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Karim Ghaly Apr22

Karim Ghaly KC

“Karim combines incandescent intelligence with an unparalleled work ethic, and he is often said to be one of the very top talents of his generation.”
The Legal 500

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

He has acted as counsel or arbitrator in complex disputes arising out of projects in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America and the UK.  

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

Areas of expertise

Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure Disputes

“Karim is flawlessly prepared, incredibly trustworthy and an all-round star.”  Chambers Global 2024: Construction

“Karim’s advocacy skills are unparalleled. His cross-examination technique delivers deathly blows.”   Legal 500 Middle East 2024: Construction

Karim represents governments, private employers, developers, contractors and professionals in disputes arising out of significant and complex construction, engineering and infrastructure projects.
 

Cases of note

  • LCIA Arbitration – party-nominated arbitrator in a US$800m dispute arising out of the construction of a mixed-use development in the Middle East.
  • FM Conway v The Rugby Football Union [2023] EWCA Civ 418 – represented the contractor in a Court of Appeal case arising from infrastructure works to Twickenham Stadium.
  • ICC Arbitration – represented the main contractor JV in a US$500m dispute arising out of an infrastructure project in the UAE.
  • ICC Arbitration – represented the employer in a US$1 billion dispute arising out the construction of a new airport terminal and runway in the Middle East.
  • ICC Arbitration – represented the MEP subcontractor in a US$100m dispute arising out of an airport terminal and runway construction project in the Middle East.
  • ICC Arbitration – represented the contractor in a US$50m prolongation and variations claim arising out of a marine infrastructure project in South America.


 

Energy and Natural Resources

“It is simply beautiful to watch him in action at cross-examination.”   Legal 500 2024: Energy

“A sharp intellect and incredibly hard-working”.   Chambers Global 2024: Energy and Natural Resources

Karim’s work in this sector encompasses a range of industries including oil and gas, power generation, wind, solar, biofuel, electricity, mining and water. He represents and advises a diverse client base, ranging from national oil companies to institutional investors to specialist contractors. 

Cases of note

  • ICC Arbitration –represented a national oil company in a US$500m claim/counterclaim concerning the redevelopment of an oil refinery.
  • ICC Arbitration – acted for a contractor in a US$100m claim/counterclaim relating to the construction of a combined-cycle gas power plant. 
  • ICC Arbitration – represented the main contractor in a dispute arising out of a power generation project in Nigeria.
  • ICC Arbitration – represented the main contractor in a claim arising out the construction of an LNG terminal. 
  • DIAC Arbitration – party nominated arbitrator in a gas storage dispute.
  • Stena Oilfield Services Limited v Tullow Ghana – represented Tullow in a Commercial Court dispute arising out a contract for the provision of a drilling rig for a project offshore Ghana.
  • Resource Recovery Solutions v Derbyshire County Council & Derby City Council [2023] EWHC 708 (TCC) – represented the public sector partners in £170m TCC dispute arising out of a PPP agreement for the provision and operation of an Energy from Waste plant.
  • LCIA Arbitration – acted for the operator in a JOA dispute arising out of an African oil and gas project.
  • Adjudication – represented the employer in a dispute arising out the design and construction of a novel form of wind turbine.

 

 

Insurance and Reinsurance

"He is extremely clever and has an amazing work ethic."  Chambers Global 2024: Commercial Dispute Resolution 

“Incredibly bright with excellent advocacy and cross-examination skills.”  Legal 500 Middle East 2024: Commercial

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 contractors' all risks, professional indemnity and property insurance disputes arising from construction and engineering, infrastructure and energy projects. 

Cases of note

  • The Rugby Football Union v FM Conway Limited [2022] EWHC 956 (TCC); FM Conway v The Rugby Football Union [2023] EWCA Civ 418 – represented FM Conway in a dispute which raised questions as to the scope of the co-insurance defence under an “all risks” project policy, the means by which identified and unidentified parties participate in a project policy and a contractor’s insurable interest in the project property after the completion of its works.
  • LCIA Arbitration – represented the underwriter in a property insurance coverage dispute.
  • Arbitration – represented the underwriter in a marine cargo coverage dispute.
  • Adjudication – acted for an NHS Trust in a dispute arising out of the insurance arrangements under a PFI agreement.

 

International Arbitration

"The best compliment I can pay him is that it's like working with a chess player who's already planned their moves several steps ahead of you or anyone else - he is a brilliant strategist, ferociously hard-working and a charmer."   Chambers & Partners 2024: International Arbitration

"Karim's advocacy is at an altogether other level and his ability to score points in cross-examination is unrivalled."   Chambers & Partners 2024: International Arbitration

The majority of Karim’s work over the past 20 years has involved the resolution of substantial and complex international commercial disputes. He has acted as counsel or arbitrator in disputes arising out of contracts governed by, or subject to, the laws of states in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America.

Cases of note

  • ICC Arbitration – represented the employer in a US$120m dispute arising out of a contract for the provision of development management services.
  • ICC Arbitration – party-nominated arbitrator in a dispute arising out of the construction of a major residential development in Qatar.
  • SCMA Arbitration – represented a shipyard in a US$50m dispute concerning the construction of a semi-submersible platform in Indonesia.
  • ICC Arbitration – represented the main contractor in a US$500m termination dispute arising out of the construction of a landmark sports and civil infrastructure project in the Middle East.
  • DIAC Arbitration – acted for the main contractor in a US$70m dispute arising out of the construction of two mixed-use towers in Dubai.

PPP/PFI

"Karim Ghaly is an absolute delight. It's like working with a chess player who has already planned their moves several steps ahead."   Chambers Global 2024: Commercial Dispute Resolution 

“Noted for his deep understanding of the mechanisms of PFI and PPP disputes.”   Chambers Global 2024: Construction

Karim has extensive experience of international PPP and UK PPP/PFI disputes. He has represented funders, public sector partners, project SPVs and contractors. He has a deep knowledge of the issues that commonly arise in such projects, including the operation of payment mechanisms, benchmarking and market testing, SFPs and unavailability, termination and valuation on termination and funders’ step-in rights. Karim has acted in PPP/PFI projects concerning hospitals, power generation facilities, roads, social housing and waste facilities.

Cases of note

  • Resource Recovery Solutions v Derbyshire County Council & Derby City Council [2023] EWHC 708 (TCC) – represented the public sector partners in £170m TCC dispute arising out of a PPP agreement for the provision and operation of an Energy from Waste plant.
  • ICC Arbitration – acted for ProjectCo in a US$20m dispute arising out of a social housing PPP project in the Middle East.
  • Adjudication – represented ProjectCo in a £70m dispute arising out of a social housing PFI project.
  • Barts Health NHS Trust v Capital Hospitals Limited – represented ProjectCo in a Commercial Court dispute concerning the omission of services.
  • Adjudication – Acted as adjudicator in a c£20m dispute over the operation of the payment mechanism in an NHS PFI agreement.

Recommendations

Karim is recommended by Chambers & Partners, Chambers Global, the Legal 500, the Legal 500 Middle East and Who’s Who Legal in the following areas of practice:

  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Construction
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • International Arbitration
  • PPP/PFI 
  • Professional Negligence 

A full list of recommendations can be provided on request.