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.

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Public & Regulatory

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.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

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 [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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Environment

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

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Financial Services

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.

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EU & Competition

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. 

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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 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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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
  • Finalist, Stout Shield Moot Competition, University of Auckland, 2005
  • 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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