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Year of Silk: 2006
Year of Call: 1990
kqureshi@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Khawar was called to the Bar in 1990 and specialises in Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration. Khawar has very extensive experience of international and commercial issues for multi-national corporations as well as governmental work both for and against the UK Government and around 50 foreign Governments on high profile matters. In addition, Khawar became an accredited mediator with CEDR in May 2004.

Areas of Expertise and Cases


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Mediation

Main Areas of Work:

International arbitration (ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, Arbitration Act 1996)

Commercial Law (Aviation, Banking, Commercial Contracts, Sale of Goods)

Public International Law (State and Diplomatic Immunity, Treaty drafting and interpretation, negotiation, Bi-Lateral Investment Treaty claims)

Additional Information:

Vice Chairman of the International Committee of the Bar Council and Chairman of its Public International Law Sub-Committee.

Regular speaker on Commercial and International Law related issues (further details of papers delivered can be obtained by emailing kmqureshi@aol.com.)

Junior Counsel to the Crown since 1999 to 2006 (appointed to A Panel in 2003 which comprises approximately 20 barristers)

One of a handful of specially vetted QC's to handle cases concerning highly sensitive matters.

SFO Panel Counsel CEDR accredited mediator 2004 and a member of the CEDR International Commission on the Promotion of Settlement in Arbitration

Court Experience:

Very extensive appearances in all aspects of arbitration and commercial matters for individuals, multi-nationals and government. Advised for and against more than 50 governments on constitutional law, public international law and commercial law issues.

Recently spearheaded India’s defence as Counsel for India in the largest ever BIT claim (US$6 billion).

Frequently advises on complex commercial contract matters.

Extensive and regular appearances in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as appearance in the House of Lords.

Formerly Counsel (1993-1998) for Bosnia-Herzegovina in its case against Serbia and Montenegro before the International Court of Justice (“ICJ”) at the Hague (brought under the Genocide Convention 1948). Youngest advocate ever to have appeared before the ICJ. Legal Adviser to the Bosnian Government Dayton Peace Talks 1995 (Constitutional and International Law issues).

All Quotes

"A thought leader in his work" Legal Week (December 2006 listed as one of the top 20 New QC's)

“Barrister Khawar Qureshi of Serle Court is highly respected for his coverage of international arbitration and associated points of PIL. He often acts for the UK government in cases with a PIL angle in the English courts, with recent cases having concerned issues associated with terrorism, torture, sanctions and extradition. He also offers experience of acting for foreign governments and individuals.”

“He fights exceptionally hard for his clients” Chambers & Partners (2006)

"Combines his PIL practice with expertise in international commercial arbitration and public law, and is recommended for his "excellence" in arbitrations involving state immunity and sovereign responsibility. He regularly acts for and against foreign governments, and has appeared before the ICJ" Chambers & Partners (2008)

"One of the few arbitration barristers who has effectively bridged the gap between public international and commercial work. His stock continues to rise after having been involved in the humungous Dabhol dispute. Interviewees say he's a barrister with phenomenal integrity who is effortlessly able to cross jurisdictions: "A terrifically forensic cross-examiner", Qureshi's practice extends into human rights and corruption, while he is also a well known arbitral writer and speaker"

“Solicitors identify “Khawar Qureshi's PIL background mixed with first-rate commercial expertise. In this respect he has won further admiration for handling cases of commercial and international law elements in their entirety. His strong domestic and international profile has won him a role as treasury counsel in the UK and advisory mandates from foreign states.” Legal 500 (2006)

Recommendations

International Arbitration (Chambers & Partners), (Top 5 QC)

Commercial Arbitration (Legal 500)

Nominated for International Arbitration Silk of the Year 2007

Public International Law (Chambers & Partners)

Public International Law (Legal 500)

Public International Law (Legal Experts)

Khawar Qureshi QC - Mediator

Khawar Qureshi QC - Mediator

Year of Silk: 2006
Year of Call: 1990
Email: kqureshi@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Khawar was called to the Bar in 1990 and specialises in Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration. Khawar has very extensive experience of international and commercial issues for multi-national corporations as well as governmental work both for and against the UK Government and around 50 foreign Governments on high profile matters. In addition, Khawar became an accredited mediator with CEDR in May 2004.

