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Mohammed Zaman KC

Head of Business & Property

Call: 1985 | Silk: 2009

"Mohammed is very tenacious, hard-working and very commercial." "Mohammed is an outstanding advocate. He is vastly experienced and leaves no stone unturned in his preparation. Mohammed is creative, persuasive and ruthless in cross- examination. He has a clear idea of his tactics and brings an intellectual precision to every matter he is instructed on. He also has excellent client care skills." "Mohammed is a top-class negotiator."

Chambers UK 2023 (Commercial Dispute Resolution)

"Mohammed is an excellent advocate, very experienced, tenacious and dogged. He has impressive client skills and courtroom presence." Chambers UK 2023 (Company) "Mohammed has a phenomenal work ethic and leaves no stone unturned. His trial preparation skills are impressive. He is a true team player and works closely with his instructing solicitors. His cross- examination skills at trial are second to none."

Legal 500 2023 (Company and Insolvency)

Mohammed has regularly been listed in Chambers and Partner UK Guide to the Bar as a (Band 1) leading silk.

"Mohammed is the complete package. His legal and technical skills are of the absolute highest standard, combined with great negotiation and interpersonal skills."

Legal 500 2023 (Commercial Litigation)

"He helped to guide the client through the turmoil. Principles and pride can get in the way of logic, but Mohammed is very good at leading the client back to the matter in hand."

Chambers UK 2022 (Commercial Dispute Resolution)

Mohammed Zaman KC has a broad commercial litigation and international arbitration practice covering a wide range of contractual, property and regulatory disputes. His work includes a particular emphasis on civil fraud, company, insolvency and regulatory matters, as well as complex commercial disputes generally.

He is admitted as a practitioner in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Court and has regularly appeared before the Dubai World Tribunal (which deals with matters arising out of the restructuring of ‘The Dubai World’ company and its subsidiaries), where he has been instructed on cases involving substantial disputes of up to AED 800 million (GBP140 million).

Expertise

Business & Property

Mohammed has a broad commercial litigation and international arbitration practice covering a wide range of contractual, property and regulatory disputes. His work includes a particular emphasis on civil fraud, company, insolvency and regulatory matters, as well as complex commercial disputes generally.

He is admitted as a practitioner in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Court and has regularly appeared before the Dubai World Tribunal (which deals with matters arising out of the restructuring of ‘The Dubai World’ company and its subsidiaries), where he has been instructed on cases involving substantial disputes of up to AED 800 million (GBP140 million).

Arbitration

Mohammed is a Registered Practitioner in the DIFC Court Dubai and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is has advised on ICSID and commercial international arbitrations in the Middle East and South Asia.

Banking, Finance & Financial Regulation

The primary focus of Mohammed’s banking and finance work is twofold: claims involving civil fraud in lending facilities and securities (including fraudulent abuse of invoice discounting facilities); and the enforceability and construction of guarantees and indemnities.

Civil Fraud

Mohammed has substantial experience in complex cases and civil fraud (which includes bringing applications for, or seeking discharge of, freezing injunctions). Many of his cases arise in the context of claims against directors, partners and former senior employees; and in fraudulent borrowing and securities facilities. He has appeared in many ‘heavy’ injunction applications and trials involving allegations of fraud and conspiracy.

Company & Partnership

Mohammed’s company law work primarily focuses on shareholder disputes (unfair prejudice petitions), just and equitable winding up and derivative claims) and claims against directors for breaches of duty and civil fraud. His experience in these aspects of company law means that he often appears for directors in disqualification proceedings brought by the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills. He also advises on the regulatory aspects arising out of investigations by Companies Investigation Branch of alleged serious corporate abuse; and enforcement actions by the Office of Fair Trading. There is an overlap between Mohammed’s company law practice (unfair prejudice of minority shareholders) and his partnership law practice. He has acted on matters ranging from pre-emptive applications for injunctions to restrain expulsion; to trials involving disputes as to the existence of the partnership; to dissolution and the taking of accounts.

Commercial Litigation

Mohammed has substantial experience in complex cases and civil fraud (which includes bringing applications for, or seeking discharge of, freezing injunctions). Many of his cases arise in the context of claims against directors, partners and former senior employees; and in fraudulent borrowing and securities facilities. He has appeared in many ‘heavy’ injunction applications and trials involving allegations of fraud and conspiracy.

