Karim Ghaly QC

Year of call:
2001
Silk:
2017
Email:
karim.ghaly@39essex.com

Clerks:
+44 (0)20 7832 1111

“He’ll run any case the best it can be run.”

“Really good on paper and really good on his feet; his cross-examination is absolutely devastating.”
Chambers & Partners

Karim Ghaly QC specialises in the litigation and arbitration of substantial construction, engineering, energy and infrastructure disputes.

He has appeared before the Court of Appeal, TCC and Commercial Court in London, and a wide range of institutional and ad hoc arbitral tribunals, in cases arising out of projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America.

Karim is recommended for Construction, Energy & Natural Resources, International Arbitration and Professional Negligence by Chambers & Partners, Chambers Global, the Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.

Construction


“Dynamic, energetic and hard-working.”

Chambers & Partners 2016, Construction.

“Has a razor-sharp mind, and is very commercial in his approach.”

Chambers & Partners 2015, Construction.

Karim represents governments, private employers, contractors and professionals in domestic and international construction, infrastructure and engineering disputes. He has extensive experience of defective design and workmanship claims, delay claims, variation claims, unlawful termination claims and professional negligence claims against architects, engineers and surveyors.

Recent cases include:

  • ICC Arbitration – representing the contractor in a prolongation and variations claim which arises out of an infrastructure project in South America.
  • LCIA Arbitration – advising an oil and gas field operator in a dispute arising out of an African offshore project.
  • Adjudication – representing a Project Co in a dispute arising out of the M&E works to a major PPP housing project.
  • Accolade Wines Limited v (1) VolkerWessels Limited (2) Goodman Logistics Limited & Others; TCC – representing the employer in a c£150m claim concerning piling and concrete slab defects.
  • Greenwich Millennium Village Ltd v Essex Services Group Plc; Court of Appeal – representing the contractor in a claim arising out of defective mechanical works to an apartment complex. The issues before the Court of Appeal included the interpretation of contractual indemnities in a building contract.

Commercial


Karim’s Commercial Court and commercial arbitration practice focuses on:

  • Energy disputes.
  • PFI/PPP disputes.
  • Insurance disputes.

Recent cases include:

  • Stena Oilfield Services Limited v Tullow Ghana; Commercial Court – representing Tullow in a dispute arising out a contract for the provision of a drilling rig for a project offshore Ghana.
  • 3M PLC v The States of Guernsey; Commercial Court – representing 3M in a c£28m product liability claim.
  • LCIA Arbitration – representing the guarantor in dispute over the enforceability of a contract of guarantee.
  • Barts Health NHS Trust v Capital Hospitals Limited; Commercial Court – representing the Project Co in a hospital PFI dispute over the termination of services.

International Arbitration


“Regularly appears as sole counsel in various international arbitrations for a number of significant international clients. He is particularly impressive when handling construction and engineering disputes in China, Africa, South America and Europe.”

Chambers & Partners 2016, International Arbitration: Construction/Engineering.

“A first choice for construction disputes in the Middle East.”

Legal 500

Recent cases include:

  • ICC Arbitration – representing the contractor in a prolongation and variations claim arising out of an infrastructure project in South America.
  • LCIA Arbitration – advising an oil and gas field operator in a dispute arising out of an African offshore energy project.
  • ICC Arbitration – representing a subcontractor in a prolongation and variations dispute arising out of an infrastructure project in Abu Dhabi.
  • ICC Arbitration – representing an oil and gas field operator in a dispute arising out of an energy project offshore China.

Energy


Extremely bright; he thinks strategically and commercially.’

Legal 500 2016, Energy

“…frequently engaged by large-scale, international clients to deal with issues all over the world… very good in terms of the strategy and technical side of the case. He’s clearly very intelligent… very calming, very sensible and very approachable.”

Chambers & Partners 2016, Energy & Natural Resources

Karim has advised and represented governments, private employers and contractors in power generation and oil and gas disputes arising out of onshore and offshore projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America.

Recent cases include:

  • Stena Oilfield Services Limited v Tullow Ghana; Commercial Court – representing Tullow in a dispute arising out a contract for the provision of a drilling rig for a project offshore Ghana.
  • ICC Arbitration – acting for a Chilean contractor in a dispute arising out of the construction of an LNG terminal.
  • LCIA Arbitration advising an oil and gas field operator in a dispute arising out of an African offshore energy project.
  • ICC Arbitration – advising a contractor in relation to the delayed construction and installation of the deepwater infrastructure for a gas field in the South China Sea.
  • Adjudication – representing a UK PPP in a £25m dispute concerning an offshore wind turbine drive train testing facility.
  • FIDIC DAB – acting for a US engineering company in a power generation dispute arising out of a project in Nigeria.

Insurance/Re-Insurance


Karim undertakes a variety of insurance work including disputes over issues of coverage, non-disclosure, misrepresentation and breach of warranty.

He has substantial experience of CAR, professional indemnity and property insurance disputes arising from construction and energy projects. He also acts and advises in matters arising out of a range of marine business.

Recent cases include:

  • Arbitration – representing the underwriter in a marine cargo coverage dispute.
  • Arbitration – representing the underwriter in a property insurance coverage dispute.
  • Adjudication – acting for a London NHS Trust in a dispute arising out of the insurance arrangements under a PFI contract.

Infrastructure


Karim has appeared as an advocate in disputes arising out of infrastructure projects in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and South America.

His work has included litigation, arbitration and adjudication arising out of the following projects:

  • An airport terminal and runway project in the UAE.
  • Heathrow Terminal 5.
  • A deepwater gas project offshore China.
  • A deepwater oil project offshore Ghana.
  • A deepwater oil and gas project offshore Tanzania.
  • A LNG terminal project in Chile.
  • A nitrogen pipeline in the UAE.
  • An offshore wind turbine drive train testing facility in the north of England.
  • A rig-building project in Indonesia.
  • A power generation project in Nigeria.
  • A landmark stadium development in the UAE.
  • The Dubai International Financial Centre Gate Village.
  • Three landmark mixed-use tower developments in Dubai, together with the related transport infrastructure; Two DIAC arbitrations.

Recommendations


Karim is recommended for Construction, Energy & Natural Resources, International Arbitration and Professional Negligence by Chambers & Partners, Chambers Global, the Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.

He was named Construction Junior of the Year at the 2014 Chambers Bar Awards.

Quotes

“He sees every possible point and many that other counsel miss.” “He can cut through to the nub of the issue quickly and does it in a very calm, relaxed manner.” Chambers & Partners 2016

 “A compelling advocate.” Legal 500 2015

 “Has a razor-sharp mind, and is very commercial in his approach.” “A great analytical thinker who any client would love.” Chambers & Partners 2015.

“A first choice for construction disputes in the Middle East.” Legal 500 2014

“Superb.” Chambers & Partners 2014

“He’ll run any case the best it can be run.” Chambers & Partners 2014

“Very bright and a very good advocate, he is extremely good with clients.” Chambers & Partners 2014

“Absolutely excellent” Chambers & Partners 2013

“Extremely intelligent … instils confidence and gains a client’s trust quickly” Legal 500 2013

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