Zaiwalla & Co announce promotion of Leigh Crestohl to Partner

January 30 2019

We are delighted to announce the promotion of Leigh Crestohl, to Partner. Leigh has been with Zaiwalla & Co for six years, having previously been a Senior Associate with Magic Circle firm, Clifford Chance. He will also assume the role of head of the Firm’s international arbitration department.

Founder and Senior Partner, Sarosh Zaiwalla, commented: “It is exciting to be promoting a talented lawyer like Leigh from within the Firm. Organic partner growth is essential to building our future, in addition to our growth by lateral hires. Leigh has demonstrated leadership and consistent high performance during the six years he has worked with us and we take great pride in promoting him to our Partnership.”

Leigh commented: “I am delighted with my appointment as Partner at the Firm, and relish facing the opportunities that come with the role. Zaiwalla & Co continues to grow its reputation in the UK and abroad as a leading specialist litigation and arbitration law firm, and I intend to contribute significantly to this growth.”

Leigh has over 20 years’ commercial litigation experience and specialist expertise in high-profile international commercial arbitration. During his time at the Firm, Leigh has led many high-profile cases such as the Kazakhstan Kagazy plc and others v Arip USD300m fraud case, and Polonskiy v Alexander Dobrovinsky in relation to issues of misrepresentation, deceit and breach of fiduciary duty.

Leigh trained in Canada, and his earlier career was spent working with Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Fulbright Canada), followed by seven years in the Paris and London offices of Clifford Chance. He is qualified as an English solicitor and admitted as a lawyer in Quebec and Ontario.

Zaiwalla & Co looks forward to continuing its strong performance into 2019, including handling the significant case of Bank Mellat v HM Treasury, which is expected to get underway this summer. This is one of the largest claims ever brought against the UK government.

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