39 Essex Chambers welcomes new tenant - Mumbai-based senior advocate, Sharan Jagtiani

First published in Global Arbitration Review (GAR) on 21 July by Susannah Moody.

Mumbai-based senior advocate Sharan Jagtiani has joined 39 Essex Chambers.

He joined the set this month.

Sharan was designated a senior advocate in 2020 at the age of 42, thought to be one of the youngest lawyers to be given the distinction in recent years.

In addition to his practice before the Bombay High Court, he also regularly acts in both domestic and international arbitrations. He has also appeared before India’s National Company Law Tribunal.

He represented the Bombay Stock Exchange before a sole arbitrator at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre in a dispute with a financial indices provider.

Sharan has also been appointed as an arbitrator in several proceedings by the Indian Supreme Court, the Bombay High Courtand the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration. In 2021 he was appointed as sole arbitrator to hear a Mumbai-seated case filed by an Indian textile manufacturer against a Singaporean minerals trader.

A graduate of the Government Law College in Mumbai, Jagtiani gained his LLM at Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC. He was called to the bar in 2000.

Sharan tells GAR he is “delighted for this new association with 39 Essex”. He says he feels “very fortunate” to have based his career in the Bombay High Court, which he describes as a significant commercial jurisdiction.

He adds that India has seen “a tremendous growth in arbitration over the years”, which he says has been an important part of his career.

“Now this opportunity to be a part of 39 Essex Chambers, whilst remaining in Mumbai, will no doubt bring further exciting challenges and a chance to interact with highly accomplished professionals from within 39 Essex Chambers, both in London and Singapore. I very much look forward to it.”

Lindsay Scott, chief executive of 39 Essex, says the chambers is also “delighted” with the addition of Jagtiani.

The set’s chief executive for Asia Abhinav Bhushan describes Jagtiani as a “first-class lawyer and one of the brightest commercial minds in the country”. Having known him for over two decades, Bhushan says there are “few lawyers in India (or even otherwise) who balance their practices at the bar across diverse areas and international arbitrations so well”.

“Sharan continues to be parties’ preferred choice as counsel in international arbitrations and frequently travels to Singapore and London in high-stake arbitrations. We are very excited to have him join 39 Essex Chambers.”