Mr Vikram Sachdeva KC > Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC
39 Essex Chambers


Barrister specialising in administrative and public law, human rights, European law, healthcare law, clinical negligence, tax (direct and indirect), costs. Cases include: W v M [2012] 1 All ER 1313; Re M (A Patient) (Court of Protection: Reporting Restrictions) [2012] 1 WLR 287; R (Golding) v General Commissioners of Income Tax [2012] STC 381; C v X Local Authority [2012] ACD 14; Lee v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] Imm. A.R. 542; AH v West London Mental Health Trust [2011] MHLR 85 and [2010] MHLR 326; Trigger v Northampton Magistrates Court (2011) 175 JP 101; D Borough Council v B [2012] Fam 36; Lower Mill Estates Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2011] STC 636; R (Moore) v Skipton Fund Ltd (2011) 117 BMLR 185; RH v South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (2011) 117 BMLR 47; Ministry of Justice v Carter [2010] EWCA Civ 694; R (V) v South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (2010) 13 C.C.L.Rep. 181; Reid v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] Imm AR 453; Lord Chancellor v Purnell [2010] 5 Costs LR 81; R v Secretary of State for Justice [2010] ACD 13; Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs v Georgina Downs [2009] 3 CMLR 1544; R (Bottomley) v General Commissioners of Income Tax [2009] STC 2532; Lord Chancellor v Rees [2009] 2 Costs LR 334; R (Brooks) v Secretary of State for Justice [2010] Prison LR 266; R (Ross) v West Sussex PCT [2008] 106 BMLR 1; R (Lowe) v Governor of Liverpool Prison [2009] Prison LR 197; AK (Iran) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] Imm AR 93; R (O’Neil) v Independent Adjudicator [2009] Prison LR 119; R (M) v Homerton University Hospital [2008] MHLR 92; Local Authority X v MM and KM [2009] 1 FLR 487 and [2009] 1 FLR 443; Meretz Investments NV v ACP Ltd [2008] 1 Costs LR 42; R (Damien Page) v Secretary of State for Justice (2007) ACD 100; R (Conrad) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] Prison LR 28; Lord Chancellor v Haggan [2007] 5 Costs LR 722; Sutcliffe v BMI Healthcare Limited [2007] EWCA Civ 476; (2007) 98 BMLR 211; Goodman v Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs [2007] 3 Costs LR 366; R (Gordon) v Bromley NHS Primary Care Trust [2006] EWHC 2462; Jones v Caradon Catnic Ltd, [2006] 3 Costs LR 427; R (East London and the City Mental Health NHS Trust) v Mental Health Review Tribunal [2006] MHLR 1; Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs v Stork [2006] 1 Costs LR 69; R (Broadbent) v Parole Board [2006] 1 Prison LR 137; Lips v Older [2005] PIQR P14; R (C) v London Maudsley NHS Trust [2004] MHLR 280; Roadrunner Properties Ltd v Dean [2003] EWCA Civ 1816 (2004) 11 EG 140; Discain Project Services Ltd v Opecprime Development Ltd [2000] BLR 402.


Called 1998, Middle Temple; Junior Counsel to the Crown (‘B’ panel); tutor in administrative and public law at various colleges in Cambridge; also qualified medical doctor.


French, Hindi.


ALBA (committee member); Liberty; JUSTICE; ARDL.


Oundle School; Clare College, Cambridge (1992 BA; 1996 MA); New College, Oxford (1993 BCL; 1996 BM BCh).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Costs

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Vikram Sachdeva KC39 Essex ChambersA go-to silk on the issue of costs, he is extremely intelligent, supremely confident on his feet, and always has a plan as to how to approach any situation that is thrown at him.

39 Essex Chambers strengthened its position as one of the leading sets for costs law with its recruitment of renowned costs litigation silk Simon Browne KC in December 2021. His is a name associated with the most high-profile contentious cost cases of the past ten years and his addition bolsters a set that already had a notable forte in cost aspects of group litigation, an area of increasing popularity in the legal market. Vikram Sachdeva KC is another costs silk at chambers and has expertise in commercial costs, disciplinary costs, and costs in public law. He acted for the claimant in R (Raqeeb) v Barts Health NHS Trust, a follow-on from the high-profile litigation concerning the continued provision of care to a brain-damaged child, dealing with the question as to whether common costs can be recovered for a judicial review (for which there is a costs order) where a best interests case was being run concurrently. Shaman Kapoor recently acted for the claimant in in Patel v Karmakar, a dispute between solicitors concerning repayment of an outstanding loan which was advanced against work in progress. The case represents an important development of principle in the law on solicitors acting in their own cases and the rate of recovery for their work. Nicola Greaney focuses her costs work within her areas of strength: professional discipline and court of protection, clinical negligence and personal injury.

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Vikram Sachdeva KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Vikram is extremely intelligent and supremely confident on his feet. He always has a plan to approach any situation thrown at him and is well-liked by the judiciary.’

39 Essex Chambers is ‘an excellent London set’, and ‘each barrister in this set is clearly of a high-quality calibre’. The key areas of strength for the team are serious medical treatment, health and welfare cases, along with property and affairs matters. Jenni Richards KC is representing an appellant in a case in the Supreme Court that involves consideration of the adequacy of community care services provided to a woman with learning disabilities who died whilst in the care of the state. Vikram Sachdeva KC recently represented University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust before the Court of Protection in a matter involving conflict between mother and wife of a man in a coma regarding whether or not he should be taken off life support. Alexander Ruck Keene KC (Hon) was appointed as silk honoris causa in March 2022.

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Vikram Sachdeva KC39 Essex ChambersVikram is pragmatic in reaching solutions and authoritative on difficult points of law – very good to work with.

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Vikram Sachdeva KC39 Essex Chambers ‘A superb advocate. Has excellent tactical awareness and is able to spot the key points of a case at an early stage.’