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Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation

Khurram Ali Partner

Khurram is a partner based in the Middle East with specialist knowledge of the KSA, UAE and the UK markets. He primarily specialises in dispute resolution with a particular focus on the maritime, transportation, oil & gas, international trade and ports/terminal sectors, as well as general commercial litigation. Additionally, he brings extensive expertise in non-contentious matters within these sectors and provides general corporate advice to clients in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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With over two decades of experience, Khurram provides advice to shipowners, charterers, terminal/port operators, logistics companies, P&I Clubs, traders, offshore operators/shipowners, governmental bodies and various other local and international companies. He advises on a wide range of disputes relating to debt recovery, charterparty, commodities sale and purchase contracts and COA disputes including seaworthiness, off-hire, withdrawal from hire, safe port/berth, early redelivery, off-spec bunkers, as well as ship arrests, general average, groundings, collisions/allisions and cargo claims.

Before his current position, Khurram worked at a prominent international law firm, initially in Dubai and later relocating to Riyadh to establish and lead their shipping practice. Following this, he was recruited by another top-tier international law firm to assist with their expansion into the Saudi market and spearhead their operations in the country. Earlier in his career, he worked at a major International Group P&I Club, advising its members, primarily Korean shipowners (with whom he still maintains close ties) on FD&D and P&I claims. Additionally, he held a position as a part-time law lecturer at the University of Westminster in the UK.

Clients benefit from Khurram’s extensive experience in managing disputes in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the High Court in London and Courts throughout the UAE. He also represents clients before various arbitral institutes including LMAA, ICC, LCIA, DIAC and AAA. He has also provided advice on matters concerning other GCC jurisdictions and numerous jurisdictions globally.

In addition to his contentious work, Khurram drafts amends and reviews various maritime contracts such as sale and purchase agreements for vessels, commodities, terms and conditions and bills of lading (house and NVOCC) for major maritime and logistics companies/freight forwarders throughout the region, as well as terms of use and concession agreements for ports/terminal operators.

Khurram has a proven track record in supporting international businesses on 
foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, establishing himself as a trusted advisor for businesses pursuing opportunities in the Saudi market. Leveraging his substantial experience in corporate work, he has successfully advised numerous clients through complex legal matters.

Khurram regularly delivers papers on Maritime Law at major industry events and also delivers bespoke training sessions to his clients.

He is a member of the Bar Council and Law Society of England & Wales and Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn. He was awarded the Sir Thomas More Bursary by Lincoln's Inn whilst reading for the Bar.

Khurram is recognised as a 'Recommended Lawyer' in the Legal 500 2023 Guide for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation.

  • Marine and international trade
  • Dispute resolution
  • International arbitration
  • Commodities
  • Corporate
  • Shipping

Retained by a world leading ship manager to handle all of their matters throughout the Middle East. This includes advising on various corporate matters relating to their establishment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, joint venture agreements, shareholders’ agreements, employment law advice in the UAE, KSA and globally, as well as supporting them with their expansion into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the broader Middle Eastern market.

Advising a Korean tanker owner and its P&I Club regarding the interpretation of port regulations at Ras Tanura and Das Island, as well as Saudi Aramco's and ADNOC's terms of use. Evaluated the implications of these regulations on the rejection of a tanker for loading oil cargo and their impact on the terms of a long-term charterparty under English law. Assessed whether the port regulations and terms of use constituted local law by examining the establishment of Saudi Aramco/ADNOC and the legal status of their issued regulations.

Representing a P&I Club and one of the leading European container lines addressing a potentially dangerous cargo claim involving a clean petroleum product stored in flexi tanks transported in containers, which aroused suspicion due to an odour. Under KSA regulations, the cargo had to be declared non-dangerous before customs clearance, necessitating sampling and testing by port officials, with the process coordinated by us on behalf of the concerned parties.

Representing a specialist vessel owner operating company in a dispute involving four sale and purchase contracts with a total claimed loss value of US$172 million.

Advising one of the largest international logistics providers based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on their rights and options to recover a significant amount from a KSA food supply company under a warehousing agreement.

Providing advice to a prominent European ship owner and its P&I Club concerning the recovery of losses incurred during vessel repair and the impact of the incident. Despite significant potential losses, the involvement of Saudi Aramco introduced additional complexities. Khurram provided advice on incident details, applicable law, time limitations and liability considerations.

