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Gopal Subramanium joins English barristers set 3 Verulam as an arbitrator

Subramanium: Streamlining
Subramanium: Streamlining

Senior counsel Gopal Subramanium has joined English barristers’ chamber 3 Verulam Buildings as an associate member and arbitrator.

Subramanium said that he would focus on arbitration but would not be seeking admission at the English bar for the foreseeable future, unlike senior counsel Harish Salve who was admitted to the English bar after joining Blackstone Chambers in July.

Subramanium explained that from next year he would probably focus on more arbitrations in London with Verulam after several academic initiatives and delivering the Sir Asutosh Mookerjee memorial lectures.

“I have visited 3 Verulam, and I like the place very much, I love the people, they are extra professional and courteous,” he said about the set, which is one of London’s top commercial chambers.

As an arbitrator, who is also a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre’s India panel, he would specialise in particular on investment treaty disputes, though he would not be giving up his Supreme Court practice.

“I’m already quite selective,” he said about his Indian case-load. “I do important cases, important pro bono cases, and that’s how I’m getting time to do academic work. I have to do just a little bit of streamlining.”

Subramanium, who was formerly solicitor general and Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman, is also a visiting professor at Delhi University and an honorary adjunct professor at Jindal Global Law School.

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