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.

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

Julia is available to accept appointments as an arbitrator both in England and abroad.  She currently has several appointments under LCIA and LMAA terms but is happy to act under SIAC, ICC or other institutional rules.  She has successfully mediated in her field of expertise.

She is 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 has a working knowledge of Russian and Italian.

Recent reported cases include General Construction Ltd v Chue Wing & Co Ltd – [2013] UKPC30 (duty of care and force majeure under the French Code Civile as applied in Mauritian law) and E & Ors v M [2013] EWHC 895 (Comm) (arbitral proceedings, ship arrest, contempt of court, enforcement and freezing injunctions).