Instructed by a well-known UAE-based freight forwarder to draft, review and amend their standard terms and conditions for freight forwarding that governs the relationship between our clients’ entities and their counterparties as well drafting as a house and NVOCC bill of lading. Khurram was also retained by one of the largest logistics companies in the KSA to also draft, review and amend their standard terms and conditions for freight forwarding that governs the relationship between our clients’ entities and their counterparties. In addition, Khurram also performed the same exercise for reginal freight forwarder with its headquarters in the KSA.

Representing one of the world's largest ship management companies in a dispute relating to the termination of a complex ship management contract.

Advising a world class ship management business regarding the application of EU regulations to contracts established with a non-EU entity. Through Khurram's review, he was able to clarify the potential implications, enabling the client to maintain global business relationships.

Advising a marine services provider on the recovery of withholding tax (approximately US$6.1 million) that was being claimed by KSA authorities relating to the provision of the client's crew members on board vessels and at port facilities.

Advising various ship owners in respect of pollution and potential environmental damage in the KSA and liaising with Environmental Agency of the KSA.

Advising a leading provider of insurance and related risk management services to the international transport and logistics industry on the extent to which a local cedant in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is permitted under KSA law and regulations to control a claim and the impact of the Anti-Fronting / Anti-Concealment Regulations of the KSA on the claims handling, as well as the re-insurance policy.

Acting for the charterers in respect of the termination of charterparties for three vessels.

Acting for and advising a shipowner and its P&I Club in respect of alleged wet damage to a cargo grain that was consigned to a Saudi based receiver, a major importer of grain cargos throughout the KSA.

Assisting the owners of four OSVs that were chartered to a company headquartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in recovering outstanding payments owed to them for hire and related costs under the four charterparties.

Advising one of the largest diversified family business groups in the Middle East on a demurrage claim under a sale contract.

Drafting a secondment agreement and service level agreement for an international marine services provider and a UAE based shipowner.

Advising one of the world's leading container transportation companies regarding the potential arrest of their vessels in the UAE due to a pollution claim in Egypt.

Advising an offshore contractor in respect of disputes arising from a marine installation project and cable laying contract in Abu Dhabi oil fields. Khurram advised on issues relating to the change of the scope of work and losses of US$19.1 million, suffered by the contractor under UAE Law.

Advising a global marine solutions provider concerning the requirement of flagging tug, pilot and service boats in the Kingdom Saudi Arabia, as they explored potential bids for concessions in Saudi Arabian ports via their joint venture in the country.

Assisting a leading ship management business with drafting several high-value English law profit sharing agreements in respect of several unincorporated cross-border joint ventures in the shipping and aviation sectors in the KSA, UAE and Europe.

Representing the owners of the vessel "M/V Black Pearl" in a dispute with their cargo interests in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, providing advice on enforcing a London-seated arbitration award, the enforceability of an English High Court anti-suit injunction, service of proceedings, settlement negotiations and tactics in the arbitration, primarily focusing on KSA law issues.

Representing the world's largest NYSE listed independent crude oil tanker company in a complex charterparty dispute.

Representing an international group P&I club and its member relating to a collision between an offshore vessel and our client’s rig while it was jacked-up.

Supporting a renowned physical commodities trader headquartered in Dubai with several matters in relation to breaches of trade contracts with their customers and reviewing their contracts, as well as advising on taxation clauses.

Advising on, reviewing and drafting all types of charterparties and COAs and terms of use and port regulations for shipowners, charterers, traders and port/terminal operators.

Advising a major UAE bank (the lawful holder of the bills of lading) in respect of its rights and claims under 13 bills of lading against eight shipowners amounting to US$24 million relating to the mis-delivery of cargo without the production of the original bills of lading under English law.

Acting for a worldwide logistics company in an ICC arbitration under English law in respect of a dispute exceeding US$12 million. This dispute relates to issues arising from offshore support and logistics contracts, as well as charterparties in respect of support logistics services provided for oil fields in Omani waters.

Acting for a UAE based rig owner in arbitration proceedings under the AAA rules concerning a repudiation of a stock purchase agreement of a subsidiary company whose sole asset was a rig. Advising on issues concerning interpretation of obligations of the seller before and at closing under English law and Texas procedural law as the seat of the arbitration was Houston, Texas.

Advising a London-based P&I Club and its members in various matters on issues of liability and limitation of claims under KSA law following collisions in Saudi waters.

