Karan is a dual-qualified solicitor in the London Dispute Resolution team and focuses on complex energy, infrastructure and engineering disputes.
He has specialist experience of advising employers and contractors on large-scale UK and international projects in sectors including offshore wind, airport infrastructure, transport, healthcare, waste treatment and recycling. His experience includes advising on disputes involving litigation (including before the UK High Court), arbitration and alternative forms of dispute resolution (such as contractual dispute avoidance processes and adjudication). His arbitration experience includes advising clients on institutional arbitrations under the ICC, SIAC and LCIA rules.
Karan was seconded to the firm's Singapore office in 2016 from where he has experience of arbitrations under the SIAC Rules relating to disputes arising out of commodities' trading transactions and telecommunications projects. He also has experience of shareholder disputes and internal fraud investigations.
Karan is a member of the firm's India practice and assists with various business development initiatives in India.
Karan's recent experience includes advising:
- a European contractor over disputes relating to the construction/upgrade of three airports in a South Asian jurisdiction with the governmental airport authority in a SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore
- an infrastructure company over delayed completion and design defects at a five star hotel in a Middle Eastern country
- a UK waste services provider on disputes with the employer municipal authority on the provision of waste management services under a £3 billion, 25-year processing and recycling PFI contract
- the project contractor of a 40-year UK hospital PFI project in contractual dispute avoidance committee proceedings with the employer hospital trust, relating to the design and construction of operating theatres and alleged service failures
- the contractor in a large-scale offshore windfarm project in the North Sea on settlement negotiations relating to early sail-away of the reactive compensation substation
- the owner of a heritage wedding venue on claims against the architect relating to design defects at the venue
- a Chinese subsidiary of a major European TMT manufacturer in bringing claims against its counterparty under a turn-key contract for a telecommunications project in a Central Asian jurisdiction
- a Singapore commodity trading house in a SIAC arbitration in relation to the failure by the counterparty to deliver coal purchased pursuant to a series of contracts
- a Singapore commodity trading house on a SIAC arbitration in relation to the failure by the counterparty to pay contractually incurred demurrage fees under two contracts
Karan is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and is also admitted to practice as an Advocate in India (with full higher rights of audience). He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Law (Hons.) from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, India.