“Afridi delivers international quality advice on local law matters. The team meets deadlines and bring a commercial understanding to their work product. They are also responsive and personable in their dealings.” - Legal 500 EMEA

Areas of Expertise

  • Arbitration and Litigation
  • Banking and Finance
  • Construction Disputes
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Environmental Regulations
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Shipping and Maritime
  • Sports, Entertainment and Media


  • Professional
  • Sri Lankan Bar Association
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Languages
  • English
  • Academic
  • Ceylon Law College in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1965
  • Obtained first class honours and was awarded a scholarship for being placed first in the order of merit
Awards and Testimonials

He is an elder statesman with a broad practice,” stated one market source. “He has a keen mind and is pragmatic.”

Chambers Global 2018


The “superb” C. Chakradaran of Afridi & Angell also appears in this chapter. He has been practising in Dubai for nearly 30 years and has gained renown throughout the Middle East and Asia, in particular for his work for sole insurers and reinsurers, and numerous dispute resolution cases.

Who’s Who Legal – UAE 2008 -Insurance & Reinsurance
The Official Research Partner of the IBA


“A man of proper solutions,” C. Chakradaran is a veteran shipping specialist who has worked on disputes in the UAE for the last 30 years. Peers identify him as “a delightful lawyer who has many major shipping cases under his belt,” while clients say “for the most complex matters, he is the one to go to.” He is also a top contact for general insurance disputes.

Chambers Global: The Client’s Guide 2008


Recognised by Chambers Global as a Senior Statesman in the fields of Dispute Resolution and Shipping (an acknowledgement of his immense contribution to the practice area over the years). “Co-founder C Chakradaran remains a prominent figure in the local market, most notably for shipping disputes.”

Chambers Global  


“Co-founder of the firm C Chakradaran has a wealth of experience on wet shipping matters, notably casualty and insurance litigation.”

Chambers Global

“Afridi & Angell founder member C Chakradaran brings gravitas and experience to the firm’s broad maritime practice, which includes collision and cargo claims, shipbuilding contracts, insurance and regulatory matters.”

Legal 500 EMEA


“C Chakradaran is a seasoned practitioner, and lends his experienced hand on a variety of disputes, with an emphasis on shipping.”

Chambers Global


“C Chakradaran is one of the most experienced and respected names in the market.”

Chambers Global


“C Chakradaran is one of the most senior practitioners in the Emirates and, as such, can offer clients excellent insight into resolving a range of disputes locally.”

Chambers Global


“This firm’s greatest strength is its shipping disputes practice, which is under the leadership of one of the market’s most respected legal minds, C Chakradaran.”

Chambers Global

Board Membership and Corporate Directorship
  • Former Chairman, Board of Directors, DIFC Arbitration Centre LLC (DIFC/LCIA Arbitration Centre)
  • Former Sri Lanka Representative, ICC-International Court of Arbitration


C. Chakradaran (Chak) is a co-founder and former managing partner of Afridi & Angell. He was admitted and enrolled as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Ceylon and practiced there from 1966-1979. He was also a visiting lecturer in commercial law and chairman of the Board of Examiners at the Ceylon Law College in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  He moved to Dubai in 1979.


Chak worked extensively with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) during the initial set up advising on DIFC laws and legislation. He was also involved in reviewing numerous contracts and agreements for contractors and other service providers as the DIFC was getting built.


Chak has been associated with numerous high profile maritime casualty and litigation support matters, in which he has achieved immense success. He regularly handles instructions on behalf of P&I clubs, sole insurers and re-insurers, and is engaged in multi-jurisdictional dispute resolution including representation of international parties in arbitration proceedings. Such cases have involved concessions, construction contracts, contractual payment claims, banking matters, commercial agencies, partner disputes, trading of foreign currency futures and other investment matters.


Chak also advises on environmental regulations and issues relating to sovereign immunity and other laws affecting transportation, trade and commerce in the Gulf, Middle East and South Asia regions.