Baiju Vasani has joined Chambers as barrister member, following his completion of BSB transfer qualification. He is the eleventh new practitioner to join Chambers within the past year.
For the past 20 years, Baiju has been a very well-known leader in the fields of international commercial arbitration and public international law. Until February 2022, he split his time between Moscow and London. Prior to that, he led the international arbitration practice as a partner in a major American law firm in the US and London.
He has acted as counsel and sat as arbitrator under the rules of every major international arbitration institution worldwide, and is a Senior Fellow at SOAS, University of London, where he teaches international arbitration.
His investment law experience has been at the forefront of the intersection of international arbitration and public international law, having acted as lead counsel on seminal cases on treaty succession, disputed territories and the effect of alleged illegality on arbitral jurisdiction.
“We are very excited to welcome Baiju to Chambers. He is rightly held in great esteem among his clients and colleagues. His extensive experience and expertise will complement and further enhance the Set’s leading status in international arbitration and public international law,” said Twenty Essex head Duncan Matthews QC.
Baiju expressed his excitement on his move.
“After twenty years in law firm life in the UK, US and Russia, including 12 years as an international arbitration partner, it is exciting to be able to offer my services as counsel and arbitrator from the Bar with all the flexibility that offers. I consider Twenty Essex’s depth in international arbitration and public international law as second to none. I look forward to commencing my tenancy with Chambers as soon as possible, and working with friends and colleagues around the world on cutting edge commercial and investment arbitration matters,” he said.