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I joined London South Bank University in 2021, where I am leading modules on Contract Law and International Sale of Goods. I completed my PhD research on International Investment Arbitration on a full scholarship provided by the University of Surrey, UK. Previously, I attained advanced academic qualifications that include two Masters’ degrees: an LL.M degree from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Business Law Degree from National Law School, Bengaluru for which I was awarded the P.K Das Memorial Gold Medal for securing the highest marks. I also held academic positions at three different universities in India.

Courses taught

Law - LLB (Hons)

Law - PhD / MRes

International Commercial Law - LLM

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
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PhD

University of Surrey

2017
2021
LL.M

London School of Economics

2009
2010
Masters in Business Law

National Law School of India University

2007
2009
Tutor
University of Surrey

Delivered seminars during teaching cycles on International Trade and Investment Law, Land Law, and Contract Law to undergraduate students by combining a mixture of enquiry based and traditional learning techniques. Facilitated and moderated classroom discussions. Responsibilities included preparation of comprehensive and diverse teaching materials, evaluating formative and summative assessments, monitoring attendance. Supported skill development by evaluating student performance and providing constructive feedback in one-to-one meeting during office hours either in person or virtually.

2018
2020
Education
Principal Associate/Senior Associate
Nanavati & Nanavati Advocates, India

Accountable for the expert management of a caseload of commercial arbitration and corporate law matters for both domestic and international clients. Delivered expert legal advice and opinions to clients and provided representation at arbitration proceedings. Leveraged strong negotiation skills to resolve complex commercial disputes. Drafted, developed, and reviewed all transactions and legal documentation. Led and motivated the legal team to achieve all objectives, providing support and guidance as required. Collaborated with external counsel across specialised or contentious legal areas. Maintained compliance and managed commercial legal matters.

• Promoted to the role of Principal Associate following exceptional performance and delivery of outstanding client service, with success attracting and retaining key clients.

• Played a key role in an ICC arbitration (value over $50M), involving an Indian market leader in the chromium castings manufacturing sector and a Netherlands-based business entity.

2016
2017
Commercial/industry
Assistant Professor
Unitedworld School of Law, Karnavati University, India

Prepared extensive teaching materials and delivered lectures on Jurisprudence, Contract, and Company Law modules to undergraduate students. Responsible for preparing question paper for University wide final examination on Jurisprudence, Contract, and Company Law. Graded answer scripts as the first examiner for exams conducted by the University. Contributed to development of quarterly newsletters (the News Insight).

• Organised a Seminar ‘Changing Face of Corporates with reference to Amended Provisions of CSR in the Companies Act, 2013’, occasioning participation of eminent judges from the Indian judiciary.

• Delivered company law lectures to post graduate students in the Unitedworld School of Business for Business Management students.

2015
2016
Education
Guest Faculty/Visiting Lecturer
National Law University, Assam, India

Delivered lectures on International Business Transaction and Contract Law to undergraduate students. Graded final examination answer scripts and delivered constructive feedback for student improvement. Prepared a wide range of teaching materials and provided pastoral care.

• Received regular informal commendations for excellent teaching and superlative student performance.

2014
2014
Education
Guest Faculty/Visiting Lecturer
J.B Law College, Assam, India

Delivered lectures on International Labour Law and Contract Law to undergraduate law students.

2014
2014
Education
Associate
Candey Parker Solicitors, London, UK

Provided expert legal counsel on numerous international arbitrations, litigations and disputes for diverse clients. Collaborated extensively with clients, key stakeholders, legal teams and regulatory bodies to ensure optimal service standards and swift dispute resolution. Focal point of contact on contract law and arbitration, including preparation of commercial contracts. Represented in arbitration under ICC, LCIA rules.

• Assisted clients in successfully mediating disputes with counterparties by effective participation in mediation caucuses.

• Defended an anti-suit arbitration involving two FOSFA arbitrations (value $8M), following a contractual supply dispute between two organisations based in India and Europe.

• Directly supported numerous UK scrap metal firms in commercial arbitrations, with claims ranging from $10K to $500K and parties based in Singapore, UAE and India.

