Sherina Petit

Head of India Practice; Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

United Kingdom
T:+44 20 7444 5573
United Kingdom
T:+44 20 7444 5573
Sherina Petit

Sherina Petit


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Sherina Petit is an international arbitration lawyer in London and heads up the practice across Asia, Europe and Middle East. She also heads the firm's India practice.

Besides arbitration, she has significant experience of investor state disputes resolution, alternative dispute resolutions (ADR) and litigation. 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 for the Pledge for Equal Representation for Women in Arbitration.

Sherina is a published writer and speaker on international arbitration. She recently co-authored a chapter in Arbitration in England (edited by Julian Lew QC), a chapter of Enforcing Arbitral Awards in India (edited by Nakul Dewan) and a chapter of the GAR Guide to Challenges & Enforcement of Arbitration Awards (edited by Emmanuel Gaillard & J William Rowley QC).

Alongside 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, the most recent include:

  • Professional Adviser Award at The Indian Awards 2019, by the India Business Group at the House of Commons
  • Legal 500's inaugural International Arbitration Powerlist for the UK
  • Leading Individual from England in the Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2019 being described as "a stand out name in the international arbitration space"
  • India Business Law Journal's A-list for 2019 of the Top 100 international lawyers for India related work
  • Dispute Resolution Star in Benchmark Litigation Europe 2019
  • Expert in Expert Guides' 2018 edition of the Commercial Arbitration Guide
  • Client Choice Awards for the UK in the Arbitration & ADR category in 2017 and 2018 (as voted for by corporate counsel)
  • 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"
  • Acritas Stars database for 2017, 2018 and 2019
  • Corporate International Magazine Global Award for the "India Arbitration Lawyer of the Year in England", 2017
  • 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"
  • Legal Week's 2016 feature, "Rising stars: the new generation of litigators making their mark"

Sherina is also ranked in several leading directories including:

  • Legal 500 described her 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 (now 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 in London before joining us in 2009.

Professional experience

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  • King's College London
  • Advocate
  • Master of Law (LLM)
  • Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales
  • Qualified, India (non,practicing)
  • Law changes bring Indian arbitration into the future, CDR Magazine, August 10, 2016 


Developments in third party funding in arbitration

Publication | September 05, 2019

Challenges to awards

Publication | September 05, 2019

The Singapore Convention on Mediation

Publication | August 30, 2019

Issues relating to Challenging and Enforcing Arbitration Awards:

Publication | August 07, 2019