“Abdulali Jiwaji is a stand-out practitioner. Quiet in manner, but confident and authoritative. Eyes on the detail – but also on the big picture. Spots the problems before they arise – and works out the practicable solutions. Ace judgement. Truly impressive. And, to add to all that: delightful to deal […]

The Legal 500 UK 2023

“Abdulali Jiwaji is a thoughtful lawyer who really thinks through the most difficult points in seeking solutions for his clients.”

The Legal 500 UK 2023

“Abdulali Jiwaji is absolutely unflapable, even in the most stressful of circumstances. He also has a relentless focus on the practical requirements of his clients.”

The Legal 500 UK 2023

“A real pleasure to work with. Super hard-working, really responsive and very bright.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Abdul Jiwaji is always a calm voice however much pressure there might be in a situation and encourages and inspires confidence.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Gentle in manner; tough as tough can be. Would recommend him without reservation. He is the total package.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“He has a grip of the big picture and the detail; very deft in client handling; tenacious and determined; swift, responsive and clear-thinking.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“One of the best litigators I have had the privilege of working with.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“He is always on the ball and has a good tactical brain.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Abdulali Jiwaji “has always provided sound and very considered advice“.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Abdulali Jiwaji is “a steady hand during turbulent times“.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“Abdulali Jiwaji has particularly strong experience advising on disputes involving financial products and mis-selling, investigations and disciplinary proceedings”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

Praised for his “responsive and measured” approach, Abdul is also regarded as someone who is a “thoughtful practitioner”.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Abdul is praised for having “a very good appreciation of the commercial nature of litigation”.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“Excellent interpersonal skills, is very good with clients and a pleasure to work with.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Abdul has an “ability to analyse difficult issues and provide concise and clear advice”.

The Legal 500 UK 2019


Abdul has over 20 years’ experience in litigation, arbitration and contentious regulatory matters, in London and Hong Kong.

He regularly handles disputes relating to investment funds, shareholder agreements, joint ventures and M&A transactions. He also advises on a broad range of commercial disputes, including in the insolvency and insurance context, such as warranty and indemnity claims. On the financial markets side, he has advised on disputes relating to financial products and mis-selling, regulatory investigations and compliance issues, drawing on time spent on secondment to the compliance team of a wholesale bank.

Abdul is regarded as a ‘Leading Individual’ in The Legal 500 UK 2023 for Commercial Litigation and a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for Banking Litigation: Investment and Retail. The Guide notes he is “absolutely unflappable” and that he “inspires confidence“. A commentator notes that: “One of the best litigators I have had the privilege of working with is Abdulali Jiwaji.” Abdul is further described as having “a grip of the big picture and the detail; very deft in client handling; tenacious and determined; swift, responsive and clear-thinking“. Previous Guides have noted Abdul “is always on the ball and has a good tactical brain” and recognises he “has always provided sound and very considered advice”. He is also praised for being “a steady hand during turbulent times”. Chambers Global has described him as a “technically sound, sensible and robust litigator who always finds practical solutions”.


  • Acting for members of the Barclay family in claims brought against them in the English High Court by Sir Frederick and Amanda Barclay in relation to recordings of conversations at the Ritz Hotel. The commercial dispute concerned allegations of breach of confidence, misuse of information and breach of data protection rights. Signature advised on the clients’ defence, the wider litigation strategy and confidential settlement.
  • Acting for various high net worth individuals in defending claims for enforcement of personal guarantees and indemnity agreements.
  • Acting for Bugsby Property LLC, a property developer and sponsor, in the 4 week trial of its c.£300m Commercial Court claim against Legal & General for breach of a contract relating to Bugsby’s bid for the purchase of Kensington Olympia.
  • Acting for a substantial property company in a Commercial Court claim against a large UK based banking group following the sale of interest rate swaps. The claim is based on allegations of misselling, misrepresentation, and bad faith.
  • Advising a corporate on its claims against an international banking group for alleged irregularities in the sale of various foreign exchange derivatives transactions.
  • Assisting a financial institution to obtain freezing orders to preserve assets following a fraud by a former employee, including advising on civil recovery and ongoing criminal proceedings against the fraudster.
  • Advising a limited partner on claims against a general partner for breach of duties under a limited partnership agreement governing an investment fund.
  • Acting for a reinsurance company in an LCIA arbitration in relation to the enforcement of a multi-million dollar indemnity claim in respect of damages caused to an aircraft by a contractor.
  • Acting in a £700m claim for breach of a joint venture agreement for the development of technology for electrical vehicles.
  • Acting for the founders of a fintech business focussed on delivering digital banking services in a minority oppression claim brought under the SIAC Rules, with a claim value of over US$100 million.


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