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Deepak Nagpal KC (England & Wales)   

Call: 2018 (HK); 2002 (England & Wales)
Inner Bar: 2021 (England & Wales)

Profile

‘He is a brilliant advocate; extremely hardworking and dedicated to perfection in every case.’
- Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide, 2023

Deepak focuses on private client cases, ranging from matrimonial to property, trusts and inheritance disputes.

Deepak is especially renowned for his expertise in matrimonial finance, and he is one of the leading barristers practising in such cases in both Hong Kong and England.

He also has a keen interest in equity, restitution and conflict of laws.

Over the years, Deepak has been variously described in legal directories as ‘an amazing advocate’, ‘astonishingly bright’, ‘incredibly hard-working’, and ‘a joy to work with’.

Deepak has appeared at all levels in matrimonial finance proceedings in England, including in the House of Lords and in the UK Supreme Court, where he has acted in some of the biggest and most complicated matrimonial cases. He has appeared in numerous landmark decisions, such as McFarlane; Charman; Crossley; Granatino v Radmacher; Juffali; Gray v Work; and Sharp.

He possesses a wealth of experience in cases involving complex offshore structures and trusts, as well as regularly acting in cases involving ultra high net worth and high profile individuals.

Deepak also has an unrivalled reputation in multi-jurisdictional matrimonial cases. As a result of his expertise in international matters, Deepak has been appointed to the UK Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law. He is the only English family law silk who is a member of that highly prestigious committee.

Deepak continues to be recommended in a number of legal directories, including the Chambers Greater China Region Guide, the Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide, the Doyles Guide, the Chambers UK Bar Guide, the Legal 500 UK Guide, and the UK Spears Family Law Index.

Deepak has been the Chambers UK Bar Family Junior of the Year and he has been nominated a record 6 times at the Chambers UK Bar Awards and the Family Law Awards, UK. Prior to his taking silk in England, Deepak was ranked as a Star Individual in the Chambers UK Bar Directory.

In the Law Commission’s Report on Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements for England & Wales, Deepak was specifically acknowledged for his advice and expertise.

Deepak is the co-editor the leading practitioner text, Jackson’s Matrimonial Finance.

Deepak maintains a dual practice in Hong Kong and London.

Observations about Deepak in recent editions of legal directories have included the following:

‘He is a brilliant advocate; extremely hardworking and dedicated to perfection in every case.’

‘Deepak Nagpal KC remains in high demand for his ‘forensic mind and his attention to detail’ which sees him regularly undertake highly complex and sensitive matrimonial finance matters.’

- Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide, 2023

‘Deepak offers sharp, sensible advice, is responsive, and explains matters in a simple way to clients.’

‘He's incredibly hard-working and leaves no stone unturned. He is incredibly detailed in his work, with good client care. He's got very good emotional intelligence and understands the needs of the solicitors and clients.’
- Chambers Greater China Region Guide, 2023

‘Deepak offers pragmatic ‘no nonsense’ advice in the most complex of cases, which is articulated with great clarity. He is exceptionally diligent and both his written notes and advocacy skills are first-class.’ ‘Deepak Nagpal combines a deep technical understanding and ability to pick up on points others miss with an approachability and kindness that clients really warm to.’
- Chambers UK Bar Guide, 2023

‘Deepak has a fantastic eye for detail and is always on top of the figures. He takes care to prepare the case fully, and by doing so, puts the clients at ease. His advocacy is always calm, poised but persuasive; he knows how to get the ear of the judge by strategically presenting his case.’
- Legal 500 UK Guide, 2023

‘He is a true expert in the field of matrimonial finance. An extremely bright and user-friendly silk, who is great with judges.’

‘Deepak Nagpal QC (who maintains dual tenancy with London-based set 1 King’s Bench Walk) has ‘an excellent command of the law and superb advocacy skills’.’
- Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide, 2022

‘An articulate and fierce advocate who commands the respect of the judiciary at all levels.’

‘Astonishingly bright. Never under-prepared and at ease with the most complex cases. A joy to work with.’
- Legal 500 UK Guide, 2022

‘He is described by one interviewee as ‘a very academic, experienced and thorough barrister who is always fully prepared and whose presentation is very impressive,’ while another calls him an ‘an amazing advocate with a really persuasive style of advocacy who brings a lot of experience from the London family Bar to Hong Kong.’’
- Chambers Global Guide, 2022

‘In a short space of time, he has injected London quality to the Hong Kong family Bar. A smooth, punchy advocate with a persuasive style, he keeps things lively in court and judges love him.’
- Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide, 2021

‘A classy advocate with an incredible intellect, and someone you would always want on your side in complex international ultra high net worth individuals cases.’
- Chambers Global Guide, 2021

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Selected Cases

Family / Matrimonial

  • WSW v CSLPC [2022] HKFC 263

  • Potanin v Potanina [2022] Fam. 23

  • Re C (A Child) (Maintenance Regulation) [2022] 1 F.L.R. 543

  • Akhter v Khan (Attorney General Intervening) [2021] Fam. 27

  • Villers v Villiers [2021] A.C. 838

  • C v D [2020] HKFC 145

  • MM v NA (Declaration of Marital Status: Unrecognised State) [2020] 1 F.L.R. 967

