Akash has a broad commercial practice in line with Chambers’ profile. Akash has been instructed in a wide range of practice areas spanning Chambers’ areas of expertise, including commercial litigation and arbitration, civil fraud, banking & financial services, energy, shipping, insolvency and insurance work. Akash has appeared as sole advocate in applications in the High Court and regularly appears in the County Court in trials and applications.
Akash is instructed by the Republic of Mozambique in The Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse International & Ors and related proceedings, a large-scale and high-profile dispute involving 11 sets of Commercial Court proceedings with claims worth upwards of US$5 billion arising out of the “tuna bond” scandal that pushed Mozambique into a debt crisis.
Akash is also instructed by Dechert LLP to act pro bono for the Lebanese Bar Association and other victims of the Beirut port blast in August 2020 in High Court proceedings commenced in London against the alleged owner of the cargo aboard the m/v RHOSUS.
Before coming to the Bar, Akash read undergraduate Law and the Bachelor of Civil Law at St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford. Akash subsequently taught undergraduate contract, tort, property and administrative law at the London School of Economics and Merton College, University of Oxford.
- Arbitration & related court applications
Akash has experience of matters relating to commercial arbitrations and applications under the Arbitration Act, including drafting pleadings in LCIA arbitrations and advising on applications under s.67 and s.68.
- Banking & financial services
Acting in a £118 million claim for breach of Quincecare duty arising from the alleged Ponzi scheme of Allen Stanford. During pupillage, Akash assisted in a strike out application in the same proceedings [Stanford International Bank (in Liquidation) v HSBC Bank Plc  EWHC 2232 (Ch)].
Akash has a particular interest in bond disputes. During pupillage, Akash assisted in an application for directions from the court as to whether the trustee of securitised loan notes could pay only certain of the beneficiaries of the notes having regard to the pari passu distribution provisions in the relevant trust deed, in circumstances where the underlying loans were tainted by illegality [Madison Pacific Trust Ltd v Privatbank  EWHC 610 (Ch)]. Since commencing practice, Akash has advised on issues of enforcement in the context of a secured Eurobond issuance using a trust deed.
Before coming to the Bar, Akash taught undergraduate seminars in securities and finance as part of the Property I course at LSE.
- Civil fraud & asset recovery
Acting (led by Joe Smouha QC, Ciaran Keller and others) for the Republic of Mozambique in 11 sets of Commercial Court proceedings brought by and against banks and investors in respect of a purported sovereign guarantee procured by bribery and corruption in which the Republic asserts state immunity, jointly case-managed and listed for a 12- week Commercial Court trial at the end of 2023 [The Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse International & Ors and related proceedings].
Acted in LCIA arbitration proceedings brought by a Russian oligarch arising from a fraud.
During pupillage, Akash assisted with preparing advice in a number of civil fraud matters, including advising a Russian oligarch in relation to potential causes of action in tort and unjust enrichment arising from a fraud, and advising a company in relation to potential claims in economic duress arising out of business dealings in Russia. Akash also experienced a number of high-profile civil fraud cases:
- Assisted Members of Chambers in conducting one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Trials of 2019, an 8-week Commercial Court trial involving allegations of misrepresentation, deceit and conspiracy worth in excess of US$1 billion [Avonwick Holdings Ltd v Azitio Holdings Ltd  EWHC 1844 (Comm)];
- Assisted in preparing a defence and resisting a WFO in relation to a $2 billion fraud and conspiracy claim regarding an alleged fraud in relation to the ownership of Thailand’s leading wind energy firm [Nopporn Suppipat & Ors v Nop Narongdej & Ors].
- Commercial chancery disputes
Instructed as sole counsel in an application to set aside a statutory demand in relation to a c.£400m debt in the High Court.
Akash has assisted in a number of commercial Chancery disputes, including in relation to unfair prejudice petitions, applications for directions in an insolvency, and claims in dishonest assistance and knowing receipt. Since commencing practice, Akash has appeared in the County Court and High Court in insolvency and company matters.
- Commercial dispute resolution
- Acted (led by Vernon Flynn QC) in a DIFC appeal concerning the jurisdiction’s first ever foreclosure order over the ‘last major undeveloped site in the DIFC’ valued upwards of AED 160 million [Al Rihab Real Estate Company LLC v Emirates NBD Bank PJSC].
- Acting (led by Louise Hutton QC) in a dispute over the interpretation of an asset management agreement.
- Acted (led by Paul Stanley QC) in an arbitration concerning a contract for the supply of gasoil under a prepayment arrangement.
