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Saurabh Bhagotra



Career Summary

Saurabh is both an english qualified solicitor and Indian advocate with over eight years’ experience representing international clients in commercial disputes. His areas of expertise range from construction disputes and commodities' arbitration to commercial litigation.


  • Acting for one of India’s biggest conglomerates, who operate a diversified business in sectors such as hotel consumer goods and commodities, in a GAFTA arbitration valued at approximately US$10 million.
  • Representing a Dubai based media house in an ICC arbitration matter against a state broadcasting corporation for the breach of a joint venture agreement signed in respect of developing and introducing digital terrestrial television in the state. The damages claimed by the media house was in the region of US$ 2billion.
  • Advising Air India (India’s national airline) with regards to the airline passengers disputes relating to EC Regulation No. 261/2004 and Montreal Convention 1999 to determine the airlines’ liability towards the passengers and other related matters.     
  • Involved in a Court of Appeal matter for two corporate bodies seeking a declaration that the ICC had no jurisdiction to arbitrate disputes between the parties as there is no valid arbitration agreement between them. The High Court held that since the ICC Tribunal had the jurisdiction in respect of one of the Claimants, it would be sensible to allow the arbitrators to decide whether they had jurisdiction in respect of the second Claimant. The Court of Appeal disagreed with the High Court and concluded that when a party is seeking to determine whether the tribunal has jurisdiction to hear its dispute, the Court should, unless there is a good reason for not doing so, make a decision on the dispute in order to prevent a party returning to the Court after the conclusion on the Arbitration to challenge the Award for lack of jurisdiction.
  • Acted for a Guernsey trust involved in the purchase of land for a luxury development. The question to the Adjudicator was whether the Employer was correct in terminating the contracts at will and whether the two projects undertaken (before executing a formal contract) satisfied the requirements of a “construction contract” under the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.
  • Acted for a major London based consumer goods company seeking a declaration of invalidity pursuant to section 47(1) of the Trademarks Act 1994 against the owner of a very well-known energy drink on the grounds that the owner has no intention to use the trademarks as required under section 32(3) of the Act.

Specialist areas

  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Construction matters
  • Intellectual Property disputes


  • English
  • Hindi (fluent)
  • Punjabi (spoken only)

Professional Memberships

  • Indian Bar Council
  • Society of Asian Lawyers
  • Indian Maritime Association, London
  • Grain & Feed Trade Association, London


  • B.S.L. (Symbiosis Law School, India)
  • LL.B.  (Symbiosis Law School, India)
  • LL.M. (University of Warwick, England)