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Karim Ghaly QC

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 4 departments
Ranked in : Construction , Energy & Natural Resources , Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction , International Arbitration: Construction/Engineering
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Construction - London (Bar)

Band 3

Karim Ghaly QC
Attracts praise from industry observers for his consummate advocacy. He is regularly instructed to represent clients in TCC and appellate proceedings and in complex international arbitrations. He frequently handles cases involving energy and professional negligence issues, and is noted for his deep understanding of the mechanisms of PFI and PPP disputes. His international client base includes contractors, subcontractors and employers.
Strengths: "He provides astute, commercial advice, works hard and is a good team player."
Recent work: Represented Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in a £25 million TCC claim arising from the construction of a hospital. The dispute concerned the adequacy of the fire-stopping construction at the hospital.
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Energy & Natural Resources - London (Bar)

Band 4

Karim Ghaly QC
Respected silk held in high regard for the quality of his representation in disputes related to construction, engineering and energy. He is frequently engaged by large-scale international clients to deal with issues all over the world, and he regularly handles arbitrations. He has a particularly strong practice concerning the legal fallout from the construction, hire and failure of heavy-duty oil and gas facilities.
Strengths: "Thorough, with an excellent attention to detail."
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Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction - London (Bar)

Band 2

Karim Ghaly QC
Undertakes significant professional negligence work as part of his busy construction law practice. He appears for and against engineers, architects, specialist subcontractors and other construction professionals, both at first instance and at appeal. He also has a strong reputation for handling international arbitrations.
Strengths: "Really good advocacy and written skills." "Does a great job for clients and has excellent advocacy skills."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute concerning a crane which collapsed during a construction project. The claim included allegations of negligence as to the design of the crane, and on the part of an inspector.
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International Arbitration: Construction/Engineering - London (Bar)

Band 2

Karim Ghaly QC
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 the Middle East and the Caribbean. He is adept at handling ICC arbitrations, as well as ad hoc arbitrations.
Strengths: "He is extremely effective in cross-examination, fantastic on his feet and has an ability to sift through the intricate details and home in on the key points."
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Karim Ghaly QC specialises in the litigation and arbitration of substantial commercial, construction & engineering, energy, insurance, natural resources, professional negligence and project finance disputes. He has represented multi-national corporations, governments and state entities (including NOCs), PPP SPVs, private employers, developers, contractors and professional advisers.

Karim has appeared as lead counsel in litigation and arbitration arising out of major projects in Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, South America, South East Asia and the UK. His extensive advocacy experience includes appearances before the English Court of Appeal, Commercial Court and TCC as well as arbitration under a wide range of institutional rules.

In addition to his work as counsel, Karim accepts a limited number of appointments as arbitrator.

Career

1995-1998 - Oxford University, First Class Honours Degree in Law.

2001 - Called to the Bar.

2014 - Construction Junior of the Year.

2017 - Appointed Queen's Counsel.

Professional Memberships

CIArb, COMBAR, IBA, LCIA, SCL, TECBAR.

Publications

The Law of Waiver, Variation and Estoppel; Wilken & Ghaly; OUP; 3rd Edition.

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