In the changing global economy, tough business decisions are inevitable. Litigations cannot be avoided all the times. The litigation practice at the firm has a track record of dealing with disputes of different categories. As businesses pursue strategies, their enforcement and litigation concerns likewise expand. Many of the clients see enforcement and litigation as a form of risk management. In particular, it possesses expertise in managing complex, multi-faceted cases involving multiple claims and parties.The firm represents clients in some of the largest and significant matters, particularly in the areas of intellectual property, construction, banking and energy. The firm has a successful track record in challenging the actions of administrative and regulatory authorities and enforcement of government contracts in constitutional petitions. It also has extensive experience in judicial review of administrative decisions by the Govt. authorities.Major tribunals the firm involved in include:
- General dispute & litigation: Multidimensional litigation practice is a specialty at the firm. The firm has so far represented a large number of clients in domestic courts. Major clients in large value litigations include Fortune Swimwear, Toa Decorient, Cargill, BNP Paribas, Arel Ingenrie, Ecri Inginerie, Rupam, Pratt Finance, Sabah Shipyard, Saipem s.p.a., Hyundai, Alteco, People’s Ceramics, Sankyu etc.
- Admiralty Court litigation: The firm handles a wide range of shipping matters for both domestic and international clients including owners, agents, P&I clubs, financiers, charterers and cargo interests together with their insurers.
- Security Exchange Commission Tribunal: Being a market leader in the areas of capital market the firm represents clients before Security Exchange Commission tribunals. Recent client includes Bank of New York Melone, Parsheng Securities, Global Emerging Markets etc.
- Labour Courts & Disputes: Doulah & Doulah frequently represents its clients before labour courts in Bangladesh on various employer-employee relations issues, disciplinary actions, and compliance issues. Recent clients on such matters include GAP, Edinburgh Wollen Mills, TechOne Global, etc.
- Money Loan & Bankruptcy Court: The firm frequently represents various banks and borrowers in money loan courts and bankruptcy trials towards creditor issues, company bankruptcy plea, restructure etc. Recent clients include International basics Agrani bank etc.
- International Tribunals & Courts: Doulah & Doulah represents clients in big value matters in suits lying before international Courts. Recently it has completed successful representation in two largest anti-dumping suits in US courts. It also provided opinion in recent Siemens corruption cases. In addition, it has just facilitated win of Omnicorn Ship Management on a private port dispute in a US court. Besides it frequently represents international bankruptcy courts in Bangladesh on various matters including service of notices, opinions etc.
- Enforcement of Foreign Money Judgments & Arbitral Awards: The firm specializes in enforcement of foreign money judgments in Bangladesh. Recent clients include Statoil Asia, Intelsat, Fortune Swimwear etc. The firm specializes in enforcement of foreign money judgments in Bangladesh. Recent clients include Indutech, Cargill etc.
- Writ Petitions & Judicial Reviews: The firm has a successful track record in challenging the actions of administrative and regulatory authorities and enforcement of government contracts in constitutional petitions. It also has extensive experience in judicial review of administrative decisions by the Govt. authorities. Recent matters include customs duty issues for ZTE and against award of an international tender against public procurement rules.
- Intellectual property Tribunals: Doulah & Doulah is the leading composite IP law firm in Bangladesh. It represents a number of international brands before the trademark and patent tribunals in Bangladesh including Colgate, Nokia, Pepsi Co., etc.
- Tax Tribunals: Doulah & Doulah is a leading Tax law firm in Bangladesh. It represents a number of conglomerates before the tax tribunals in Bangladesh including Maxim, SC Johnson and so on.
Because of high cost involvements and time requirements for resolving matters by way of litigation in Courts, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in form of Arbitration, Conciliation, Mediation or negotiation has gained in popularity without resorting to traditional litigation. ADR is quick, cheap and effective allowing the parties to talk to each other directly to settle their differences with the neutral assistance of a professional facilitator. In 2003 the Bangladesh government introduced Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the judicial system. The Parliament passed The Civil Procedure (Amendment) Act 2003 in March 2003 with a view to quicken disposal of cases through mediation if contesting parties agrees to it. The arbitration system started functioning from 31 May, 2003.
The members of the firm have expertise and experience in all sorts of commercial arbitration. The firm advises on a wide range of arbitration issues, including arbitration clauses and submission agreements, choice of forum and rules of arbitration, enforceability of awards and the role of national courts during arbitration proceedings. Some major arbitrations undertaken by the firm to represent clients include:
- Saipem s.p.a, v. Petrobangla
- Arel Ingenierie v. Sylhet Pulp & Paper Mills
- Cargill v. KDS Group
- Al Aqeeq Aviation V. Best Air
- Gulf Air v. Traveltrade
- Microsoft Corporation v. Rupayan Group
- Peacock v. Fairtrade Textile