Professional practice

Bibek has a broad commercial practice in line with Chambers’ profile. He has particular interests in commercial litigation & arbitration, civil fraud, the conflict of laws, employment and shipping. He has acted in a wide spectrum of commercial disputes in the Commercial Court and Chancery Divisions of the High Court, the Tax Tribunal, as well as numerous County Court matters. He also has experience in a wide range of arbitrations including ad hoc arbitrations and those conducted pursuant to ICC, LCIA and LMAA rules. Bibek also has experience of arbitration-related court applications, including advising on section 67, 68 and 69 challenges. As an advocate, Bibek has appeared led and unled in the High Court and as counsel in the County Courts. He is equally comfortable acting as sole counsel or as part of a larger team.

The core of Bibek’s practice is commercial dispute resolution, predominantly with an international element. Bibek’s practice ranges across the full dispute resolution process, including pre-issue advice and strategy, interim applications, trial, and enforcement. Bibek is often involved in cases giving rise to conflicts of law issues and has worked on a number of cases involving a foreign applicable law (for example, the laws of Belgium, France, Malaysia, Oman, Ontario, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, and the UAE).

He graduated with a first class degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge, followed by a first class degree in law from the University of Oxford. He was then awarded the Charles and Julia Henry Fellowship to study as a Special Student at Harvard University.

Prior to joining Essex Court Chambers, Bibek was a Visiting Lecturer in Tort law at King’s College London.

 

Arbitration & related court applications
  • Appeared as junior counsel (led by Roderick Cordara QC) in an LMAA arbitration in a shipping dispute, raising issues of contractual construction, fiduciary duties, good faith and limitation.
  • Instructed in an LCIA arbitration concerning the sale of an infrastructure asset.
  • Advised on and assisted in a variety of section 67, 68 and 69 challenges.
Banking & financial services
  • Instructed in FM Capital Partners v Marino & ors (led by Nathan Pillow QC and Anton Dudnikov), concerning allegations of bribery, breach of directors’ duties, conspiracy, dishonest assistance and issues of Swiss law.
  • Appeared as sole counsel in numerous County Court trials, particularly in cases concerning the Consumer Credit Act, fraud and negligence.
Civil fraud & asset tracing
  • Instructed in FM Capital Partners v Marino & ors (led by Nathan Pillow QC and Anton Dudnikov), concerning allegations of bribery, breach of directors’ duties, conspiracy, dishonest assistance and raising issues of Swiss law.
  • Junior Counsel in Slater & Gordon v Watchstone (led by Richard Millett QC and Watson Pringle), for the defendants against allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation and breaches of warranty.
Commercial dispute resolution
  • Junior Counsel in Slater & Gordon v Watchstone (led by Richard Millett QC and Watson Pringle), for the defendants against allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation and breaches of warranty.
  • Junior Counsel in Prime Energy v Xodus (led by Claire Blanchard QC), concerning allegations of misrepresentation in an asset and share sale agreement.
  • Settled a Defence for non-payment under a Loan Agreement.
  • Advised a party of in a potential dispute over an aerospace contract.
  • Appeared as sole counsel in numerous cases in the County Court, particularly in cases concerning banking and financial services, breaches of contract and tort.

 

Employment
  • Instructed as junior counsel in a High Court restrictive covenant case, Astrazeneca v Miels.
  • Assisted a member of Chambers on a ICC arbitration shareholder dispute, concerning allegations of wrongful misconduct and the proper interpretation of restrictive covenants.
  • Advised on an employee’s entitlement to allegedly overpaid salary.
Revenue law (including VAT, IPT, duties & excise)
  • Junior Counsel (to David Ewart QC) in Landid Property Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2017] UKFTT 692; [2017] STI 2631, concerning the income tax and corporation tax treatment of employee benefit trusts.
Shipping & admiralty
  • Appeared as junior counsel in a LMAA arbitration (led by Roderick Cordara QC) concerning breaches of contract in a shipping dispute raising issues of contractual construction, fiduciary duties, good faith and limitation.
  • Acting (led by Jern-Fei Ng) in an ad-hoc arbitration on a contractual dispute concerning a contract of affreightment.
  • Advising (led by David Foxton QC) a carrier in a mis-delivery claim.
Career

2016: Tenant at Essex Court Chambers

2015-16: Pupillage, Essex Court Chambers

2015: Called to the bar (Gray’s Inn)

2013-14: Visiting Lecturer in Tort, King’s College London

Education

2014-15: University of Law, BPTC (Outstanding)

2013-14: Harvard University, Sir Charles and Lady Julia Henry Fellowship, Special Student

2011-13: Jesus College, Oxford BA Jurisprudence (First Class Honours, sixth in year)

2008-11: Pembroke College, Cambridge, BA Economics (Double First Class Honours)

Awards

2015: Atkin Scholar (Gray’s Inn)

2015: Award for the highest mark in International Commercial Practice (BPTC)

2014: Advocacy Scholar (BPTC)

2013: Sir Charles & Lady Julia Henry Fellowship (Harvard University)

2013: Bedingfield Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)

2013: Martin Wronker Prize for Jurisprudence (Oxford University)

2013: D’Souza Prize for best second BA performance (Oxford University)

2013: Viscount Sankey Scholar (Jesus College, Oxford)

2013: Jesus College Prize x 2

2012: Open Scholarship (Jesus College, Oxford)

2012: S R Welson Prize, for best performance by a college law student (Jesus College, Oxford)

2011: David Karmel Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)

2011: Foundress Prize x 2 (Pembroke College, Cambridge)

2010: Pembroke College Prize x 2

2010: Foundation Scholarship (Pembroke College, Cambridge)