- Akash has been involved in a number of matters across Chambers’ work profile in this area, including:
- Advising on issues of frustration and force majeure arising from the Covid-19 Pandemic, including in the context of an office service agreement and an aircraft lease agreement Acting in a claim for a contribution against a co-insurer outside of the jurisdiction; Assisted in an application for strike out for failure to comply with a security for costs order,
- heard alongside an application to vary that order [Tyndaris SAM v MMWWVWM Ltd  EWHC 778 (Comm)];
- Assisted in an ex parte application to amend a pleading and join new parties raising issues of limitation, service out, and alternative service in the context of the Hague Convention on Service [NBT and Otkritie v Mints & Ors];
- Assisted in an application for summary judgment in relation to a claim under a bond, raising issues as to the construction of a guarantee agreement and state immunity from jurisdiction and enforcement.
- Assisted in a case involving issues related to the construction of a trading agreement and recoverable loss under that agreement; and
- Assisted in providing advice on Henderson abuse of process in the context of related parties litigating identical points in different jurisdictions.
- Company & insolvency law / corporate recovery
During pupillage, Akash assisted in a number of company and insolvency law matters, including:
- Assisted in an application for directions by the administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) to return surplus funds to its shareholder during an ongoing liquidation [Re Lehman Brothers (International) Europe (In Administration)  EWHC 1932 (Ch)].
- Assisted in preparing an application to stay the appointment of provisional liquidators of a Bermudan company.
- Conflict of laws & private international law
Many of Akash’s cases involve issues of private international law, including the application of foreign law. Akash has advised on issues relating to jurisdiction and applicable law in cross-border disputes and has experience of applications for permission to serve outside of the jurisdiction.
He is currently instructed in proceedings in the Commercial Court for declaratory relief in respect of breach of an exclusive jurisdiction clause, and in proceedings involving expert evidence on Mozambican and Lebanese law.
During pupillage, Akash assisted in preparing advice in relation to an application to dispute the jurisdiction of the English courts under Article 29 of Brussels Recast [Federal Republic of Nigeria v Royal Dutch Shell Plc & Anor  EWHC 1315 (Comm)].
- Energy & natural resources
Acted (led by Paul Stanley QC) in an arbitration concerning the supply of gasoil involving issues as to the effect of a prepayment agreement, an assignment of the right to payment and estoppel.
During pupillage, Akash assisted in a number of cases in the energy and natural resources sector, including a dispute over an oil pipeline and a civil fraud case in the energy and natural resources sector.
- Insurance & reinsurance
Instructed (led by Iain Quirk QC) in a cross-border insurance dispute [Assicurazioni Generali SPA v Futamura Mexico SA De CV and Futamura Chemical UK Limited].
During pupillage, Akash assisted on a number of insurance-related matters, including:
- Advising on the scope of corporate liability cover;
- Advising insurers in respect of the prospects of a defence of material non-disclosure under a D&O policy of insurance; and
- A Bermuda Form arbitration.
- Regulatory law & investigations
During pupillage, Akash assisted in advising the DFSA on a number of enforcement matters against individuals.
- Revenue law (including VAT, IPT, duties & excise)
Acting (led by John Wardell QC and David Scorey QC) in MTIC fraud proceedings in the Tax Tribunal [E Buyer UK Limited v HMRC].
Assisted in advising on the tax implications of a Bond comprising of multiple identical single premium unit-linked whole of life assurance policies.
- Shipping & admiralty
Acting (led by Chris Smith QC) in limitation proceedings arising out of the grounding of a vessel.
- Unjust enrichment & restitution claims
Akash has experience advising on complex claims in unjust enrichment, including the identification of causes of action, quantification and the ouster of claims by statutory remedies.
2020 – Tenant at Essex Court Chambers
2019-2020 – Pupil at Essex Court Chambers (supervised by Louise Hutton)
2019: Called to the Bar (Inner Temple)
2018-2019 – Lecturer in Law, Merton College, University of Oxford (Administrative Law)
2018-2019 – Guest Teacher, London School of Economics (Law of Obligations: contract and tort)
2018-2019 – Guest Teacher, London School of Economics (Property I: property and political theory)
2018-2019 – BPTC, City, University of London
2017-2018 – Bachelor of Civil Law, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford
2014-2017 – BA Jurisprudence, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford (ranked 5th in year)
2018 – Major Scholarship (Inner Temple)
2017 – Foundation Scholarship (St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford)
2016 – David Blank Scholarship (St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford)