Having previously worked as a sports journalist in the UK and India, Varun joined 1 Essex Court in April 2014 following successful completion of his pupillage within chambers. He is developing a litigation and advisory practice in line with chambers profile and welcomes court instruction and paperwork in these areas.
During and after pupillage, he also has gained experience of personal and corporate insolvency work, consumer credit, undue influence, commercial and residential property, landlord and tenant and Local Authority Housing work. He is developing a niche practice in claims involving negligence by Information Technology professionals.
Varun has worked on several high--value international disputes in the Commercial and Chancery Divisions of the High Court, and is building his practice in these areas in the context of both litigation and arbitration.
Having been instructed by the Treasury Solicitor as a Baby Barrister in relation to the Serious Fraud Office’s prosecutions of financial market-rigging activities, Varun holds valid government security clearance to CTC level.
Chancery Bar Association
Attorney General’s Off-Panel Junior Counsel
2010 - present
2010 - present
Commercial and Chancery
Sole counsel defending three contractual claims worth around £100,000 each, acting on behalf of a major telecommunications company – including appearing on summary judgment applications before the High Court Masters.
Junior on £100m claim involving the allegedly fraudulent sale of a paper-manufacturing company in Kazakhstan, in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Assisted with successful application for a freezing injunction in this case.
Junior on court proceedings arising out of an international shipping arbitration claim against the Government of the Union of Comoros – including appearing alone on an urgent application before Hamblen J in the Commercial Division of the High Court.
Property, Housing and Construction
Regularly appearing on behalf of Claimants and Defendants (including Local Authorities) in claims for possession of properties, rent arrears, disrepair and service charges. These can range from simple 5-minute hearings to 1-day trials.
Advising on claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
Advising and drafting statements of case as well as appearing for Claimants and Defendants on applications and trials in the County Court in respect of building disputes.
Appearances in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).
Negligence in IT Professionals
Developing specialism in the law governing the provision of IT services by individuals and companies.
Currently advising on claims relating to the negligent provision of network systems following incidents of catastrophic total loss of data caused by viruses and/or Ransomware Trojans.
Claims for negligence in respect of the design and build of websites.
Regular appearance in the County Court on Bankruptcy proceedings and in the High Court for Company winding-up orders
Advises on personal and corporate insolvency, as well as applications under section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (undoing transactions designed to defraud creditors) and other actions under the Insolvency Act.
General civil advocacy
Advising clients in person and in writing, drafting statements of case and other documents, providing advocacy at interim applications (relief from sanctions, setting aside judgments etc) and at trial.
Drafting grounds of appeal and skeleton arguments in support, successfully securing permission to appeal.
Skills & Interest
Varun speaks Spanish to a proficient level, and Hindi and French more basically.
Outside work, Varun spends his summers playing cricket (to an appalling standard) and his winters forlornly supporting Leicester City FC.
He enjoys reading, socialising and listening to all the music he can (with a particular love of hip hop) and is currently learning Thai boxing.
BPP LAW SCHOOL 2009 – 2011
Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent)
Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS 2002 - 2006
MA (Hons) English Literature (Distinction)
BA (Hons) English Language and Literature (1st Class)