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Sahana Jayakumar

Call 2014

International Arbitration

Sahana is developing an international arbitration practice to complement her commercial experience. Prior to coming to the Bar, Sahana worked as a stagiaire in the International Arbitration team of an international law firm in Paris, assisting with filings in a multi-billion dollar ICC Arbitration. In 2018, Sahana spent time working for a renowned Middle-Eastern law firm in the Dubai International Finance Centre and working in the Registry of the DIFC Courts.

In 2023, Sahana was awarded a distinction in her LLM in International Dispute Resolution from Queen Mary University of London’s School of International Arbitration. Sahana was awarded a distinction for her dissertation entitled “Arbitral Awards and Third Parties: Towards a Principled Approach to Preclusive Effect?”.

Selected Cases

  • C v D (Ad-Hoc) (ongoing) – acting as junior counsel (led by Anna Laney KC) bringing a multi-million OMR claim for extensions of time and damages for out-of-scope work carried out under a contract for the construction of a hotel in Oman.
  • X v Y and Z (ICC) (ongoing) – acting as junior counsel (led by Roger ter Haar KC) defending a multi-million dollar claim for damages following termination of a contract for construction works in the Middle East.
  • A v B (LCIA) – Acting as junior counsel in a USD 5 million arbitration regarding a contract for services in Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising on issues relating to the jurisdiction of an arbitrator and conflicting dispute resolution clauses in successive commercial contracts.
  • Drafting an application and supporting evidence to set aside an arbitral award in the DIFC Courts on the grounds of public policy.
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  • Norman Tapp Memorial Prize, Grays Inn
  • Internship Award, Grays Inn
  • Pegasus Scholarship, Inner Temple
  • Jonathan Brock KC Memorial Prize, Runner-up, LCLBA – “Forum non conveniens: Is Spiliada still fit for purpose or holed below the water-line?
  • International Professional and Legal Development Grant 2019, Bar Council



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  • LLM International Dispute Resolution, Queen Mary University of London
  • MA (Hons) Law with French Law, Christ Church, University of Oxford.
  • Certificat Supérieur de Droit Français et Européen (ERASMUS Scholar), Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)
  • BPTC, BPP University


  • Professional working French
  • Intermediate spoken Kannada
  • Basic Spanish
  • Basic Hindi


  • LCIA Young International Arbitration Group
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association

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