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Pranay Lekhi



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Pranay Lekhi



Pranay Lekhi is an Associate in the International Arbitration team at Allen & Overy LLP in London. He is a dual-qualified lawyer, qualified as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, as well as an advocate in India. His areas of practice include public international law, international investment arbitration and international commercial arbitration.

Pranay has advised on investment treaty arbitrations under ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, as well as commercial arbitrations under the LCIA and ICC Rules involving complex financial instruments, insolvency-related disputes and competition law issues.

Pranay has been the legal adviser to the delegation of the Republic of Maldives for the 41st session of UNCITRAL Working Group III: Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform, and the 63rd session of UNCITRAL Working Group IV: Electronic Commerce. He was also a member of the Law Commission of India’s expert sub-committee analysing the 2015 Draft Model Indian Bilateral Investment Treaty.

Pranay completed his undergraduate law degree from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. Following this, he completed his Master of Law degree from the University of Cambridge, with a specialization in international law. At Cambridge, Pranay was awarded the Senior Harris Scholarship for outstanding academic performance in LL.M. examinations by Downing College. Pranay was also an editor of the Cambridge International Law Journal and the Co-Head for the Cambridge Pro Bono Project with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Pranay has previously published his research in key areas of international law, including international arbitration, nuclear disarmament and international space law. He is also a part of Allen & Overy’s Future Disputes Group, specialising in outer space law. Pranay has presented his research at various conferences in the United States of America, France and India.

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Admitted as a Solicitor (England and Wales), 2022

Admitted as an Advocate (India), 2019


B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, 2019 (First Class Honours, Gold Medallist)

LL.M., University of Cambridge, 2020 (Specialisation in International Law) (First Class Honours, Senior Harris Scholarship from Downing College)

Pro bono

  • Advising applicants for citizenship registrations with Coram Children’s Legal Centre.


Published work

  • Pranay Lekhi (2022), “Manchester City v Premier League [2021] EWCA Civ 1110 – Open Justice Scores Over Confidentiality”, Young ITA Newsletter – Winter Edition
  • Godwin Tan, Pranay Lekhi (2022), “‘Trust Issues’ in Investment Treaty Arbitration”, ArbDossier
  • Aman Lekhi, Pranay Lekhi (2022), “The Objective Non-arbitrability of Insolvency Related Disputes”, Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration, p. 3-23, Vienna:Manz
  • Pranay Lekhi (2021), “The Nuclear Problem: A Communitarian Response”, Netherlands International Law Review, 68, p. 89-119, T.M.C. Asser Press
  • Pranay Lekhi (2021), “Failure to comply with no oral modification provision prevent effective novation”, CompactContract, Blog post
  • Pranay Lekhi, Tanishtha Vaid (2019), “A Case for the Protection of Space Tourists – Reimagining the Vacuum in Space”, ZLW – German Journal of Air and Space Law, 2, p. 229-247, Carl Heymanns Verlag