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Khawar Qureshi QC, Head of Chambers - full CV

Academic Qualifications:

LLB, LLM (Cantab 1st Class Hon.)

Professional Qualifications:

Called to the Bar (Middle Temple) 1990, (Queen Mother’s Scholar, Middle Temple Colombos Public International Law Prizewinner and Middle Temple Public Law Prizewinner)


  • 1999-2006 - One of around 20 Barristers appointed by the UK Government as “A” Panel Treasury Counsel to advise and represent the UK Government in civil matters.
  • 1998 to 2008 – Member/Vice Chairman Bar Council International Relations Committee & Chairman Public International Law Committee
  • October 2006 – Appointed as Queen’s Counsel.
  • March 2008- Appointed as Head of Chambers of the first ever Barristers’ Chambers established outside the UK (McNair Chambers in Qatar)
  • October 2010 - Appointed as a part time civil Judge (Recorder).
  • 2010 – April 2015 - Chairman of the CityUK Legal Services and Dispute Resolution Group (representing the Legal Services profession of the UK and designated by the UK Ministry of Justice as the lead agency to promote UK legal services overseas)
  • January 2013 - Appointed as a Deputy Judge of the High Court (dealing with civil and commercial matters)


  • 1989-1993 – Visiting lecturer in Commercial Law, University of Cambridge
  • 1995- 2002- Visiting lecturer in Public International Law, King’s College London
  • 2006-2013- Visiting Professor in Commercial Law, London University
  • 2010 onwards - Halsbury Law Exchange (Lexis Nexis) Board Member Regular author of articles in the New Law Journal and other periodicals on Public International Law, International Arbitration and Commercial Litigation.

Practice Areas:

Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, Public International Law, Judicial Review and Fraud/Regulatory matters.

Consistently recognized as one of the leading advocates in these areas by the Directories, his main strengths include the diversity of the practice areas he covers (being one of the few Commercial Silks to have undertaken very extensive advocacy, including high profile criminal cases).

Chambers & Partners 2014

"He delivers the goods, and is particularly good at difficult cases. He is part of the team and very flexible. As such he's completely what the modern barrister should be like."

"He is a very powerful advocate who works incredibly hard and gets on top of both the legal issues and the facts."

Undertaken hundreds of cases before the English Courts at all levels, as well as frequent appearances before International Arbitral Tribunals all over the world. Has acted or advised on matters involving around 80 different jurisdictions. Very experienced in disputes involving foreign law issues and works extensively with non English Co-Counsel. The youngest ever advocate to have appeared before the International Court of Justice in 1993 as Counsel for Bosnia in the Genocide case against Yugoslavia.

Further details of specific practice areas and experience can be obtained by emailing:

Recent key cases.

International Arbitration:

  • Multi-million dollar ICC arbitration (non-English Law) successfully brought against an African State in respect of a long term contract for provision of custom inspection services
  • Multi-million dollar ICC arbitration (non-English Law) successfully brought against a South American State in respect of the supply of goods and services
  • Advising on EFTA and ICSID proceedings against a European State in the aftermath of the collapse of its banking sector
  • Advising a US oil major on potential ICSID and UNCITRAL claims against a West African State concerning disruption to exploration rights in one of the largest oil finds in West Africa
  • Advising in respect of an investment arbitration claim against a South Asian State
  • Advising and representing a State shipping entity in LMAA arbitration proceedings concerning delay and damage to a vessel
  • Re: Moser Baer - Advising and representing in respect of a claim for USD450 million relating to a long term contract for the supply of solar panels (Commercial Court/Court of Appeal anti-suit proceedings, contract rectification proceedings and LCIA arbitration)
  • Advising an arbitral institution upon a potential bias claim against an arbitrator appointed in an inter-state dispute
  • Re: ICS v. Argentina – advising and representing the Claimant in BIT/UNCITRAL proceedings
  • AES v. Kazakhstan – advising and representing the State in ICSID proceedings concerning energy sector investments
  • Advising in respect of an arbitration claim relating to extractive industries investments in Africa
  • Advising and representing a State Shipping entity in respect of LMAA proceedings concerning a long terms iron ore shipping contract
  • Advising and representing in respect of LCIA proceedings relating to a multi-million pound joint venture dispute in the electrical sector
  • Advising and representing an Israeli company in respect of proceedings relating to a joint venture in the Bio-tech sector
  • Advising a Gas Producer on a potential arbitration relating to gas prices
  • Advising and representing a GCC Financial Institution in respect of a Share Purchase Agreement dispute (DIAC arbitration/English arbitrators)
  • Advising and representing a Gulf Head of State in respect of an infrastructure (Port) development ICC arbitration (Paris)
  • Advising and representing a Gulf Sovereign Wealth Fund in respect of LCIA proceedings concerning alleged multi-billion dollar funding agreement disputes
  • Advising an East African State Petroleum entity in respect of Swiss arbitration proceedings (exploration licence dispute)
  • Advising and representing a construction company in a FIDIC contract multi-million dollar ICC dispute in the GCC

Commercial Litigation (Court proceedings):

