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January 24, 2019

White & Case Partner Dipen Sabharwal appointed Queen’s Counsel


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On January 10, 2019, White & Case Partner Dipen Sabharwal was appointed Queen's Counsel by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, David Gauke MP, following consideration by the independent Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel.

A total of 108 new appointments were made as Queen’s Counsel. Among the 108 appointments are: 30 women applicants of the 55 who applied; 13 applicants who declared an ethnic origin other than white of the 30 who applied; 19 applicants aged over 50 were appointed; Four solicitor advocates of the five who applied.

In this regard, Sir Alex Allan, Chair of the Selection Panel, said, “I am delighted at the announcement of the new silks. I congratulate each one of them. The selection process is a rigorous and demanding one. We collect confidential assessments from judges, fellow advocates, and professional clients, who give freely of their time to provide evidence about an applicant’s demonstration of the competencies. Some applicants are filtered out following consideration of the assessments. The remaining applicants are interviewed by two members of the Selection Panel, following which the whole Panel discuss all the evidence on each interviewed applicant.”

Sir Alex added, “We remain concerned that the number of female applicants remains comparatively low, but I am pleased that of those women who did apply, well over 50% were successful. I was also pleased to note that the number of BAME applicants appointed was in proportion to their representation amongst applicants, and amongst the relevant cohort of the profession.”

Sir Alex concluded, “Each year, the Panel has the difficult task of identifying the truly excellent advocates. I am confident that those appointed today truly deserve to be Queen’s Counsel.”

Dipen is a partner in White & Case's top-ranked international arbitration practice. He serves as head of the Firm's EMEA Disputes Section for International Arbitration. He advises clients on cross-border disputes and acts as an advocate in international arbitrations. He is qualified to practice across three continents, in England and Wales, New York, and India. His practice focuses on international arbitration – commercial, construction, and investment treaty. He has acted as counsel in arbitrations across the world, including in London, Geneva, New York, Singapore, Stockholm, Zurich, Riyadh, and Tokyo.

Dipen has experience of arbitrations conducted under all major institutional regimes as well as ad hoc arbitrations. He has represented both sovereigns and corporate clients in a broad range of industries, including oil and gas, infrastructure, technology, and media. He regularly advises international investors and Indian companies on India-related disputes. He also provides counsel on strategy for dispute avoidance and resolution and deals with conflict of laws and jurisdictional matters.

Dipen participates in the Firm's pro bono work and has successfully represented clients in political asylum applications. He is also active in White & Case's sponsorship of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, which he won in 1999 and has judged since 2003. He lectures regularly at King's College London and serves as the India Rapporteur for the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

Prior to joining the London office, Dipen practiced with the International Arbitration Group in the Firm's New York office.

To access the full list of appointments of Queen's Counsel, please view the file attached herein.

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