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Kiran Unni
Lawyer
London
Tower 42
25 Old Broad Street
London, EC2N 1HQ
+44 (0) 20 3301 6586
London
Tower 42
25 Old Broad Street
London, EC2N 1HQ
+44 (0) 20 3301 6586

Kiran Unni is an English barrister focused on complex contractual disputes in both the English Courts and in international arbitrations. Mr. Unni routinely represents international clients involved in disputes concerning their investments in a range of sectors. He has in the past advised multiple clients on disputes involving the proper construction of a contractual obligation to use best or reasonable endeavours under English law, and has worked on cases involving disputed interpretation of contractual provisions through to trial. He is currently advising an Asian multinational corporation in a ~$1bn contractual dispute with a U.S. multinational corporation in which breach of a best endeavours obligation is alleged.

Before joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. Unni practiced at Baker Botts (UK) LLP representing corporate clients in civil actions, or in relation to regulatory matters. Earlier in his career, Mr. Unni was a judicial assistant to Lord Mance, Lord Brown and Lord Carnwath at the UK Supreme Court, and obtained a BA and LLM from Cambridge University, and a Bachelor of Civil Law masters degree from Oxford University.

Admissions

  • Barrister, England & Wales
  • Dubai International Financial Center Courts

Education

  • St Edmund Hall, Oxford, BCL
  • Queens’ College, Cambridge, BA, LLM (First Class)
  • College of Law, London, Legal Practice Course

Select Engagements

  • Representation of an engineering company in the enforcement of a US multi-billion dollar arbitration award against an African state.
  • Representation of certain New Zealand trusts to anticipate and develop strategies for pre-empting or defending against claims in numerous jurisdictions arising from allegations about the trusts’ settlor.
  • Representation of several executives of an oil company operating in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa, in providing a strategy to release and protect assets in the U.S., the UK, the Cayman Islands and several other offshore jurisdictions in light of a foreign bribery investigation being conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and UK authorities.
 

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, "English Courts Provide Guidelines to Address Inconsistent Jurisdictional Provisions in Related Agreements" (International Arbitration Law Review, Volume 19, Issue 4, August 2016)
  • Co-author, "When is Referral to a Dispute Adjudication Board a Precondition for Court or Arbitration Proceedings?" (International Arbitration Law Review, Volume 19, Issue 1, February 2016)
  • Author, "Case Note: Diag Human SE v Czech Republic [2014] EWHC 1639 (Comm)" (International Arbitration Law Review, Volume 18, Issue 4, August 2015)
  • Author, "Case Note: BDMS Ltd v Rafael Advanced Defence Systems [2014] EWHC 451 (Comm)" (International Arbitration Law Review, Volume 18, Issue 4, August 2015)

Credentials

Admissions

  • Barrister, England & Wales
  • Dubai International Financial Center Courts

Education

  • St Edmund Hall, Oxford, BCL
  • Queens’ College, Cambridge, BA, LLM (First Class)
  • College of Law, London, Legal Practice Course

Engagements

  • Representation of an engineering company in the enforcement of a US multi-billion dollar arbitration award against an African state.
  • Representation of certain New Zealand trusts to anticipate and develop strategies for pre-empting or defending against claims in numerous jurisdictions arising from allegations about the trusts’ settlor.
  • Representation of several executives of an oil company operating in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa, in providing a strategy to release and protect assets in the U.S., the UK, the Cayman Islands and several other offshore jurisdictions in light of a foreign bribery investigation being conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and UK authorities.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, Member

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, "English Courts Provide Guidelines to Address Inconsistent Jurisdictional Provisions in Related Agreements" (International Arbitration Law Review, Volume 19, Issue 4, August 2016)
  • Co-author, "When is Referral to a Dispute Adjudication Board a Precondition for Court or Arbitration Proceedings?" (International Arbitration Law Review, Volume 19, Issue 1, February 2016)
  • Author, "Case Note: Diag Human SE v Czech Republic [2014] EWHC 1639 (Comm)" (International Arbitration Law Review, Volume 18, Issue 4, August 2015)
  • Author, "Case Note: BDMS Ltd v Rafael Advanced Defence Systems [2014] EWHC 451 (Comm)" (International Arbitration Law Review, Volume 18, Issue 4, August 2015)