Areas of expertise

Recommendations

International Arbitration (Chambers & Partners), (Top 5 QC)

Commercial Arbitration (Legal 500)

Nominated for International Arbitration Silk of the Year 2007

Public International Law (Chambers & Partners)

Public International Law (Legal 500)

Public International Law (Legal Experts)

Quotes

"A thought leader in his work" Legal Week (December 2006 listed as one of the top 20 New QC's)

“Barrister Khawar Qureshi of Serle Court is highly respected for his coverage of international arbitration and associated points of PIL. He often acts for the UK government in cases with a PIL angle in the English courts, with recent cases having concerned issues associated with terrorism, torture, sanctions and extradition. He also offers experience of acting for foreign governments and individuals.”

“He fights exceptionally hard for his clients” Chambers & Partners (2006)

"Combines his PIL practice with expertise in international commercial arbitration and public law, and is recommended for his "excellence" in arbitrations involving state immunity and sovereign responsibility. He regularly acts for and against foreign governments, and has appeared before the ICJ" Chambers & Partners (2008)

"One of the few arbitration barristers who has effectively bridged the gap between public international and commercial work. His stock continues to rise after having been involved in the humungous Dabhol dispute. Interviewees say he's a barrister with phenomenal integrity who is effortlessly able to cross jurisdictions: "A terrifically forensic cross-examiner", Qureshi's practice extends into human rights and corruption, while he is also a well known arbitral writer and speaker"

“Solicitors identify “Khawar Qureshi's PIL background mixed with first-rate commercial expertise. In this respect he has won further admiration for handling cases of commercial and international law elements in their entirety. His strong domestic and international profile has won him a role as treasury counsel in the UK and advisory mandates from foreign states.” Legal 500 (2006)

Mediation

Main Areas of Work:

International arbitration (ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, Arbitration Act 1996)

Commercial Law (Aviation, Banking, Commercial Contracts, Sale of Goods)

Public International Law (State and Diplomatic Immunity, Treaty drafting and interpretation, negotiation, Bi-Lateral Investment Treaty claims)

Additional Information:

Vice Chairman of the International Committee of the Bar Council and Chairman of its Public International Law Sub-Committee.

Regular speaker on Commercial and International Law related issues (further details of papers delivered can be obtained by emailing kmqureshi@aol.com.)

Junior Counsel to the Crown since 1999 to 2006 (appointed to A Panel in 2003 which comprises approximately 20 barristers)

One of a handful of specially vetted QC's to handle cases concerning highly sensitive matters.

SFO Panel Counsel CEDR accredited mediator 2004 and a member of the CEDR International Commission on the Promotion of Settlement in Arbitration

Court Experience:

Very extensive appearances in all aspects of arbitration and commercial matters for individuals, multi-nationals and government. Advised for and against more than 50 governments on constitutional law, public international law and commercial law issues.

Recently spearheaded India’s defence as Counsel for India in the largest ever BIT claim (US$6 billion).

Frequently advises on complex commercial contract matters.

Extensive and regular appearances in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as appearance in the House of Lords.

Formerly Counsel (1993-1998) for Bosnia-Herzegovina in its case against Serbia and Montenegro before the International Court of Justice (“ICJ”) at the Hague (brought under the Genocide Convention 1948). Youngest advocate ever to have appeared before the ICJ. Legal Adviser to the Bosnian Government Dayton Peace Talks 1995 (Constitutional and International Law issues).

Qualifications

LLB, LLM, (Cantab) (First Class)

Visiting Professor in commercial law, SOAS, London (2004-)

Queen Mother's Scholar (Middle Temple) 1990

Taught commercial law part time at Cambridge University (1989-1993)

Visiting lecturer in international law King's College, London (1993-2002)

Memberships

Commercial Bar Association
International Law Association
Administrative Law Bar Association
British Institute of International and Comparative Law
LCIA
Young International Arbitrators Group
M.CIArb


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