Ashis Ray, Indian Foreign correspondent based in London who is been serving in BBC , ITN, Times of India moderated the session along with Special Guest Jimmy Pochkhanawala, Senior Counsel, Supreme Court of India.
Zaiwalla is a Parsi lawyer from Dahanu and Mumbai. He studied in St. Xavier’s High School, Bombay, studied his law and graduated from Government Law College in 1972 and founded Zaiwalla & Co. Solicitors in April 1982. He is the Senior Partner of Zaiwalla & Co. Solicitors which has been in the City of London for the past 35 years. He shares his adventures and experiences of his life and career through his book “Honour Bound: Adventures of an Indian Lawyer in the English Courts”. There are about104 reported judgments in the English law reports where his firm had acted for one of the parties. A judgment is only reported in the law reports if it affects the development of law. Today, there firm is one of the leading firms in the field of International Arbitration.
The book looks back on his career – from his passage to England at a time when diversity had barely begun to take root in its legal circles to now leading a groundbreaking law firm. This is the story of a solicitor who made his way on his own terms, with creativity but without ever compromising on his values. While he still has many chapters ahead of him (“A lawyer never retires after all), some of the cases concluded have created a storm in India. His memoir is filled with drama and intrigue, from instructing a young barrister to deal with some of the biggest cases ever heard.
The session followed by Discussions, Q&A’s with the audience. The launch was a big hit with a large crowd of participation from readers from law, business, chartered accountants, journalists and other industry areas.