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

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific 2019

Poornima Hatti


Poornima Hatti has extensive experience in advising clients across jurisdictions in all aspects of dispute resolution. She has represented clients in both international commercial arbitration and domestic arbitrations, litigation before various fora in India including the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi, Karnataka High Court and various courts in South East Asia.

Poornima also sits as an independent external chairperson on committees to prevent sexual harassment at the workplace for various Indian and multi-national corporates.

Prior to joining the Firm, Poornima was with a leading international firm Herbert Smith Freehills at their Singapore office where she assisted clients across various Asian jurisdictions. Her past experience also includes working in Bangalore as a sole practitioner and working with Amarchand Mangaldas as part of their dispute resolution practice in New Delhi. Poornima has also been closely involved in mediations across Asia and has been trained by the Singapore Mediation Centre.

Poornima is a visiting faculty member at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and lectures at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore on request.

Poornima also works with various civil society organisations in Bengaluru. She sits on the board of Daksh, a non-profit organization, which is working on developing data-based accountability mechanisms in institutions of governance.

Poornima has a B.A., LL.B (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, (2003), and a LLM from London School of Economics, UK (2006), where she was awarded the graduate merit scholarship.

She has also co-edited a book on leadership and role modelling at the workplace mentoring at the workplace which has been published in 2018 by Springer. She has also contributed to a book on women and leadership, edited by Dr Payal Kumar published by Palgrave Macmillan. Poornima is admitted to practice law in India.

In her free time, Poornima loves reading and story-telling to toddlers. She loves historic walks in urban landscapes and is particularly pleased when she discovers new trivia. She has a growing interest in modern Indian art.


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'Most Influential Woman' in Dispute Resolution

- Bengaluru

'Recommended Practitioner' for 'Dispute Resolution' and 'Labour & Employment'

Acquisition International – The Voice of Corporate Finance - 2018

Legal 500 2019, 2018 & 2017

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

Clients report that they “found her prompt in responses, knowledgeable and passionate about each case”. Peers identify her as “one of the best people in Bengaluru“. 

Chambers Asia Pacific 2016

She is also celebrated by clients for her “clear and precise” advice as well as her “quick turnaround.” 

Chambers 2015

Poornima is well-recognised in the market, and the firm has a well-respected litigation and arbitration practice. 

Asia Legal Business 2012

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

She is well known for her expertise in handling domestic and international disputes, where she focuses on corporate, commercial and infrastructure-related mandates. Source points out: “She is very responsive and understands the demands and expectations of international clients.” 

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018

Poornima Hatti is "hard-working and understands complex disputes," according to sources. She is also commended for her tenacious approach to litigation.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017

The A -List - India’s Top 100 Lawyers

India Business Law Journal 2019 & 2018

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