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Khemila Narraidoo

Khemila Narraidoo

Senior Associate - Barrister, Juristconsult Chambers

Khemila Narraidoo advises on the full spectrum of business planning, private wealth estate and trust administration. She regularly advises on personal planning which includes traditional estate planning, estate and trust administration as well as all related aspects of estate, income tax, trust construction and related litigation.

Khemila also advises on employment law and her clients range from Mauritian conglomerates to international companies. She regularly chairs disciplinary committees and acts in relation to employment litigation and disputes resolution before the Supreme Court of Mauritius, the Industrial Court of Mauritius and the Conciliation and Mediation Commission.

She also advises on commercial and corporate matters and regularly appears before the Commercial and Bankruptcy Division and the Supreme Court in relation to commercial disputes, debt recovery and insolvency matters. Khemila also conducts litigation before Judge in Chambers with regards to applications for summary judgments. As a trial lawyer, Khemila advises on issues involving arbitration, among other alternative mechanisms for the settlement of disputes.

Khemila has extensive experience in carrying out due diligence process in cases of mergers and acquisitions as well as issuing of shares. She also regularly issues capacity opinions for international banks in relation to loan facilities.

Experience has included advising:

  • Bank of America in connection with a number of commercial transactions and facilities of up to several million dollar transactions and Term-Loan Facilities
  • A client in issuing capacity legal opinion in relation to the subsidiary of a company which is listed on the Taiwanese Stock Exchange
  • As a team member, the Botswana Development Corporation in a due diligence process where the Mauritius based holding company of a Botswana subsidiary would be issuing preference shares
  • A leading worldwide consultancy firm in a major merger and acquisition transaction in Mauritius
  • Bank International Indonesia (Foreign branch in Mauritius) with respect to employment law matters and conducting litigation before the Industrial Court of Mauritius
  • A leading worldwide mobile phone manufacturer as regards to employment law queries, introduction of new contract of employment, legal implications of dismissal of employees and the procedure to be followed
  • Various Mauritian companies and international companies on the legal implications of closing down of undertakings and dismissal of employees
  • A leading worldwide consultancy firm, IBL Group and Rogers Group as well as parastatal bodies such as Mauritius Ports Authority in the chairing of their disciplinary committees
  • Several private clients with regards to business planning, private wealth estate and trust administration taking into consideration tax implications, in particular Common Reporting Standards
  • Vivo Energy concerning several debt recovery matters

Professional Qualifications

  • Barrister called to the Bar of England and Wales at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (2010)
  • Barrister admitted to the Bar of Mauritius (2012)
  • Qualified Trainer with the Mauritius Qualifications Authority (2018)

Education

  • Sheffield Hallam University (United Kingdom), LLB Hons in English and French laws. (2005)
  • University of Paris XII (France), Maitrise in International Law (« Maitrise en Droit International des Affaires ») (2005)
  • Inns of Court School of Law (City Law School) (United Kingdom), Bar Vocational Course (2010)

Prior Experience

  • 2012 to date, Associate, Juristconsult Chambers, DLA Piper Africa member firm in Mauritius
  • 2008 to 2010, Associate, law firm based in Sutton, Surrey (United Kingdom)

Memberships

  • International Bar Association
  • Mauritius Bar Association
  • MCCI Arbitration and Mediation Center (MARC)

COVID-19: business survival and insolvency in Mauritius

The unravelling situation with the COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant financial turmoil in Mauritius. A likely effect of these disturbances could result in companies going for winding-up and other alternatives available under Mauritian law.

COVID-19 and its effect on employment law in Mauritius

In an attempt to curb the spread of the COVID-19 in Mauritius, the government took the decision to extend the sanitary curfew until 15 April 2020. Employers around the world are facing similar challenges, dealing with government-mandated shutdowns, sick and self-isolating employees, homeworking arrangements and economical constraints.

Redundancy - A new challenge

With the advent of the Workers’ Rights Act (“WRA”), we have seen our labour laws being challenged in many ways in Mauritius. At first, our attention was quickly grasped by the additional leaves which have been brought by the WRA, the calculation of the end of year bonus and, more especially, by the new definition given to the word ‘worker’ under the WRA. We should, however, realise that these are not the only elements which will affect the financial impact which the WRA is having on our economy.