Akash Gohil

Call: 2018

Akash enjoys a busy commercial chancery practice with an emphasis on commercial disputes, banking and finance, insolvency and property. He is regularly instructed by individuals, international companies and financial institutions.

Before practicing as a barrister Akash worked in the Global Litigation team of an international energy major, assisting on a shipping arbitration claim, a pre-litigation JV dispute in the renewable energy sector and various complex commercial disputes in upstream and downstream oil and gas sectors up to the Supreme Court. In this role Akash gained experience of the commercial realities of litigation for a multinational company.

Akash previously worked for a national business organisation representing the views of SMEs and FTSE 100 companies in the Brexit negotiations. This entailed consulting and advising companies on Brexit regulatory and policy issues and ensuring their needs were accounted for in the negotiations by lobbying UK MPs, civil servants, regulators and EU institutions. Akash gave evidence on these issues to the House of Lords Brexit Liaison Group. The role developed his advocacy and commercial pragmatism when balancing various sector needs in a high-pressured environment.

Commercial

Akash’s practice incorporates a wide range of commercial disputes. He is regularly instructed on matters concerning company, contract, agency, debt, and the sale and provision of goods and services.

His recent work includes:

  • Drafting Particulars of Claim in an international commercial dispute relating to non-delivery of equipment for the operation of a Mongolian metal powder production plant (assisting Jonathan Miller as a pupil).
  • Successfully obtaining a Norwich Pharmacal order against a bank in relation to an underlying commercial dispute between a Russian national and its lawyers.
  • Drafting Particulars of Claim for unpaid invoices for the hire of civil engineering equipment.
  • Drafting Particulars of Claim in relation to defective repairs of a motorcycle.
  • Drafting Defence in relation to brokerage fees payable for the introduction of an employment candidate.
  • Successfully obtaining Summary Judgment in relation to enforcement of an adjudication award of sums due under a JCT Building Contract .
  • Successfully obtaining damages for unpaid consultancy fees at trial.
  • Drafting a Part 8 Application in relation to enforcement of a judgment debt against a deceased’s estate.

Banking & financial services

Akash regularly represents major banks and financial institutions at interim hearings and trial. He has particular experience of matters involving undisclosed commission, hire-purchase agreements, motor finance, PPI claims and unfair relationships under the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

His recent work includes:

  • Advising a bank in respect of potential claims involving undisclosed commission and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Multiple instructions as sole counsel for Defendant banks in interim applications and trials arising from the alleged non-disclosure of commission in respect of motor finance.
  • Advising and representing Claimant at trial for non-payment of a loan involving issues of construction.

Insolvency & restructuring

Akash is a regular presence at the High Court and has gained experience of a broad range of insolvency work.

His recent work includes:

  • Instructions at short notice to set aside a statutory demand involving parallel litigation in the BVI.
  • Successfully representing petitioning creditors at winding up petitions.
  • Successfully resisting HMRC’s attempt to wind up a company.

Property

Akash undertakes a range of commercial and residential property work.

His recent work includes:

  • Enforcing a Party Wall award as a Civil Debt in the Magistrates’ Court
  • Instructions to obtain forfeiture of a lease of a 7-figure valued property.
  • Appearing in interim hearings and in a multi-track trial concerning whether the freeholders had unreasonably refused consent for leaseholder alterations and removal of restrictions from the title register.
  • Defending a landlord at trial against alleged statutory breaches of tenancy deposit protection laws.
  • Acting in possession hearings based on Section 8 and/or 21 Notices.

Education

  • Durham University: LLB (Hons), 2:1
  • Nottingham Law School: BPTC (Very Competent)

Awards

  • Exhibition Scholarship, Inner Temple
  • Poland Prize, Inner Temple
  • Baker McKenzie Advocacy Prize, Durham University
  • BPTC Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, Nottingham Law School
  • Winner: Durham Clifford Chance Palatinate Shield Moot
  • Winner: Ropewalk Chambers BPTC Moot
  • Runner-up: Gray’s Inn Senior Moot

Publications

Memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • Society of Asian Lawyers

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Barrister: Akash Gohil

Address: 1EC, 3 King’s Bench Walk North, Inner Temple, London, EC4Y 7HR

The Purposes for which Personal Data is Processed:

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  2. representation in court;
  3. the drafting of legal documents.

It may also be necessary to retain personal data for conflict-checking purposes or for use in the defense of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes.

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Such data will only be processed where processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.

Who will receive Personal Data

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  4. other barristers, pupil barristers and other legal representatives;
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The retention period will be reviewed when the work has been completed. The retention period may be adjusted at that time.

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