Sherina Petit is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in London and heads the international arbitration practice across Asia, Europe and Middle East. She also heads the firm's India practice. Besides arbitration she has significant experience in investor state disputes resolution, alternative dispute resolutions (ADR), litigation and regulatory investigations. In addition to acting as counsel in arbitrations, she regularly sits as an arbitrator.
Sherina has a wide range of experience in all key aspects of international arbitration across a broad range of industries including energy, construction, oil and gas, trade, transport, pharmaceuticals, commodities, finance and technology. She represents clients across the globe in a wide variety of commercial and investment arbitration proceedings, including those before the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) as well as in ad hoc proceedings.
Sherina is the Chairperson of the European Federation of Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA) and is on the LCIA Board of Directors. She is also part of the ICC Indian Arbitration Group, the SIAC Users Council, the SIAC Users Council's Regional/National Committee for the United Kingdom and the Kuala Lumpur Court of Arbitration. Sherina is also on the Steering Committee of the Pledge for Equal Representation for Women in Arbitration.
Sherina is a published writer and speaker on international arbitration. She has more recently co-authored a chapter of the book "Arbitration in England" edited by Julian Lew QC and a chapter of the book "Enforcing Arbitral Awards in India" edited by Nakul Dewan.
Besides being qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, Sherina completed her Bachelor of Laws degree in India and her Master of Laws degree at King's College, London.
Sherina has received multiple awards:
- Sherina featured as an expert in Expert Guides' 2018 edition of the Commercial Arbitration Guide.
- Sherina won the Client Choice Awards for the UK in the Arbitration & ADR category in 2017 and 2018 (as voted for by corporate counsel).
- Sherina is featured in the Who's Who Future Leaders in Arbitration for both 2017 and 2018, noting her as "a prominent name in the arbitration market … widely endorsed for her extensive experience in energy and infrastructure disputes".
- Sherina featured in the Acritas Stars database for both 2017 and 2018.
- She won the Corporate International Magazine Global Award for the "India Arbitration Lawyer of the Year in England" in 2017.
- Sherina featured in the LMG Rising Stars as a "Rising Star for International Arbitration" in 2015 and 2016 which described her as "a key figure in developing the firm's India practice" and "a complete dynamo".
- Sherina was featured Legal Week's 2016 feature, "Rising stars: the new generation of litigators making their mark".
- She also featured in Corporate Vision's "Partner of the Year (UK)".
- She featured in the Legal Business Disputes Yearbook 2015 as one of "the next generation of partners setting the disputes agenda".
Sherina is ranked in several leading directories including:
- Legal 500 describes Sherina as "pugnacious strategist and a great mind to have on clients' teams" and "very receptive to her clients' needs".
- Chambers & Partners Global (2018/2019) is praised by her clients for her "commercially focused advice and her ability to quickly mobilise her team." She is well regarded for her international commercial arbitration practice, which centres on energy and infrastructure disputes, with a strong focus on matters involving India.
- Chambers & Partners UK (2018/2019) described her as "great – a very nice person to deal with and extremely charming in how she goes about things". She is particularly recommended for her work on cases with Indian elements.
- Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2018/2019) commends her as a prominent arbitration counsel, and quotes: "She's a great disputes lawyer. Very knowledgeable in terms of her practice area, she is very effective at what she does."
- Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2016/2017) says "India and UK-qualified Sherina Petit is 'committed to India and has a good reputation,' report sources… Clients admire that 'she goes the extra mile to make the relationship work, and the level of work she does is extremely accessible and helpful.'"
- Chambers & Partners UK (2016/2017) calls her "technically excellent as well as being a delight to work with".
- Chambers & Partners UK (2014/2015), describes her as someone having "a prominent reputation in the marketplace, and is highly recommended for her ability to handle heavyweight matters".
- Chambers & Partners Global (2014/2015), sources attesting to her high level of service saying her delivery is "excellent, prompt and cost-efficient".
Sherina comes from a wide international background having practiced across multiple jurisdictions. She qualified as an Advocate in India whilst working at a leading law firm in Mumbai (non practicing). She obtained her England and Wales qualification whilst training at Linklaters in London and subsequently spent six years as an associate in the international arbitration team at Shearman & Sterling before joining Norton Rose Fulbright.