  • Ridley and others v. Dubai Islamic Bank – claim before the English Commercial Court to enforce security in the sum of $600 million in the aftermath of the financial crisis in Dubai
  • Czech National Bank – enforcement of multi-million dollar guarantee
  • Frazer Nash Companies – claim concerning shareholder dispute
  • Mariam Aziz v. Fatimah Lin – claim concerning alleged fraud
  • Re: A Russian Investment Fund – advising upon potential commercial court proceedings
  • Advising on potential commercial Court proceedings involving high net worth CIS parties
  • Tullow v. Heritage – advising and representing Heritage in Commercial Court proceedings concerning a claim for an indemnity arising out of the sale/purchase of oil interests in Uganda
  • Republic of Djibouti v. Boreh and others – advising and representing the Claimant in respect of proceedings concerning a USD100 million claim for benefits acquired by abuse of position. Worldwide freezing order/foreign law strike out hearings/Public International Law Act of State/Non justiciability issues
  • High Commissioner of Pakistan v Natwest & Ors – advising and representing the Claimant in respect of claim to funds held by the Defendant
  • Dubai Financial Group v National Air Services – advising and representing the Claimant in challenge to default judgment proceedings
  • Advising and representing the Guernsey Law Officers of the Crown in English High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings (Tchenguiz matter)
  • Advising foreign prosecutors in connection with an application to discharge a restraint order in the oil and gas sector

Arbitration Act 1996 proceedings:

  • Advising upon and acting as Counsel in unreported Section 68/69 applications before the English High Court
  • Film & Entertainment v. Merchant Ivory Productions - successfully resisting a Section 68/9 challenge to enforcement of a US arbitration award
  • ICS v. Kenya - successfully obtaining freezing order relief against Bank accounts held by state entities in support of enforcement of an arbitration award
  • Re Moser Baer – anti-suit injunction (and appeal)
  • Sabah Shipping – enforcement of an arbitral award
  • Re X: enforcement of an arbitral award against a South Asian State
  • Ferrostatal – anti-suit injunction/enforcement of an arbitral award
  • Advising upon a potential challenge to arbitrators (ICC dispute)

Public International Law:

  • Successfully defeating a claim to State Immunity against enforcement of an arbitral award against a State’s assets
  • Advising and representing a State on issues concerning an inter-state treaty
  • Advising and representing a State on issues concerning property rights subsequent to independence and Inter-State Bi-Lateral Treaty issues
  • Advising and representing in respect of an UNCITRAL BIT claim against a State concerning Customs Inspection Services
  • Advising a South East Asian Sovereign Wealth Fund on Investment Treaty based claims against a State
  • Advising Bond Holders on claims against Argentina
  • Advising Investors on an ICSID claim against a South American State
  • Advising on the enforcement of a judgment against a State subject to UN/EU Sanctions
  • Advising an International Organisation upon its Immunity from Jurisdiction (Headquarters agreement) and international constitutional issues
  • Advising a State on an ad-hoc arbitration agreement entered into with another State in respect of sensitive political issues
  • Advising Investors on an Energy Charter Treaty Claim against an EU State
  • Advising Investors on an ICSID claim against a West African State (mining sector)
  • Advising Investors on an ICSID claim against an EU State (infrastructure concession dispute)
  • Advising and representing a major Oil company in ICC proceedings against an East African State concerning alleged improper imposition of taxes (issues of Act of State)
  • Advising and representing the Republic of Djibouti in civil proceedings in the English Commercial Court (Act of State, non-justiciability and State Immunity issues arising relating to strike out of a Counterclaim)

Judicial Review/Fraud/Regulatory matters:

  • Imperial Energy Plc – appearing before the Take Over Panel in the context of a disputed take over
  • Re: Berlusconi and Mills – representing the Prosecutor of Milan in evidence gathering proceedings before the English Court (cross examining witnesses in England for proceedings in Italy)
  • Re: Lotfi Raissi – representing the Home Secretary in Judicial Review proceedings (upto and including the Court of Appeal) concerning a claim to compensation arising out of the detention of the Claimant allegedly in connection with September 11th incidents
  • Re: Koopman and Georgiadis – representing the Director of the SFO in Judicial Review proceedings concerning a South African Mutual Legal Assistance request (alleged corruption)
  • Re: Ramy Lakah – representing the Director of the SFO in Judicial Review proceedings
  • Re: Jeffrey Tesler – advising and representing the Director of the SFO in Judicial Review proceedings concerning a US Mutual Legal Assistance request (re: Halliburton and alleged corruption in the Nigerian Bonney Island LNG project)
  • Campaign Against the Arms Trade v. FCO and MOD – appointed as the first ever Special Advocate in an appeal before the Information Tribunal relating to a Freedom of Information Act request seeking documents evidencing sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia since 1969. Cross-examined various witnesses in closed sessions.
  • Re: X – advising and representing State authorities in respect of a challenge to extradition of an individual allegedly implicated in an attempted coup
  • Re: an African State – advising the SFO in respect of a mutual legal assistance request made by an African State concerning alleged corruption underpinning large scale commercial contracts
  • Advising the SFO in respect of a high profile mutual legal assistance request made by an EU state concerning alleged criminality (dumping of hazardous waste)
  • Advising a major multi-national corporation on an alleged corruption investigation
  • Re: Silverleaf – representing Directors in the first case brought before the Qatar Financial Centre Court
  • Re: QFCRA/Al-Mal – advising Directors of a Bank subject to regulatory intervention
  • Advising a leading EU Bank in respect of US Sanctions enforcement
  • Re: Abacha – advising and representing the Home Secretary in respect of a contested MLA request
  • Re: Nigeria – advising and representing the Nigerian Government in Judicial Review proceedings in Jersey
  • Re: Garnet – advising and representing the Guernsey authorities in respect of a failed legal challenge relating to “no-consent” vis-à-vis suspicious transactions and financial regulation (Court of Appeal/Privy Council)
  • Re: Telecoms – advising and representing one of the world’s leading telecom operators in respect of a dispute (foreign regulatory and Court proceedings) concerning Mobile Telephone Licence/interference by the incumbent – leading to sanctions against the incumbent
  • Re: Bribery Act 2010 – advising a listed company in respect of SFO investigations
  • Re: Evans v. MOD/FCO – Special Advocate in Judicial Review proceedings concerning alleged mistreatment of prisoners returned to Afghan authorities by UK forces

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