Mr. Gautam Banerji FRSA

WLA Regional Chapter Leader

Legal professional with over thirty five years of cumulative experience, which includes twelve years of UN experience, with four years (1991-1995) under a complex emergency in Iraq in the immediate aftermath of the first Gulf War. Remain presently enrolled as Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales as well as an Advocate in India with rights of practice in both jurisdictions. Having recently retired from partnership at a London Chancery Lane niche commercial law firm, proceeded on a second year-long tenure in Iraq (2009-2010) as Judicial Adviser to the Judicial Development Institute, Baghdad, under a US Department of State task order. Language skills include working knowledge of Arabic, Burmese and Japanese besides proficiency in Bengali, English and Hindi.

Specialties:
Commercial disputes, Corporate Banking. Conflict of Law/ Private International Law, Dispute Resolution including International Arbitration/Mediation, International Consultancies on Rule of Law and Post War Peace Making/Capacity Building, Administrative Law and Judicial Reviews

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION

M.Sc (Econ.) Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries at London School of Economics and Political Science, London, 1995-1996; elective papers included (1)Urbanisation and Social Planning and (2) Educational Policy and Planning.
LL.B at University of Delhi, India, 1982-1985.
M.A. in English at St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, 1971-1973.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND CIVIC FUNCTIONS/RECOGNITION

As of 07 Niovember 2007, appointed Commissioner for Sustainable London 2012 by the Mayor of London, on behalf of Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, the Chair of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and the Chair of the British Olympic Association.
Appointed Team London Ambassador for London 2012 as a part of voluntary work for the London Olympics.
Local Council appointed School Governor at Glebe Infant School, Rayleigh, Essex.
Consultant to the Board of Trustees and Vice President of YMCA Indian Students Hostel, London.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London
Served on the sub-committee set up by the Solicitors Regulating Authority, London, (2008-2009) to advise on the new regulatory framework for the Qualified Lawyers Transfer scheme.
Member, UK-India Business Council
Member UK-India Business Forum
Had been attending several high profile International conferences over the years in London of the Commonwealth Business Council

PUBLICATIONS/PUBLIC SPEAKING

‘The Gulf War and its Effect on Urban Social Sectors’ in A City for All, ed. Jo Beal, 1997, Zed Books: London. (The paper was initially prepared for a seminar at LSE and subsequently presented at the HABITAT II Conference, June 1996, Istanbul, Turkey before publication)
‘Non-formal Education as an Alternative for Academic Education’; paper carried on MyaNet, the sustainable development networking programme of UNDP for Burma.
‘Indians in Burma’; Mainstream, Saturday, 28 August 1976: New Delhi
‘Religion and British Foreign Policy’ Foreign Policy Centre, London, June 2007
Contributed features, short stories, book reviews as a free lancer to lead Indian weeklies, between1975-1985. Copies can be provided on request.
Contributor to Confluence, London, a monthly news magazine on South Asian perspectives
Spoke as a Panelist at the Mayor of London’s State of London Debate, 2007, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London, May 2007

Gautam Banerji FRSA

Solicitor (England & Wales) Advocate (India)
United Kingdom