Raj Arumugam > Chambers of Penelope Reed > London, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of Penelope Reed
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Raj has a broad Commercial Chancery practice with a particular emphasis on Trusts and Offshore, Insolvency, Company and Commercial litigation.

Raj has been involved in major offshore disputes such as the Investec Trust v. Glenalla litigation as well as leading insolvency and company law cases, such as recently representing the successful liquidator in the landmark decision in System Buildings Services Group Ltd v. Michie [2020] EWHC 54 (Ch).

Before joining the Bar, Raj was a solicitor in the City, qualifying at Herbert Smith in 2002 and then practising for 6 years as a commercial litigator at a leading US law firm. Raj has also spent 6 months seconded to a leading offshore law firm. As a result, Raj is a team player who understands the needs of solicitors and overseas lawyers when instructing counsel.

Raj has been appointed to the Attorney General’s B Panel of Junior Counsel. He regularly represents and advises Government departments and public bodies including HMRC, HM Treasury, BEIS, the DfE, the MoD, the Official Receiver, Companies House and the DVLA. In 2008, Raj served as a Judicial Assistant in the Court of Appeal (working principally for the then Lady Justice Arden). This gave Raj an invaluable insight into appellate work.


Called 2008


Raj is a member of the Chancery Bar Association and the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association and an Associate Member of R3.


Raj read law at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 2008.


Raj is a keen musician (trumpet), having undertaken a postgraduate performance diploma (graduating with distinction) at the Royal Academy of Music after university. Raj is a trustee of NMC Recordings, a music charity devoted to recording the works of British contemporary classical music.