‘Sarosh Zaiwalla: an éminence grise with the most fantastic touch.‘ - The Legal 500

Sarosh Zaiwalla founded Zaiwalla & Co in April 1982, establishing offices in Chancery Lane, London. He oversees all activities relating to the firm which has exported millions of pounds’ worth of legal services over the years.

Over the years he has been involved in over 1200 International Energy, Maritime and Construction Arbitrations in London and worldwide either as a solicitor, Counsel, party-appointed Arbitrator or Sole Arbitrator. He has acted for many prestigious clients including the President of India, China National Petroleum Corporation, Bank Mellat and NIDC of Iran and various International Public Corporations.

Sarosh was a member of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, Paris, from 1990 to 2002. He is also a CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) mediator.

He was asked by the Dalai Lama to facilitate a dialogue with the Government of People’s Republic of China (PRC) with a view to finding a peaceful resolution relating to Tibet. He was also invited by the United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon for an extensive consultation on issues relating to World Order.

Sarosh has undertaken several overseas visits as part of the business delegation accompanying the UK Government Ministers and the Lord Mayor of the City of London.


  • Conducted a major Energy Arbitration in London on behalf of Chinese Petroleum Corporations CNPC and CPTDC, which concerned a joint venture with LG Caltex for the construction of an LPG storage tank in Maoming, China
  • Conducted for CPECC (China Petroleum and Engineering Construction Company) an Arbitration in London concerning the construction of a gathering station for the Kuwait Oil Corporation
  • Conducted a large two-week Maritime Arbitration before Cedric Barclay as Sole Arbitrator in New Orleans. 
  • Conducted numerous International Arbitrations in London for the Government of India, ONGC, IOC and other Indian multi-nationals
  • Handled an Arbitration for the National Iranian Oil Company in London concerning the Russian Oil Rig Sakhalinskaya
  • UK Supreme Court case of Hashwani v Jivraj dubbed, “The UK’s most important court case of 2011. 
  • Bank Mellat of Iran against the UK Government in the UK Supreme Court challenging legality of Iran nuclear sanctions. 
  • Shah and another v HSBC Private Bank (UK) Limited [2011] EWCA Civ 1154 

Practice Experience

Specialist areas

  • International
  • Commercial
  • Contractual
  • Energy
  • Construction
  • Maritime

Specialist knowledge of South Asia, the CIS, China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa


  • Awarded the India National Law Day Award 2002 by the (then) Indian Prime Minister in New Delhi for, a unique contribution in the field of International Arbitration

Professional Memberships

  • 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
  • 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

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