Rajinder Bassi is a standout name in international arbitration: a first-class intellect, oodles of experience, natural charm with clients and opponents and tough as nails when the occasion demands.” - The Legal 500 UK, 2021

Rajinder is a partner in the international litigation and arbitration group in the London office and the Assistant General Counsel for Europe. She has represented multi-national corporations, government entities, and high profile individuals in high stakes international arbitrations and litigations around the world. These cases have involved a wide range of complex subject matters, applicable laws, and venues and have covered many industry sectors including telecoms, energy, pharmaceutical and financial services. Rajinder also serves as an arbitrator. In addition, Rajinder has conducted white collar crime investigations on a global basis.

Rajinder is listed as a Leading Lawyer in The Legal 500 UK 2021, where she is described as having “a standout name in commercial litigation" and as "a fearsome opponent‘ in international disputes.” She is listed as a leading international arbitration lawyer in Chambers Global and Chambers UK, where she is described as ”a very intellectual lawyer — she's very thorough and really thinks the legal problems through.” She is also listed in The Legal 500 where she is described as a “superb tactician and tough negotiator.” Rajinder is recognised as a leading international arbitration lawyer in The Legal 500 International Arbitration Powerlist. Rajinder was also awarded the 2019 Asian Women of Achievement Award in the Business Category, and the Best in Commercial Arbitration Award in Euromoney’s Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2019.


Thought Leadership


Co-author, “Increased Transparency in International Commercial Arbitration”, Financier Worldwide, August 2016.

Author, “Taking Risks and Finding Support” WILEF Tribune, June 2016.

Q&A with Kirkland & Ellis' Rajinder Bassi”, Law360, April 2016.

Author, “United Kingdom”, Annual Review: Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2015.


Spoke on the topic of Case Management of Arbitrations at the National Initiative Towards Strengthening Arbitration and Enforcement in India conference in New Delhi on 22 October 2016.

Spoke on the topic of “Ensuring the Next Generation of Women Leaders in Dispute Resolution Mirrors Representation in Law Schools” at the C5 conference on “Women in Dispute Resolution” on 23 June 2015.

Spoke on the topic of “Ambition — The Fuel for Your Career Engine” at the London launch of Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) on 25 June 2015.

Memberships & Affiliations

Co-chair of Women In Law Empowerment Forum, London

Member, London Court of International Arbitration

Member, International Bar Association

Member, ICC (UK)

Fellow, Royal Society of Arts


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1997, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales


  • English
  • Punjabi


  • The University of Law, ChesterLegal Practice CourseDistinction1994
  • The University of SheffieldLL.B.Hons.1993