Arish is a Solicitor Advocate and Senior Associate who has been recognised by the leading legal directories for commercial litigation, international arbitration and civil fraud disputes.  He has considerable experience of, and expertise in, advising international clients on a range of high value and complex contentious matters

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

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 and focus on India-related disputes and spearheads the firm’s India initiative, visiting India regularly to develop and maintain the firm’s connections there.


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).

What the legal directories say

Arish has been ranked as a ‘rising star’ for commercial litigation and been mentioned as a key lawyer for international arbitration in the Legal 500 Guide for 2020 and 2021.  Market feedback in the directory says that “Senior associate Arish Bharucha is a standout”, that he is “an excellent technical lawyer, who makes a real contribution to the team” and that he is “very intelligent, hard-working and insightful”.

He is also ranked as an ‘associate to watch’ for international arbitration in the Chambers UK Guide for 2020 and 2021 where sources highlight his ability to “see through the difficulties and distil the important issues”, his “good tactical judgement” and note that “he’s very clever and a very good team player” and is a “technically strong lawyer“.

Publications, articles and seminars

Moderating and speaking on a panel at the virtual India Disputes Conference 2020 (November 2020)

Relief and Respite: a look at changes to the insolvency regimes in India and the UK resulting from the Covid-19 crisis (with Shamiliee Arora) on the CYK website (November 2020).

Moderating and speaking on a panel at the inaugural India Disputes conference in London (June 2019)

ADR in India: modernisation and harmonisation (with Shamilee Arora) in the New Law Journal (March 2019)

Winning the arbitral enforcement battle (with Michael Cumming-Bruce) in the ALB Newsletter (February 2019)

Starting a civil fraud claim – a practical guide (with Elizabeth Meade) on Lexis Nexis’ PSL platform

Speaking on a panel at the Africa Law and Business Summit (November 2018)

Third party debt orders: clarifying the location of a debt (with Shamilee Arora) in PLC magazine (October 2018)

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.


  • Hindi – Intermediate
  • Marathi – Basic

Cases of Note

  • Acting for a significant mining investments company in a $500 million+ dispute with an international mining conglomerate in an ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL rules administered by the LCIA 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 in connection to their successful management buy-out of a technology company.
  • Representing an investment company ultimately owned by the Government of India in a widely reported Commercial Court 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 brought under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules before a distinguished three-member tribunal and related s. 68 proceedings in the Commercial Court.
  • 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.
  • 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 pertaining to major real estate investments in India.
  • Acting for a leading Russian private equity house in an LCIA Arbitration concerning control of a Russian oil terminal.
  • ICC arbitration proceedings on behalf of a Mauritian investment company in respect of a dispute relating to significant investments in East Africa.