The boutique law firm founded by Indian Origin Lawyer Sarosh Zaiwalla in 1982 specializes in international sanctions, arbitrations and dispute resolution
10 January 2019, London: Zaiwalla & Co LLP, the specialist sanctions, litigation and arbitration law firm in the City of London announces the promotion of Leigh Crestohl to Partner. Leigh has been with Zaiwalla & Co for ten years, having previously been a Senior Associate with Magic Circle firm, Clifford Chance. He will also assume the role of head of the Firm’s international arbitration department.
Speaking about the appointment, Founder and Senior Partner, Sarosh Zaiwalla said: “It is exciting to be promoting a talented lawyer like Leigh from within the Firm. Organic partner growth is essential to building our future, in addition to our growth by lateral hires. Leigh has demonstrated leadership and consistent high performance during the ten years he has worked with us and we take great pride in promoting him to our Partnership.”
Speaking about his announcement Leigh Crestohl said: “I am delighted with my appointment as Partner at the Firm, and relish facing the opportunities that come with the role. Zaiwalla & Co continues to grow its reputation in the UK and abroad as a leading specialist litigation and arbitration law firm, and I intend to contribute significantly to this growth.”
Leigh has over 20 years’ of commercial litigation experience and specialist expertise in high-profile international commercial arbitration. During his time at the firm, Leigh has led many high-profile cases including the Kazakhstan Kagazy plc and others v Arip USD300m fraud case, and Polonskiy v Alexander Dobrovinsky in relation to issues of misrepresentation, deceit and breach of fiduciary duty.
Leigh trained in Canada, and his earlier career was spent working with Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Fulbright Canada), followed by seven years in the Paris and London offices of Clifford Chance. He is qualified as an English solicitor and admitted as a lawyer in Quebec and Ontario.
Zaiwalla & Co looks forward to continuing its strong performance into 2019, including handling the significant case of Bank Mellat v HM Treasury, which is expected to get underway this summer. This is one of the largest claims ever brought against the UK government.
About Leigh Crestohl-
Leigh has 20 years of experience advising clients across a broad range of commercial disputes including: contract claims; shareholder remedies and joint venture agreements; property disputes; international sales and distribution agreements; construction and engineering; intellectual property, and banking and financial regulatory matters. He practiced for several years with Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Fulbright Canada), followed by seven years in the Paris and London offices of international law firm Clifford Chance. He is qualified as an English solicitor and admitted as a lawyer in Quebec and Ontario. He is familiar with both common law and civil law.
About Sarosh Zaiwalla-
Sarosh Zaiwalla is the Founder and Senior Partner of Zaiwalla & Co. With over 35 years’ experience, Sarosh has been involved in over 1200 International Energy, Maritime and Construction Arbitrations in London and worldwide either as a solicitor, Counsel, party-appointed Arbitrator or Sole Arbitrator.
About Zaiwalla & Co. LLP:
Zaiwalla and Co. is an international law firm based in Chancery Lane, City of London, with expertise in arbitration, litigation and mediation.
The firm acts for both domestic and overseas clients including corporations and state entities, as well as individuals. Their practice areas cover both contentious and non-contentious law, including domestic and international litigation, international commercial arbitration, shipping, banking, project finance, energy, company commercial and immigration.
Founded in 1982 by Mr Sarosh Zaiwalla, the first Asian individual to establish a law firm in the City of London, Zaiwalla and Co. Solicitors has been involved in over 1,200 international litigations and arbitrations in the fields of Energy, Maritime and Construction. Previous clients of the firm range from the President of India, the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Iranian Government to the Bachchan and Gandhi families in India.
Zaiwalla & Co. Solicitors benefits from the expertise of a strong international team, including specialists in the laws of Russia & CIS, China, India, Middle East and Iran. For further information, please visit: http://www.zaiwalla.co.uk/