Karishma Vora | Barrister

karishma_vora_shensmith barristersYear of call (India): 2006
Year of call (England & Wales):2011

Practice Summary:

Commercial Litigation

Karishma has a substantial advisory and court practice in commercial litigation across a range of matters, big and small. She has experience of interim injunctions (including summary actions, anti suit injunctions, applications to set aside default judgments and so on) to complex trials. She has been instructed before the Privy Council, the Court of Appeal, the High Court, County Courts and Tribunals.

Her areas of practice include shareholder disputes, directors duties, loan defaults, guarantees, breach of a variety of business agreements such as franchise agreements and agreements for the sale of goods etc.


Karishma has a busy arbitration practice, mostly in cases emanating from joint venture agreements. In the past year, she has been instructed on behalf of companies in the power, cement, automobile and sugar sectors. She is well versed with LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc arbitrations.

Karishma is frequently instructed to (a) vet joint venture agreements for their dispute resolution clauses (b) draft and appear in interim applications concerning jurisdiction, emergency relief and anti-suit or anti-arbitration injunctions (c) trials and (d) challenges from arbitration awards.

Admitted to practice in India and England

Karishma has the rare expertise of being dual qualified in India and England. This makes her an attractive choice for matters involving either or both jurisdictions. She was a litigator in Mumbai for six years before relocating to London in 2009 and continues to be a favourite amongst Indian solicitors and clients. She has developed significant expertise in commercial matters concerning conflict of laws where one or more legs of litigation is ongoing abroad (such as before the Company Law Board in India, before the US Federal Courts or before winding up courts in Cyprus). Her international practice includes being instructed in matters before the Bombay High Court.

She has lectured on the English Arbitration Act at Stephenson Harwood and other law English firms, has lectured on Indian startup law in Mumbai (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjsoEjYycv8) and authors a yearly article on landmark Indian arbitration judgments and changes to Indian arbitration law (http://4-5graysinnsquare.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Indian-arbitration-law_-A-roundup-of-the-year-2015.pdf).


Karishma was nominated for the Rising Star Award at the Society of Asian Lawyers Annual Awards in November 2015 and has recently been nominated for the New Lawyer of the Year at the Lawyer Monthly: Women in Law Awards 2016. She is regularly featured in the Indian legal press, see for example http://www.livelaw.in/there-is-no-dearth-of-work-in-india-in-england-one-has-the-luxury-of-time-to-prepare-for-a-case-karishma-parikh-second-dually-qualified-barrister-in-india-and-england-after-salve/ and from time to time in the English media, see http://electionmasala.com/2015/03/25/theme-of-the-week-achievement/.

Previous career history and Memberships

Since moving to London, Karishma undertook pupillage at Fountain Court Chambers. Karishma is an alumna of the London School of Economics (LSE) and has taught Commercial Law at the LSE Summer School. She has been elected to the Grays Inn Barristers Committee for a three year term and is a member of Combar.


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