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Arish is very intelligent and committed to his client’s cause. He is particularly adept at managing high-value, complex, multi-jurisdictional cases.

Chambers UK 2024

Arish Bharucha is a leading Solicitor-Advocate who focuses on international arbitration, commercial litigation and civil fraud disputes. He chairs the firm’s India group and has strong personal and professional links with the country.

Arish advises international and domestic clients on a range of high value and complex contentious matters.

He acts 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 advises 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. He visits 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, a large international firm and subsequently practised at a specialist dispute resolution firm.

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 $500m+(US) 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 on a $200m+(US) 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 for 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.
  • Ranked as Next Generation Partner, Commercial Litigation: Mid-Market, Legal 500 UK 2024
  • "Arish Bharucha is the go-to lawyer for Indian businesses looking to litigate and arbitrate in London." Legal 500 UK 2024
  • "Arish Bharucha is a polished performer." Legal 500 UK 2024
  • Ranked as Up and Coming, International arbitration, Chambers UK 2024
  • "Arish is a tremendously skilled and technical lawyer. His technical abilities are really fantastic. He is just a very clever guy." Chambers UK 2024
  • "He's a very impressive lawyer. He really contributes to the legal analysis and has a hands-on approach. He's really very good indeed. He is sensitive to client needs and is a pleasure to work with." Chambers UK 2024
  • Ranked as Next Generation Partner, Legal 500 UK 2023
  • Ranked as Up and Coming, International arbitration, Chambers UK 2022 and 2023
  • Listed as Key Lawyer, Dispute resolution: International arbitration, Legal 500 UK 2022
  • "Arish Bharucha – few people are better connected in the Indian arbitration scene than Arish -a very user-friendly operator." Legal 500 UK 2023
  • "Arish Bharucha is a thoughtful partner, but with a strong sense of what is commercially practicable. Excellent at advising clients, particularly on strategic decisions where the position changes as the proceedings progress." Legal 500 UK 2023
  • "Arish Bharucha is extremely intelligent and diligent. He is also a pleasure to work with." Legal 500 UK 2023
  • "He is diligent and hard-working. He was very calm and focused, intelligently and judiciously dealing with challenges as they arose." Chambers UK 2022


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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