Biography

Khushboo is a Senior Associate in Al Tamimi & Company’s Arbitration department.  She is a dual qualified lawyer admitted to practice in Singapore and the State of New York. Khushboo’s practice focuses on international dispute resolution. She has represented conglomerates, state entities, employers, contractors and sub-contractors in construction, infrastructure, energy, oil & gas, real estate, corporate and shipping disputes. Her experience includes international arbitration matters under the ICC, SIAC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, LMAA, QICCA and ad-hoc arbitration proceedings under the UNCITRAL rules.

Khushboo regularly advises clients in complex, multi-party and high value construction and infrastructure disputes in the region. Her expertise lies in construction and infrastructure projects where there has been delay, defective works, termination, disruption and/or variation, amongst others. In her arbitration matters, she has worked with experts from a number of disciplines, such as Delay, Quantum, Structural, MEP, Wielding and Architectural.  She also has extensive experience in dealing with arbitration matters under both civil laws (namely Qatar, UAE, Swiss, German, Oman and Indonesia) and common law (namely UK, Singapore, Malaysia, DIFC, US and QFC) and has worked with barristers and Queen’s Counsels on a number of her cases.

Khushboo also has extensive experience in arbitration related litigation matters, such as setting aside and enforcing arbitral awards before the courts in England, Singapore, Switzerland, UAE (including DIFC) and Qatar (including QFC).

Khushboo is a committee member of Young SIAC and SIAC user’s council. She also serves as Assistant Editor of Kluwer Arbitration Blog.

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Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagement

  • SIAC Middle East Academy, April 2021, Facilitator
  • Al Tamimi & Company webinar, Exploring the 3Es in Construction Arbitration: Evidence, Experts and Efficiency, March 2021, Moderator
  • Limeslade, Construction Dispute Funding, February 2021, Speaker
  • PICQS: PSSCOC and FIDIC Contract Administration in the New Normal, December 2020, Speaker
  • SIAC-ADGM Arbitration Conference and YSIAC-ADGM Workshop, February 2021, Emcee and moderator
  • YSIAC Advocacy Workshop, April 2019, Speaker
  • 5th Annual International Arbitration & Regulatory Global Sumit, April 2019, Speaker

Key Publications

  • GAR, Construction Arbitration, Qatar (2019; 2020) (co-author)
  • GAR, The Middle Eastern and African Review: Energy Arbitrations in the Middle East (2019; 2021) (co-author)
  • UAE Arbitration Users Look East, International Journal of Arab Arbitration (2018) (co-author)
  • General Duties of Counsel, American Bar Association, Working Group on Third Party Funding in International Arbitration (2018) (co-author)
  • Third Party Funding in the Middle East, Lexology (2018) (co-author)
  • Is an Arbitration Agreement in a Draft Contract Binding? Perspectives from the courts in Singapore and Switzerland, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (22 January, 2017)
  • Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration: Regulating the Treacherous Trajectory, Asian International Arbitration Journal, Issue 2 (2016)
  • Reaffirming the High Threshold of Setting Aside Arbitral Awards, Singapore Law Watch Commentary (2015)
  • The Natural Justice Fallibility in Singapore Arbitration Proceedings, Singapore Academy of Law Journal (2014)

Recent Experience

  • Representing a joint venture comprising of a public-listed corporation in Europe in a multi-party ICC arbitration matter before a prominent three-member arbitral tribunal arising out of a FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium construction where damages are in excess of USD 300 million.
  • Representing a leading F&B holding group in the UAE in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration matter, seated in the DIFC and governed under the DIFC laws, pertaining to the termination of a franchise agreement.
  • Representing a prominent Qatari corporation in a complex construction ICC arbitration before a three-member arbitral tribunal seated in Doha and governed under Qatari law. Issues involve delay, termination and defective works claims and counterclaims exceeding QAR 300 million. Worked closely with the QC that was appointed as lead counsel.
  • Representing a solar power plant company in ICC arbitration proceedings before a prominent arbitral tribunal involving complex legal issues arising out of English and Qatari law.
  • Advising consultants in relation to a FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium construction on matters pertaining to liability for the designs issued and implemented in the project.
  • Advising an international conglomerate in a multi-party oil and gas dispute arising out of the construction of a LNG pipeline project in Qatar which resulted in leaks. Damages claimed were in excess of USD 2 billion.
  • Representing an airport security company in an agency dispute under the ICC arbitration rules, seated in Zurich and governed under Swiss law.
  • Represented a trust company in litigation proceedings before the QFC Courts on matters of English trust law.
  • Advised an aircraft company on an urgent application under the SIAC rules, governed under German law where damages claimed were in excess of USD 100 million.
  • Represented an Indian conglomerate in a SIAC arbitration matter arising out of a Sale and Purchase Agreement over alleged defects in pulp and paper manufacturing plants where damages claimed were over USD 50 million.
  • Represented a Singapore arm of an Indian company in related arbitration proceedings under SIAC and ad hoc UNCITRAL rules pertaining to the illegality and unenforceability of payment obligations.
  • Represented an Indian conglomerate in a joint venture infrastructure project in West Africa under the ICC rules.

Language(s)

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Bahasa Indonesia

Education

2016 – LL.M. (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), Columbia Law School

2010 – LL.B. (Hons), King’s College London

Admission

2018 – State of New York

2013 – Singapore

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