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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.
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.
Acted for the Lord Chancellor in resisting permission to judicially review the process of setting the personal injury discount rate under the Damages Act 1996 (with Timothy Otty QC).
Acting for the Serious Fraud Office in a High Court claim for declaratory relief concerning legal professional privilege in the context of a corporate-self report (with Jonathan Fisher QC and James Segan).
Counsel to an investigation into how the internet is used to facilitate child sexual abuse and exploitation. The investigation 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.
Acted for the claimants in a judicial review of the removal of the exemption for renewable source electricity from the Climate Change Levy (with Michael Fordham QC and Jason Pobjoy).
Advised on a matter relating to the disciplinary rules for the bar (with Michael Beloff QC).
Acted for the Defendant in a costs application arising from judicial review proceedings.
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  1 NZLR 666;  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.
Advising a trans man resident in Hong Kong on challenging the failure by Her Majesty's Passport Office to amend the gender marker on his British National (Overseas) Passports from female to male (with Timothy Otty QC).
Acted for the Claimant in a challenge under art 6 ECHR and art 47 of the Charter of Rights to an assertion of immunity by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development against a claim for race and disability discrimination.
Advised Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in relation to its inspection reports.
Advised the Metropolitan Police on legal questions arising from an investigation into phone hacking (with Michael Beloff QC).
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.
Acted for a Defendant in a claim under s.90 FSMA (with Andrew George QC).
Advised on a proposed claim in negligence and for breach of the FCA Conduct of Business Sourcebook for losses incurred in commodities trading.
Advised on the merits of a proposed claim under the FCA Conduct of Business Sourcebook and at common law in relation to anticipated losses under a collective investment scheme, as well as the scope of the jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Advised on compliance obligations under the FCA approved persons regime arising from the purchase of an insurance broking business.
Advised the FCA on consequential changes to the FCA Handbook arising from the implementation of the Mortgage Credit Directive 2014/17/EU.
Assisted Andrew Hunter QC and Andrew George in a Commercial Court trial of a claim of breach of contract and a counterclaim of misrepresentation arising from the failure of a currency trading system.
Advising and assisting the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority with an investigation into the conduct of an insurance intermediary.
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 ( EWHC 3749 (Ch)), the Competition Appeal Tribunal ( CAT 14;  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.
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.
Acted for the respondent to an application in the Bankruptcy and Companies Court to set aside a statutory demand.
Acted for the Claimant in a High Court claim for the enforcement of intellectual property relating to ‘smart’ water meters (with Michael Bloch QC).
Acting for the Claimant in a High Court claim for breach of the Conduct of Business Sourcebook in relation to losses incurred from the failure of a collective investment scheme.
Acted for the Claimant in an application for summary judgment in the High Court against two Malaysian companies for breach of guarantees.
Acting for an employer in a High Court claim against a former employee for overpaid commission and misuse of a credit card.
Acted for the claimant in an application for winding-up for the failure to repay a debt arising from an investment agreement.
Acted for the Claimant in an application for summary judgment in a claim for breach of contract in the County Court.
Acted for the Claimant in a claim arising from the theft of bitcoins from a bitcoin exchange.
Advised Camelot on the merits of a claim to a prize in the National Lottery.
Eesvan has advised on a wide variety of environmental law matters, in particular various questions relating to the Air Quality Directive 2008/50/EC.
Advised a NGO on its consultation response to the Government’s plans to bring the UK into compliance with the Air Quality Directive.
Advised an NGO on the Air Quality Directive for the purpose of its consultation response to a proposal to widen a major motorway.
Advised an NGO on possible grounds on which to challenge the Government’s proposal to scrap the ‘Zero Carbon Homes’ policy.
LLB (Dist.) and BCom (Dist.) (Auckland); BCL (Dist.) and DPhil in Law (Oxon) (Rhodes Scholar)
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