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Rupert D’Cruz QC

Rupert D’Cruz QC

Silk: 2021 |

"An excellent barrister. Very considered, pleasant and efficient. A great team-player and extremely knowledgeable in particular in the CIS space."

Legal 500

“Extraordinarily knowledgeable on all matters relating to the CIS”

Chambers Global and Legal 500

Rupert D’Cruz QC

"An excellent barrister. Very considered, pleasant and efficient. A great team-player and extremely knowledgeable in particular in the CIS space."

Legal 500

“Extraordinarily knowledgeable on all matters relating to the CIS”

Chambers Global and Legal 500

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Rupert D’Cruz is a Queen’s Counsel specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration.

His practice focuses on:

  • Company, Shareholder and Joint Venture disputes
  • Civil Fraud and Asset Tracing
  • Banking, Finance and Securities
  • Sale of Goods
  • General Commercial Contract issues (including misrepresentation; termination rights; and limitation of liability clauses)
  • Chancery, Equity and Trust
  • Injunctive Relief (including freezing injunctions (pre and post-judgment) and anti-suit injunctions)
  • Private International Law (establishing and challenging jurisdiction; governing law issues; and recognition/enforcement of foreign judgments.
  • Sanctions (and their effect on commercial contracts)

Chambers UK, Chambers Global and Legal 500 have commended Rupert for his “profound knowledge of the law”; “excellent advocacy” (noting his “authoritative arguments in court”); and for his ‘skilful drafting’.

He has also been singled out for his strategic acumen. The directories describe him as “commercially astute” and record his peers as praising him for anticipating any pitfalls very effectively”, his “good judgment” and for being “very good on detail”. 

 Rupert’s international arbitration experience includes disputes under the auspices of the LCIA, ICC and ad hoc; challenging, and defending challenges, to arbitral awards; applications for interim relief in support of arbitral proceedings (freezing injunctions and security for costs applications); and appointments as arbitrator (including in a presiding role).

Through years of experience working across the CIS/FSU region, Rupert has developed a niche expertise in CIS/FSU-related disputes. Chambers UK, Chambers Global and Legal 500 have described him as being “extraordinarily knowledgeable on all matters relating to the CIS”, commenting that “his Russian language skills and substantial understanding of local market practice make him a strong asset in CIS-linked disputes. 

Rupert has developed extensive knowledge of the Civil Codes and corporate and insolvency laws of a number of CIS/FSU countries (Ukraine; Kazakhstan; Russia; Belarus). As a result, he has a sophisticated understanding of their application in commercial and civil fraud disputes before the English courts and in international arbitrations. A number of Rupert’s cases have involved the application of local law on: limitation (including the commencement, suspension and recommencement of the limitation period); contractual interpretation; setting aside transactions for want of corporate approval; directors’ and agents’ duties; shareholder rights; and delict, unfounded enrichment and abuse of rights (particularly in the context of fraud and conspiracy claims); creditors’ rights; and the proprietorial rights of spouses. Rupert has substantial experience of working with local law experts in relation to the preparation of complex expert evidence and in cross-examining opposing experts on local law issues.

As a result, the directories have recommended him as “excellent for CIS work”and “a good choice for cases in need of a cerebral CIS expert”.  He is also regularly instructed to provide expert opinions on English law issues for use in CIS court proceedings.

Rupert holds the following positions of responsibility in relation to the CIS/FSU:

  • English Bar Council’s representative for the CIS/FSU
  • Secretary of the British-Russian Law Association (BRLA)
  • Secretary of the British-Kazakh Law Association (BrKLA)
  • Rupert also sits as arbitrator in LCIA arbitrations involving CIS/FSU parties.

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Russia/CIS

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