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Karim Lahham

Karim Laham Barrister and Mediator Del Canto Chambers

Barrister & Mediator

Year of Call: 1999 Inner Temple

Karim undertakes general chancery and commercial work. He has a special interest and expertise in Islamic commercial and arbitration laws and Arab legal systems, mainly in the context of multi-jurisdictional disputes. In this context, he has advised in the past on difficult issues relating to shipping law as well as international construction projects encompassing Egyptian, UAE and Kuwaiti laws.  He has regularly appeared in the Chancery and Kings Bench Divisions on commercial matters as well as qualifying as a mediator in 2003.

Prior to Del Canto Chambers, Karim was a member of Littman Chambers from 2001 to 2010.

Karim read law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and completed a doctorate in Islamic law at Pembroke College, Cambridge.  He also holds an MA in sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London. 

Karim was called to the Bar in 1999 as a Major Scholar of the Inner Temple.  He remains a senior research fellow of Tabah Foundation since 2005, a leading research think tank based in Cairo and Abu Dhabi and has published widely in the context of Islamic law, Islamic theology, Roman Catholic canon law and philosophy. He also lectures regularly on the said topics.

Karim is fluent in Arabic and French and can accept papers in both these languages.


Mediation, Arbitration, Arab Law


London, UK


Year of Call: 1999 Inner Temple​

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