Celebrating Britain's 101 Most Influential Asians 2021

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Pushpinder Saini


PUSHPINDER SAINI was appointed as a high court judge following an open competition run by the Judicial Appointments Commission on 1 October 2019. He was assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division.

He is considered as one of the top legal experts in the media and entertainment sector.

Last month, he ruled that Al Arabiya news channel, allegedly controlled by the Saudi Royal family, can appeal a decision that Qatar Airways Suit over a ‘malicious’ news story should be heard in England and Not the United Arab Emirates.

Human rights is one area where he secured landmark judgments that contributed to the development of law. European Court of Human Rights ordering Turkey to pay monetary damages to Cyprus for human rights violations is one such case. This was the first instance the court awarding a just satisfaction in an inter-state case.

The Catherine Smith proceedings in the Supreme Court concerning the extra-territorial application of the European Convention of Human Rights is his another major case that made a far-reaching impact on law and the society, particularly soldiers.

He is also known for his deft handling of cases where commercial disputes, his another specialism, and human rights law overlap.

Pushpinder has extensive experience in commercial disputes and appeared regularly in UK and EU courts. His hands-on trial experience, the cross-examination of expert witnesses in particular, is highly commended.

He has also developed expertise in cases related to financial services. He has worked with New York-based firms and appeared as lead counsel in the Bars of British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas in financial services and trusts related disputes. He acted in proceedings arising out of the Lehman collapse and Madoff investment scandal in the US.

Media and entertainment sector considers Pushpinder as its first port of call. He is

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