Saira practises in all of Chambers’ key areas of work as both sole counsel and as a junior.
Saira regularly appears in the Commercial Court and in arbitrations in a wide range of commercial disputes including shipping, carriage of goods, shipbuilding, insurance and reinsurance, and private international law. She also has extensive experience of interlocutory matters of all kinds including jurisdictional challenges, freezing orders and injunctions.
Saira’s recent reported cases include Carlos Soto SAU v AP Moller-Maersk A/S (The SFL Hawk)  EWHC 458 (Comm) as sole counsel in a Commercial Court trial, Crowther & Another v Rayment & Another  EWHC 427 (Ch) as sole counsel successfully resisting the appointment of an arbitrator, Navigators Insurance company V Alkahtani Jlawi Mohammed & Another  EWHC 1137 (Comm) as sole counsel in a jurisdiction challenge.
Saira has undertaken secondments in the shipping departments of leading London law firms and at a Lloyd’s of London Syndicate.
Dry shipping work forms the core of Saira’s practice. She has experience of the full range of disputes arising out of charterparties, bills of lading, contracts of affreightment and the like. She regularly advises in relation to and acts in cargo damage and misdelivery claims.
In respect of charterparty disputes, Saira’s experience includes off-hire disputes, demurrage, dangerous cargo, unsafe ports and speed and consumption disputes.
Saira is regularly instructed in international sales disputes and is familiar with all forms of standard international sale contracts (CIF, FOB etc).
In relation to transport disputes, Saira is frequently instructed in road carriage cases under the CMR, RHA or BIFA terms as well as in multi-modal transport disputes and storage cases involving chains of carriers and forwarders.
Recent and ongoing cases include:
Saira has considerable experience of general average disputes and arrests. She is currently solely instructed in various admiralty claims in rem and limitation claims.
Saira’s practice includes shipbuilding disputes including the construction of yachts, super-yachts and tankers. She is currently instructed in relation to various shipbuilding disputes acting for both buyers and yards. She has considerable experience of drafting detailed pleadings in complex shipbuilding cases and advising in relation to a full spectrum of legal and practical issues in this area of work.
Saira has extensive experience of insurance matters covering both marine and non-marine policies. Examples of recent and ongoing matters include:
On secondment to a major Lloyd’s of London Syndicate, Saira advised in relation to various insurance and reinsurance disputes, including a significant claim involving insurance intermediaries, covering a range of agency points.
Saira has extensive experience across a wide range of commercial disputes. She acts and advises in several general commercial disputes often raising issues of construction, misrepresentation and agency. Saira also has considerable experience in interlocutory applications and in all aspects of Private International Law. Recent and ongoing cases include:
Saira has significant experience of arbitrations across a range of maritime, commercial and international trade disputes (ICC, LCIA and LMAA). She also has extensive experience of drafting submissions and assisting in the presentation of claims made under GAFTA and FOSFA rules. Saira has also been instructed in a number of cases concerning applications to Court under the 1996 Act, including challenges to arbitration awards and in relation to the appointment and removal of arbitrators.
Saira has varied experience in this field. She regularly advises and acts for major international airlines and airport groups in relation to their defence of personal injury, disability discrimination and baggage claims, and regularly acts in carriage matters involving the full range of issues under the Conventions and EC Regulation 261/2004. Saira has also:
Saira regularly appears in the High Court and County Courts in a range of banking matters representing major clearing banks and other financial institutions. The broad range of claims for which Saira is instructed include those relating to guarantees, insolvency proceedings and consumer credit disputes often raising issues such as undue influence, agency and alleged fraud. The work includes both interlocutory applications and final hearings.
MA (Oxon) Law with French Law; Dip. French Law (Paris II); BCL
Thomas More and Hardwicke Scholarships.
French, German, Urdu.
2006 to date: Chartered Insurance Institute Fact File,“The FOS and General Insurance”;. First published June 2006, updated quarterly.2004-2005: Associate Editor, Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal.
Saira regularly lectures on topics related to her practice.
Secondments to the shipping groups of two city law firms (February and July 2008); the aviation department of a third (November 2007); and to a Lloyd’s of London Syndicate (October 2007).