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Arish Bharucha is a very intelligent, hard-working and insightful lawyer with a keen sense of strategy.

Legal 500 2021
About

Arish is a Solicitor-Advocate who has been recognised by the leading legal directories for international arbitration, commercial litigation and civil fraud disputes. He is Chair of the firm’s India Group and has strong personal and professional links with the country.

Arish has considerable experience of, and expertise in, advising international and domestic clients on a range of high value and complex contentious matters.

He has acted on a wide array of commercial disputes in English seated arbitrations (under the LCIA, ICC, SIAC and UNCITRAL rules) and in the English Courts, including cases involving civil fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, complex contractual claims, negligence claims, economic torts, shareholder, joint venture and partnership disputes, and jurisdictional battles (amongst others). Arish has advised on cases across many industry sectors including commodities, technology, energy, banking and financial services, engineering and pharmaceuticals.

Arish advises clients (both corporates and individuals) from all over the world and most of his cases have an international dimension. He has a particular interest in, and focus on, India-related disputes and spearheads the firm’s India group, visiting India regularly to develop and maintain the firm’s connections there. Arish is also dual qualified as a lawyer in Delhi.

Prior to joining Howard Kennedy, Arish trained at, and was an Associate in the Litigation & Arbitration Division of, Herbert Smith Freehills and subsequently practised at the specialist dispute resolution firm, Cooke, Young & Keidan.

Arish read Law and History at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was awarded the Lizette Bentwich prize for law. Arish also has an LLM in Law from University College London, where he was awarded the Chief Justice Scholarship.

Recent work
  • Acting for a mining investments company in a $500 million+ dispute with an international mining conglomerate in an ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL rules before a distinguished three-member tribunal.
  • Acting for three individuals in defence of a £40m claim made against them in the Commercial Court for deceit, conspiracy to deceive and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Representing the English subsidiary of an Indian investment company in a widely reported case discharging a third-party debt order obtained in connection with a c. £70m arbitration award.
  • Representing a major African parastatal in relation to a $200m+ international shareholders’ dispute, derivative action and fraud claim in an English arbitration and related s.68 proceedings in the Commercial Court.
  • Acting in a partnership dispute involving allegations of dishonesty and misappropriation leading to multiple court proceedings and related disputes in Jersey, Thailand, Hong Kong and BVI.
  • Acting for a Singapore based Indian group company in an arbitration claim under ss. 68 and 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to vary an LMAA arbitration award made by a distinguished three-member tribunal.
  • Acting on behalf of a prominent Indian businessperson in a dispute with an AIM listed company and its Mauritian subsidiary.
  • Acting for a leading Russian private equity house in an LCIA Arbitration concerning control of a Russian oil terminal.
  • Acting for a Mauritian investment company in ICC arbitration proceedings in respect of a dispute over significant investments in East Africa.
Accolades
"Arish Bharucha is a very smart, diligent and focused lawyer, who understands well the needs of clients and how to optimise strategies for international arbitration." – Legal 500 2021

"Arish Bharucha is a very intelligent, hard-working and insightful lawyer with a keen sense of strategy." – Legal 500 2021

"He's very clever and a very good team player, making good contributions, and is receptive to the thoughts of others." – Chambers UK 2021

"He's a careful and technically strong lawyer." – Chambers UK 2021

Arish has been ranked for International Arbitration in Chambers UK 2020 and 2021.

Arish has been ranked as a rising star for Commercial Litigation: Premium and mentioned as a key lawyer for International Arbitration in Legal 500 2020 and 2021.
Did you know
Arish once caddied for his father during a round of golf with Garry Sobers in Mumbai. Sobers hit long and with precision and played to scratch!

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