Julia Dias joined 7KBW in 1985, having already worked for a year as an Assistante Associée at the Institute of Comparative Law in Paris. After taking a career break from 1998-2000, she worked for three years as a part-time Legal Consultant and in-house barrister with leading City solicitors, Eversheds, attached to the insurance group of their Litigation Department. She returned to private practice in April 2003 and took silk in 2008.
Julia’s principal areas of practice are in the fields of insurance and reinsurance, arbitration, shipping and professional negligence (mainly insurance brokers and solicitors).
In addition she has wide experience of commercial disputes generally and over the years has built up considerable expertise in many other areas of commercial law such as agency, conflicts of laws, guarantees and letters of credit, injunctions, international trade, jurisdiction issues, sale of goods and shipbuilding. She has also been instructed in construction and oil and gas disputes.
Recent reported cases include General Construction Ltd -&- Chue Wing & Co Ltd – Privy Council (2013) UKPC30, dealing with duty of care; force majeure and foreign jurisdictions and LMAA Arbitration (2013) EWHC 895, dealing with Arbitral proceedings; arrest; contempt of court; enforcement; freezing injunctions.
Julia acts as an arbitrator and is happy to accept appointments both in the UK and abroad. She has successfully mediated in her field of expertise.
Julia is co-authoring the forthcoming new edition of Carver on charterparties.
Julia is also a member of the Gibraltar Bar, to which she was called in 1994.