Karishma has the rare expertise of being dual qualified in India and England. This makes her an attractive choice for matters involving either or both jurisdictions. She was a litigator in Mumbai for six years before relocating to London in 2009 and continues to be a favourite amongst Indian solicitors and clients.
Karishma has a busy commercial litigation and international arbitration practice. Her experience ranges from interim applications (such as summary actions, anti suit injunctions and default judgments) to complex cross-border trials where one or more legs of the proceedings is abroad such as before the National Company Law Tribunal in India, the US Federal Courts or Cyprus winding up courts.
She specialises in business and banking disputes such as shareholder disputes, directors duties, loan defaults, guarantees, swaps and breaches of general commercial contracts.
She has been instructed before the Privy Council, the Court of Appeal, the High Court, County Courts and Tribunals. Her international practice includes being instructed in matters before the Bombay High Court and arbitrations seated in India or Singapore.
Karishma has developed significant expertise in international arbitration. She has been instructed on behalf of companies in the power, cement, automobile and sugar sectors. She is well versed with LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc arbitrations in both England and India.
Karishma is an alumna of the London School of Economics (LSE) and has taught commercial law at the LSE Summer School. She has lectured on international arbitration and recently represented the Bar Council of England & Wales at an arbitration lecture series in Brazil. Her charitable work extends to the Bar Pro Bono Unit and Thomson Reuters’ TrustLaw.
Karishma is able to accept instructions directly from lay clients under the ‘Public Access Scheme’ and also has the ‘Right to Conduct Litigation’.
Scholarships and Prizes
Karishma won the ‘Rising Star Award’ conferred by The Lawyer Monthly Women In Law Awards 2016 Click here
Karishma was nominated for the Rising Star Award at the Society of Asian Lawyers Annual Awards 2015
BSc (Hons), LLB (first)
London School of Economics entrance grant
The Mahindra United World College entrance scholarship
The Leela Moolgaokar Award for academic excellence
Karishma won the ‘Commercial Disputes Lawyer of the Year’ conferred by The Lawyer Monthly Women In Law Awards 2017
Gray’s Inn Barristers’ Committee (January 2014 – January 2017)
The COMBAR (Commercial Bar Association) and Combar India subcommittee
The IBA (International Bar Association)
The London School of Economics Lawyers Alumni Association
The Wellington Gymkhana Club, India
Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi
Indian arbitration law: roundup of 2015, authored by Karishma Vora Full article
Indian arbitration law: roundup of 2014, authored by Karishma Vora Full article
Seminar on Indian startup law Full seminar video
Article on Extraditing Indians out of UK Full article
Seminar on Third Party Funding in international arbitration Full seminar video
Seminar on Freezing Injunctions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcddurdgwOc
Seminar on Jurisdiction clauses in Cross Border Agreements https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OmpKu49HYk
How to exit a contract – Rescission and repudiatory breaches. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PyVoJvlY0k
Zee New interview on extraditing Indians from the UK to India (March 2017) Full interview video
The Lawyer Monthly (October 2016) Full interview
LiveLaw.in (July 2016) Full interview
Conservative Friends of India (March 2015) Full interview
Article by invitation for the alumni section of Government Law College’s annual magazine MeLAWnge (April 2014) Full article
LegallyIndia (October 2013) Full interview