Kapil Sankhla is uniquely placed as a legal counsel with extensive Arbitration practice and a Hospitality background, having completed Hotel Management professional course from the renowned Institute of Hotel Management Catering & Nutrition (IHM), Pusa, one of the top three Hotel Management institutes in India.
As a Hotel Management professional, he has trained in the Taj Mahal Hotel, also known as the Taj Mansingh Hotel, a premier hotel in New Delhi, where he worked interalia in the Training and HR Department. He has also worked with the Thank God It's Friday (TGIF) chain and was it’s Opening Team Member for the first restaurant in India.
Kapil Sankhla is a leading arbitration counsel and strategiser in India and has represented private parties against multinational companies as well as the interest of the Government of India in International Arbitration Disputes. He has handled arbitration disputes pending in countries as varied as United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore, India and advised clients in counties like Bangladesh, United Emirates (Dubai) and United States (USA). He has extensive experience in dispute resolution and case management relating to Oil and Natural Gas Sector, International Commercial Contract disputes etc. His specialisation lies in Ad hoc arbitration, and arbitration conducted under the UNCITRAL Rules, however he has also handled matters under the umbrella of Permanent Court of Arbitration, amongst others and has also handled matters in Maxwell Chambers, Singapore, where SIAC is situated. He is registered with Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA),as well as FICCI Arbitration and Conciliation Tribunal (FACT) established in the year 1952
and formerly known as the FICCI Tribunal of Arbitration [FTA]). FACT is a part of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) which was set up in 1927, and is the largest and oldest apex business organization of Indian business with a nationwide membership of over 2000 corporates and over 500 chambers of commerce and business associations, and speaks directly and indirectly for over 2,50,000 business units. He has also represented and advised various aviation companies and is widely recognised as an Aviation Counsel of high merits in India.
Kapil Sankhla specializes in international commercial arbitration and dispute resolution. He has appeared before a variety of international arbitral tribunals handling arbitration under the UNCITRAL rules. His sector experience includes, in particular, oil and gas, hotels and leisure, franchise and corporate disputes. Mr Sankhla also has extensive experience advising on pre-arbitration disputes and negotiating complex dispute settlement agreements.
Mr Sankhla is consistently sought after in the hospitality sector as a counsel and arbitrator and is recognised as a specialist in the sphere of hotel management-hospitality-aviation litigation and arbitration dispute.
He is a member of the arbitral panels of several arbitral institutions, and also an Advisory Member to various organisations and businesses.
His working languages are English and Hindi. He is also conversant in Punjabi.
Mr Sankhla is an experienced International Arbitration lawyer. In addition to regularly advising parties in connection with risk mitigation and dispute avoidance strategies, arbitral clause drafting and negotiations, case management and early case evaluations, he has handled various matters
pertaining to International contracts, issues pertaining to lex arbitri, lex fora, law of arbitration, as well as matters pertaining to Oil and Natural Gas as well as E&P Industry. He also has an extensive experience in the Hospitality, Tourism and Aviation Industry.
Mr Sankhla has represented clients in various international forums and has worked with the laws of numerous jurisdictions, in particular in India,
United Kingdom, Singapore and France and has represented clients from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds.
Before focusing his practice on international arbitration, Mr Sankhla also advised clients on litigation management, alternate dispute resolution
strategies, international corporate, M&A and hospitality transactions, aviation disputes and contracts as well as franchise laws.
Mr Sankhla is a well sought after speaker around the world on a wide variety of topics, including: Dispute resolution and risk management
in the Oil and Natural Gas Sector, E&P Industry, Hydrocarbons And Mineral Extraction Industries; construction sector disputes; overview of
arbitration developments in India and effect on the world; enforcement of arbitral awards; franchise laws, changes in aviation industry and
impacting laws; hospitality laws and arbitration clauses in hospitality industry, arbitrator in hospitality and hotel disputes; personal
development, meditation and art of negotiation etc..
Select Peer and Client Reviews
"Please allow us to express our gratitude for the sincere, ethical and expert guidance to us by yourself…" International Franchise Chain
"His expert opinion on various issues were also sought to resolve likely disputed affairs. Needless to mention that his services so received by
the Company within time bound manner, were immense beneficial and were to the above satisfaction level of the Company. We believe that Mr.
Kapil Sankhla understand the need and service priority of the client and accordingly deliver the same to the client in a quick turn around time
without compromising the service quality." Leading National Airlines
It gives me immense pleasure to appreciate your contribution to our company…your pleadings…was marvelous.. Leading Tour and Travel Company
“Kapil is extremely focused and detail oriented and is always able to pick up minute details and nuances which greatly enhance his professional output . He is highly valued for his work and is a committed business partner…” National Airlines
“I find him as an extensively knowledgeable and resourceful advocate with lots of case studies and a working team to support. He believes in building long standing friendly relationships while being professional in his approach." Consultancy Company
“Kapil is a great personality and a thorough professional. His passion and thrive for perfection has always supported him to achieve the best, whether starting his career as Chef at TGIF or being City's premier Corporate lawyer." Leading Hospitality Professional
“Kapil is one of the most confident person I have met who is not afraid of challenges and always tries new things to better his performance. He
is also a very social person who maintains good relationships with all.” Hospitality Professional Dubai
“Kapil brings hospitality, excellence in service and care to an otherwise dry profession that one only comes in contact at dire necessity times. It
is a pleasure to have people who understand service working to get the value for money for you." Consultant- F & B, Hospitality & Aviation
“Kapil was with me in collage and recently he did some legal work for me, he is very professional and respects time frames and gives very good
legal advises.” Leading Hotelier
Bars and Courts
Member, Delhi Bar Association (DBA)
Member, Supreme Court Bar Association (SBA)
Member, Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA)
LLB, (Legum Baccalaureus) Faculty of Law, Delhi University, New Delhi, India
Three year full time Diploma in Institute of Hotel Management Catering
& Nutrition from Institute of Hotel Management Catering & Nutrition (IHM), Pusa, Delhi, india
Professional Associations and Memberships
Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA)
FICCI Arbitration and Conciliation Tribunal (FACT)
Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
Member, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF)
International Council Of Jurist
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