Gayatri has a wide-ranging practice that encompasses all Chambers’ main areas of work, with a particular focus on commercial disputes, public law and human rights, EU law, and privacy and data protection. She has appeared before the highest appellate courts, including the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court (on six occasions, with a further case listed to be heard in 2022) and European Court of Human Rights. She has also appeared unled in the High Court.

Gayatri is ranked as a “leading junior” in The Legal 500 and “up and coming” in Chambers & Partners. She is a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel.

Recent highlights of Gayatri’s practice include:

  • acting for the Government of Mongolia in an application for an ex parte freezing injunction against the former Prime Minister of Mongolia (Agency for Policy Co-ordination on State Property & Ors v Sukhbaatar & Ors [2020] EWHC 3179 (Comm))
  • acting for Motorola in an application for a US$345 million freezing injunction against Hytera (Motorola Solutions Inc v Hytera [2020] EWHC 980 (Comm) (Commercial Court); [2021] QB 744 (Court of Appeal))
  • acting for an individual defendant to a claim by PIFSS, a public institution authorised to operate Kuwait's social-security system and pension scheme, concerning bribes alleged to have been paid by various financial institutions and intermediaries
  • acting for the largest group of investors in multi-million pound fraud claims against the promoters of the ‘Ingenious Group’ film and video game investment schemes and other intermediaries who recommended the schemes (Rowe & Ors v Ingenious Media Holdings Ltd [2020] EWHC 1731 (Ch) (High Court); [2021] 1 WLR 3189 (Court of Appeal))
  • acting for the defendants in a competition damages claim regarding alleged breaches of Brazilian competition law in respect of orange juice production (Viegas and Sanches v Cutrale & Ors [2021] EWHC 1340 (Comm); [2021] EWHC 2956 (Comm))
  • acting for the Stati parties in a complex multi-jurisdictional commercial dispute concerning the enforcement of an outstanding $500m Swedish arbitration award (National Bank of Kazakhstan v Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV & Ors [2020] EWHC 916 (Comm))
  • acting for the claimants in a Supreme Court appeal and related CJEU proceedings challenging the lawfulness of an amendment to social security rules preventing reliance upon “pre-settled status” to meet the qualifying residence tests for entitlement to Universal Credit  (R (Fratila) v SSWP [2021] UKSC 53; CG v Department for Communities in Northern Ireland (Case C-709/20))
  • acting for 10 Human Rights NGOs in a reference to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights challenging the UK’s legislation governing the surveillance of communications and the UK-USA intelligence sharing regime, following the disclosures by Edward Snowden (Big Brother Watch & Ors v United Kingdom (App Nos. 24960/15, 62322/14 and 58170/13, 25 May 2021))
  • acting for Christie Elan-Cane in a Supreme Court appeal concerning the availability of non-gender specific “X” passports (R (Elan-Cane) v SSHD [2020] QB 929)
  • acting for Morrisons in a Supreme Court appeal arising out of the disclosure of payroll data of 100,000 employees on to the Internet by a rogue employee, raising issues relating to vicarious liability and misuse of data (Various Claimants v WM Morrisons Supermarkets Plc [2020] 2 AC 989)
  • acting for UNHCR (intervening) in a Supreme Court appeal concerning the relationship between the 1951 Refugee Convention and the Hague Convention (G (A child) [2021] 2 WLR 705)
  • acting for Privacy International in a Supreme Court appeal concerning whether the ouster clause in s.67(8) RIPA 2000 excluded all judicial review of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (R (Privacy International) v Investigatory Powers Tribunal [2020] AC 491)

Before coming to the Bar, Gayatri taught EU law, tort law and land law at the University of Oxford. 


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Commercial

Gayatri’s practice encompasses a broad range of complex multi-jurisdictional and high-value commercial claims in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division.

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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

Gayatri has been instructed in several multi-jurisdictional fraud disputes, including matters involving freezing orders in England and abroad and ancillary orders.

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Public & Regulatory

Gayatri frequently acts and advises on public and regulatory matters. Her clients include individuals, regulators, government departments, NGOs, and companies.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Gayatri frequently acts and advises on matters concerning civil liberties and human rights in a domestic and international context.

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Data Protection, Freedom of Information & Privacy

Gayatri has considerable experience advising on issues relating of data protection, freedom of information and privacy. She is regularly instructed to advise on data protection issues under domestic law and EU law. She is ranked as a “leading junior” in data protection by The Legal 500.

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EU & Competition

Gayatri has considerable experience in all areas of EU and competition law. She is particularly familiar with, and has frequently advised on, issues arising out of the UK's departure from the EU.

In 2016-17, Gayatri taught EU law to undergraduate students at Oriel College and Regent's Park College, University of Oxford. 

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Arbitration

Gayatri has worked on a number of arbitrations under the LCIA and ICC Rules. She has also been instructed in matters involving the enforcement of arbitral awards and anti-suit and anti-enforcement injunctions in aid of arbitral proceedings.  

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Environment

Gayatri regularly advises on issues of environmental law in the public and EU context. 

Before coming to the Bar, Gayatri was a research assistant at the Law Commission working on a project commissioned by the Welsh Government to simplify and modernise planning law in Wales.

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Employment

Gayatri accepts instructions in all areas of employment law. She has worked on matters in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court, including unfair and constructive dismissal, discrimination, breach of confidence and injunctions to enforce garden leave and post-termination restrictions. 

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Intellectual Property

Gayatri accepts instructions in all areas of intellectual property law. 

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Media & Entertainment

Gayatri accepts instructions in all areas of media and entertainment law. 

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Achievements

Education

BA (Hons) Jurisprudence (Oxon); BCL (Distinction) (Oxon)

Prizes and Scholarships 

  • Conference Scholarship (ALBA, 2018) 
  • Phoenicia Scholarship (Bar European Group, 2018) 
  • Eastham Scholarship (Lincoln's Inn, 2017) 
  • Prize for Civil Advocacy (University of Law, 2017) 
  • Prize for Employment Law and Practice (University of Law, 2017) 
  • Winner, Lord Slynn of Hadley Cup (UKELA, 2017) 
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Accommodation Award, Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln's Inn, 2016) 
  • Provost's Award for Excellence (University of Law, 2016) 
  • Winner, Frances Patterson Shield (UKELA, 2016) 
  • Winter Williams Prize for European Business Regulation (University of Oxford, 2015) 
  • Francis Taylor Building Prize for Environmental Law (University of Oxford, 2014) 
  • Isaiah Berlin Prizes for Administrative Law and Jurisprudence (Corpus Christi College, 2013)
  • Scholar of Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford (2011 - 2014)

Publications

  • "Costs in Environmental Litigation" (2015) 27 Journal of Environmental Law 313
  • "The Costs of Will Rectification in Marley v Rawlings (No 2)" (2015) 70(3) Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 273
  • "Coventry v Lawrence [2015] UKSC 50: bad law makes hard cases?" (2015) 34(4) Civil Justice Quarterly 295

Volunteering and Pro Bono

Gayatri completed a six-month internship at ClientEarth in 2017. She has also worked pro bono for a number of organisations including the Free Representation Unit, Willesden County Court Duty Advice Scheme and Oxford Pro Bono Publico.


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