BHARAT CHUGH

FORMER JUDGE & PARTNER, LUTHRA & LUTHRA PARTNERS

Bharat graduated in law in 2011 and practiced independently as a litigator for about 2 years. In 2013, at the age of 23, he secured first rank in the prestigious Delhi Judicial Service Examination (DJS) and joined as the youngest Civil Judge /Metropolitan Magistrate in his batch.

Bharat trained both at the Delhi and the National Judicial Academy and served in various civil/criminal assignments in three and half years of judgeship.

In 2016 and at the age of 27, he resigned from judgeship in order to return to the practice of law.

Currently, as a Partner at L&L Partners, Bharat advises and represents clients on a wide range of issues with a strong focus on International Commercial Arbitration, Corporate Criminal Liability and White Collar Crime, Anti-Corruption and Anti-money Laundering Laws, Complex Contractual/Commercial Litigation, Constitutional matters, Private International Law, MLATs, Extradition and issues relating to Cyber-Crime, Artificial Intelligence, Big-Data and Social Media.

Bharat also currently serves as a member of the prestigious Young SIAC (Singapore International Arbitration Centre) committee– representing India. YSIAC aims to promote the use of international arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, both regionally and internationally. YSIAC provides a platform for young professionals to work together to address the unique challenges faced by the legal and business communities across a diverse range of Asian jurisdictions and cultures.

Bharat has also served on various prestigious committees, including the Delhi High Court Committee on Arbitration where he helped the institution (Delhi International Arbitration Centre) streamline its functioning by, amongst other things, overhauling its Rules.

Bharat has a keen interest in academics and has delivered talks/conducted work-shops on a wide spectrum of legal issues, for media persons, business leaders, teachers, Indian and foreign judges/lawyers, IPS officers, on topics ranging from ‘Cross examination in Arbitrations’ to ‘Defence strategies in cases of corporate criminal liability’.

Bharat has also spoken/written extensively about issues relating to judging & justice, civil and criminal trial processes, topics such as – ‘The Art of Writing a Judgment’, commercial laws such as Commercial Courts Act, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (“IBC”), Extradition, Anti-Money Laundering laws, Economic offences; issues relating to cyber-crime, electronic evidence, amongst others.

Bharat has conducted training programmess and delivered talks/participated in panel discussions organised by ASSOCHAM, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”), State Judicial Academies, National Police Academy, Legal Services Authorities, IIHS, Law Schools, ICSE, Legislative discussions at various Ministries, Centre for Civil Society, amongst others. Bharat has also advised/is advising various committees on legal reforms and legal policy making.

Bharat is also extremely passionate about pro bonolawyering, teaching and mentoring aspiring future judges. Bharat was also appointed as amicus curiae and went on to represent a number of unrepresented defendants in serious criminal cases as a ‘friend of the Court’ before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi. He argued in as many as 12 serious criminal cases on single day and assisted the Hon’ble Delhi High Court (hearing Criminal Appeals) in deciding a huge number of criminals appeal on a single day, thereby helping the court set new standards of efficiency, while at the same time – ensuring competent legal representation and a fair trial for these defendants who could not afford proper counsel.

Bharat is also extremely passionate about writing and his views regularly feature in legal journals, newspapers such as Indian Express, Business Standard, Hindu, MINT, Business-line, CNBC TV-18, Financial Express, Bloomberg Quint, and other websites/magazines.

Bharat was also featured as one of the “rising stars” on the Indian legal scene by Lexis Nexis in the book titled:’On the Rise: Inspiring Stories of Young Legal Professionals in India’, published in 2017.

INBA recently awarded Bharat the Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2018.