Advising a major container line in defending a cargo claim exceeding US$1 million under KSA law, involving conflicts of law issues as the bill of lading and land transporter contract were subject to English law and High Court jurisdiction. Pursued a recovery claim against the land transporter in KSA courts while defending claims made by the land transporter against the local agent.

Representing a charterer in a LMAA arbitration concerning disputes over unpaid freight, demurrage and vessel detention by Saudi Arabian authorities due to alleged unlawful/dangerous cargo of waste oil subject to export restrictions. Defended against claims totalling US$8.7 million under the voyage charter.

Representing a UAE-based charterer and cargo owner in proceedings before the KSA Customs Appeal Committee regarding the confiscation of gasoil cargo valued at over US$20 million by Saudi Arabian authorities. Also involved in London arbitration proceedings, addressing claims under the bill of lading and charterparty resulting from shipowners alleged breaches of the UN Security Council Resolution concerning the blockade of Yemen. Successfully obtained a Royal Decree from the Royal Court directing the KSA Customs to return the value of cargo to the cargo owner.

Representing a UAE port operator and its property insurers regarding multi-jurisdictional proceedings concerning a US$24 million claim resulting from an allision between an 11,500 TEU container vessel and an onshore gantry crane, resulting in significant damage.

Drafting port/shipyard usage regulations for a Middle Eastern shipyard.

Drafting rules and regulations for a KSA government entity relating to marine tourism in the Red Sea. Project includes drafting rules and regulations in respect of pleasure boats, yachts, water toys, ports, marinas and cruise ships.

Advising and defending various claims brought by cargo interests before the KSA courts against another major terminal operator in the KSA.

Representing a major family conglomerate based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a dispute with a sub-contractor relating to a contract for the supply, installation and inspection of power generators for the Arar Water Purification Plant – Phase III Expansion Project in the KSA.

Acting on behalf of MEEN to pursue the payment of outstanding receivables from a company specialising in the sports, entertainment, culture, leisure and hospitality industries, involved in the Jeddah Season 2022 Project. This matter is significant due to the recovery of dues from an entity associated with the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia amidst a sensitive national project.

Representing a high net worth individual, founder of a leading private aviation company in Saudi, in a dispute with a partner in the company. They entered into an informal agreement for ongoing capital injections which is now being disputed. Additionally, the client's partner took unauthorised advances from payments owed to the client's company.

Representing the owners of the vessel "M/V Black Pearl" in a dispute with their cargo interests in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, providing advice on enforcing a London-seated arbitration award, the enforceability of an English High Court anti-suit injunction, service of proceedings, settlement negotiations and tactics in the arbitration, primarily focusing on KSA law issues.

Representing a P&I Club and one of the leading European container lines addressing a potentially dangerous cargo claim involving a clean petroleum product stored in flexi tanks transported in containers, which aroused suspicion due to an odour. Under KSA regulations, the cargo had to be declared non-dangerous before customs clearance, necessitating sampling and testing by port officials, with the process coordinated by us on behalf of the concerned parties.

Representing a specialist vessel owner operating company in a dispute involving four sale and purchase contracts with a total claimed loss value of US$172 million.

Advising and defending various claims brought by cargo interests before the KSA courts against another major terminal operator in the KSA.

Advising various ship owners in respect of pollution and potential environmental damage in the KSA and liaising with Environmental Agency of the KSA.

Advising one of the largest international logistics providers based in Saudi Arabia on their rights and options to recover a significant amount from a KSA food supply company under a warehousing agreement.

Providing advice to a prominent European ship owner and its P&I Club concerning the recovery of losses incurred during vessel repair and the impact of the incident. Despite significant potential losses, the involvement of Saudi Aramco introduced additional complexities. Khurram provided advice on incident details, applicable law, time limitations and liability considerations.

Representing one of the world's largest ship management companies in a dispute relating to the termination of a complex ship management contract.

Advising a major UAE bank (the lawful holder of the bills of lading) in respect of its rights and claims under 13 bills of lading against eight shipowners amounting to US$24 million relating to the mis-delivery of cargo without the production of the original bills of lading under English law.

Advising a marine services provider on the recovery of withholding tax (approximately US$6.1 million) that was being claimed by KSA authorities relating to the provision of the clients’ crew members on board vessels and at port facilities.

