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Rupert D’Cruz QC

Rupert D’Cruz QC

Silk: 2021 | Call: 1989

“Extraordinarily knowledgeable on all matters relating to the CIS”

Chambers Global and Legal 500

Rupert D’Cruz QC

“Extraordinarily knowledgeable on all matters relating to the CIS”

Chambers Global and Legal 500


Rupert D’Cruz QC specialises in commercial and chancery litigation and international arbitration. His principal areas of practice are:
  • Commercial Contract Disputes
  • Civil Fraud and Asset Tracing
  • Company and Shareholder Disputes
  • Banking and Securities
  • Sale of Goods
  • Chancery, Equity and Trust Disputes
  • International Arbitration (in particular under LCIA, ICC, SCC Rules and Bilateral Investment Treaty disputes)
  • Injunctive Relief
  • Private International Law

Rupert has been recognised as a leading barrister in commercial litigation and international arbitration by Chambers and Partners UK, Chambers & Partners Global and The Legal 500 which have commended him as “very bright” “commercially astute” and “extremely responsive”. He has been cited in these publications for his “profound knowledge of the law” and as “an excellent draftsman” who “stands out for his quick mastery of the law as applied to the facts”; “anticipates any pitfalls very effectively” and is “very good on detail”.

Rupert’s advocacy has been repeatedly recognised by other lawyers who have worked with him. His peers are recorded in Chambers and Legal 500 as commenting that “his advocacy is excellent” and have “singled him out for his authoritative arguments in court” and for succeeding in obtaining the relevant responses without being aggressive”.  

Rupert’s niche expertise in Russian & CIS related disputes is widely recognised. Chambers, Chambers Global and Legal 500 have described him as being “Extraordinarily knowledgeable on all matters relating to the CIS” and noted that “his Russian language skills and substantial understanding of local market practice make him a strong asset in CIS-linked disputes. As such, the directories have commended him as “excellent for CIS work”, and a good choice for cases in need of a cerebral Russian/CIS expert” He is 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 Russia and the CIS:

  • Bar Council International Committee representative for Russia and the CIS
  • 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 parties.

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