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Sukhi Kaler

Solicitor Advocate

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Sukhi is a Partner in our Commercial Disputes team at CMS London.

Sukhi specialises in both domestic and international commercial litigation including cross-border disputes and enforcement. She covers the entire litigation process, from pre-action advice through to trial and appeals (including to the Supreme Court). She advises on a wide range of complex disputes in a number of sectors including life sciences, banking mining and aviation.

Sukhi’s practice regularly involves claims for breach of contract, fraud, jurisdictional challenges, shareholder and investor disputes. 

Sukhi is a Partner Champion of CMS’ EmbRACE (formerly BAME) Network.

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"The driving force of the team. Efficient organisational skills, day to day. She has an incredible and unfailing memory of the file."

Chambers Confidential Report 2012

"She pretty much runs the show."

Chambers Confidential Report 2011

Relevant experience

  • UK subsidiary of the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services on a contractual dispute with a sub-contractor.
  • A supplier of PPE against the DHSS in a multi-million dollar claim concerning allegedly defective face masks.
  • One of the largest global mining companies on a Share Purchase Agreement dispute.
  • Indian defendants against an Indian bank pursuant to guarantees, including a jurisdictional challenge.  
  • An arbitration between two hedge fund managers, including bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Advising two significant, global fintech companies in the BNPL and currency transfer space.
  • A corporate investor on a multi-million dollar cross-border dispute in the telecoms industry between Kuwait and Iraq.
  • A high net-worth individual, defending a substantial Commercial Court claim (US$75m) in fraud, conspiracy and deceit.
  • A Fortune 500 entity on a multi-million dollar claim in respect of an aircraft sale and purchase agreement including a stakeholder application.
  • An independent power producer in respect of a dispute relating to the construction of a power plant in West Africa.
  • Kuwait Airways Corporation: Acting for Kuwait Airways in connection with a complex series of Commercial Court actions and associated appeals arising out of the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq in 1990. Included claims against both State-owned Iraqi Airways and the Republic of Iraq, advising on State immunity and Act of State issues, world-wide freezing orders, sanctions, fraud, forgery and perjury and securing judgments in excess of US$1 billion. Cross-border enforcement involved consideration of UNSC Regulation 1483 and Bank of England licence requirements and an application joining Iraq as funder. Cross-border enforcement included joining three Iraqi Ministries and two Iraqi state-owned banks, addressing issues of public international law, English, Iraqi and French public and company law, and piercing the corporate veil.
  • A company on a claim for wrongful interference of contractual rights in the energy industry (over US$300m).  
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Memberships & Roles

  • Partner Champion of the EmbRACE (formerly BAME) Network, including interviewing the President of the Law Society, Stephanie Boyce (2020). 
  • Interviewing Dana Denis-Smith for 100 years of Women in Law (2019).
  • Leading a panel discussion on Race & Class for the BAME and Social Mobility Networks (2018).
  • Interviewed by Management Today’s ‘Power Mums’ section (2014).
  • Regularly presents in CMS’ 101 series of webinars.
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  • Higher Rights of Audience (Civil)
  • Keele University
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