Advising a leading provider of insurance and related risk management services to the international transport and logistics industry on the extent to which a local cedant in Saudi Arabia is permitted under KSA law and regulation to control a claim and the impact of the Anti-Fronting / Anti-Concealment Regulations of the KSA on the claims handling, as well as the re-insurance policy.

Acting for the charterers in respect of the termination of charterparties for three vessels. 

Acting for and advising a shipowner and its P&I Club in respect of alleged wet damage to a cargo grain that was consigned to a Saudi based receiver, a major importer of grain cargos throughout the KSA.

Assisting the owners of four OSVs that were chartered to a company headquartered in Abu Dhabi in recovering outstanding payments owed to them for hire and related costs according to four charterparties.

Advising one of the largest diversified family business groups in the Middle East on a demurrage claim under a sale contract.

Advising one of the world's leading container transportation companies regarding the potential arrest of their vessels in the UAE due to a pollution claim in Egypt.

Advising an offshore contractor in respect of disputes arising from a marine installation project and cable laying contract in Abu Dhabi oil fields. Khurram advised on issues relating to the change of the scope of work and losses of US$19.1 million, suffered by the contractor under UAE Law.

Representing the world's largest NYSE listed independent crude oil tanker company in a complex charterparty dispute.

Representing an international group P&I club and its member relating to a collision between an offshore vessel and our client’s rig while it was jacked-up.

Supporting a renowned physical commodities trader headquartered in Dubai with several matters in relation to breaches of trade contracts with their customers and reviewing their contracts, as well as advising on taxation clauses.

Acting for a worldwide logistics company in an ICC arbitration under English law in respect of a dispute exceeding US$12 million. This dispute relates to issues arising from offshore support and logistics contracts, as well as charterparties in respect of support logistics services provided for oil fields in Omani waters.

Acting for a UAE based rig owner in arbitration proceedings under the AAA rules concerning a repudiation of a stock purchase agreement of a subsidiary company whose sole asset was a rig. Advising on issues concerning interpretation of obligations of the seller before and at closing under English law and Texas procedural law as the seat of the arbitration was Houston, Texas.

Advising a London-based P&I Club and its members in various matters on issues of liability and limitation of claims under KSA law following collisions in Saudi waters.

Advising a major container line in defending a cargo claim exceeding US$1 million under KSA law, involving conflicts of law issues as the bill of lading and land transporter contract were subject to English law and High Court jurisdiction. Pursued a recovery claim against the land transporter in KSA courts while defending claims made by the land transporter against the local agent.

Representing a UAE-based charterer and cargo owner in proceedings before the KSA Customs Appeal Committee regarding the confiscation of gasoil cargo valued at over US$20 million by Saudi Arabian authorities. Also involved in London arbitration proceedings, addressing claims under the bill of lading and charterparty resulting from shipowners alleged breaches of the UN Security Council Resolution concerning the blockade of Yemen. Successfully obtained a Royal Decree from the Royal Court directing the KSA Customs to return the value of cargo to the cargo owner.

Representing a charterer in a LMAA arbitration concerning disputes over unpaid freight, demurrage and vessel detention by Saudi Arabian authorities due to alleged unlawful/dangerous cargo of waste oil subject to export restrictions. Defended against claims totalling US$8.7 million under the voyage charter.

Representing a UAE port operator and its property insurers regarding multi-jurisdictional proceedings concerning a US$24 million claim resulting from an allision between an 11,500 TEU container vessel and an onshore gantry crane, resulting in significant damage.

Advising a major UAE bank (the lawful holder of the bills of lading) in respect of its rights and claims under 13 bills of lading against eight shipowners amounting to US$24 million relating to the mis-delivery of cargo without the production of the original bills of lading under English law.

Acting for a worldwide logistics company in an ICC arbitration under English law in respect of a dispute exceeding US$12 million. This dispute relates to issues arising from offshore support and logistics contracts, as well as charterparties in respect of support logistics services provided for oil fields in Omani waters.

Advising an offshore contractor in respect of disputes arising from a marine installation project and cable laying contract in Abu Dhabi oil fields. Khurram advised on issues relating to the change of the scope of work and losses of US$19.1 million, suffered by the contractor under UAE Law.

Acting for a UAE based rig owner in arbitration proceedings under the AAA rules concerning a repudiation of a stock purchase agreement of a subsidiary company whose sole asset was a rig. Advising on issues concerning interpretation of obligations of the seller before and at closing under English law and Texas procedural law as the seat of the arbitration was Houston, Texas.

