Sarosh Zaiwalla, Founder and Senior Partner of Zaiwalla & Co.

Sarosh Zaiwalla, Founder and Senior Partner of Zaiwalla & Co.

Sarosh Zaiwalla is the Senior Partner and Founder of Zaiwalla & Co, a London-based specialist international arbitration and litigation law firm. Sarosh has been involved in over 1200 International Energy, Maritime and Construction Arbitrations in London either as a solicitor, Counsel, party-appointed or sole Arbitrator. Sarosh is a former member of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Paris for three terms representing India.

 He has handled arbitration cases for many prestigious clients including the President of India, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), NIOC of Iran and International Public Corporations. He was also consulted by the Russian Federation in their US$50 billion Yukos case, which Russia was facing before the International Court of Arbitration in the Hague. He has extensive experience across International Arbitration, Sanctions law, International Energy, Maritime and Construction Arbitrations, dispute resolution and Corporate law. He is an international arbitrator and CEDR mediator with a demonstrated history of a creative and practical approach to law.

 In October 2002, he was felicitated with an award on the occasion of India’s Annual National Law Day by the Indian Prime Minister for his outstanding contribution to the field of International Arbitration Law. Zaiwalla & Co succeeded against the UK Government in the UK Supreme Court for Bank Mellat of Iran before a bench of 9 Supreme Court Judges challenging the nuclear sanctions and the Supreme Court found the sanctions imposed on Bank Mellat by the UK Government were both irrational and unlawful. Following the Supreme Court judgment, the UK Government agreed to pay a very substantial damages claim to Bank Mellat.

 In 2020 The London Times named Mr Zaiwalla as ‘Lawyer of the Week’ for his success in the Court of Appeal in favour of his client, The Central Bank of Venezuela, against the Bank of England for the return of Venezuelan gold valued at $1.8bn. In the early years, Mr Zaiwalla led his legal team to achieve the Government of India’s first ever win before the House of Lords in a case concerning a ship called ‘La Pintada’. He was asked by the Dalai Lama to facilitate a dialogue with the Government of People’s Republic of China (PRC) with a view to finding a peaceful resolution relating to Tibet, and was also invited by the United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon for an extensive consultation on issues relating to World Order.

 In 2019, Mr Zaiwalla, at the invitation of international publishers Harper Collins, authored and published his memoir titled ‘Honour Bound – Adventures of an Indian Lawyer in the English Courts’. The book has been read all over the world and details Mr Zaiwalla’s remarkable legal career and most interesting cases throughout the years.