High Court and Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh
Domestic and international arbitrations and mediations
Litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution
Cross border disputes
Debt and security recovery
Regulatory and fiduciary obligations
Commercial documents and financial contracts
Arbitration law and practice
Company law and corporate insolvency
Sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in several domestic and international institutional, trade and ad-hoc arbitrations. References dealt with and pending include ICC arbitrations on contractual disputes concerning a $200 million power project and a $100 million contract for the supply of aircraft and as sole arbitrator appointed by LCIA on $32 million claim on a guarantee.
Counsel for and against banks, financial institutions, corporations and others in many complex litigation, arbitrations and mediations involving high value claims. Cases dealt with include claims arising out of transnational banking, trading, supply and financial contracts.
Representing Bangladesh as Senior Counsel in an ICSID arbitration concerning bi-lateral investment treaty dispute and as Senior Counsel for corporate clients in several institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.
Acted for several hundred ex-employees of BCCI and others in the US$ multi-million corporate insolvency of Bank of Credit and Commerce International in England, Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands. Also acted for the ex-employees in their claim against the Bank of England. The cases on behalf of the employees against the liquidators were settled in their favour under a package worth several million dollars.
Recent cases include instructions from Channel 4 Television which led to the successful release from detention of two of their journalists in Bangladesh. This involved not only appearances in Bangladeshi courts but also in negotiations at the highest level of Government and with British and Italian diplomats.
Several judgments of cases are reported in the law reports of England and Bangladesh.
Advised and assisted in the setting up of subsidiaries, branches and representative offices of banks, financial institutions and companies in Bangladesh, UK, USA and the Middle East
Provided expert opinions on laws of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, England and the European Union and appeared in courts of North America, Europe and Asia as expert witness.
Judicial experience as Chairman of Employment Tribunals in England for over 10 years dealing with complex cases of sex, race and disability discrimination, unfair and wrongful dismissal.
Lead Consultant with a team of 12 lawyers drawn from France, India and Bangladesh in a two year World Bank funded project for the strengthening of the Bangladesh Bank (Central Bank) considering the regulatory and supervisory regimes, compare them with international standards and to suggest changes including the drafting of new laws, regulations and guidelines.
Registered Foreign Lawyer, Singapore.
1st September 1994
Admitted Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London
14th January 1986
Appellate Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh
15th December 1977
High Court Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh
Called to the Bar, Lincoln's Inn. Awarded Buchanan Prize
Member - Ethics Committee, Federation International
de l’Automobile, Paris
Bencher - Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London
Member - International Commission on Arbitration, International
Chamber of Commerce, Paris
Member - International Cricket Council, Code of Conduct Commission
January 2006-June 2009
Member - International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris
11 July 2000
Fellow - Society for Advanced Legal Studies, London.
24 May 1998
Senior Advocate - Supreme Court of Bangladesh.
1 May 1998
Queen’s Counsel - England and Wales
Chairman - Employment Tribunals, England and Wales.
Member - Standards Panel, London Borough of Tower Hamlets.