Representing the owners of the vessel "M/V Black Pearl" in a dispute with their cargo interests in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, providing advice on enforcing a London-seated arbitration award, the enforceability of an English High Court anti-suit injunction, service of proceedings, settlement negotiations and tactics in the arbitration, primarily focusing on KSA law issues. 

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Supporting a renowned physical commodities trader headquartered in Dubai with several matters in relation to breaches of trade contracts with their customers and reviewing their contracts, as well as advising on taxation clauses.

Acting for and advising a shipowner and its P&I Club in respect of alleged wet damage to a cargo grain that was consigned to a Saudi based receiver, a major importer of grain cargos throughout the KSA.

Representing the world's largest NYSE listed independent crude oil tanker company in a complex charterparty dispute.

Representing a P&I Club and one of the leading European container lines addressing a potentially dangerous cargo claim involving a clean petroleum product stored in flexi tanks transported in containers, which aroused suspicion due to an odour. Under KSA regulations, the cargo had to be declared non-dangerous before customs clearance, necessitating sampling and testing by port officials, with the process coordinated by us on behalf of the concerned parties.

Advising one of the largest international logistics providers based in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on their rights and options to recover a significant amount from a KSA food supply company under a warehousing agreement.

Representing a charterer in a LMAA arbitration concerning disputes over unpaid freight, demurrage and vessel detention by Saudi Arabian authorities due to alleged unlawful/dangerous cargo of waste oil subject to export restrictions. Defended against claims totalling US$8.7 million under the voyage charter.

Representing a UAE-based charterer and cargo owner in proceedings before the KSA Customs Appeal Committee regarding the confiscation of gasoil cargo valued at over US$20 million by Saudi Arabian authorities. Also involved in London arbitration proceedings, addressing claims under the bill of lading and charterparty resulting from shipowners alleged breaches of the UN Security Council Resolution concerning the blockade of Yemen. Successfully obtained a Royal Decree from the Royal Court directing the KSA Customs to return the value of cargo to the cargo owner.

Advising and defending various claims brought by cargo interests before the KSA courts against another major terminal operator in the KSA.

More: Commodities

Retained by a world leading ship manager to handle all of their matters throughout the Middle East. This includes advising on various corporate matters relating to their establishment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, joint venture agreements, shareholders’ agreements, employment law advice in the UAE, KSA and globally, as well as supporting them with their expansion into Saudi Arabia and the broader Middle Eastern market.

Assisting a leading ship management business with drafting several high-value English law profit sharing agreements in respect of several unincorporated cross-border joint ventures in the shipping and aviation sectors in the KSA, UAE and Europe.

Instructed by a well-known UAE-based freight forwarder to draft, review and amend their standard terms and conditions for freight forwarding that governs the relationship between our clients’ entities and their counterparties as well drafting as a house and NVOCC bill of lading. Khurram was also retained by one of the largest logistics companies in the KSA to also draft, review and amend their standard terms and conditions for freight forwarding that governs the relationship between our clients’ entities and their counterparties. In addition, Khurram also performed the same exercise for reginal freight forwarder with its headquarters in the KSA.

Drafting a secondment agreement and service level agreement for an international marine services provider and a UAE based shipowner.

Advising a major conglomerate family-owned business in Saudi on sale purchase agreements, joint ventures and trading terms and conditions for its various business divisions and drafting the same.

Drafting port/shipyard usage regulations for a Middle Eastern shipyard.

Drafting rules and regulations for a KSA government entity relating to marine tourism in the Red Sea. Project includes drafting rules and regulations in respect of pleasure boats, yachts, water toys, ports, marinas and cruise ships.

Assisting a leading ship management business with drafting several high-value English law profit sharing agreements in respect of several unincorporated cross-border joint ventures in the shipping and aviation sectors in the KSA, UAE and Europe.

Advising on, reviewing and drafting all types of charterparties and COAs and terms of use and port regulations for shipowners, charterers, traders and port/terminal operators

Advising a high net worth individual on the acquisition of an aviation certification company in the USA.

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Retained by a world leading ship manager to handle all of their matters throughout the Middle East. This includes advising on various corporate matters relating to their establishment in the Kingdom Saudi Arabia, joint venture agreements, shareholders’ agreements, employment law advice in the UAE, KSA and globally, as well as supporting them with their expansion into Saudi Arabia and the broader Middle Eastern market.

