Arish Bharucha
Senior Associate

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Arish Bharucha is a Solicitor Advocate and Senior Associate with Cooke, Young & Keidan. He is a specialist commercial dispute resolution lawyer with experience acting for and advising a variety of international clients on a range of high value and complex contentious matters (including both litigation and arbitration).

Arish has acted on a wide array commercial disputes in the English Courts and in English seated arbitrations. He has acted on cases involving complex contractual claims, breaches of fiduciary duty, civil fraud, negligence claims, economic torts, shareholder, joint venture, partnership and insolvency disputes and jurisdictional battles (amongst others). Arish has advised on cases across several industry sectors including energy, banking and financial services, commodities, real estate and consumer goods.

Arish has worked with and advised clients (both corporates and individuals) from all over the world and most of his cases have an international dimension. He has a particular interest and focus on India-related disputes and spearheads the firm’s India initiative. Arish visits India regularly to develop and maintain the firm’s connections in India.


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.

From March 2011 to December 2013, Arish was an Associate in the Litigation & Arbitration division of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in London. Prior to this, Arish completed his training contract at Herbert Smith LLP (March 2009-February 2011). Whilst at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Arish was an active member of the firm’s India Forum and was involved in high-level business development for the India group. Arish is also dual qualified as an Advocate in India (New Delhi).


Bringing Fraud Claims under an Arbitration Agreement – Does the Arbitral Process Pack Enough Punch? (with Simon Bushell and Stephanie Balsys), in Austrian Yearbook of International Arbitration 2012.


These include:

• 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 in connection to their successful management buy-out of a technology company.

• Acting in a complex and high value partnership dispute involving allegations of dishonesty and misappropriation leading to multiple English Court proceedings and related disputes in Jersey, Thailand, Hong Kong and the BVI.

• Representing an overseas company in relation to a high value international shareholders’ dispute, derivative action and fraud claim brought under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules

• ICC arbitration proceedings on behalf of a Mauritian investment company in respect of a dispute relating to significant investments in East Africa.

• 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 leading Russian private equity house in an LCIA Arbitration concerning control of a Russian oil terminal.

• Acting on behalf of a prominent Indian businessperson in a dispute with an AIM listed company and its Mauritian subsidiary pertaining to major real estate investments in India


Hindi – Intermediate

Marathi – Basic