Atkin Chambers has been recognised as a Tier 1 set for construction by the new The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 (UK […]
12th Apr 2023
Shourav is a specialist construction and international arbitration lawyer with over 20 years of experience advising on energy and infrastructure disputes. He represents clients in the onshore and offshore oil & gas, petrochemicals, power, infrastructure and building sectors on the procurement, design, engineering and construction of major projects. He has also represented Asian companies in investigations and sanctions proceedings brought by the World Bank.
Shourav has practised law in Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Dubai and Beijing. He has appeared as counsel in court, arbitrations and mediations in Asia-Pacific, the Gulf States and Europe. In addition to England and Wales, he is qualified to practice in Hong Kong, and also has full rights of audience in the courts of Singapore and the Dubai International Financial Centre.
He is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, on the panel of arbitrators of DIAC and BANI (Indonesia’s National Arbitration Centre) and on the Advisory Council of the Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre’s New Delhi centre.
Shourav teaches arbitration on Hong Kong University’s LLM course in Alternative Dispute Resolution and at the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators International Entry Course and Fellowship Assessment Course. Shourav is also fluent in Hindi and Bengali.
Shourav is routinely rated as a leading individual in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.
Chambers and Partners describes Shourav as “first-rate”, “a very experienced construction disputes lawyer”, “well-read and articulate, with substantial knowledge of construction-related legal issues” whose “advice is comprehensive, practical and tailored to the circumstances of the case at hand” while also being “creative in his approach to the legal dispute… attributed to his vast knowledge and experience in handling complex construction disputes”.
He is noted for “his ability to get to the crux of the problem”, his “sharp mind” and for having a “good grasp of the law, particularly international arbitration law”. Clients praise his “hands-on involvement in cases” and “brilliant service”, and for being “extremely proactive” and “looking at things clinically and legally, but also seeing what we are trying to do on the business side”.
The Legal 500 comments that Shourav is “is a class apart and one of the finest barristers in construction law” and an “experienced and seasoned counsel for any construction dispute [who] gets in to the detail and puts clients’ positions to the tribunal clearly and intensively”.
2020 Part II (Full rights of audience), Courts of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
2016 Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb)
2011 MSc in Management, Stanford University Graduate School of Business (Sloan Fellow)
2002 Barrister (England and Wales)
2001 Solicitor (Hong Kong SAR)
1999 Solicitor (England and Wales)
1997 Advocate and Solicitor (Singapore)
1996 LLB (Hons), Singapore Airlines Scholar, National University of Singapore
Panel Mediator, Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC), 2019
Advisory Council member, Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre (India), New Delhi centre, 2019
Panel arbitrator, Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), 2018
Panel arbitrator, Badan Arbitrase Nasional Indonesia (BANI Arbitration Center), 2018
“Shourav is a formidable advocate and adept at the tactics of litigation. He is extremely capable and knowledgeable, and is excellent in setting up the right strategy for the cases he is handling.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2023
“Shourav is very quick to get up to speed with the matter, a good strategist, and a clear, concise and confident advocate.”
Energy, The Legal 500 2023
“Very quick to get up to speed with the matter, good strategist, an excellent advocate (clear, concise, confident and to the point) and an effective cross-examiner with very good tribunal etiquette.”
International Arbitration: Counsel, The Legal 500 2023
“Shourav has incredible attention to details and is very hard-working.”
Middle East: Construction, The Legal 500 2023
“Very thorough, meticulous, extremely hardworking and also an accomplished advocate.”
Construction, Energy and Infrastructure, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022
“Shourav is one of the finest construction lawyers with very good technical appetite. His understanding of technical aspects of the disputes is very strong, which is essential in winning construction disputes”
Construction, The Legal 500 2022
“Experienced and seasoned counsel for any construction dispute, he gets in to the detail and puts clients’ positions to the tribunal clearly and intensively.”
Construction Middle East, The Legal 500 2022
“A very sound, meticulous and capable advocate, he thinks things through and is a very good cross- examiner.”
Energy, The Legal 500 2022
Legal 500 (2021) describes Shourav as an “experienced and seasoned counsel for any construction dispute” and someone who “gets in to the detail and puts clients’ positions to the tribunal clearly and intensively.”
Chambers Middle-East (2019) notes that clients consider Shourav “a very experienced construction disputes lawyer” whose “advice is comprehensive, practical and tailored to the circumstances of the case at hand.”
Chambers Asia-Pacific (2018) describes Shourav as having a “good grasp of the law, particularly international arbitration law, and is very hands-on in the conduct of the matters. He is articulate and also creative in his approach to the legal dispute… attributed to his vast knowledge and experience in handling complex construction disputes”.
Chambers Asia-Pacific (2017) notes that clients praise his “hands-on involvement in cases” and “brilliant service”, “well-read and articulate lawyer with substantial knowledge of construction-related legal issues”.
Chambers Asia-Pacific (2016) refers to Shourav as “first-rate”. He is praised for “his ability to get to the crux of the problem”, his “sharp mind”, and he “looks at things clinically and legally, but also sees what we are trying to do on the business side”.
Chambers Asia-Pacific (2015) notes Shourav’s “forward-thinking attitude” and for being “extremely proactive”.