Representing a P&I Club and one of the leading European container lines addressing a potentially dangerous cargo claim involving a clean petroleum product stored in flexi tanks transported in containers, which aroused suspicion due to an odour. Under KSA regulations, the cargo had to be declared non-dangerous before customs clearance, necessitating sampling and testing by port officials, with the process coordinated by us on behalf of the concerned parties.

Representing a specialist vessel owner operating company in a dispute involving four sale and purchase contracts with a total claimed loss value of US$172 million.

Advising one of the largest international logistics providers based in Saudi Arabia on their rights and options to recover a significant amount from a KSA food supply company under a warehousing agreement.

Providing advice to a prominent European ship owner and its P&I Club concerning the recovery of losses incurred during vessel repair and the impact of the incident. Despite significant potential losses, the involvement of Saudi Aramco introduced additional complexities. Khurram provided advice on incident details, applicable law, time limitations and liability considerations.

Instructed by a well-known UAE-based freight forwarder to draft, review and amend their standard terms and conditions for freight forwarding that governs the relationship between our clients’ entities and their counterparties as well drafting as a house and NVOCC bill of lading. Khurram was also retained by one of the largest logistics companies in the KSA to also draft, review and amend their standard terms and conditions for freight forwarding that governs the relationship between our clients’ entities and their counterparties. In addition, Khurram also performed the same exercise for reginal freight forwarder with its headquarters in the KSA.

Drafting rules and regulations for a KSA government entity relating to marine tourism in the Red Sea. Project includes drafting rules and regulations in respect of pleasure boats, yachts, water toys, ports, marinas and cruise ships.

Representing one of the world's largest ship management companies in a dispute relating to the termination of a complex ship management contract.

Advising a world class ship management business regarding the application of EU regulations to contracts established with a non-EU entity. Through Khurram's review, he was able to clarify the potential implications, enabling the client to settle claims and maintain global business relationships.

Advising a marine services provider on the recovery of withholding tax (approximately US$6.1 million) that was being claimed by KSA authorities relating to the provision of the client's crew members on board vessels and at port facilities.

Advising a leading provider of insurance and related risk management services to the international transport and logistics industry on the extent to which a local cedant in Saudi Arabia is permitted under KSA law and regulation to control a claim and the impact of the Anti-Fronting / Anti-Concealment Regulations of the KSA on the claims handling, as well as the re-insurance policy.

Acting for the charterers in respect of the termination of charterparties for three vessels.

Acting for and advising a shipowner and its P&I Club in respect of alleged wet damage to a cargo grain that was consigned to a Saudi based receiver, a major importer of grain cargos throughout the KSA.

Assisting the owners of four OSVs that were chartered to a company headquartered in Abu Dhabi in recovering outstanding payments owed to them for hire and related costs according to four charterparties.

Drafting port/shipyard usage regulations for a Middle Eastern shipyard.

Advising one of the largest diversified family business groups in the Middle East on a demurrage claim under a sale contract.

Drafting a secondment agreement and service level agreement for an international marine services provider and UAE based shipowner.

Advising one of the world's leading container transportation companies regarding the potential arrest of their vessels in the UAE due to a pollution claim in Egypt.

Advising a global marine solutions provider concerning the requirement of flagging tug, pilot and service boats in Saudi Arabia, as they explore potential bids for concessions in Saudi Arabian ports via their joint venture in the country.

Assisting a leading ship management business with drafting several high-value English law profit sharing agreements in respect of several unincorporated cross-border joint ventures in the shipping and aviation sectors in the KSA, UAE and Europe.

Representing the owners of the vessel "M/V Black Pearl" in a dispute with their cargo interests in Saudi Arabia, providing advice on enforcing a London-seated arbitration award, the enforceability of an English High Court anti-suit injunction, service of proceedings, settlement negotiations and tactics in the arbitration, primarily focusing on KSA law issues.

Advising and defending various claims brought by cargo interests before the KSA courts against another major terminal operator in the KSA.

Representing the world's largest NYSE listed independent crude oil tanker company in a complex charterparty dispute.

Advising a major UAE bank (the lawful holder of the bills of lading) in respect of its rights and claims under 13 bills of lading against eight shipowners amounting to US$24 million relating to the mis-delivery of cargo without the production of the original bills of lading under English law.

