Spotlight on new Silks: Siddharth Dhar KC

29 March, 2023

Siddharth has a broad practice in substantial commercial litigation and arbitration disputes spanning the full breadth of Chambers’ work. In recent years he has appeared in cases before the Supreme Court, Privy Council, Court of Appeal, all divisions of the High Court, and in very high value commercial and investment treaty arbitrations operating under a wide variety of institutional rules.

Before taking silk, Siddharth was recognised as a leading junior barrister. In 2022, he was awarded Junior of the Year at the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards (across all 71 practice areas).  For the past four years he has been the only junior top-ranked as a “Star Individual” for International Arbitration by Chambers & Partners, he was C&P’s Arbitration Junior of the Year in 2015, and had been nominated for that same award three times.  He was also Band 1 rated for both his Energy and International Arbitration practices by Legal 500. The Directories refer to him as “an excellent advocate who presents complex matters very clearly”, a “charming and fluid advocate who knows his cases inside out”, as being “excellent to work with” and as “someone you hear about as a star at Essex Court.”

Recent case highlights include acting for Betamax in an appeal to the Privy Council (on the ability to set aside an arbitral award on the grounds of public policy/illegality), for a Balkan state in resisting an ICSID annulment application which sought to revive a €400m investment claim; and for a South East Asian state in having a c.US$250m BIT claim dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.

Siddharth is currently instructed on a wide variety of (confidential) commercial and investor-state arbitrations and related Court applications, which focus on the energy, mining and banking sectors, and which range in value from US$50m to US$30billion.

See Siddharth’s full profile here.