Monthly Archives: March 2014
IRAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION CURATOR FOR PERSIAN MANUSCRIPTS AT BRITISH LIBRARY
Location: London, St. Pancras
Fixed Term Contract for 18 months
Ursula Sims–Williams (ursula.sims–email@example.com), or
Muhammad Isa Waley (firstname.lastname@example.org), Lead Curators (Persian).
Interview Date: 3rd April 2014
He fired Tony Blair & saved the Tchenguiz brothers from jail. Meet Sarosh Zaiwalla
11 February 2014 | By Shruti Tripathi
His clients include everyone from Saddam Hussein to the Gandhis…
He’s saved millionaire tycoons Robert and Vincent Tchenguiz from going to jail, sued the UK government and won, and fired Tony Blair. Meet Sarosh Zaiwalla, the first Asian to set up a City law firm in London, 30 years ago.
Zaiwalla set up his Chancery Lane law firm at a time when only “white and English” law firms snapped up high-profile cases. But to make his mark in the cut-throat field of law, he neither changed his Indian accent nor anglicised his name.
His firm boasts a £3m turnover and a waiting list of clients. How has he managed that? We ask him…
Q. First up, you fired Tony Blair?
[Chuckles] Tony is a very good friend. In fact, I just got a hand-written note from him, just now.
But back in the seventies, Tony was a young barrister working in a Labour chamber. Shipping in London was so upmarket at the time that even if you were white and English you would struggle getting in. I was lucky to act for the Indian High Commission and in those days there were a lot of small arbitration disputes.
Tony wanted to work on a shipping case and I instructed him. I told him this is the way I want you to argue the case and Tony said he would do it. But last minute, he did not do so.
Tony was really unprepared so I had to argue the case. So I sacked him for being unprepared.
We continue to be loyal friends and whenever we meet he enquires about the firm.
The good thing about England is that politicians who become big do not let professional decisions affect personal relationships. When they are wrong, they accept it. They aren’t vindictive.