Advising on, reviewing and drafting all types of charterparties and COAs and terms of use and port regulations for shipowners, charterers, traders and port/terminal operators.

Representing an international group P&I club and its member relating to a collision between an offshore vessel and our client’s rig while it was jacked-up.

Supporting a renowned physical commodities trader headquartered in Dubai with several matters in relation to breaches of trade contracts with their customers and reviewing their contracts, as well as advising on taxation clauses.

Acting for a worldwide logistics company in an ICC arbitration under English law in respect of a dispute exceeding US$12 million. This dispute relates to issues arising from offshore support and logistics contracts, as well as charterparties in respect of support logistics services provided for oil fields in Omani waters.

Advising an offshore contractor in respect of disputes arising from a marine installation project and cable laying contract in Abu Dhabi oil fields. Khurram advised on issues relating to the change of the scope of work and losses of US$19.1 million, suffered by the contractor under UAE Law.

Acting for a UAE based rig owner in arbitration proceedings under the AAA rules concerning a repudiation of a stock purchase agreement of a subsidiary company whose sole asset was a rig. Advising on issues concerning interpretation of obligations of the seller before and at closing under English law and Texas procedural law as the seat of the arbitration was Houston, Texas.

Advising a London-based P&I Club and its members in various matters on issues of liability and limitation of claims under KSA law following collisions in Saudi waters.

Advising a major container line in defending a cargo claim exceeding US$1 million under KSA law, involving conflicts of law issues as the bill of lading and land transporter contract were subject to English law and High Court jurisdiction. Pursued a recovery claim against the land transporter in KSA courts while defending claims made by the land transporter against the local agent.

Representing a UAE-based charterer and cargo owner in proceedings before the KSA Customs Appeal Committee regarding the confiscation of gasoil cargo valued at over US$20 million by Saudi Arabian authorities. Also involved in London arbitration proceedings, addressing claims under the bill of lading and charterparty resulting from shipowners alleged breaches of the UN Security Council Resolution concerning the blockade of Yemen. Successfully obtained a Royal Decree from the Royal Court directing the KSA Customs to return the value of cargo to the cargo owner.

Advising a UAE and Singapore-based shipowner, along with its P&I Club and Hull and Machinery underwriters following a collision in Fujairah resulting in the constructive total loss of the vessel. Advised on matters concerning liability and limitation under UAE Law and the 1976 LLMC.

Representing a UAE port operator and its property insurers regarding multi-jurisdictional proceedings concerning a US$24 million claim resulting from an allision between an 11,500 TEU container vessel and an onshore gantry crane, resulting in significant damage.

Advising various ship owners in respect of pollution and potential environmental damage in the KSA and liaising with Environmental Agency of the KSA.

Drafting the terms and conditions, as well as concession agreements, port service agreements and storage agreements for various leading ports and terminal operators and oil producers including national oil companies throughout the Middle East.

Representing a world class ship owning and management company engaged in a dispute with a large trading company operating in the Middle East. The management company shipped a large quantity of medical grade aesthetic filler but during the voyage, the cargo was exposed to high temperatures resulting in the same being rejected upon delivery by the trading company.

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  • International trade
  • Aviation

Representing a P&I Club and one of the leading European container lines addressing a potentially dangerous cargo claim involving a clean petroleum product stored in flexi tanks transported in containers, which aroused suspicion due to an odour. Under KSA regulations, the cargo had to be declared non-dangerous before customs clearance, necessitating sampling and testing by port officials, with the process coordinated by us on behalf of the concerned parties.

Representing an international group P&I club and its member relating to a collision between an offshore vessel and our client’s rig while it was jacked-up.

Acting for and advising a shipowner and its P&I Club in respect of alleged wet damage to a cargo grain that was consigned to a Saudi based receiver, a major importer of grain cargos throughout the KSA.

Providing advice to a prominent European ship owner and its P&I Club concerning the recovery of losses incurred during vessel repair and the impact of the incident. Despite significant potential losses, the involvement of Saudi Aramco introduced additional complexities. Khurram provided advice on incident details, applicable law, time limitations and liability considerations.

Representing one of the world's largest ship management companies in a dispute relating to the termination of a complex ship management contract.

Advising a London-based P&I Club and its members in various matters on issues of liability and limitation of claims under KSA law following collisions in Saudi waters.

