Jagdish Menezes is Of Counsel in Quinn Emanuel’s London office. He joined the firm in 2014. His practice focuses on international arbitration (investor-state and commercial), as well as multi-jurisdictional disputes involving issues of fraud and corruption. He has specific experience in disputes involving sovereigns as parties or counterparties, or raising government relations issues.
Jagdish obtained his undergraduate degree from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad, India, where he graduated with eleven gold medals, including two medals in arbitration. Thereafter, he obtained his B.C.L. from the University of Oxford, on a full scholarship. He was also a member of the team that won the 19th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition in Vienna, 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Jagdish worked with the Singapore International Arbitration Center, assisting with case management, legal research and the drafting of a script for a simulation of an arbitration. He has previously also clerked with a judge of the Bombay High Court. He is admitted to practice in India and as a Solicitor of England & Wales with Higher Rights of Audience.
Jagdish was recognised by the 2020 UK edition of Legal 500 as a key lawyer for commercial disputes and described in a testimonial as a “tremendous professional” with an “extremely impressive…degree of commitment and mastery of the case and applicable laws of multiple jurisdictions”. He is also listed among the Arbitration Future Leaders (Non-Partners) in the Who’s Who Legal Guide 2023 and 2024, as well as in the 2024 UK edition of Legal 500 as a Recommended Individual for International Arbitration and Public International Law.
AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited v. Republic of Ghana – Acting for AngloGold Ashanti in ICSID proceedings in connection with a mining dispute against the Republic of Ghana arising out of the withdrawal of military support from AGA’s concession in Obuasi, Ghana.
DP World v. Djibouti – Acting for DP World in an investment dispute against the Republic of Djibouti arising out of the State’s seizure of DP World’s container terminal at Doraleh, Djibouti.
Acting for a mining company in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings against an African government, arising out of changes to the country’s legislative framework.
Acting for a multinational oil and gas business against a Middle Eastern national oil company in multi-jurisdictional enforcement proceedings over a US$ 2.4 billion arbitration award.
Acting for a leading regional telecommunications company in the Caucasus in relation to an investment dispute against an Eastern European State.
Acted in a cross-border litigation for global telecoms company against a Tanzanian high net worth individual that helped uncover and resolve a fraud and judicial corruption in a dispute worth nearly US$ 1 billion.
Acting for a group of financial institutions in an UNCITRAL arbitration against a high net worth individual concerning a large Eastern European telecommunications business.
Acting for a Zambian power utilities company against a copper mining company in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning the supply of power.
Acting for Ukraine in a litigation over a $3 billion sovereign debt being heard at the United Kingdom Supreme Court.
Acted for Cairn Energy plc in a successful enforcement campaign over a US$ 1.2 billion arbitration award against the Republic of India.
- University of Oxford
- National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, (NALSAR)
(B.A. LL.B, Honours, 2013)
- Solicitor, England & Wales
- Higher Rights of Audience (Civil)
- Admitted to practice in India
- Recognized in Legal 500 UK 2024 as a Recommended Individual for International Arbitration and Public International Law
- Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration -Future Leaders (Non-Partners) Guide, 2023
- Listed in Legal 500 UK 2020 as a key lawyer for commercial disputes
The Other Side of the Coin: India's 2015 Model BIT and Indian Investors Abroad, TDM 2 (2018) [ISSN: 1875-4120] published in Choukroune & Donde (eds.), Adjudicating Global Business In and With India (Routledge 2021)(co-author).
Unnecessary Implications & Indian Arbitration Law: A Critical Assessment of Videocon Industries Ltd. v. Union of India, 2011(5)SCALE678,  NADR Rev. (2012) 127.
Simplicity, Clarity, and Consistency – What the Supreme Court should do in Bharat Aluminium Co. v. Kaiser Aluminium Technical Services Inc., Ed. 6, Young Arbitration Review - Under40 International Arbitration Review 27 (2012).
Narayan Dutt v. State of Punjab [2011 (2) SCALE 712]: A Critical Scrutiny against the Contours of Pardoning Power, CNLU LJ (2) 2011-2012, 125 [ISSN: 0976-805X].
Creating Smaller States for Development: The Clash of Law, Economics and Political Expediency, 1(2) NULJ 236 [ISSN: 2249-1430].
Why the question of Life or Death Remains the Most Difficult One, 3 (Winter) Journal of Indian Law and Society 110 (2011).
Contamination of Outer Space: Liability under the Existing Corpus Juris Spatialis, 1(2) Int’l. Jour. Cont. Laws 2012 (www.ijcl.co.in_uploads_8_7_5_1_8751632_sa5_1) [ISSN: 2277-3649].
The Rationale behind Trade Mark Dilution: Has ITC v. Philip Morris proved to be the Light at the end of the Tunnel?, 1 NLIU J. of IP Law 111 (2012) .
Research Whaling: Implications for the Common Heritage of Mankind Principle, presented at the 4th Intl. Congress on Environmental Research, Surat, 2011, published in 1(3) A38 Journal of International Law (http://www.athirtyeight.com/2012/09/volume-i-edition-3.html)[ISSN 2277-9361].
Panelist at the International Litigation Finance Forum 2022 in London speaking on litigation campaigns to enforce judgments and arbitral awards.
Panelist at the upcoming TL4 – Sovereign & States Disputes Conference 2023 in London speaking on injunctions and interim relief against sovereign parties.