Sudhanshu Swaroop KC > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Arbitration
  • Banking and finance
  • Commercial law
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Private international law
  • Public international law and human rights
  • Shipping and commodities


Sudhanshu practises commercial, arbitration and public international law. He has acted in landmark and leading cases across his areas of practice.

His commercial and arbitration work encompasses a wide range of sectors, including shipping and international trade, energy and natural resources, and banking and finance. Sudhanshu also acts regularly in challenges to the jurisdiction of the English courts, applications for freezing orders and other urgent relief, arbitration applications to court and matters of enforcement.

Sudhanshu’s recent and ongoing public international work has covered (for example) bilateral investment treaties, international environmental law and the law of immunities.

As an advocate, he has substantial and broad experience. Sudhanshu is used to cross-examining on complex factual and expert issues at trial, as well as arguing novel or difficult points of law on appeal. He has acted at all levels of the English courts (including the Supreme Court), in countless international commercial arbitrations (including ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, GAFTA, LMAA, LME and FCC), at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, in inter-state arbitration in The Hague, and at the European Court of Human Rights.

Sudhanshu accepts appointments as an arbitrator.


Year of call: 1997
Year of QC: 2016


French (proficient)


  • British Institute of International and Comparative Law: Inaugural Roundtable on the ‘United Nations Guiding Principles in Legal Practice’
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • International Law Association: Study Group on Business and Human Rights


  • University of Oxford: Exeter College: Bachelor of Civil Law
  • University of Cambridge, Magdalene College: BA (later MA) in law

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Public international law

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Sudhanshu Swaroop KCTwenty Essex

Twenty Essex fields a selection of the market’s top public international law barristers, with a commendable range of expertise at the most senior and junior levels. Several, such as Sir Michael Wood KCMG and Sir Daniel Bethlehem KC came from distinguished legal careers at the UK Foreign Office, and bring a mixture of public and private expertise to a broad range of major international disputes. Notable case highlights include Islamic Republic of Iran v United States of America, concerning the question of whether the rights victims of Iranian terrorism to pursue compensation in the US courts is a treaty violation; Bethlehem is leading Belinda McRae on behalf of the USA, with Philippa Webb a member of the opposing team. Bethlehem, Webb, Wood, Sudhanshu Swaroop KC and Guglielmo Verdirame KC are also representing Italy in the MB Enrica Lexie case between India and Italy, concerning an incident where two Italian Navy marines protecting a commercial ship were detained by Indian forces after two fishermen were found shot dead off the coast of Kerala.