Insolvency

There is an overlap between Mohammed’s company law and insolvency practice in areas such as directors’ duties and directors’ disqualification proceedings. He has on many occasions advised and appeared on strike-out applications of abusive winding up petitions; on applications to restrain the presentation of petitions; on issues of construction of the Insolvency Rules; in defending or asserting proprietary and trust claims; in retention of title claims, as well as appearing for and against directors and connected parties in the usual claims arising on insolvency.

Insurance Disputes

Mohammed has a broad commercial litigation and international arbitration practice covering a wide range of contractual, property and regulatory disputes. His work includes a particular emphasis on civil fraud, company, insolvency and regulatory matters, as well as complex commercial disputes generally.

He is admitted as a practitioner in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Court and has regularly appeared before the Dubai World Tribunal (which deals with matters arising out of the restructuring of ‘The Dubai World’ company and its subsidiaries), where he has been instructed on cases involving substantial disputes of up to AED 800 million (GBP140 million).

Joint Venture & Shareholder Disputes

Mohammed has a broad commercial litigation and international arbitration practice covering a wide range of contractual, property and regulatory disputes. His work includes a particular emphasis on civil fraud, company, insolvency and regulatory matters, as well as complex commercial disputes generally.

He is admitted as a practitioner in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Court and has regularly appeared before the Dubai World Tribunal (which deals with matters arising out of the restructuring of ‘The Dubai World’ company and its subsidiaries), where he has been instructed on cases involving substantial disputes of up to AED 800 million (GBP140 million).

Mediation

Mohammed has a broad commercial litigation and international arbitration practice covering a wide range of contractual, property and regulatory disputes. His work includes a particular emphasis on civil fraud, company, insolvency and regulatory matters, as well as complex commercial disputes generally.

He is admitted as a practitioner in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Court and has regularly appeared before the Dubai World Tribunal (which deals with matters arising out of the restructuring of ‘The Dubai World’ company and its subsidiaries), where he has been instructed on cases involving substantial disputes of up to AED 800 million (GBP140 million).

Offshore & Cross Border

Mohammed has a broad commercial litigation and international arbitration practice covering a wide range of contractual, property and regulatory disputes. His work includes a particular emphasis on civil fraud, company, insolvency and regulatory matters, as well as complex commercial disputes generally.

He is admitted as a practitioner in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Court and has regularly appeared before the Dubai World Tribunal (which deals with matters arising out of the restructuring of ‘The Dubai World’ company and its subsidiaries), where he has been instructed on cases involving substantial disputes of up to AED 800 million (GBP140 million).

Professional Negligence

Mohammed has a broad commercial litigation and international arbitration practice covering a wide range of contractual, property and regulatory disputes.

His work includes a particular emphasis on civil fraud, company, insolvency and regulatory matters, as well as complex commercial disputes generally. He is admitted as a practitioner in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Court and has regularly appeared before the Dubai World Tribunal (which deals with matters arising out of the restructuring of ‘The Dubai World’ company and its subsidiaries), where he has been instructed on cases involving substantial disputes of up to AED 800 million (GBP140 million). Substantial cases that Mohammed has appeared in include: Acting for a group of defendants alleged to have made corrupt payments to senior employees of a substantial corporation. Acting for two of the defendants in a claim in conversion of steel containers to the value of GBP 77 million (Scottish and Newcastle Breweries and others v City Wholesale Limited and others). Acting for the lead defendant in a seven week trial involving the demerger of a family trust and companies (Manton Trust). Acting for the former director of a LSE listed company in a claim brought by a group of shareholders under the Financial Services Act alleging misrepresentation in the prospectus (Basra and 213 others v Poole). Acting for the claimant seeking the return of his deposit of AED 57 million GBP 10 million) in a transaction relating to the World Islands project in Dubai (Dalal v The World LLC). Acting for the defendant in the first ever trial for an Enforcement Order under the Enterprise Act (Wolverhampton City Council v Northern Gas Heating Limited). Appearing on a contractual claim by the former CEO of one of the world’s largest property development companies, seeking his long term incentive payments (O’Donnell v Nakheel PJSC).

Real Estate

Mohammed has a broad commercial litigation and international arbitration practice covering a wide range of contractual, property and regulatory disputes.

