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“What stands out in Poornima Hatti, a senior partner, is not only her wide knowledge of the law and critical thinking but also her sense of compassion and objectivity.”

Asia-Pacific Legal500

Poornima Hatti


Poornima Hatti leads the dispute resolution practice for Samvad Partners and is based out of Bangalore. She also co-heads the employment law practice from the contentious perspective. She regularly sits as an arbitrator and mediator.

With more than eighteen years of experience in the dispute resolution space, Ms Hatti has extensive experience in Indian dispute resolution as well as in cross-border dispute resolution. She has acted on behalf of Indian and foreign clients in the context of litigation before Indian Courts, quasi-judicial authorities and in arbitration proceedings. She is associated with various organisations including the Singapore International Mediation Centre where she is an India Specialist Mediator.

Poornima is a visiting faculty member at the National Law School of India University and a guest lecturer at IIM, Bengaluru and is a member of the LCIA-Young International Arbitration Group and the Australasian Forum of International Arbitration, the Indian Arbitration Forum

Poornima writes regularly on arbitration and dispute resolution in India and is an internationally recognized speaker in the area. Poornima has written on the issue of sexual harassment at the workplace in the context of the anti-sexual harassment law, which came into force in India in 2013. Her articles have been published in books by Palgrave McMillan. She also speaks regularly on the subject and has conducted sensitisation programmes on compliance with law both at chambers of commerce and on client requests. She has also co-edited a book on leadership and role modelling at the workplace mentoring at the workplace which has been in 2018 by Palgrave McMillan. The detailed list of her publications can be seen here: Poornima Hatti’s Publications.


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Winner of Outstanding Contribution Award: Diversity & Inclusion

Chambers Asia-Pacific Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021

“She has tremendous clarity and is both tough and pragmatic, ensuring that one achieves the right outcomes.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019

Ranked as a Leading Individual for Dispute Resolution

Asia-Pacific Legal500 2023

Band 1: Dispute Resolution – Bengaluru Based

Chambers Asia- Pacific 2023 - 2013

Female Lawyer of the Year and Asia-Pacific’s Top 100 Women in Litigation

Benchmark Litigation
Asia-Pacific 2023

Star Women in
Law of the Year

 LegalEra's Women in Law Excellence Awards 2020. 

Recognised as 'Future Star' for Intellectual Property

Benchmark Litigation
Asia-Pacific 2021.

Ranked as “Leading Lawyer Champions” for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration & Litigation

Legal Era Leading Lawyers Rankings 2023, 2022

Featured in the “Top Disputes Lawyers in India” List

Asian Legal Business 2023, 2022

Featured in the “Top Female Lawyers in India” List

Asian Legal Business 2023


'Most Influential Woman' in Dispute Resolution
- Bengaluru

Acquisition International – The Voice of Corporate Finance - 2018

“Poornima responds promptly to all queries and requirements”

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2021

“Poornima heads the dispute resolution practice at the firm whilst also being a D&I and pro bono trailblazer and a focused leader and role model in the Asia Pacific market. She is committed to advancing gender diversity within the profession and is a high-profile expert and advisor in this space.”

Chambers Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Awards: Asia-Pacific 2021

She is known for her substantial caseload, which incorporates corporate, commercial and infrastructure-related disputes. Sources respect her as a "good litigator," particularly well equipped to handle cases with cross-jurisdictional aspects because "she understands the demands and expectations of international clients"

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020

Poornima Hatti is ‘hard working, sharp, and self-motivated’.

Asia-Pacific Legal500 2020

Poornima Hatti receives high praise from sources, who say: "She has tremendous clarity and is both tough and pragmatic, ensuring that one achieves the right outcomes." Her broad practise encompasses corporate, commercial and infrastructure-related mandates. "She understands issues from an overall perspective and advises us accordingly."

Chambers Asia Pacific 2019

Poornima has been awarded ‘Most Influential Woman in Dispute Resolution 2018 – Bengaluru’ by Acquisition International – The Voice of Corporate Finance.

Ranked  for Labour & Employment Practice

Asia-Pacific Legal500 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017.

The A -List - India’s Top 100 Lawyers

India Business Law Journal 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 & 2018.

Ranked for Dispute Resolution Practice

Asia-Pacific Legal500 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017.

Winner of Outstanding Contribution Award: Diversity & Inclusion

Chambers Asia-Pacific Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021

Ranked for Employment and Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Areas

Chambers Asia- Pacific 2023, 2022 and 2021

Asia’s Super 50 Disputes Lawyers 2021

Asia Legal Business’s inaugural list of Asia’s best disputes lawyers

'Litigation Star' for Commercial and transactions Disputes

Benchmark Litigation
Asia-Pacific 2021.

India’s Top 30
Disputes Lawyers 2020

Asian Legal Business’s annual list of India’s best disputes lawyers.

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