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12th Apr 2023
Samar Abbas Kazmi specialises in commercial, construction and technology disputes. Samar has a broad domestic practice as well as being particularly well-respected internationally where he has developed an excellent international arbitration practice.
He has been involved in disputes concerning parties in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean, and has particular expertise in technically complex matters concerning large developments and infrastructure projects, energy and cross-border litigation. As an advocate, he has experience of handling disputes arising from joint ventures, long-term commercial relationships and infrastructure projects.
He is one of only three juniors spotlighted in Chambers Asia-Pacific (International Arbitration – The Bar) in which he is described as “a formidable junior, a must-watch-out-for and soon-to-be star in this region”. In Chambers UK Bar he is described as “a very talented and promising junior for international arbitration” and The Legal 500 notes that Samar is “a superb advocate, commercially minded and prodigiously hard-working. He brings commercial insight to any case and is a pleasure to work with.”
Between 2019 and 2022, Samar was an Honorary Associate Professor at the Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management, University College London, where he taught contract administration and law.
International arbitration constitutes a sizeable proportion of Samar’s practice, along with litigation concerning arbitration. He has experience of both ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations, in particular those conducted by ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, SIAC, LMAA, JCAA and JAMS. A significant portion of his arbitration practice touches upon construction and infrastructure disputes, and he writes frequently on the subject. He also has experience of providing independent advice for funders as part of their due diligence as well as of providing expert opinions on English law in relation to arbitration proceedings.
Examples of recent work include:
Samar has experience of a wide range of construction and engineering disputes, ranging from residential buildings to commercial premises and infrastructure projects. He is familiar with the major standard forms of construction contract and, alongside his international arbitration practice, has experience of adjudication, domestic arbitration and TCC litigation. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor at the Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management, University College London, where he teaches contract administration and law.
In addition to experience which has been listed above under “International Arbitration”, examples of construction & engineering work include:
Samar advises and represents governments, energy companies and international engineering contractors in disputes concerning natural resources and power generation. He has experience of both upstream and downstream disputes, as well as of disputes arising out of onshore and offshore projects in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and South America. Examples of his work include:
Samar has a broad commercial practice, with a particular focus on cross-border disputes and private international law. His work encompasses civil fraud, energy (including oil & gas disputes), insurance contracts and professional negligence. In addition to his substantial international arbitration practice, he appears regularly in the High Court (Commercial Court and the Chancery Division) both by himself and as junior counsel. As a sole advocate, he appears most frequently in jurisdictional and enforcement disputes (including those as to the validity of arbitration agreements), and applications for interim relief such as freezing and search orders. He has particular familiarity with the telecommunications, IT and pharmaceuticals sectors and in issues involving complex quantitative analysis.
Examples of work include:
LCIA Young International Arbitration Group
ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
International Bar Association
Society of Construction Law
Yale University, BA, Economics & Political Science (Distinction, Pi Sigma Alpha)
BPP Law School, GDL (Distinction)
City University, BPTC (VC)
In addition to his previous work as a management consultant, Samar has worked on a judicial reform project funded by the Asian Development Bank and was an active participant in the judicial independence movement in Pakistan. He has written on the subject in numerous newspaper, magazine and journal articles in the UK, USA and Pakistan.
Arbitration chapter of Wilmot-Smith on Construction Contracts, 3rd Edition (OUP, 2014) and 4th Edition (OUP, 2021).
“Agreements to Arbitrate Disputes in Construction Contracts” (with Paul Darling KC). The Guide to Construction Arbitration, 3rd Edition (Global Arbitration Review 2019).
“English Anti-Suit Injunctions in Support of Arbitration” (with David Hopkins). Dispute Resolution International (Vol 13, October 2019).
“Good Faith Duties in Construction Contracts: An Overview” (with Adrian Hughes KC). Singapore Journal of Construction Law (Vol 2, 2018).
“Issue Estoppel in enforcement of New York Convention Awards” (upcoming, May 2021).
Editor of the UK chapter of Projects and Construction Law Review, 5th Edition.
“Banking and Bills of Exchange”. Atkin’s Court Reforms. (Vol 6(1), 2018).
Co-author of Shackleton on the Law and Practice of Meetings 14th Edition (2017).
“It is a pleasure working with Samar. He works extremely hard, and has great knowledge of the area in question, and is able to apply his legal knowledge to the practical situation. Approachable, responsive, with no airs.”
Construction, Energy & Infrastructure, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2021
“I’m impressed by his ability to take in a lot of information and explain the salient points and our position.”
“Samar Abbas Kazmi has a strong practice in Asia, he’s well liked by clients and he’s technically strong.”
“He’s just dependable, he knows what to do and he gets on with it.”
Construction, Chamber & Partners UK Bar 2023
“He’s one of the hardest-working barristers out there. He’s a machine, he’s very smart and he has a strong practice in Asia. He’s also well liked by clients and is technically strong.”
“He’s absolutely top-notch.”
International Arbitration, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2023
“Samar Abbas Kazmi is extremely quick, and he is commercially astute. He tries to look beyond the instructions and approaches the matter in a pragmatic way.”
International Arbitration, Chambers Asia Pacific 2023
“Samar is an excellent all-rounder. He is bright and works extremely hard.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2023
“A total star, very good with clients, he is bright and works extremely hard.”
Energy, The Legal 500 2023
“Total star – very very good with clients.”
International Arbitration: Counsel, The Legal 500 2023
“Unrivalled in terms of stamina and energy.”
Construction, Energy and Infrastructure, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022
“Samar will produce an exceptional piece of work overnight.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK 2022
Samar is willing to put in the hard yards to get the best results for the clients. He works all hours to great effect and is a thoroughly dedicated and talented team player.”
International Arbitration, Chambers & Partners UK 2022
“Samar has a first-class brain, a commercial mindset and an unparalleled work ethic. Clients love him, as do judges and tribunals.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2022
“Bright, likeable and a persuasive advocate, Samar has great tenacity and skill, and his drafting is excellent.”
Energy, The Legal 500 2022
“Has a first-class brain, a commercial mindset and an unparalleled work ethic. Clients love him, as do judges and tribunals.”
International Arbitration, The Legal 500 2022
“Effective, efficient, and well-prepared, like a well-oiled machine.”
International Arbitration, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2021
“A formidable junior, a must-watch-out-for and soon-to-be star in this region… “incredibly strong work product,” including written submissions of “breathtaking quality.””
International Arbitration, Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific 2021
“A very talented and promising junior for international arbitration”
International Arbitration, Chambers & Partners UK 2021
“…has an excellent grasp of what his instructing solicitors require. He is a good listener and excellent drafter”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK 2021
“A superb advocate, commercially minded and prodigiously hard-working.”
The Legal 500 2021