Gagan is a commercial disputes lawyer with experience in all aspects of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration (both institutional and ad hoc), and mediation. He acts for large multinational conglomerates and corporations, private clients, and SMEs, operating across a broad range of industry sectors. Gagan has also advised a number of the largest global law firms and barristers chambers on the legal issues that they face. The majority of Gagan’s work is international, with a particular focus on India and the Middle East.
Gagan has particular expertise in international arbitration, and has handled cases under the auspices of a number of arbitral rules and procedures including LCIA, ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, LMAA, RSA, and GAFTA.
Gagan is a member of the LCIA European Users’ Council, the London Maritime Arbitrators Association, and the London Solicitors Litigation Association.
- International arbitration
- Commercial litigation
- Contractual disputes
- Civil Fraud
- Conflict of laws
- Shipping and international trade
- Shipbuilding/ship sale and purchase disputes
- Commodities, energy and natural resources
- Technology disputes
- Commercial agency
- Professional negligence
- Product liability
- Registration and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards
- Directors’ duties
- Shareholder disputes
- Sale of goods
- Advisedan Indian company in a dispute worth US$250m with the Governorate ofBasra, Iraq, and several international financial institutions, arising outof a contract for a major infrastructure project and associatedperformance bonds and letters of credit. The dispute involved parallelproceedings in London, Iraq and India.
- Adviseda major Indian conglomerate involved in a US$100m dispute with an Egyptianstate-owned entity in relation to a joint venture for an acrylic fibreplant. Issues included the scope of the arbitration clause and whetherEgyptian proceedings had been brought in breach thereof, and the potentialto obtain relief from the English courts to restrain those proceedings.
- Advisedan Indian company in relation to various issues arising out of a jointventure with UAE and US partners for the construction and development ofan aluminium mine in West Africa.
- Actedfor an Indian company in a US$3m dispute with a major European bank in theCommercial Court arising out of contracts and associated credit facilitiesfor the sale of various petrochemical cargoes.
- Actedfor the defendant, an Indian company, in a claim in the Commercial Courtfor damages of US$2.5m arising out of a contract for the sale of methanol(Kolmar Group AG v Traxpo Enterprises PVT Limited  EWHC 113 (Comm)).
- Actedin a Refined Sugar Association arbitration for an Indian company involvedin a dispute with the English subsidiary of a major US conglomerate forUS$7.5m.
- Actedin a GAFTA arbitration for the UAE subsidiary of a large Indianconglomerate involved in a dispute with a Pakistani company arising out ofa contract for the sale of various quantities of rice.
- Actedfor the UAE subsidiary of an Indian company in a multimillion-dollar LMAAarbitration against Japanese shipowners arising out of the delayeddelivery of a cargo of mixed xylene, which included an application by theDefendant pursuant to s. 30 of the Arbitration Act 1996.
- Actedfor UAE and Indian companies in concurrent LMAA arbitrations concerningclaims for demurrage and cargo contamination arising out of a charterpartyand bills of lading for the delivery of a cargo of phenol.
- Actedfor the Claimant disponent owners in an indemnity claim in LMAAarbitration against sub-charterers under an NYPE time charter to recoverlosses incurred by the vessel’s owners, and in conjunction with a law firmin New York in respect of related Rule B proceedings.
- Actedfor Korean shipowners in a claim by charterers in LMAA arbitration forloss/shortage/wet damage to a cargo of bagged rice under a ContinentalGrain Voyage Charterparty.
- Actedfor Chinese shipowners defending a claim by charterers for damage arisingfrom the alleged chlorine contamination of a cargo of methanol under anAsbatankvoy Voyage Charterparty.
- AdvisedKorean shipowners in a dispute with charterers for damages amounting toUS$620,000 for early redelivery of vessel under time charter, includingadvice on methods available to secure claim.
- Advisedowners in dispute with charterers in a claim under NYPE time charterarising out of the computation of off-hire for (i) loss of speed (ii) timelost due to drydocking for the purposes of carrying out a joint survey.
- Adviseda major German shipowner involved in a claim by chandlers for unpaidinvoices incurred during the employ of five vessels under bareboatcharters (barecon 2001).
- Actedfor French shipowners in a dispute with an Indian shipyard in Londonarbitration concerning owners’ rights to cancel five shipbuildingcontracts for the construction of DWT bulk carriers for anticipatoryrepudiatory breach of contract, and to make demands under associatedrefund guarantees. Case involved successfully opposing the yard’sapplication for an injunction to restrain owners’ claims under refundguarantees.
- Actedfor Panamanian shipowners in a dispute in a London arbitration withPanamanian and Monegasque companies arising out of memoranda of agreementon the Norwegian Sale Form for the sale of five vessels, and against aBelgian bank in relation to demands under refund guarantees. Workedclosely with Belgian and Monegasque lawyers in relation to parallelproceedings within those jurisdictions.
- Actedfor French shipowners in a dispute with a Greek company arising out ofmemoranda of agreement on the Norwegian Sale Form for the sale of fivehandymax carriers. Liaised with local lawyers in relation to vessel arrestin China.
