Bharat graduated in law in 2011 and practiced independently as a litigator for about two years. In 2013, at the age of 23, he secured the first rank in the prestigious Delhi Judicial Service examination and joined as the youngest Civil Judge /Metropolitan Magistrate in his batch. Bharat trained at the Delhi and the National Judicial Academies and served in various civil/criminal assignments in three and half years of judgeship.
In 2016 and at the age of 27, he resigned from judgeship to return to the practice of law.
As a Partner at L&L Partners, Bharat advises and represents clients on a wide range of issues with a strong focus on Arbitration, White Collar Crime, Anti-Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering Laws, Complex Contractual/Commercial Litigation, Private International Law, MLATs, Extradition and issues relating to Cyber-Crime & Intermediary liability, amongst others.
Bharat currently serves as a member of the prestigious Young SIAC (Singapore International Arbitration Centre) committee. Bharat has also previously served on the Delhi High Court Committee on Arbitration.
Bharat has a keen interest in academics and has acted as the resource person for various academies. He has delivered talks, conducted seminars/training programs and participated in panel discussions organized by : ASSOCHAM, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”), Delhi Judicial Academy, J&K Judicial Academy, National Police Academy, Centre for Criminology and Victimology, Legal Services Authorities, IIHS, Law Schools & the ICSE, amongst others. Bharat has also participated in many law making/policy discussions.
Bharat is also extremely passionate about pro bono lawyering, teaching, and mentoring aspiring future judges. Bharat was also appointed as amicus curiae and went on to represent several unrepresented defendants in serious criminal cases as a friend of the Court before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi. He argued in as many as 12 serious criminal cases on a single day and assisted the Hon’ble Delhi High Court (hearing Criminal Appeals) in deciding a huge number of criminals appeal on a single day, thereby helping the court set new standards of efficiency, while at the same time – ensuring competent legal representation and a fair trial for these defendants who could not afford proper counsel.
Bharat is also extremely passionate about writing and his columns, articles, podcasts and interviews have featured on legal journals such as Bar and Bench, SCC Online, Live Law, etc. His views have also been featured in The Indian Express, Business Standard, Hindu, MINT, Business-line, CNBC TV-18, Financial Express, Bloomberg Quint, amongst others.
Bharat has written more than 25 articles on a wide-array of legal issues. Bharat is also an avid blogger and his blog www.bharatchugh.in has attracted over 850,000 views so far.
INBA recently awarded Bharat the Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2018.
Bharat was also featured by LexisNexis in the book titled: ‘On the Rise: Inspiring Stories of Young Legal Professionals in India’, published in 2017.