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Zaiwalla & Co


Senior Partner


Sarosh Zaiwalla founded Zaiwalla & Co in April 1982 and oversees the firm’s activities.

Over the years Sarosh has been involved in over 1200 International Energy, Maritime and Construction Arbitrations in London and worldwide either as a solicitor, counsel, or a sole/party-appointed arbitrator. He has acted for many prestigious  clients including the Indian Government, the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as well as some of the largest corporations in the world such as Rosneft (Russia –  Oil/Gas).

He was a member of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, Paris, from 1990 to 2002 and was awarded the India Annual National Law Day 2002 by the Indian Prime Minister for his outstanding contribution to the field of International Arbitration Law. He is a qualified CEDR mediator.   

He has advised United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon,  and was asked by the Dalai Lama to facilitate a dialogue with the Government of People’s Republic of China (PRC) relating to a resolution on Tibet.

In 2019, Sarosh authored and published his first memoir ‘Honour Bound – Adventures of an Indian Lawyer in the English Courts’, with book launches in London, Delhi, Mumbai and Dubai. The book has been read worldwide and details Sarosh’s remarkable legal career and most interesting cases throughout the years.

The Times named Sarosh as ‘Lawyer of the Week’ in 2020 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.


  • English
  • Hindi
  • Gujarati


Panel of Arbitrators

  • Member of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of   Commerce, Paris from 1990-2002
  • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIA)
  • Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA)
  • Member of the Indian Council of Arbitration, Delhi
  • Member of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
  • Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the Korean Commercial Arbitrators Board

Professional Associations 

  • Member of the Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member of the Bar Council of India
  • Member if the Council of the Harris School of Public Policy, the Chicago University
  • Trustee of the British charity “The Unity of Faith”
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts Manufacturers & Commerce
  • Appointed as a Freeman of the City of London in 1998 and Liveryman in 2012

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Zaiwalla & Co undertakes complex and high-value international arbitrations, which often emanate from developing and high-growth economies, particularly India, Russia and the Middle East; the team also consistently receives instructions from Iranian companies. Leigh Crestohl leads the international arbitration department, and Sarosh Zaiwalla has over 40 years’ arbitration experience.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Zaiwalla & Co is well-known for its involvement in substantial, multijurisdictional commercial litigation, much of which originates from developing and high-growth economies, such as India, Russia and the Middle East. Sarosh Zaiwalla, who has over 40 years of commercial litigation experience, has a strong track record in precedent-setting cases. Leigh Crestohl oversees the litigation department’s work.

London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

Excellent boutique firmZaiwalla & Co‘s litigation team has particular expertise in banking disputes relating to developing and high growth economies such as India, Russia, Iran, Venezuela and the Middle East. It is developing a niche in banking disputes involving international sanctions and public international law issues. Sarosh Zaiwalla and Kartik Mittal jointly lead the three-partner team which includes Leigh Crestohl and senior solicitor Rohit Ralleigh.