Frederico Singarajah, (London)

Contact Details

  • Called to the Bar


  • Before being called to the Bar, Frederico worked in-house, in the legal departments of large conglomerates in the technology, finance and pharmaceutical sectors.  During this time, his main areas of practice included non-contentious company law, commercial contracts, intellectual property, competition and compliance.  This allowed him to gain considerable experience working within the context of business and industry.

    From 2006, he turned to contentious private practice qualifying as a Solicitor-Advocate, in general commercial litigation and employment law.  More recently, in 2009, he made the move to the Bar.

    As the first and only native Brazilian currently practicing at the Bar, Frederico is developing a niche practice in the relationship between the UK and Brazil.  His practice is aided by the fact he speaks native Portuguese and has a good working knowledge of Spanish.  As a dual national, Frederico has free roam of two economic powerhouses – the European Union and the Mercosul economies.

    Frederico specialises in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes.  His main area of practice includes commercial litigation and he has developed an interest in international arbitration.  He has represented clients in cases involving civil fraud, shipping, aviation, professional negligence, economic torts, corporate disputes, partnerships, joint ventures, commercial contracts, e-commerce, intellectual property, financial instruments, commercial loans, real property, employment disputes, defamation, harassment and trusts.

    He also frequently advises foreign companies on corporate and commercial law.  He has advised clients on company formation, structure and acquisition, investment funds, intellectual property, tax, commercial contracts, import and export, employment and service contracts.

    Frederico has also taken a special interest in immigration and public law.  He has developed a loyal practice and offers representation and advice in immigration appeals, reconsiderations, judicial reviews and emergency injunctions and also appeals to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.

    As a passionate proponent of Brazil-UK and more widely Mercosul-EU trade relations, he has delivered many talks on the legal aspects of this relationship for both public and private institutions.  His involvement extends to assisting the Bar Council and Law Society of England and Wales, the Federal Counsel of the Brazilian Bar Association, the Ministry of Justice, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British and Brazilian Embassies and Consulates, respectively and a number of private sector institutions.

    Frederico is also a visiting lecturer at University of Westminster in commercial litigation, Canterbury Christ Church University on the law of medical consent, IESP University, Paraiba, Brazil in international digital rights management, and a guest lecturer at the University of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil and University of Anhembi Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Frederico accepts instructions in all areas of commercial litigation, international arbitration, judicial reviews and human rights at all levels.

    Frederico can be reached at:-

    Hardwicke Chambers

    Hardwicke Building, New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London
    WC2A 3SB; DX: LDE 393

    T +44 (0)20 7242 2523
    F +44 (0)20 7691 1234

    Website :

  • Areas of Practice

  • Selected Cases

    R (on the application of Iqbal) -v- Wandsworth County Court – [2013] EWHC 875 (Admin) Acted for interested party in the judicial review of a judge’s decision

    Cattin -v- Cattin – Court of Appeal [2012] Dispute on jurisdiction raising issues further to article 6 of the ECHR where concomitant proceedings were taking place in England & Brazil

    Phione Ltd -v- Intercol Ltda (Colombia) – ChD [2012] Litigation for breach of contract for the supply of metal coils engineered to specification

    R (on the application of Cardenas) -v- SSHD – QBD (admin court) [2012] Judicial review on specific issue of Cuban exit visas and Article 5 of ECHR

    Pinto & Ors -v- John Menzies Plc & Ors – QBD (commercial court) [2012] (settled) Complex aviation claim at £12 million, involving parties in England, Scotland, Brazil and the US

    Domingo Penayo-Vaida & Anr -v- Intertransfers Inc (USA) & Ors – [2012] EWHC 410 (Comm) Defended a claim for £1.5 million and set aside a worldwide freezing injunction, in respect of alleged debts arising from capital recovery by the US government

    Michael Radford & Anr -v- Gheko Productions & Ors – QBD [2011] A £1.1 million dispute for funding for the film ‘La Mula’

    Mediterranean Shipping Co SA -v- Worldwide Biorecyclabes Ltd & Ors – QBD [2010] A £730,000 dispute relating to exporting of toxic waste to Brazil in breach of Basle Convention

    Pubs London & Ors -v- Melson Ltd & Ors [2009] EWHC 3515 (Ch) A case involving issues of formation of contract, forgery and fraudulent misrepresentation

    Great Wealth Telecom Ltd (Hong Kong) -v- Simtel Ltd & Ors 
- ChD [2009] (settled) Complex U$750,000 claim involving allegations of conspiracy and procuring breach of contract in timing of receivership