Zafar Abbas


Zafar is the founding Director of Averroes Solicitors. Zafar is a specialist in international investment and commercial arbitration, arbitration related court litigation, international human rights and employment law.

Averroes Solicitors
45 Moorfields

0207 997 7321


University of Cambridge, UK
International Investment Law and Arbitration Course

University of Louvain, Belgium
Certificate in International Human Rights Law (ongoing)

University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde, UK
LLM Commercial Law

Distinctions in Local and International Arbitration, Company Law, Banking Law and Intellectual Property Law

Dissertation: “Jurisdiction of a Treaty-Based Arbitral Tribunal, Under the So-Called Umbrella Clause or Broadly Phrased Dispute Resolution Clause Contained in a BIT, Over Pure Contract Claims—SGS Cases Considered”

University of the Punjab, Pakistan
LLB (including Arbitration)
BA (Journalism & English)


Zafar is well-versed in and keenly focuses on international arbitration and arbitration related litigation. He has deep understanding of various arbitral rules including ICC, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SCC, AAA, HKIAC, SIAC and CIETAC rules.

The high-profile commercial and arbitration cases Zafar has worked on include:

  • S.p.A Impregilo v. Islamic Republic of Pakistan (ICSID Case No. ARB/03/3)
  • Bayindar Insaat v. Government of Pakistan (ICSID Case No. ARB/03/29)

Zafar has also extensive knowledge of human rights and employment law. He has dealt with many high-profile human rights cases representing both individuals and British Government.

Zafar accepts instructions on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law, including all forms of discrimination, whistleblowing, wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal, business protection claims, TUPE claims and disciplinary hearings. Zafar advises and represents both employees and employers.

  • Member of Young International Arbitration Group (“YIAG”)
  • Member of Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (“ICCA”)
  • Employment Lawyers Association