Shamilee is a senior associate with a broad range of experience in commercial litigation and arbitration, who acts for both private and institutional clients. She has particular experience in investment treaty arbitration as well as in jurisdiction and enforcement disputes.

Shamilee trained at international firm King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin) and joined Cooke, Young & Keidan upon her qualification in spring 2017. She has advised an array of international clients on contractual, fraud, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Her experience spans a variety of sectors including energy (oil & gas and renewables), real estate (private and commercial), banking and financial institutions, media, and pharmaceuticals. She has experience in representing clients in cases in the High Court and in arbitration proceedings under UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICC and ICSID rules.

Shamilee has acted successfully on jurisdictional challenges as well as on various other interim applications. Her experience also includes competition and group litigation, having represented defendant companies in large “follow-on” damages claims.

Shamilee has acted for high net worth individuals, listed corporations and state entities.


Shamilee joined Cooke, Young & Keidan after having completed her training contract at international law firm King & Wood Mallesons in early 2017. She graduated from the University of Warwick with a First Class Honours degree in History & Politics and completed the Graduate Diploma in Law with Commendation and the Legal Practice Course with Distinction at BPP University, London.

Shamilee debated competitively at the regional, state and national levels in India and was part of a team of debaters representing India internationally.

Professional Groups

Member of the Law Society of England & Wales, the Junior Lawyers’ Division, the Junior London Solicitors Litigation Association and the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group.


  • English, Hindi and Urdu (native)
  • Marathi and Gujarati (proficient)
  • French (conversational)

Cases of Note

  • Hardy v Government of India and IIFC (UK) [2018] EWHC 1916 (Comm): Acted successfully for IIFC (UK) in a Commercial Court case, discharging a third party debt order obtained in connection with an approx. US$ 70 million arbitration award. The challenge was successful on two grounds: that the situs of the debt in question was abroad and that the debt was not due or accruing due. The judgment which can be found here clarified the law in relation to the situs of debts and the jurisdiction of the English Courts to make third party debt orders.