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Eesvan practises across most of Chambers’ areas of work, with a particular emphasis on public law and human rights, environmental law, financial services, and competition law. He has worked on cases before a wide range of tribunals and courts, including the county courts, the employment tribunals, the First-tier and Upper tribunals, and the High Court.
Eesvan is one of the counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, assigned to an investigation into the use of the internet to facilitate child sexual abuse and exploitation.In 2014-2015, Eesvan spent five months on secondment to the Financial Conduct Authority.
Prior to joining Chambers, Eesvan was a barrister at Shortland Chambers in New Zealand, where he had a broad commercial litigation practice.
Eesvan, a Rhodes Scholar, graduated with a DPhil in Law from the University of Oxford in 2014.
Eesvan has acted in a wide range of public and regulatory matters, concerning subjects as diverse as the withdrawal of green energy subsidies, phone hacking, and the regulation of the bar.
Eesvan is currently one of the junior counsel to one of the constituent investigations of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual abuse. He is 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.
Acting for the Serious Fraud Office in a claim for declaratory relief concerning legal professional privilege in the context of a criminal investigation of allegations of fraud, bribery, and corruption (with Tony Peto 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 Claimant in a challenge to 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 Claimant in a proposed FOIA appeal concerning the security services (with Tom Hickman).
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 carried out research in the field. His particular interests are access to justice, the right to property, and the relationship between national security and human rights.
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.
Acting 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 advised on a 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.
Eesvan has a keen interest in financial services law. He 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.
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 (CONC and MCOB) 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.
Advised on a proposed claim in negligence and for breach of the FCA Conduct of Business Sourcebook for losses incurred in commodities trading.
Acted for a Defendant in a claim under s.90 FSMA (with Andrew George QC).
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.
Acted for a financial services firm in the defense of a county court claim brought by a former agent.
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.
Eesvan is one of the counsel acting for the claimants in a substantial follow-on damages claims in the Chancery Division relating to the setting of interchange fees by MasterCard (with Kieron Beal QC, Tristan Jones, and Andrew Scott).
Eesvan has also conducted training in EU competition law.
Having studied and taught economics, Eesvan has a comfort with the economic aspects 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 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.
Acting for an employer in a High Court claim against a former employee for overpaid commission and misuse of a credit card.
Acting for the respondent to an application in the Bankruptcy and Companies Court to set aside a statutory demand.
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 a High Court claim for the enforcement of intellectual property relating to ‘smart’ water meters (with Michael Bloch QC).
Acted for the Claimant in an application for summary judgment in the High Court against two Malaysian companies for breach of guarantees.
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.
LLB (Dist.) and BCom (Dist.) (Auckland); BCL (Dist.) and DPhil in Law (Oxon) (Rhodes Scholar)
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