His work includes a particular emphasis on civil fraud, company, insolvency and regulatory matters, as well as complex commercial disputes generally. He is admitted as a practitioner in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Court and has regularly appeared before the Dubai World Tribunal (which deals with matters arising out of the restructuring of ‘The Dubai World’ company and its subsidiaries), where he has been instructed on cases involving substantial disputes of up to AED 800 million (GBP140 million). Substantial cases that Mohammed has appeared in include: Acting for a group of defendants alleged to have made corrupt payments to senior employees of a substantial corporation. Acting for two of the defendants in a claim in conversion of steel containers to the value of GBP 77 million (Scottish and Newcastle Breweries and others v City Wholesale Limited and others). Acting for the lead defendant in a seven week trial involving the demerger of a family trust and companies (Manton Trust). Acting for the former director of a LSE listed company in a claim brought by a group of shareholders under the Financial Services Act alleging misrepresentation in the prospectus (Basra and 213 others v Poole). Acting for the claimant seeking the return of his deposit of AED 57 million GBP 10 million) in a transaction relating to the World Islands project in Dubai (Dalal v The World LLC). Acting for the defendant in the first ever trial for an Enforcement Order under the Enterprise Act (Wolverhampton City Council v Northern Gas Heating Limited). Appearing on a contractual claim by the former CEO of one of the world’s largest property development companies, seeking his long term incentive payments (O’Donnell v Nakheel PJSC).

Technology & Construction

Mohammed has a broad commercial litigation and international arbitration practice covering a wide range of contractual, property and regulatory disputes.

His work includes a particular emphasis on civil fraud, company, insolvency and regulatory matters, as well as complex commercial disputes generally. He is admitted as a practitioner in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Court and has regularly appeared before the Dubai World Tribunal (which deals with matters arising out of the restructuring of ‘The Dubai World’ company and its subsidiaries), where he has been instructed on cases involving substantial disputes of up to AED 800 million (GBP140 million). Substantial cases that Mohammed has appeared in include: Acting for a group of defendants alleged to have made corrupt payments to senior employees of a substantial corporation. Acting for two of the defendants in a claim in conversion of steel containers to the value of GBP 77 million (Scottish and Newcastle Breweries and others v City Wholesale Limited and others). Acting for the lead defendant in a seven week trial involving the demerger of a family trust and companies (Manton Trust). Acting for the former director of a LSE listed company in a claim brought by a group of shareholders under the Financial Services Act alleging misrepresentation in the prospectus (Basra and 213 others v Poole). Acting for the claimant seeking the return of his deposit of AED 57 million GBP 10 million) in a transaction relating to the World Islands project in Dubai (Dalal v The World LLC). Acting for the defendant in the first ever trial for an Enforcement Order under the Enterprise Act (Wolverhampton City Council v Northern Gas Heating Limited). Appearing on a contractual claim by the former CEO of one of the world’s largest property development companies, seeking his long term incentive payments (O’Donnell v Nakheel PJSC).

Notable Business & Property Cases


Mohammed Zaman KC

Acting for a group of defendants alleged to have made corrupt payments to senior employees of a substantial corporation.



Acting for two of the defendants in a claim in conversion of steel containers to the value of GBP 77 million (Scottish and Newcastle Breweries and others v City Wholesale Limited and others).



Acting for the lead defendant in a seven week trial involving the demerger of a family trust and companies (Manton Trust).



Acting for the former director of a LSE listed company in a claim brought by a group of shareholders under the Financial Services Act alleging misrepresentation in the prospectus (Basra and 213 others v Poole).



Acting for the claimant seeking the return of his deposit of AED 57 million GBP 10 million) in a transaction relating to the World Islands project in Dubai (Dalal v The World LLC).



Acting for the defendant in the first ever trial for an Enforcement Order under the Enterprise Act (Wolverhampton City Council v Northern Gas Heating Limited).



Appearing on a contractual claim by the former CEO of one of the world’s largest property development companies, seeking his long term incentive payments (O’Donnell v Nakheel PJSC).


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"He is well known in the area, popular and fights the client’s corner." "If you want someone really competent, then he is your barrister."


"A totally outstanding performer."


"Mohammed is an absolutely first-class adviser and presenter in mediation. He has a real feel for the commercial realities and financial possibilities in company commercial disputes."


"An outstanding advocate and the man you want on your team at trial." "A vastly experienced and charming silk who leaves no stone unturned in his preparation, and is ruthless in cross-examination."


  • LLB University of Warwick
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Registered Practitioner DIFC Court, Dubai

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