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Zaiwalla & Co
Holborn Tower
137-144 High Holborn


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 > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Cost-effective and shrewd law firmZaiwalla & Co routinely handles heavyweight commercial litigation work involving India, South America and the Middle East. A ‘leading light in litigation‘, name partner Sarosh Zaiwalla has longstanding experience in high-value multi-jurisdictional cases, while IP and administrative law specialist Leigh Crestohl oversees the litigation department’s work.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Regularly representing parties from India, the Middle East and Iran, Zaiwalla & Co‘s ‘highly effective and responsive‘ team has notable experience in substantial international arbitrations. The ‘exceptionally brightLeigh Crestohl heads up the international arbitration department, while Sarosh Zaiwalla‘s track record includes acting as counsel in over 1200 international arbitrations.

London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

Zaiwalla & Co ‘s banking litigation team is led by ‘hugely experienced litigatorSarosh Zaiwalla , who has experience acting for international banking clients in complex multi-jurisdictional cases. The team handles litigation from developing/high growth economies such as India, Iran and Venezuela.