Kamal’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration, shipping, energy and international trade, and he also regularly advises on trade finance, sanctions, insurance issues, shareholders’ disputes and directors’ duties, commercial contracts, freezing injunctions and asset tracing and committal applications.
Dual-qualified in England and India, Kamal has been involved in many matters before the English courts, ICC, LCIA, GAFTA, FOSFA, LMAA, Refined Sugar Association, Sugar Association of London, the Nuts Association and the British Coffee Association.
- International sales of goods and commodities
- Trade finance
- Trade and economic sanctions
- Bills of lading and charterparty issues
- International commercial litigation and arbitration
- Marine insurance
- Directors’ duties, shareholder and joint venture disputes
- Commercial contracts
- Committal applications
- Advised and represented clients in a large number of commodities disputes arising under contracts with clauses providing for arbitration pursuant to the rules of GAFTA, FOSFA, LMAA, Sugar Association of London, the Nuts Association, the International Cotton Association, the British Coffee Association, the ICC and the LCIA.
- Acted in relation to disputes involving the finality of interim awards under the BCA rules.
- Worldwide freezing injunctions as both interim and enforcement measures, including pursuant to the Chabra jurisdiction against shell entities related to the main defendant used to park away assets.
- Acted in a litigation which established the leading precedent on time bar for the enforcement of awards in England.
- Trade finance including price fixing with reference to futures and options, bills of exchange and documentary credit issues, and impact of hedging measures on claims for damages.
- Advised on collateral management agreements relating to supply and financing.
- Advising regularly in relation to sanctions, including those involving Iran, Russia, Ukraine and North Korea.
- Acted in the first reported case concerning the Iranian sanctions and a sanctioned Iranian bank in London under a facility granted before the sanctions came into effect.
- Advised in relation to the Bribery Act.
- Acted in a cross-border dispute involving the breakdown of a joint venture in the twinblade grooming business and claims of approximately USD 2 billion.
- Enforcement of awards and judgments worldwide.
- Committal applications before the Commercial Court.
- Shareholder and joint venture disputes.
- Advised in relation to disputes concerning own legal costs.
- Acted for sugar traders and producers in a claim for in excess of £30 million involving allegations of conversion, procuring breach of contract and conspiracy.
- Acted in a London litigation in a claim for default under a gasoline sales contract.
- Acted for sellers of Nigerian crude oil in claim for non-payment and bribery.
- Represented oil traders in a dispute in a London arbitration over the source of contamination as between shore tanks and ship tanks.
- Due diligence on a trade finance structure involving the importation of crude at USD2.5 billion into India.
- Acted in a LCIA arbitration for sellers of a cargo shipped from Richards Bay Coal Terminal to India under a sale and purchase on SCOTA terms.
- Advising generally in relation to international contracts for the sale of goods in crude oil, refined products and coal.
- Acted for oil traders in sales disputes.
- Advising on force majeure clauses in oil and other commodities sales contracts and in charterparties in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Advised insurers under shipbuilding contracts connection with force majeure events in Bulgaria.
- Acted for owners of a rig in a claim under an insurance policy concerning causation and the exclusion of inherent vice in a case that went up to the Supreme Court.
- Advised P&I club members on the ability to call at Iranian ports to load crude oil cargoes in light of existing UN and EU sanctions.
- Acted for a major London-based sugar trader in relation to an insurance dispute under a political risks policy in relation to a claim for confiscation of refined sugar in Kenya.
- Advised in relation to P&I and bank letters of guarantee.
- Bills of lading and charterparty disputes concerning a wide range of matters e.g. implied bill of lading contracts, bailment, title to sue, short delivery claims, failure to properly care for cargo, and unseaworthy claims.
- Ship arrests: acted for owners in successful applications on appeal for the release of vessels from arrest without the provision of security in Italy, France, Greece and Holland.
- Acted for owners in an English arrest and successfully obtaining an order from the Commercial Court requiring counter-security to be posted as a precondition of retaining security posted to release the vessel.
- Acted for owners in a dispute involving a change of commercial and technical management of a fleet of 26 vessels.
- Established a ship-management joint venture company in England for owners and advised on the handover of commercial and technical management.
- Drafted ship management contracts.
- Acted in the refinancing and restructuring of an entire state-owned fleet.
- Super Max Offshore Holdings & Anor v Malhotra  EWHC 2711 (Comm; committal proceedings, Judgment of Sir Michael Burton, 10 October 2019.
- Supermax v Malhotra  EWHC 249 (Comm): committal proceedings, Judgment of Mr Justice Knowles, 15 March 2019.
- ED&F Man Sugar Limited v T&L Sugars & Ors (Comm Ct) 2016: acted for the defendants in a dispute involving sums in excess of £30 million and allegations of conversion, procuring breach of contract and conspiracy.
- Melli Bank PLC v Holbud Limited  EWHC  (Comm): sanctions and frustration.
- Rotenberg v Sucafina S A  EWHC 901: finality of interim awards in coffee arbitrations.
- The “CENDOR MOPU”  1 Lloyd’s Rep 511 (High Court),  1 Lloyds Rep 221 (Court of Appeal),  1 Lloyd’s Rep 302 (the Supreme Court): causation and the exclusion of inherent vice in insurance.
- National Ability v Tinna Oils & Chemicals Limited  EWCA Civ 1330 (Court of Appeal): time bar and enforcement of arbitral awards.
- The “TJASKEMOLEN” (now named “VISVLIET”)  2 Lloyd’s Rep 476: second arrest for the same claim.
- The “GUDERMES”  1 Lloyd’s Rep 456 (High Court),  1 Lloyd’s Rep 311 (Court of Appeal): implied contracts in bills of lading, bailment.
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
Kamal is a member of the following professional associations:
- Member of the Law Society
- Member of Lincoln’s Inn, London
- Supreme Court of India Bar Association
- Delhi High Court Bar Association
- Indian Law Institute
- Indian Maritime Association
- Indian Society for International Law
Kamal qualified as an advocate in India in 1987, and he was enrolled as a barrister from Lincoln’s Inn in 1988 and admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1991. Prior to joining Keystone Law in 2020, he worked at Hill Dickinson.