Karim Ghaly QC

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

Clerks:
+44 (0)20 7832 1111

“Extremely effective in cross-examination, fantastic on his feet.”
Chambers & Partners 2021
“An extremely talented oral advocate and a brutally effective cross-examiner.”
Legal 500 2021
“Commercially astute and great to work with.”
Who’s Who Legal 2021

Karim Ghaly QC specialises in the litigation and arbitration of substantial commercial disputes in the fields of construction & engineering, energy & natural resources, infrastructure, insurance and PPP/PFI.

He has acted as counsel in complex and high-profile disputes arising out of projects in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America and the UK.  In addition to his work as counsel, Karim accepts institutional and ad hoc appointments as arbitrator.

Karim is recognised as one of the leading advocates in his areas of practice. He is recommended for Construction, Energy & Natural Resources, International Arbitration, PPP/PFI and Professional Negligence by Chambers & Partners, Chambers Global, Legal 500, Legal 500 Middle East and Who’s Who Legal.

Construction


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

Recent cases include:

  • ICC Arbitration – representing the employer in a claim and counterclaim arising out of the construction of a palace in Qatar.
  • ICC Arbitration – representing the MEP subcontractor in a US$80m dispute arising out the construction of an airport in Oman.
  • DIAC Arbitration – acting as arbitrator in a dispute concerning the construction of a hospital.
  • ICC Arbitration – representing the employer in a US$500m claim/counterclaim arising out of a Caribbean infrastructure project.
  • ICC Arbitration – acting for a contractor in a US$100m claim/counterclaim arising out of an infrastructure project in the Middle East.
  • 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.

Commercial


Karim’s commercial practice focuses on: PPP/PFI disputes; energy disputes and insurance disputes.

He has extensive experience of international PPP and UK PPP/PFI disputes concerning funding issues, operation of payment mechanisms, SFPs, termination and unavailability. Karim has acted in PPP/PFI projects concerning hospitals, power generation facilities, roads, social housing and waste facilities.

Recent cases include:

  • A £200m dispute arising out of a 25-year waste disposal PPP contract.
  • A £70m dispute arising out of a social housing PFI project.
  • A £50m dispute arising out a waste facility PPP project.
  • 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.

International Arbitration


The majority of Karim’s work is the arbitration of substantial and complex international commercial disputes. His international work spans the core areas in which he is recognised as a leading practitioner: construction & engineering; energy & natural resources and infrastructure.

Recent cases include:

  • ICC Arbitration – representing the landowner in a US$120m breach of contract dispute arising out of a large private development in Qatar.
  • ICC Arbitration – representing a national oil company, as leader of a team of seven counsel, in a US$500m claim/counterclaim arising out of a Caribbean infrastructure project.
  • ICC Arbitration – acting for a contractor in a US$100m claim/counterclaim arising out of an infrastructure project in the Middle East.
  • 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


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, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and South America.

Recent cases include:

  • ICC Arbitration – representing a national oil company, as leader of a team of seven counsel, in a US$500m claim/counterclaim concerning an oil refinery.
  • ICC Arbitration – acting for a contractor in a US$100m claim/counterclaim relating to combined-cycle gas power plant.
  • 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 range 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:

  • Conway v (1) RFU (2) RSA – representing the insured in a CAR coverage dispute.
  • 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:

  • Dubai International Airport.
  • Muscat International Airport.
  • London Heathrow Terminal 5.
  • The Crossrail project in the UK.
  • A light rail project in the UK.
  • A road project in the UK.
  • An oil refinery in the Caribbean.
  • A combined-cycle gas power plant in the Middle East.
  • 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.
  • An onshore windfarm in England.
  • A rig-building project in Indonesia.
  • A power generation project in Nigeria.
  • A 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.

Recommendations


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

Quotes

“A brilliant brain combined with amazing charm, possibly the most complete barrister I know.” Legal 500 2019

“Noted for his deep understanding of the mechanisms of PFI and PPP disputes.” Chambers & Partners 2019

“His consummate advocacy attracts praise from industry observers… He’s got a fantastic manner that immediately generates trust.” Chambers & Partners 2018

“Very difficult to praise him highly enough.” Legal 500 2018.

“He is dynamic, energetic and hard-working.” Chambers & Partners 2017

“He sees every possible point and many that other counsel miss.” 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

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

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