Julia Dias QC is a senior member of the leading commercial set of barristers’ chambers at 7 King’s Bench Walk in London. She graduated from Cambridge University in 1981 with a first class degree in law and joined chambers in 1985 as their first female tenant, rapidly acquiring a formidable reputation as a commercial junior. Following a career break in 1998, during which she worked as an in-house barrister for City solicitors, Eversheds, she returned to private practice in April 2003 and took silk in 2008. She is also a member of the Gibraltar Bar (called in 1994).
In the considered opinion of the Editor, Julia is a very formidable barrister. In a fight, you would definitely want her in your corner.
Julia’s principal areas of practice as counsel are in arbitration, shipping and international trade, insurance and reinsurance, and professional negligence, including associated jurisdiction disputes and injunctions. However, she has wide experience of commercial disputes generally and has also been instructed in construction and oil and gas disputes and cases involving guarantees, letters of credit and agency. She recently co-authored a completely new edition of a leading shipping textbook, Carver on Charterparties (Sweet & Maxwell, April 2017).
Julia has considerable experience of all aspects of arbitration, having represented clients in arbitrations under ICC, LMAA, LCIA, RSA and other sets of rules throughout her career. She is also available to accept appointments as arbitrator both in England and abroad, whether under institutional rules or otherwise. She is a member of the LCIA and the CIArb, and a supporting member of the LMAA. She is also a CIArb qualified mediator and has successfully mediated in her field of expertise.
Julia is fluent in French, and competent in Russian with a working knowledge of Italian and a basic understanding of German. She is well used to, and positively enjoys, getting to grips with complex scientific, technical and statistical evidence.