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 rapidly acquired a formidable reputation as a leading commercial junior before taking silk in 2008. She is also a member of the Gibraltar Bar, to which she was called in 1994.

Julia’s principal areas of practice, in which she has extensive experience, are in arbitration, shipping, insurance and reinsurance and professional negligence, including associated jurisdiction disputes and injunctions.  She is regularly asked to provide expert evidence for use in proceedings abroad, and to give binding and non-binding opinions on particular points.

She also has wide experience of commercial disputes generally and over the years has built up considerable expertise in many other areas such as international trade and sale of goods, shipbuilding, conflicts of laws, guarantees and letters of credit, and agency. She has been instructed in construction and oil and gas disputes.

Julia sits as a Deputy High Court Judge. She also sits as an arbitrator and is available to accept appointments both in England and abroad. She is a member of the LCIA and CIArb and a supporting member of the LMAA. Julia is a qualified mediator and has successfully mediated in her field of expertise.

She is a co-author of the new edition of Carver on Charterparties (published April 2017), to which she contributed the chapter on Time Charters.

Julia is conversationally fluent in French and competent in Russian with a working knowledge of Italian and a basic understanding of German.