Biography

Khushboo is a senior lawyer 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 arbitral rules of the ICC, SIAC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, LMAA, QICCA, SCC, SCAI and ad-hoc arbitration proceedings under the UNCITRAL rules.

Khushboo regularly advises and represents clients in complex, multi-party and high value construction and infrastructure disputes in the region. Her expertise lies in construction and infrastructure projects. In her arbitration matters, she regularly works with experts from a number of disciplines, such as delay, quantum, structural, MEP and architectural.  She also has extensive experience in dealing with arbitration matters under both civil law (namely Qatari, UAE, Swiss and German law) and common law (namely UK, Singapore, Malaysia, DIFC) and has worked with barristers and Queen’s Counsels on a number of her cases. Khushboo also regularly works with local counsel on arbitration related litigation matters, such as setting aside and enforcing arbitral awards before the courts in England, Singapore, Switzerland, UAE, Qatar, Lebanon, Kuwait, India and Malaysia, to name a few.

Khushboo serves as Assistant Editor for the Kluwer Arbitration Blog, is a committee member of Young SIAC, part of the SIAC’s User Council, Executive Committee of the UAE chapter of ENERAP, Vice Chair of the Academic Council at REAL, MENA sub-committee in the Greener Arbitrations Campaign and is also the MENA representative for the Energy Disputes Arbitration Centre.

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Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagement

  • Al Tamimi & Company Webinar: Hidden Risks in Qatar Construction Contracts – damages, limits on liability, defects and limitation periods, June 2022
  • Going Paperless in Arbitration – Why and How?, June 2022
  • The Culture of International Arbitration: Lessons from Practice, June 2022
  • AIAC YPG Conference 2022, Threading the Needle: Contracts and International Commercial Arbitration, March 2022
  • Video Interview with Ermis Marques, Director of Strategy and Managing Director of KSA at Zutari Managing Director, February 2022
  • Al Tamimi & Company Webinar: Hidden Risks in Qatar Construction Contracts – why practice elsewhere might not work in Qatar, January 2022
  • Campaign for Greener Arbitrations, Dubai Arbitration Week, November 2021
  • SIAC Webinar during Dubai Arbitration Week, Fireside Chat with Lucy Reed, November 2021
  • YSIAC Conference 2021, Resolving ESG Disputes Through International Arbitration, November 2021
  • Singapore Convention Week, Round Table with Singapore Second Minister for Law, Edwin Tong SC, September 2021
  • Yonsei Arbitration Day 2021, Adapting Arbitration to Changing Paradigms, August 2021
  • SIAC Middle East Academy (Facilitator), April 2021
  • Al Tamimi & Company webinar, Exploring the 3Es in Construction Arbitration: Evidence, Experts and Efficiency, March 2021
  • Limeslade, Construction Dispute Funding, February 2021
  • PICQS: PSSCOC and FIDIC Contract Administration in the New Normal, December 2020
  • YSIAC Advocacy Workshop, February 2020
  • 5th Annual International Arbitration & Regulatory Global Sumit, April 2019

Key Publications

  • GAR, The Middle Eastern and African Review: Energy Arbitration in Africa (2022) (co-author)
  • GAR, The Middle Eastern and African Review: Energy Arbitration in the Middle East (2019; 2021, 2022) (co-author)
  • GAR, Construction Arbitration, Qatar (2019; 2020; 2021) (co-author)
  • 2021 In Review: Middle East Overview, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (8 March 2022) (co-author)
  • What’s in a name? The Validity of Arbitration Awards in Qatar, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (13 December 2021)
  • Challenges to the Jurisdiction of the QFC Court in Qatar, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (28 August 2021)
  • 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 and another Italian entity in a multi-party ICC arbitration matter before a prominent three-member arbitral tribunal arising out of a landmark FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium construction where claims and counterclaims are in excess of USD 400 million and entail complex arguments related to contractual interpretation of liability clauses, admissibility of the claims and counterclaims and design development issues, amongst many others. Leading experts for delay, quantum and MEP were appointed.
  • Representing a prominent bank in the UAE on a construction arbitration matter, under the DIAC rules, seated in Dubai and governed under the UAE laws before a three-member arbitral tribunal. Prominent experts and QCs were instructed.
  • Representing an Italian public-listed corporation in a dispute pertaining to a technical licensing agreement under the QICCA rules before a three-member arbitral tribunal. The arbitration proceedings involve intricate procedural applications and challenges.
  • 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 solar power plant company in ICC arbitration proceedings before a prominent arbitral tribunal involving complex legal issues arising out of English and Qatari law. Issues in dispute involve arguments pertaining to time at large and the scope of the works. Delivered arguments during the jurisdictional challenge hearing that took place at the beginning of the arbitration.
  • 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. Second chair to the QC that was appointed as lead counsel during the hearing.
  • Advising consultants in relation to a FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium construction on matters pertaining to issues around the design.
  • Advising an international conglomerate in a multi-party oil and gas dispute arising out of the construction of a high-profile LNG pipeline project in Qatar. Issues involved the approved protocol and procedure in carrying out the construction of the pipeline. Worked with international experts until the successful settlement of this matter.
  • Representing an airport security company in an agency dispute under the ICC arbitration rules, seated in Zurich and governed under Swiss law.
  • Representing a trust company in litigation proceedings before the QFC Courts on matters of English trust law.
  • *Advised a national carrier airline 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 of a pulp and paper manufacturing plant where damages claimed were over USD 50 million.
  • *Represented a Singapore arm of an Indian company in two related arbitration proceedings under a SIAC and an ad hoc UNCITRAL arbitration pertaining to the illegality and unenforceability of payment obligations. The arbitrations were governed under Singapore and English laws respectively.
  • *Represented an Indian conglomerate in a joint venture infrastructure project in West Africa under the ICC rules seated in Singapore and governed under Singapore laws.

*Matters worked on prior to joining the firm

Language(s)

  • English
  • Malay
  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Hindi

Education

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

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

Admission

2022 – Dubai Legal Affairs Department (Legal Consultant)

2018 – State of New York

2013 – Singapore

Practice(s)

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