Julia Dias graduated from Cambridge University in 1981 with a triple 1st in law.  She joined 7KBW in 1985 as their first female tenant and built up a formidable reputation as a leading commercial junior before taking a career break in 1998, following which she worked as a part-time in-house barrister in the insurance litigation group of City solicitors, Eversheds.  She returned to private practice in April 2003 and took silk in 2008.   For personal reasons, Julia was obliged to curtail her workload severely between 2014 and 2016 but is now looking forward to rebuilding a full-time practice.    

Julia’s principal areas of practice are in the fields of arbitration, shipping, insurance and reinsurance 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 been instructed in construction and oil and gas disputes.

Julia is a member of the Gibraltar Bar, to which she was called in 1994.

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.

She is co-author of the new edition of Carver on Charterparties, to which she contributed the chapter on Time Charters.

Julia is conversationally fluent in French and has a working knowledge of Russian and Italian.

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 (Comm.), dealing with Arbitral proceedings, arrest, contempt of court, enforcement and freezing injunctions.