Sriram Panchu is a senior advocate at the High Court, Madras and an internationally recognised mediator. Over the past 20 years, he has been instrumental in bringing mediation into India’s dispute resolution system, working with senior judges, government and business heads. In 2005, he set up India’s first court – annexed mediation centre in the Madras High Court.
Mr Panchu has mediated a large number of complex and high-value commercial disputes in India and abroad. He has to his credit some of the most noteworthy mediation settlements in India. He is often appointed as a mediator by the Supreme Court of India and the High Courts. He as at ease with the facilitative and evaluative styles of mediation.
Mr Panchu is a member of the National Legal Services Authority of India (NALSA) and President of the national association Mediators India. He is a director of the International Mediation Institute ( IMI) and is on the panel of senior mediators of national and international institutions.
His books on mediation include Settle for More (2007, EastWest), Mediation Practice & Law (2011 - 15, Butterworths) and recently The Commercial Mediation Monograph (2019, Oakbridge).
In December 2018, the Bar Association of India conferred on him its Lawyers of India Day Award of Honour and Distinction.
In March 2019 the Supreme Court of India appointed him on a three-member panel to mediate the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi – Babri Masjid dispute, India’s most contentious public dispute between its Hindu and Muslim communities.