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Khurram Ali

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Khurram Ali

Legal Director

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Khurram Ali

Legal Director

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Khurram advises shipowners, charterers, P&I Clubs and traders on a wide range of charterparty 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.

He has experience of litigating in the High Court in London, courts in various jurisdictions around the world and International Arbitrations under the LMAA and AAA rules.

His commercial litigation experience includes advising a major electrical retailer on all general contract and sales of goods law. He has also advised major international franchisors in respect of disputes arising out of franchise agreements.

Before joining Clyde & Co, Khurram was originally called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2003 following which he worked for a major International Group P&I Club advising prominently South Korean Members on all aspects of FD&D and P&I claims. He still maintains close ties with South Korean shipowners.

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

Other than English, Khurram is also fluent in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.

Experience
  • Acting for a major South Korean based shipowners and container lines whilst at the P&I Club 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 and all types of charterparty disputes in various LMAA arbitrations.
  • Acting for a Taiwanese based container lines and P&I Clubs before Dubai and Sharjah Courts where (a) the cargo in containers was miss-declared by the shipper and (b) a cargo of food stuff that was shipped in a reefer container was allegedly damaged due to alleged fluctuations in temperature during the voyage.
  • Acting for a major South Korean based container line and 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 various container lines in respect of abandoned containerised cargo, auction of the cargo and release of the containers under UAE and Qatari law.
  • 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 container 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.
  • Acting for a UAE based charterer before Dubai Courts concerning disputes relating to non-payment of hire, early redelivery, payment undertaking deed and charter guarantee under a bareboat charterparty, defending claims of USD7.6 million for outstanding hire and sums due under the payment undertaking deed as well as charter guarantee.
  • Advising a UAE based offshore contractor in respect of disputes arising out of a marine installation project and cable laying contract in Abu Dhabi oil fields. Advising on issues of change of the scope of work and losses of USD19.1 million suffered by the contractor under UAE Law.
  • Acting for a UAE based off-shore support vessel owner in 6 LMAA arbitrations run concurrently concerning disputes relating to non-payment of hire, withdrawal, early redelivery and loss of hire, successfully pursuing claims of USD6.5 million.
  • Acting for a UAE based charterer concerning disputes related to a long term contract of affreightment with a shipowner for shipping coking coal cargoes, defending claims of USD20.25 million for unperformed voyages.
  • Acting for an Indian based charterer in a LMAA arbitration concerning issues relating to unpaid freight, demurrage, and detention of the vessel by authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for alleged unlawful/dangerous cargo of waste oil that was allegedly subject to export restrictions, defending claims of USD8.7 million under the voyage charter.
  • Acting for a South Korean shipowner and charterer for leave to appeal a LMAA arbitration award of USD3.5 million under sections 69, 67 and 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 before the High Court in London.
  • Advising a UAE/Singapore based shipowner, P&I Club and Hull & Machinery underwriters following a collision in Fujairah resulting in the CTL of the vessel for losses over USD1.2 million. Advising on issues concerning liability and limitation under UAE Law and the 1976 Limitation of Liability Convention.
  • Advising a European based shipowner, P&I Club and Hull & Machinery underwriters following an allision in Khor Fakkan concerning liability under UAE and English Law.
  • Advised, reviewing and drafting charterparties including bareboat charterparties for shipowners and charterers.
  • Advising shipowners and charterers concerning enforcement actions and arrest of vessels in various jurisdictions including South Africa and USA.
  • 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
  • Acting for a major UK franchisor concerning disputes relating to unfair contract terms and misrepresentation claims of GBP15 million brought by 15 ex-franchisees before the High Court.

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Expertise

Khurram joined Clyde & Co in the Middle East in 2013. He focuses on shipping and commodity trading disputes and general commercial litigation, handling all aspects of shipping litigation and international trade.

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