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Chambers of Urmila Boolell, SC

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Head of Chambers: Mrs Urmila Boolell, SC
Managing Partner: Mrs Urmila Boolell, SC
Number of barristers: 4
Languages: Creole, English, French, Hindi

Firm Overview:
Chambers of Urmila Boolell, S.C. is a leading Mauritian law firm holding solid experience in dedication to a broad general practice of law, with special expertise in Commercial and Civil Litigation, as well as Corporate and Commercial Law.

The firm has a proven track record of adapting rapidly to the changes faced by clients in domestic and international jurisdictions, with the firm being structured to respond to the ever-expanding needs of its clientèle with the highest degree of professionalism offered by experienced counsel.

While anticipating the future needs of its clients, Chambers are focused on a bespoke approach in delivering professional advice on a wide range of legal issues, ensuring clients achieve their objectives smoothly and efficiently while minimising the risks. Its clients include corporates and multi-nationals across a range of industry sectors and financial institutions.

Urmila Boolell S.C. is the founder and the Head of the Chambers. She is Lead Counsel in an array of complex matters. Urmila’s expertise spanning over 30 years, is a testament of an ethos of tradition which is replicated throughout Chambers.

The expertise of Urmila Boolell, S.C., as well as that of Chambers of Urmila Boolell, S.C. is frequently recognised by independent, international research organisations as leaders in their field.

Awards & Accolades:
■ Recommended IFLR1000 firm four years running 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
■ Nominated by Africa Legal 100 as one of the most influential, highly regarded and practiced law firms in Africa, 2016
■ Awarded ‘Commercial Law Firm of the Year: Mauritius’ by Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine 2016
■ Awarded ‘Best Banking & Finance Law Firm Mauritius’ and ‘Civil Law Attorney of the Year’ Mauritius by Acquisition International, 2016
■ Awarded ‘Best Civil Law Attorney of the Year - Mauritius’ by Acquisition International, 2016
■ Urmula Boolell, SC is the first of two women in the profession to be sworn in as Senior Counsel in Mauritius, 2016 ■ Urmula Boolell, SC is ranked as recommended lawyer, Chambers and Partners, 2015, 2017, 2018 
■ Urmula Boolell, SC is ranked as recommended lawyer, IFLR1000, 2014 – 2018

Main Areas of Practice:
Civil Litigation (before all specialist Tribunals and superior Courts)
Corporate and Commercial Law
Tax Law
Mergers & Acquisitions
Environmental Law
Immigration Law
Banking and Insurance Law
Insolvency Law
Employment Law
Cross Border Transactions
Civil Litigation
Dispute Resolution
Trusts
Property Law
Public Law
Arbitration
Advisory

Corporate & Commercial:

■ Drafting of a concession agreement and negotiation with key stakeholders on behalf of the client
Jurisdiction: Mauritius
Value of the claim/matter: Rs 500 million
Professionals involved: Urmila Boolell
■ Advise on the transfer of the shares after the demise of a shareholder and whether the testator will set out the names of the beneficiaries and the property duly bequeathed to the latter as well as whether the will is to be apostilled before or after death of testator
Jurisdictions: Mauritius, UK
Professionals involved: Urmila Boolell
■ Assisted a group of 69 investors who had accusations of a wrong done to them by DIF III, ICICI Venture, ICICI Bank, IFS and Western India and claiming for damages in tort founded on allegations of fraud, illegal acts and wrong doings of DIF III, ICICI Venture, ICICI Bank, IFS and Western India which, it is averred amount to various breaches, acts or omissions tantamount to faute, misrepresentation, deceit, fraud, abus de droit and/or manoeuvres dolosives
Jurisdictions: Mauritius, India, Nairobi, Dubai
Value of the claim/matter: USD 103,699,976
Professionals involved: Urmila Boolell
■ Assisted with two appeals with regard to judgment delivered setting aside the interim injunction and the main case. In the second case, the clients requested for amendment of the share register and claiming damages against the FSC to request for a judicial review. In the third case, the plaintiffs entered an action for defamation and claimed Rs 1.5 billion
Jurisdictions: Mauritius, India, US
Value of the claim/matter: Rs35,000,000 + Rs1.5bn
Professionals involved:
Urmila Boolell

Litigation:
■ Appealing to the Judicial Privy Council against a judgment by the Supreme Court of Mauritius concerning a matter revolving around the resulting shortfall of GPDL, in meeting the statutory threshold of Rs 50 million, to qualify for the exemptions in registration duty and land transfer tax
Jurisdiction: Mauritius
Value of the claim/matter: Rs 45,285,600
Professionals involved: Urmila Boolell
■ Assisted in an appeal lodged by Roland Haus before the Land Use and Appeal Tribunal to contest the EIA licence which the Minister awarded to the Lateral Holdings
Jurisdiction: Mauritius
Value of the claim/matter: unknown at the time of submission
Professionals involved: Urmila Boolell

Litigation – Family Law:
Divorce petition and claim for alimony on behalf of the wife.
Jurisdictions: Mauritius
Value of the claim/matter: approx Rs 120 million
Professionals involved: Urmila Boolell

Litigation - Employment:
■ Defending the employer in a claim for severance allowance for unjustified dismissal filed by a former employee
Jurisdictions: Mauritius, India
Value of the claim/matter: Rs 2,241,212
Professionals who worked on the matter: Urmila Boolell
■ Assisting in a claim for constructive dismissal lodged by the employee.
Jurisdiction: Mauritius
Value of the claim/matter: approx Rs 22 million
Professionals involved: Urmila Boolell
■ Assisting in a claim for unjustified dismissal based on breach of contract
Jurisdiction: Mauritius
Value of the claim/matter:
Total of Rs 18.5 million

Alternative Dispute Resolution – Arbitration:
Advising on termination of lease agreement and avenues for arbitration
Jurisdictions: Mauritius, India
Value of the claim/matter: in excess of Rs 110,000,000
Professionals involved: Urmila Boolell

Chambers Contact:
Urmila Boolell, SC
Tel: +230 212 9810
Email: [email protected]