Senior Advocate, Madras High Court
Director, International Mediation Institute (IMI)
President, National Association of Mediators in India
Mr. Sriram Panchu is an internationally recognized mediator who has been instrumental in bringing mediation into India’s dispute resolution system. He has worked with senior judges, government, and business heads. In 2005, he set up India’s first court-annexed mediation center in the Madras High Court. He is a senior advocate at the High Court, Madras.
He is a member of the National Legal Services Authority of India (NALSA) and president of the National Association of Mediators in India. He is a director of the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and is on the panel of senior mediators of national and international institutions. He has also authored three books on mediation: Settle for More, Mediation Practice & Law, and The Commercial Mediation Monograph. In December 2018, the Bar Association of India conferred on him its Lawyers of India Day Award of Honour and Distinction. The Supreme Court of India has referred to him as a “distinguished mediator,” “eminent trainer,” and “one of the foremost mediators in the country.”
Mr. Panchu is an alumnus of the Government Law College, Bombay. He commenced practice in 1976 at the Madras High Court and was designated as senior advocate in 1996. His expertise is in constitutional and commercial law, and he has appeared pro bono in several significant public interest cases.