Eesvan was called to the bar in 2013, after practising as a commercial barrister in New Zealand and completing a doctorate in law at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He has a wide-ranging practice, encompassing public law and regulatory disputes, human rights, financial services, competition law, commercial litigation, and environmental law. He has appeared in the county courts, the High Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Eesvan is also sole counsel to the investigation by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse into the use of the internet to facilitate the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

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Public & Regulatory

Eesvan has acted in and advised on a wide range of public law and regulatory matters as diverse as the withdrawal of green energy subsidies, phone hacking, the regulation of the bar, the setting of the personal injury discount rate, and (in one of The Lawyer's Top 20 Cases of 2017, SFO v ENRC) questions of legal professional privilege in the context of a corporate self-report to the Serious Fraud Office.

Eesvan is currently counsel to one of the constituent investigations of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual abuse. The investigation concerns how the internet is used to facilitate child sexual abuse and exploitation and will cover matters such as the regulation of the internet industry and the effectiveness of the National Crime Agency and police forces at detecting and responding to such abuse.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Eesvan has a long-standing interest in civil liberties and human rights, having  lectured, volunteered, and researched in the field.

Prior to joining Chambers, Eesvan assisted counsel for the detainee in Zaoui v Attorney General [2005] 1 NZLR 666; [2006] 1 NZLR 289 (SC), New Zealand’s first case of detention on the grounds of national security.

Eesvan co-founded student pro bono programmes at the two universities in which he studied. In 2005, he co-founded The Equal Justice Project, the first such programme at the University of Auckland. In 2009, he co-founded Oxford Legal Assistance, the first undergraduate pro bono law clinic at the University of Oxford.

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Financial Services

Eesvan has a keen interest in financial services law and has acted in a number of financial services disputes, including (led by Andrew George QC) in one of the first proceedings for compensation under s.90 FSMA (compensation for statements in listing particulars of prospectus). He has also advised on a wide range of financial services matters, such as the approved persons regime, the scope of the Conduct of Business sourcebook, responsibilities in relation to appointed representatives, pensions regulations, and the jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Eesvan is currently advising and assisting the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority with an investigation into the conduct of an insurance intermediary.

In 2014-2015, Eesvan was seconded to the Financial Conduct Authority for five months, where he worked in the General Counsel’s Division. Eesvan’s primary responsibility was to draft an FCA rules instrument amending the FCA Handbook to implement part of the Mortgage Credit Directive 2014/17/EU. Eesvan also advised on a variety of other matters such as the supervision of firms and the scope of the FCA’s regulatory responsibilities.

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EU & Competition

Eesvan is one of the counsel acting for the claimants in a substantial follow-on damages claim in the Chancery Division arising from the setting of interchange fees by MasterCard. The substantive claim is ongoing but there have been judgments on various issues to date in the Chancery Division ([2015] EWHC 3749 (Ch)), the Competition Appeal Tribunal ([2017] CAT 14; [2017] Bus LR 63], and the Court of Appeal (judgment pending).

Eesvan has also conducted training in EU competition law. 

Having studied and taught economics, Eesvan has a comfort with the economics of competition law. 

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Commercial

Eesvan has acted in a wide range of commercial matters, including contractual disputes in the county courts and High Court litigation (both led and un-led), with a particular emphasis on legal disputes relating to emerging technologies. Eesvan also has a developing practice in insolvency law. 

Prior to joining Chambers, Eesvan practised as a barrister at Shortland Chambers, New Zealand, appearing in and assisting other counsel with a broad range of contractual, employment, agency, planning disputes before the New Zealand High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court.

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Environment

Eesvan has advised on a wide variety of environmental law matters, in particular various questions relating to the Air Quality Directive 2008/50/EC.

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Achievements

Education

LLB (Dist.) and BCom (Dist.) (Auckland); BCL (Dist.) and DPhil in Law (Oxon) (Rhodes Scholar)

Prizes & Scholarships

  • Rhodes Scholarship, 2007–2010
  • Merton College Prize Scholarship, 2010
  • Modern Law Review Scholarship, 2009–2011
  • Member of winning team, Global Business Challenge, Seattle, 2004
  • A.G. Davis and Sir Alexander Johnstone Scholarships in Law, University of Auckland, 2004
  • Prizes, Economics and International Business, University of Auckland, 2004

Publications

  • “Private Speculations and the Public Interest: N. C. Kelkar’s Land Acquisition Bill” [2013] Socio-Legal Review 127
  • “Assessing the Value of Contract Economics” [2005] Auckland U. L. Rev 116

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