Sarosh Zaiwalla

Sarosh Zaiwalla

Sarosh Zaiwalla

Sarosh Zaiwalla has chaired, participated as a Tribunal member or Sole Arbitrator and acted as Solicitor/Counsel in over 1300 International Arbitrations involving ICC, LCIA, LMAA, DIAC, UNCITRAL and ad-hoc rules. He has extensive experience of Arbitrations involving the laws of countries in Europe, Russia, the Middle-East, South Asia, China, and Africa. He is a British national and speaks English, Hindi and Gujarati.



Appointed to an ICC Tribunal in a US $multi-million dispute between a Gulf state-owned satellite corporation and a Lebanese television company. The Tribunal was chaired by Professor Herbert Kronke, President of UNIDROIT, and the dispute was under UNCITRAL rules
Appointed as Sole Arbitrator to determine a US $multi-million dispute between an Irish and Spanish company concerning a joint venture for the production of a glue plant in China. Seat in London
Appointed to the Tribunal, chaired by Bruce Harris former President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, in a US $300 million international contractual dispute relating to the manufacture of security paper used for passports and government documents. Seat in Lagos and then London
Appointed as Sole Arbitrator by the President of the Law Society of England & Wales to determine a contractual agency dispute between Cadburys and a Jordanian company
Solicitor for an Indian stateowned oil and natural gas company in a London Arbitration concerning the oilrig, Western Triton 2
Appointed to the Tribunal in a US $multi-million telecoms dispute. Seat in London
Solicitor for the Government of India in various International Commercial Arbitrations in London
Appointed as Sole Arbitrator by the President of the Law Society of England & Wales to determine a US $multi-million family commercial dispute under English law concerning parties from Israel. The Arbitration seat was in London and the hearing took place in Tel Aviv
Solicitor for an Indian stateowned Fortune 500 oil major in a London Arbitration involving US $10 million against an international global trading company
Solicitor in various Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA) Arbitrations in London for shipping and commercial parties
Solicitor for a Dubai-based TV company in various ICC Arbitrations against a Kenyan and Tanzanian Television channel regarding breaches of contracts in relation to the provision of media programming
Advised a Russian oil major on one of the largest Arbitration awards in Russian history
Solicitor in Arbitrations for various Indian private multinationals


Member of the Arbitration Tribunal formed under ICC Rules and chaired by the former English Court of Appeal, Judge Sir Anthony Evans, along with the former Solicitor General of India, Harish Salve. The Tribunal sat for four weeks in Mumbai, India. This US $multi-million dispute concerned the construction of a power plant in Karnataka in India and was governed by Indian Law
Appointed by the Russian Federation to a Tribunal in a US $400 million dispute concerning the exploration of coalmines in India
Appointed Arbitrator by a Danish Company to a Tribunal chaired by Lord McKenzie Stuart (former President of the European Court of Justice) along with Mr Pathak (former Chief Justice of India and member of the International Court of Justice). This US $multi-million dispute concerned the construction of a power plant near New Delhi
Appointed as Sole Arbitrator by the ICC Court to determine a US $multi-million dispute between a Japanese multinational and Indonesian company concerning the construction of water pipelines in Malaysia
Appointed as Sole Arbitrator by an Indian energy giant in a US $multi-million power dispute. Seat in Zurich
Solicitor Counsel in a major Arbitration in London on behalf of China National Petroleum Corporation (CPNC) and China Petroleum Technology & Development Corporation (CPTDC) concerning a joint venture with a Korean Company for the construction of an LPG storage tank in Maoming, China
Solicitor Counsel for China Petroleum and Engineering Construction Company (CPECC) in an Arbitration in London concerning the construction of a gathering station for a Kuwaiti Oil Corporation
Solicitor Counsel for an Iranian oil company in London concerning the Russian oilrig, Sakhalinskaya


Appointed to the Tribunal by a Ukrainian shipping company in an LMAA Arbitration concerning a charter-party dispute governed by English law
Appointed as Sole Arbitrator by the ICC Court to determine a US $multi-million dollar dispute between an Iranian shipping company and a Far-East shipping agency
Appointed to a Tribunal chaired by Christopher Moss, president of the LMAA, in a US $12 million dispute concerning the transport of oil sludge from Saudi Arabia to China. Seat in London
Solicitor in a large two week maritime Arbitration in New Orleans presided over by Cedric Barclay, former President of the LMAA, relating to the shipment of construction material to Dubai
Solicitor in a USD multi-million arbitration between one of the world’s largest trading houses and a Fortune 500 Indian oil major
Solicitor in various arbitrations involving time and voyage charters, bills of lading contracts, sale and purchase contracts, shipbuilding contracts, contracts for the sale of goods, marine insurance policies, and agency and commission agreements.
ASM Shipping v TTMI – Solicitor in an English High Court litigation which arose out of an arbitration. This case set the legal precedent concerning the circumstances where an arbitrator may have an ‘unconscious bias’
Union Marine v Govt of Comoros – Solicitor in an English High Court litigation that set a legal precedent in respect of whether the wording of an arbitration clause was valid under English law


Accredited Mediator of the Centre of Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), London
Facilitated a dialogue in 1994 between the UK Prime Minister and the Chinese Government to resolve certain difficulties that had occurred relating to the Hong Kong handover in 1997
Appointed by the Dalai Lama to mediate with the Government of the People’s Republic of China in relation to the resolution of the Tibet dispute
Facilitated a successful two day mediation in Dubai in relation to a shipping partnership dispute
Successfully mediated a USD$ multi-million dollar family real estate dispute in Boston

Energy, Maritime and Shipping, Mediation

Member of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, representing India 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
Member of the Law Society of England & Wales
Member of the Bar Council of India
Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Qualified Mediator
Member of the Council of the Harris School of Public Policy, the Chicago University
Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of World Traders
Authored the chapter on ‘International Arbitration in England & Wales‘ in the 2012 book by Ashwinie Kumar Bansal titled ‘International Commercial Arbitration: Practice and Procedure: Enforcement of Foreign Awards’.

Awarded the India National Law Day Award 2002 by the Indian Prime Minister for a unique contribution to the field of International Arbitration

English, Gujarati, Hindi
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