Harish Salve KC is one of the world’s leading arbitration counsel.

He is a very experienced and senior lawyer with a global reputation for international commercial arbitration and litigation. His practice also encompasses public international law, human rights, civil fraud, public, energy and tax.

Harish is admitted to the Bar in England & Wales and was appointed a King’s Counsel in 2020.

Harish was formerly Solicitor General of India and is a Senior Advocate at the Indian Bar (1992), practicing largely in the Supreme Court of India. In 2015, it was announced that Harish had been awarded one of India’s highest accolades, the Padma Bhushan.




Harish is one of the world’s leading international arbitration counsel.

Harish has arbitrated commercial cases under ICC, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL rules and has a particular expertise in the area of Bilateral Investment Treaty Arbitrations.

He has been appointed by the ICC and the LCIA as an arbitrator in arbitrations in London, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Delhi. He is an SIAC panel member.


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Public International Law

Harish has a broad and distinguished Public International Law practice representing clients including States and multi-national companies.


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Harish has a world-class commercial law practice. His expertise in the courts of both England and Wales and India gives him unrivalled experience as lead counsel representing multi-national corporations in multi-jurisdictional litigation. 


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  • Bachelor of Commerce – Nagpur University [1975] 
  • Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants [1978] 
  • Bachelor of Legislative Laws (LLB) – Nagpur University [1980] 

General Experience

  • Member of the Singapore International Commercial Courts Committee appointed by the Singapore Government in May 2013. 
  • Member of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. 
  • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration. 
  • Member of the Permanent Court of International Arbitration (nominated by India).

India Practice

  • Enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi in 1980. 
  • Set up independent practice in 1986. 
  • Designated a Senior Advocate in 1992. 
  • Solicitor General of India from November 1999 to November 2002.
  • Harish was conferred with the Padma Bhushan (the third Highest Civilian Award in India) in 2015.
  • Regular Practice as Lead Counsel in the Supreme Court of India, specialising in Commercial laws, taxation, constitutional and administrative law. 
  • Harish has appeared in almost all High Courts of India in cases relating to his areas of specialisation.

Amicus Curiae Briefs 

  • In 1996, appointed Amicus Curiae by the Supreme Court of India in the case relating to the enforcement of the Forest Protection Act 1980, which is an ongoing case. 
  • In 1996, appointed Amicus Curiae by the Supreme Court of India in a case dealing with the air pollution in Delhi – on account of the orders of the Supreme Court of India made in this case, the bus fleet in Delhi stands converted to CNG. 
  • Appointed as Amicus Curiae by the Supreme Court of India in a Public Interest Litigation seeking directions for proper investigation of riot cases in Gujarat arising out of the riots in 2002. 

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