of proceedings for breach of confidence under Article 30 of the Recast Regulation, on the basis of related proceedings in France.

·         Macquarie Capital (Europe) Ltd v Nordsee Offshore MEG I GmbH [2019] EWHC 1655 (Comm): Appearing for Macquarie in a Commercial Court trial, obtaining judgment for payment of fees of some £15m under a financial advisory agreement in connection with an offshore windfarm in the German North Sea.

·         Hardy Exploration and Production (India) Inc v Government of India [2018] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 331: Appearing for the Government of India in proceedings relating to the enforcement of an arbitral award, including an application for a third party debt order.

·         Midtown Acquisitions LP v Essar Global Fund Limited [2017] 1 WLR 3083: Appearing in the Commercial Court in a claim to enforce a New York judgment at common law.  Successfully defending a jurisdiction challenge to the claim (including consideration of whether the judgment was final and conclusive on the merits), and obtaining summary judgment.  First reported English decision on the question whether a judgment by confession based on a cognovit clause can be enforced as a judgment in English law.

·         Lehman Waterfall I [2017] UKSC 38; [2016] Ch 50; [2014] 3 WLR 466 : Appearing for LBL in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and Chancery Division in the Waterfall I proceedings, which raise a series of novel questions of insolvency law, including the liability of shareholders of an unlimited company, statutory interest, the ranking of claims in the administrations, and foreign currency claims.

·         Canary Wharf Finance II plc v. Deutsche Trustee Company Limited [2016] EWHC 100 (Comm): Appearing in a Part 8 trial regarding whether the holders of the Class A1 Notes issued as part of the Canary Wharf securitisation are entitled to a £168m Spens Payment following early redemption of the notes.

·         Cruz City v Unitech [2013] 2 All ER (Comm) 1137; [2013] EWCA Civ 1512; [2015] 1 All ER (Comm) 336; [2015] 1 All ER (Comm) 305: Acting for Cruz City in ongoing proceedings in aid of enforcement of US$350m LCIA arbitration awards, obtaining a range of relief including disclosure of assets, worldwide freezing orders, and receivership orders