• Aided various UK banks in recovery proceedings, including the recovery of over £3M for one banking institution.

• Successfully defended a complex litigation for a high-net-worth client, involving extensive liaison with parties across England, Channel Islands, Dubai, Kosovo, Albania, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry and India.

• Applied expertise of criminal, contract and banking laws as well as cross-border transactions to manage a major international trade fraud case (value $800K), involving collaboration with counter fraud bodies in the UK.

2012
2014
Commercial/industry
Associate
Morgan Walker Solicitors, London, UK

Efficiently managed legal affairs/litigation and provided arbitration services to clients across financial services, IT, media, hospitality, energy, aviation and heavy industrial sectors. Drafted demand notices, witness statements, pleadings and court applications for both contractual and commercial legal matters. Conducted legal reviews and enhanced internal procedures, with focus on minimising risk and liability. Ensured timely preparation of all legal documentation, including settlements and commercial agreements.

• Directly supported a $60M arbitration for a high-net-worth client, relating to a major construction development between African and European business partners.

• Commended for the delivery of expert advice on a dispute relating to a JV agreement between parties based in the US and India, with claims and counter claims equating to c. $10M.

• Contributed to an arbitration for a UK-based media firm in relation to an exclusive broadcasting deal ($7M) with an Indian media and entertainment company.

• Successfully defended a $250K claim for a multinational company involving an ICC pre-arbitral referee procedure and arbitration for finder’s fees for a €30M solar park development.

2010
2012
Commercial/industry
Bar Council of India
2009
Higher Education Academy, UK
2019
Society for Advanced Legal Studies (SALS)
2022
Young International Arbitration Group, London Court of International Arbitration
2014
Young Arbitration & ADR Forum (YAAF), International Chamber of Commerce
2014
Society of International Economic Law
2020
2021
European Society of International Law
2020
2021
Asia Pacific Business Review
2017
2020

Integrating, Reconciling and Prioritising Climate Aspirations in Investor-State Arbitration for a Sustainable Future: The Role of Different Players
Sharma, M. (2022). Integrating, Reconciling and Prioritising Climate Aspirations in Investor-State Arbitration for a Sustainable Future: The Role of Different Players. Journal of World Investment & Trade . 23, p. 744–774. https://doi.org/10.1163/22119000-12340269

Lawyers as Law-Makers in Investor-State Arbitration: Implications for its Legitimacy and Current Reforms
Sharma, M. (2022). Lawyers as Law-Makers in Investor-State Arbitration: Implications for its Legitimacy and Current Reforms. Transnational Dispute Management .

Arbitration Institutes as System Builders
Sharma, M. (2021). Arbitration Institutes as System Builders. Transnational Dispute Management Journal.

A Fair Alternative to Unfair Arbitration: Proposing an Ombudsman Scheme for Consumer Dispute Resolution in the USA
Sharma, M. (2020). A Fair Alternative to Unfair Arbitration: Proposing an Ombudsman Scheme for Consumer Dispute Resolution in the USA. Journal of the International Ombudsman Association .

India’s Approach to China’s Belt and Road Initiative—Opportunities and Concerns
Sharma, M. (2019). India’s Approach to China’s Belt and Road Initiative—Opportunities and Concerns. The Chinese Journal of Global Governance. https://doi.org/10.1163/23525207-12340041

The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Act, 2015 - Introducing an Indirect Regulatory Regime for Arbitrators in India
Sharma, M. (2017). The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Act, 2015 - Introducing an Indirect Regulatory Regime for Arbitrators in India. The Voice [the official magazine of the Gauhati High Court Bar Association, India].

Corporate Governance and CSR under the New Legal Regime
Sharma, M. (2015). Corporate Governance and CSR under the New Legal Regime. Changing Face of Corporates with reference to Amended Provisions of CSR in the Companies Act, 2013. Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India 25 - 26 Jul 2015 Unitedworld School of Law.

Effective Interpretation Of Defective Arbitration Clauses: An International Approach
Sharma, M. (2008). Effective Interpretation Of Defective Arbitration Clauses: An International Approach. Indian Council of Arbitration Quarterly. 43(3).