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India Disputes
November 2023
Venue TBC

Donny Surtani
Barrister, Arbitrator and Mediator at Crown Office Chambers


Donny Surtani has an independent practice as counsel, arbitrator and mediator.  He is dual-qualified in England and Ontario, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a former Chartered Management Accountant.

With over 20 years of experience in law and finance, Donny accepts appointments to act as arbitrator or mediator, particularly in cases with an accounting, banking or financial element, or with complex quantum of damages issues. His practice experience encompasses financial services, energy, telecoms, construction, insurance, joint venture and M&A disputes, and civil fraud.  He is a resident neutral at Arbitration Place in Toronto, while practising in London through a door tenancy at Crown Office Chambers.

He has appeared as an advocate before the English High Court, Court of Appeal and various tribunals. In addition to the arbitration and mediation experience below, he has acted in complex cross-border litigation in England and elsewhere, including in some of the largest cases heard in the English commercial courts.

He is a member of the ICC Task Force on Arbitration and ADR, and has been accredited as a mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (UK). He has been widely published, and has served as a guest lecturer on arbitration and ADR at universities in England and in Canada.

A large part of Donny’s practice involves advising parties on quantitative analysis of dispute risk through Decision Analysis techniques. He designed Herbert Smith Freehills’ market-leading offering in this area and continues to be consulted by the firm on it. He also regularly uses Decision Analysis in his settlement counsel and mediator roles.

Agenda Sessions

  • Case Studies: Learnings from recent and ongoing Indian cases and how these judgements will shape Indian law in the years to come