- Actedfor German shipowners in a dispute with a Chinese yard arising out ofcontracts for the construction and sale of three self-unloading barges.Worked closely in conjunction with lawyers in Shanghai in relation toissues of ROC law, and also with a major German bank in relation to thepreparation of bank guarantees.
- Actedfor the claimant, a UAE company, in a multimillion-dollar dispute in LCIAarbitration arising out of a Licensing Agreement relating to anInternet-based platform for the buying and selling of goods in the mining,metals and other natural resources industries. The claim involved anapplication pursuant to s. 44 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to the HighCourt, and subsequently to the Court of Appeal, resulting in a landmarkjudgment regarding the impact of limitation and exclusion clauses on theability to obtain injunctive relief (AB v CD  EWCA Civ 229).
- Actedfor the claimant in a multimillion-pound dispute in the Chancery Divisionof the High Court concerning intellectual property rights and allegationsof breach of confidence in software underpinning various trading platforms(Martin John Coward v (1) Phaestos Ltd (2) Mindimaxnox LLP (3) Ikos CifLtd (4) Ikos Asset Management Ltd  EWHC 1292 (Ch)).
- Actedfor the claimant, an Indian software company, in proceedings in theTechnology & Construction Court relating to the sale of a subsidiarycompany specialising in legal outsourcing software.
- Actedfor a major US law firm facing a professional negligence claim of US$25min the Commercial Court, arising out of the acquisition of a Slovakcompany.
- Actedfor a major set of barristers’ chambers in relation to an arbitrationclaim against a former member.
- Actedfor a major US law firm facing a £5m claim for professional negligencearising out of instructions in relation to JV/development agreements forthe purchase, development and sale of various residential and commercialsites.
- Actedfor the claimant in a £1.5m professional negligence claim against itsformer lawyers in relation to advice on potential tax liability on anoffshore restructuring scheme.
- Actedfor an individual seeking to challenge arbitral awards arising out of acoverage dispute between our client and his former insurers which wasreferred to arbitration pursuant to the Minimum Terms of the Institute ofChartered Accountants in England and Wales.
- Actedfor the defendant, the English subsidiary of a major Japanese insurancegroup, in a multimillion-pound dispute arising out of a success feeagreement for the settlement of arbitration proceedings. The case involveda significant electronic disclosure exercise, raising complex issues ofprivilege and confidentiality.
- Actedfor a Kuwaiti claimant in a US$1.375m advance fee fraud dispute with aNigerian bank in the High Court, on appeal to the Court of Appeal(Abou-Rahmah & Another v Abacha & Others  EWCA Civ 1492),and upon petition for leave to appeal to the House of Lords. The issuesinvolved in this landmark case included dishonest assistance (includingthe correct test for dishonesty), the status of Privy Council decisions,money laundering duties of a bank, restitution, negligence, duties of careowed by banks to third parties, illegality, and resulting/quistclosetrusts.
- Actedfor the claimant, a major supplier of dairy products, in the CommercialCourt and on appeal to the Court of Appeal, in a dispute worth £15marising out of three agreements whereby the defendant agreed to providewarehouse services to the claimant. The case involved complex issues ofconstruction, accounting and quantum. Interlocutories included anapplication for an interim payment of £10.1m (St Ivel Ltd v WincantonGroup Ltd  EWHC 2906 (Comm)).
- Actedfor a major international energy company in relation to various claimsunder the Commercial Agents Regulations, arising out of agency contractsfor DTD energy sales.
- Actedfor an Indian conglomerate in a multimillion-dollar commercial fraud claimin the Chancery Division of the High Court, which included a successfulapplication for a worldwide freezing order against the defendant’s assetsand multijurisdictional asset tracing, working closely in conjunction withprivate investigators and the City of London Police’s Economic Crime Unit.
- Actedfor majority shareholders facing an action in the Companies Court forunfair prejudice, breach of duty and breach of contract brought by theminority shareholder and former director of a company which was in thebusiness of providing pension trustee services and pensions advice.
- Actedfor the UAE subsidiary of a large Indian conglomerate in a US$1m ICCarbitration arising out of two contracts for the design, engineering,fabrication and supply of the first and second trains of a two-stagedesalter package.
- Advisedan Indian company involved in a product liability dispute with German andEnglish companies arising out of the supply of defective aluminiumextrusions. Issues included conflict of laws, claims in contract and tort,and statutory claims.
- Adviseddirectors of a company in administration facing claims of £5.6m for breachof statutory duty.
- Actedfor a Russian company in a dispute in the High Court (Queen’s BenchDivision) in respect of the interest payable on an arbitration award.
- Actedfor a Nigerian company on an application to register a Nigerian courtjudgment under the Administration of Justice Act 1920. The case involvedsuccessful applications for freezing injunctions to restrain thedefendant’s assets in the UK in support of (i) the application to registerthe foreign judgment, and (ii) subsequent proceedings in Nigeria (pursuantto the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982).
- Actedfor a major NHS Foundation Trust defending proceedings in the MercantileDivision of the High Court.
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
Gagan has been listed in Chambers Global as a ranked lawyer under Dispute Resolution – Foreign Expert for India.
Gagan qualified as a solicitor in 2006. Prior to joining Keystone Law in 2018, he worked at the following firms:
- Lewis Silkin
- Davis & Co