Karishma Vora > Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright QC and Richard Harwood QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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


Karishma has a busy commercial litigation practice representing companies and individuals in high value claims before the Commercial Court and many of her cases have been reported. She specialises in business and banking disputes arising out of cross border loans and facility agreements, breach of guarantees, shareholder agreements and unfair prejudice petitions.

Her experience in such cases typically involves being instructed on challenges to jurisdiction and applications for summary or injunctive relief including freezing injunctions, before progressing to trial. Her cases often include one or more legs of the proceedings outside the UK such as before courts and tribunals in India or before the DIFC Court in Dubai, where she has full rights of audience.

Karishma is ranked in Legal 500 for the year 2020 as a leading junior for commercial litigation.

Karishma also has significant expertise in international arbitration and has been instructed in arbitrations seated in London, Geneva, Singapore and India. She has developed considerable sector expertise in the steel, cement and pharmaceutical industries and has also been instructed on behalf of companies in the power, automobile and sugar sectors in cases governed by the LCIA, ICC, SIAC, LME and RSA rules.

She is frequently invited to speak as an expert at international arbitration conferences and has addressed conferences organised by GAR, ICC, Combar, MCIA, FICCI – ICA, CII, Legal Era, the Bar Council of England and Wales etc.

Karishma has the rare expertise of being dual qualified in India and England, making her an attractive choice for matters involving either or both jurisdictions. She was a litigator in Mumbai for six years before relocating to London in 2009 and continues to be a favourite amongst Indian solicitors and clients. Her international practice includes running her own set of chambers in Mumbai. She has therefore become the go-to expert on Indian law before courts in England.

Karishma is an alumna of the London School of Economics where she taught commercial law.


Karishma speaks three Indian languages fluently, namely Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi.

Lawyer Rankings

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Karishma Vora39 Essex ChambersVery thorough and very committed – she knows her stuff, istactically aware and sees the bigger picture and where we are going with it.

As part of diverse and international practices, at 39 Essex ChambersJonathan Bellamy and Karishma Vora are instructed in a range of Middle Eastern matters including high-stakes and novel DIFC Courts litigation. Vora represents a DMCC-based co-defendant in Emirates NBD Bank v KBBO CPG Investment, a matter referred to the Joint Judicial Tribunal involving an allegedly forged guarantee, while also in the DIFC Bellamy is instructed for the defendant in Orient Insurance v Hazel Middle East, concerning the public policy limits on exclusion clauses in trade credit insurance.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Karishma Vora39 Essex ChambersA very hard working lawyer, who is always ready to go the extra mile for her client. Her written advocacy is of a high standard and she is able to break come complicated issues and present them is a simplified and persuasive manner.