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Firm Profile

Chambers of Urmila Boolell, SC

Firm Profile

Port Louis

  • Profile
  • Temple Court
  • 2 Labourdonnais Street
  • Port Louis
  • Port Louis
  • Mauritius

Firm profile submitted by Chambers of Urmila Boolell, SC

Head of Chambers: Mrs Urmula Boolell, SC
Managing Partner: Mrs Urmula Boolell, SC
Number of barristers: 7
Languages: Creole, English, French, Hindi


Banymandhub Boolell Chambers is the flagship company within the legal cluster of Temple Group and the first law firm to be established in Mauritius. The firm is a team of lawyers and barristers offering a broad spectrum of services in the legal arena. The head of the Chambers, Mrs Urmula Boolell, SC has amassed experience for the past 31 years as practising barrister and was the first of two women to be sworn in as Senior Counsel in Mauritius in 2016.
The firm is:
■ An associate country member of the international group of independent law firms, Interlaw. Our clients benefit from local expertise in more than 125 countries
■ Affiliated with Temple Law Books, the exclusive representative and distributor of LexisNexis books in Mauritius
■ Producer and publisher of comprehensive pieces of legal literature, namely ‘Case law of Mauritius: A Compendium’ and ‘Company Law of Mauritius’, authored by Mrs Urmula Boolell, SC We have experts in a diverse range of fields. We specialise in English and French law, since Mauritius has a hybrid legal system, which makes us highly conversant in a variety of matters. Our focus remains corporate and financial law, litigation and alternative dispute resolution.Senior Counsel in Mauritius in 2016.

Awards & Accolades:
■ Recommended IFLR1000 firm three years running 2015, 2016, 2017
■ Nominated by Africa Legal 100 as one of the most influential, most highly regarded and most practiced law firms in Africa, 2016
■ Awarded Commercial Law Firm of the Year: Mauritius by Worldwide Advisor Awards Magazine 2016
■ Awarded Best Banking & Finance Law Firm Mauritius & Civil Law Attorney of the Year Mauritius by Acquisition International, 2016
■ Awarded Best Civil Law Attorney of the Year - Mauritius by Acquisition International, 2016
■ Urmula Boolell, SC is the first of two women in the profession to be sworn in as Senior Counsel in Mauritius, 2016
■ Urmula Boolell, SC is ranked as recommended lawyer, Chambers and Partners, 2015
■ Urmula Boolell, SC is ranked as recommended lawyer, IFLR1000, 2014 – 2017

■ Corporate & Commercial:
Drafting of a concession agreement and negotiation with key stakeholders on behalf of our client.
Jurisdiction: Mauritius
Value of the claim/matter:
Rs 500 million
Professionals who worked on the matter: Urmila Boolell, Cristelle Parsooramen

■ Advise on the transfer of the shares after the demise of a shareholder and whether the testator will set out the names of the beneficiaries and the property duly bequeathed to the latter as well as whether the will is to be apostilled before or after death of testator
Jurisdictions: Mauritius, UK
Professionals who worked on the matter: Urmila Boolell, Cristelle Parsooramen

■ Assisted a group of 69 investors who had accusations of a wrong done to them by DIF III, ICICI Venture, ICICI Bank, IFS and Western India and claiming for damages in tort founded on allegations of fraud, illegal acts and wrong doings of DIF III, ICICI Venture, ICICI Bank, IFS and Western India which, it is averred amount to various breaches, acts or omissions tantamount to «faute», misrepresentation, deceit, fraud, «abus de droit» and/or «manoeuvres dolosives»
Jurisdictions: Mauritius, India, Nairobi, Dubai
Value of the claim/matter: USD 103,699,976
Professionals who worked on the matter: Urmila Boolell, Cristelle Parsooramen, Ashwina Pittea

■ Assisted with two appeals with regard to judgment delivered setting aside the interim injunction and the main case. In the second case, the clients requested for amendment of the share register and claiming damages against the FSC to request for a judicial review. In the 3rd case, the plaintiffs entered an action for defamation and claimed Rs 1.5 billion
Jurisdictions: Mauritius, India, US
Value of the claim/matter: Rs35,000,000 + Rs1.5bn
Professionals who worked on the matter: Urmila Boolell, Cristelle Parsooramen, Ashwina Pittea

Litigation:
■ Appealing to the Judicial Privy Council against a judgment by the Supreme Court of Mauritius concerning a matter revolving around the resulting shortfall of GPDL, in meeting the statutory threshold of Rs 50 million, to qualify for the exemptions in registration duty and land transfer tax
Jurisdiction: Mauritius
Value of the claim/matter: Rs 45,285,600
Professionals who worked on the matter: Urmila Boolell, Cristelle Parsooramen, Ashwina Pittea

■ Assisted in an appeal lodged by Roland Haus before the Land Use and Appeal Tribunal to contest the EIA licence which the Minister awarded to the Lateral Holdings.
Jurisdiction: Mauritius
Value of the claim/matter: unknown at the time of submission
Professionals who worked on the matter: Urmila Boolell, Cristelle Parsooramen

Litigation – Family Law:
■ Divorce petition and claim for alimony on behalf of the wife.
Jurisdictions: Mauritius
Value of the claim/matter: approx Rs 120 million
Professionals who worked on the matter: Urmila Boolell, Cristelle Parsooramen

Litigation - Employment:
■ Defending the employer in a claim for severance allowance for unjustified dismissal filed by a former employee
Jurisdictions: Mauritius, India
Value of the claim/matter: Rs 2,241,212
Professionals who worked on the matter: Urmila Boolell, Cristelle Parsooramen, Ashwina Pittea

■ Assisting in a claim for constructive dismissal lodged by the employee.
Jurisdiction: Mauritius
Value of the claim/matter: approx Rs 22 million
Professionals who worked on the matter: Urmila Boolell, Cristelle Parsooramen

■ Assisting in a claim for unjustified dismissal based on breach of contract.
Jurisdiction: Mauritius
Value of the claim/matter: Total of Rs 18.5 million

Alternative Dispute Resolution – Arbitration:
■ Advising on termination of lease agreement and avenues for arbitration
Jurisdictions: Mauritius, India
Value of the claim/matter: in excess of Rs 110,000,000
Professionals who worked on the matter: Urmila Boolell, Cristelle Parsooramen, Ashwina Pittea

Contact: Urmila Boolell, SC
Tel: +230 212 9810 Email: [email protected]

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