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Barrister - Varsha Jagadesham

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Varsha Jagadesham Personal Injury

Varsha worked in bioethics and the biological sciences before coming to the Bar.

She graduated from Cambridge University with a BA/MSci in Biochemistry and an MPhil in Molecular Biology. Whilst completing her MPhil, she was awarded a place at E4S, a prestigious international bioethics summer school convened by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the European School of Molecular Medicine.

Varsha subsequently worked for several years in bioethics research at the independent think tank, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Here, she researched and prepared major reports on the ethical issues concerning dementia and neurotechnologies for the treatment of brain disorders. She also researched the ethics of paediatric clinical trials and global health issues. Varsha completed a Law and Medical Ethics course with Edinburgh University.

Varsha also previously volunteered with the Citizens Advice Bureau at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where amongst other things she examined the importance of free legal advice to the physical and mental wellbeing of patients’ families.

Before joining No5 Barristers’ Chambers, Varsha completed pupillage at a leading police/public law set.


Varsha acts on behalf of claimants and defendants. She is particularly interested in claims where causation, fundamental dishonest or fraud is in issue. She accepts instructions for fast-track trials, disposal hearings, applications, CCMCs, inquests, small claims and approval hearings.

Examples of recent applications include:

  • Pre-action disclosure with interplay with the Data Protection Act
  • Extension of time for service of claim form
  • Relief from sanctions
  • Setting aside default judgment

Varsha is able to accept instructions on a CFA where appropriate.


  • BPTC, City Law School: Very Competent
  • GDL, City Law School: Commendation
  • Law and Medical Ethics CPD course, University of Edinburgh
  • MPhil Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge (Pembroke College)
  • BA/MSci (Hons) Biochemistry, University of Cambridge (Pembroke College): Upper Second Class
  • BPTC Major Scholarship, Inner Temple
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award, Inner Temple
  • GDL Exhibition, Inner Temple
  • BBSRC MPhil Research Studentship
  • Award by Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the European School of Molecular Medicine to attend E4S international summer school


  • Pro Bono Unit
  • ALBA