  • LCYP v JEK [2019] HKCFI 1588

  • Pierburg v Pierburg [2019] 1 W.L.R. 4335

  • Owens v Owens [2018] 3 W.L.R. 634

  • Sharp v Sharp [2018] 2 W.L.R. 1617

  • Mantegazza v Mantegaaza [2018] 2 F.C.R. 864

  • Gray v Work [2018] Fam. 35

  • Juffali v Juffali [2017] 1 F.L.R. 729

  • Juffali v Juffali [2017] 1 F.L.R. 702

  • Juffali v Juffali [2017] 1 F.L.R. 669

  • Sharbatly v Shagroon [2014] 2 F.L.R. 209

  • CR v MZ (Financial Remedies: Beneficial Ownership) [2014] 1 F.L.R. 22

  • Shagroon v Sharbatly [2013] Fam. 267

  • Gordon (formerly Stefanou) v Stefanou [2011] 1 F.L.R. 158

  • JKN v JCN (Divorce: Forum) [2011] 1 F.L.R. 826

  • W v W (Divorce Proceedings) [2011] 1 F.L.R. 372

  • Granatino v Radmacher (formerly Granatino) [2011] 1 A.C. 534

  • S v S (Hemain Injunction) [2010] 2 F.L.R. 502

  • S v S (No 2) (Ancillary Relief Application to Set Aside Order) [2010] 1 F.L.R. 993

  • Miller Smith v Miller Smith [2010] 1 F.L.R. 1402

  • Radmacher (formerly Granatino) v Granatino [2009] 2 F.L.R. 1181

  • Radmacher (formerly Granatino) v Granatino [2009] 1 F.L.R. 1556

  • NG v KR (Pre-nuptial contract) [2009] 1 F.L.R. 1478

  • Crossley v Crossley [2008] 1 F.L.R. 14767

  • Charman v Charman [2007] 1 F.L.R. 1246

  • Charman v Charman [2007] 1 F.L.R. 1237

  • Charman v Charman [2007] 1 F.L.R. 593

  • McFarlane v McFarlane [2006] 2 A.C. 618

  • Mark v Mark [2006] 1 A.C. 98

  • Moore v Moore [2005] 1 F.L.R. 66

  • McFarlane v McFarlane [2005] Fam. 171

  • Conflict of Laws

  • Re C (A Child) (Maintenance Regulation) [2022] 1 F.L.R. 543

  • Villers v Villiers [2021] A.C. 838

  • MM v NA (Declaration of Marital Status: Unrecognised State) [2020] 1 F.L.R. 967

  • Pierburg v Pierburg [2019] 1 W.L.R. 4335

  • Mantegazza v Mantegaaza [2018] 2 F.C.R. 864

  • Juffali v Juffali [2017] 1 F.L.R. 702

  • Juffali v Juffali [2017] 1 F.L.R. 669

  • Sharbatly v Shagroon [2014] 2 F.L.R. 209

  • Shagroon v Sharbatly [2013] Fam. 267

  • JKN v JCN (Divorce: Forum) [2011] 1 F.L.R. 826

  • W v W (Divorce Proceedings) [2011] 1 F.L.R. 372

  • S v S (Hemain Injunction) [2010] 2 F.L.R. 502

  • NG v KR (Pre-nuptial contract) [2009] 1 F.L.R. 1478

  • Mark v Mark [2006] 1 A.C. 98

  • Moore v Moore [2005] 1 F.L.R. 66

  • Equity / Trust

  • C v D [2020] HKFC 145

  • LCYP v JEK [2019] HKCFI 1588

  • Juffali v Juffali [2017] 1 F.L.R. 729

  • CR v MZ (Financial Remedies: Beneficial Ownership) [2014] 1 F.L.R. 22

  • Miller Smith v Miller Smith [2010] 1 F.L.R. 1402

  • Charman v Charman [2007] 1 F.L.R. 1246

  • Charman v Charman [2007] 1 F.L.R. 593

  • Practice Areas

  • Family / Matrimonial
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Equity / Trust
  • Restitution / Unjust Enrichment
  • Probate / Succession
  • Property & Conveyancing
  • Appointments And Public Office

  • Member of the Ethics Committee of the Bar Council of England & Wales

  • Member of the South Eastern Circuit

  • Member of the LexisPSL Family Consulting Editorial Board

  • UK Attorney General’s ‘B’ Panel of Civil Counsel (2013-2018)

  • Elected Committee Member of the Family Law Bar Association of England & Wales (2009-2017)

  • Education

    Christ Church, University of Oxford

    MA (Oxon) Jurisprudence (1st Class)

    BCL

    Publications And Articles

  • Co-editor of Jackson’s Matrimonial Finance

  • Advisory Editor of the Family Court Reports

  • Scholarship And Prizes

    Hardwicke Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)

    Lord Mansfield Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)

    Megarry Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)

    Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2016 – Family Barrister of the Year, UK

    Chambers Bar UK Awards 2017 – Family Junior of the Year

    languages

    English and Hindi

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