Manisha Meetarbhan | Associate | BLC Robert

Background

Since joining BLC Robert, Manisha has been involved in commercial litigation, arbitration and transactional matters. She has assisted in a variety of litigation matters, including injunctions, statutory demands (and setting aside thereof), as well as a number of court applications under the Insolvency Act.

Manisha forms part of the dispute team at BLC Robert and as such she regularly acts as counsel both in litigation and arbitration matters. She practises civil law, with a focus on insurance law and contractual matters. Manisha also regularly acts as junior counsel in complex commercial litigations and international arbitrations.

Manisha has co-authored a book published by BLC Robert entitled “Why Mauritius? A National Court in Support of International Arbitration” in 2016. She has contributed to several online publications on international arbitration, as well as DOCDEX Rules published by the ICC and which relate to disputes arising under letters of credit. Manisha has attended a number of arbitration related events and has been a speaker at the Africa Legal Network’s Academy Arbitration conference held in Nairobi in July 2018.


Membership in Professional Societies

  • Mauritius Bar Association
  • The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Professional Qualifications

2005-2008: BA (Hons) in Law and Management, University of Mauritius

2008-2009: LL.M (Corporate Finance Law), University of Westminster, UK

2010-2012: LL.B (Hons), College of Law, UK

2012: Called to the Bar of England and Wales

2014: Called to the Bar of Mauritius

2017: Admitted as fellow to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators


Career Summary

2019 – DATE: Associate, BLC Robert

2014 – 2018: Senior Legal Executive, BLC Robert

MAR 2013 – JAN 2014: Pupil, BLC Robert

DEC 2012 – MARCH 2013: Pupil, Mardemootoo Solicitors

MAY2008 – AUG 2008: Legal trainee, International Financial Services


Areas of Expertise

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Injunctions
  • Insurance Law
  • Domestic and international arbitration

Top Matters

  • Advising to Quantum Insurance on general legal matters and Court proceedings.
  • Assisting in obtaining exequatur in favour of a judgment creditor in the sum of approx USD 100 Million.
  • Assisting in the refinancing of a USD 45 Million murabaha loan made to a Mauritian entity.
  • Assisting in a number of shareholder disputes before the Commercial Division of the Mauritian Courts.
  • Assisting in a domestic arbitration for a large petrol conglomerate against a retail dealer.
  • Acting for a five-star hotel owner in arbitration proceedings initiated by the hotel manager for more than USD 2 million of fees and the eventual amicable settlement.
  • Acting for a group of companies in an international arbitration claim against them of approximately EUR 12 Million in relation to breach of contract.
  • Acting for the Applicant before Mauritian Courts in an application resisting the enforcement of a US Award for an amount of approximately USD 2 Million.
  • Acting for the Respondent in an arbitration dispute among shareholders of a Mauritian company.
  • Acting for the Respondent in a domestic arbitration in relation to a construction dispute amounting to approximately MUR 2 Million.
  • Regularly appearing for an international bank in relation to debt recovery cases.