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
- 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 and whether that facility was frustrated.
- 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 relation to the disputes involving the finality of interim awards under the BCA rules.
- Advised shipowners and traders in relation to sanctions, including those involving Iran, Russia, Ukraine and North Korea.
- 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.
- Acted in a litigation which established the leading precedent on time bar for the enforcement of awards.
- Acted in a cross-border dispute involving the breakdown of a joint venture in the twin-blade grooming business and claims of approximately USD 2 billion.
- Advised on international contracts for the sale of goods in crude oil, refined products, ethanol, biofuels, coal and gas.
- Due diligence on a trade finance structure involving the importation of crude at USD2.5 billion into India.
- Advised in relation to the drafting of a bespoke cooperation agreement relating to a term contract for the supply of crude oil products.
- Advised in relation to the sulphur cap under Regulations 14 and 18 of MARPOL Annex VI and the obligations of owners to fit scrubbers versus the obligation of charterers to supply fuel within the global cap.
- Advised on contracts for the carriage of goods including charterparties, CoAs and bills of lading; GA, limitation and salvage issues.
- Advised on trade finance including price fixing with reference to futures and options, FFAs, bills of exchange and documentary credit issues; impact of hedging measures on claims for damages.
- Advised on collateral management agreements relating to supply and financing.
- Acted for ship owners in a claim relating to the shipment of gasoline cargo on board a tanker without operative heating coils.
- Acted for oil traders in a London litigation against oil producers in a claim for default under a sales contract.
- Acted for sellers of Nigerian crude oil in claim for non-payment and issues in relation to the Bribery Act.
- Acted in a bunker quality dispute where samples taken from a floating storage site were not representative of fuel delivered.
- Represented oil traders in a dispute in London arbitration over the source of contamination as between shore tanks and ship’s tanks.
- Acted for a major London-based sugar trader in relation to an insurance dispute under a political risks policy.
- Acted for creditors in obtaining worldwide freezing injunctions.
- 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.