Sunil Gadhia

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Sunil Gadhia, a commercial litigator, is a partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s London office. Sunil moved to the firm in 2012 and had previously spent his entire career at Stephenson Harwood, where he rose from being a trainee in 1988 to becoming its Chief Executive in 2003. He was the first person of Asian origin to attain the height of Chief Executive of a City law firm and, at the age of 38, he was also one of the youngest. He was the Chief Executive for six years whilst maintaining a litigation practice. Under his leadership, Stephenson Harwood won the prestigious British Legal Awards Law Firm of the Year 2009. Sunil was also Chairman of the Asian Business Association of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry for two years from 2010. Between 2003 and 2009 Sunil was a non-executive director of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and sat on its Council. In 2006 he was awarded the Successful Solicitor of the Year title by the Society of Asian Lawyers. Sunil’s pro bono work includes advising at the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau and also at the Camden Law Centre. Sunil began his legal career after reading Law at Nottingham University, graduating in 1987 and did his Solicitor’s Finals at Lancaster Gate, London.