More: P&I clubs

Supporting a renowned physical commodities trader headquartered in Dubai with several matters in relation to breaches of trade contracts with their customers and reviewing their contracts, as well as advising on taxation clauses.

Acting for and advising a shipowner and its P&I Club in respect of alleged wet damage to a cargo grain that was consigned to a Saudi based receiver, a major importer of grain cargos throughout the KSA.

Representing the world's largest NYSE listed independent crude oil tanker company in a complex charterparty dispute.

Representing a P&I Club and one of the leading European container lines addressing a potentially dangerous cargo claim involving a clean petroleum product stored in flexi tanks transported in containers, which aroused suspicion due to an odour. Under KSA regulations, the cargo had to be declared non-dangerous before customs clearance, necessitating sampling and testing by port officials, with the process coordinated by us on behalf of the concerned parties.

Advising one of the largest international logistics providers based in Saudi Arabia on their rights and options to recover a significant amount from a KSA food supply company under a warehousing agreement.

Advising on, reviewing and drafting all types of charterparties and COAs and terms of use and port regulations for shipowners, charterers, traders and port/terminal operators.

Advising an offshore contractor in respect of disputes arising from a marine installation project and cable laying contract in Abu Dhabi oil fields. Khurram advised on issues relating to the change of the scope of work and losses of US$19.1 million, suffered by the contractor under UAE Law.

Representing a charterer in a LMAA arbitration concerning disputes over unpaid freight, demurrage and vessel detention by Saudi Arabian authorities due to alleged unlawful/dangerous cargo of waste oil subject to export restrictions. Defended against claims totalling US$8.7 million under the voyage charter.

Representing a UAE-based charterer and cargo owner in proceedings before the KSA Customs Appeal Committee regarding the confiscation of gasoil cargo valued at over US$20 million by Saudi Arabian authorities. Also involved in London arbitration proceedings, addressing claims under the bill of lading and charterparty resulting from shipowners alleged breaches of the UN Security Council Resolution concerning the blockade of Yemen. Successfully obtained a Royal Decree from the Royal Court directing the KSA Customs to return the value of cargo to the cargo owner.

More: International trade

Representing a high-net-worth individual, founder of a leading private aviation company in Saudi, in a dispute with a partner in the company. They entered into an informal agreement for ongoing capital injections which is now being disputed. Additionally, the client's partner took unauthorised advances from payments owed to the client's company.

Advising a high-net-worth individual on the acquisition of an aviation certification company in the USA.

Representing the owner of an airline fleet who engaged another company for management services for his fleet of aeroplanes. The client agreed to pay third party costs on behalf of the aeroplane management company when they experienced financial difficulties, but the company has now gone into liquidation and the liquidator cannot correlate those payments against the invoices issued by the management company to the client.

More: Aviation

  • Asia

Advising a Korean tanker owner and its P&I Club regarding the interpretation of port regulations at Ras Tanura and Das Island, as well as Saudi Aramco's and ADNOC's terms of use. Evaluated the implications of these regulations on the rejection of a tanker for loading oil cargo and their impact on the terms of a long-term charterparty under English law. Assessed whether the port regulations and terms of use constituted local law by examining the establishment of Saudi Aramco/ADNOC and the legal status of their issued regulations.

Acting for major South Korean based shipowners and container lines in respect of claims relating to containerised cargo including reefer containers, bulk cargoes, LPG and oil/chemical cargoes, groundings, collisions, allisions, dock damage, unsafe berth and port claims, as well as several charterparty disputes in various LMAA arbitrations.

Acting for Taiwanese-based container lines and their P&I Clubs before Dubai and Sharjah Courts whereby the cargo was miss-declared by the shipper.

Acting for a major South Korean-based container line and its P&I Club before the Abu Dhabi Court in respect of alleged damage caused to steel pipes shipped in containers under the shippers’ load, count and seal.

Advising a South Korean-based container line on issues arising out of a crank case explosion in the engine room of a 12,000 TEU vessel that was on long-term charter to the container line. Advised on issues concerning unseaworthiness, disputes under the long-term time charterparty, GA, towage contract and slot agreements.

Advising a UAE and Singapore-based shipowner, along with its P&I Club and Hull and Machinery underwriters following a collision in Fujairah resulting in the constructive total loss of the vessel. Advised on matters concerning liability and limitation under UAE Law and the 1976 LLMC.

Awards

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation

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