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The 36 Group, Vasanti Selvaratnam QC, London, ENGLAND

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Vasanti Selvaratnam QC

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The 36 Group (The 36 Group)


Vasanti Selvaratnam QC is joint head of Stone Chambers. She practices in all aspects of international commercial litigation and arbitration, including shipping (wet and dry), commodities, banking and finance, conflict of law and jurisdiction disputes, all forms of interim urgent relief, including freezing orders and anti-suit injunctions, and civil fraud. She is particularly noted for her user friendly hands-on approach to cases and for her ability quickly to get to grips with disputes raising complex factual and technical issues which require a sound grasp of expert evidence and mastery of detail. Reported leading cases include the Court of Appeal decisions in The Wadi Sudr [2010] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 193 (leading case on the arbitration exception, the Judgments Regulation and issue estoppel), Joint Stock Asset Management Co Ingosstrakh-Investments v BNP Paribas [2012] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 649 (leading case on non-contractual anti-suit injunctions) and Madoff Securities International Ltd (in liquidation) v Yacht Bull Corporation [2010] EWHC 133 (Ch) (interrelationship between the Judgments Regulation and the Insolvency Regulation in relation to jurisdiction) and Emirates Trading Agency LLC v Prime Mineral Exports Private Ltd (friendly discussions clause a condition precedent to right to commence arbitration). Other recent noteworthy cases include: Nakanishi Marine v Gora Shipping and Attica Finance [2012] EWHC 3383 (Comm) which considers the effects of a tripartite subordination agreement on the rights of a junior lender as against the borrower and guarantor; RBS v FAl Oil Co Ltd and ors [2012] EWHC 3628 (Comm) which is a leading case on interim relief under section 25 CJJA 1982 and Stolt Kestrel [2014] EWHC 1731 (Adm) (mandatory extension of time where no reasonable opportunity to arrest under section 190(6) Merchant Shipping Act 1995 and other time bar issues).


Called 1983 Middle Temple; Examiner of the High Court 1992 to date; appointed Assistant Recorder 1999; Recorder 2000; Queen’s Counsel 2001. Appointed LOF Arbitrator 2013.


Working knowledge French.


Member of ICC’s Banking and Finance Committee, COMBAR, BMLA, LMAA, LSLC (head of education sub-committee), Bar European Group, European Circuit; Law Society European Group, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Accredited mediator.


St Augustine’s Priory Ealing; King’s College, London (1982 LLB 2(1); 1984 LLM Hons 1st); Inns of Court School of Law (1983 within top 20 candidates).


Foreign travel; horse riding, restaurants; member Phyllis Court Club, Henley on Thames; RAC.

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Within: Commodities – Leading silks

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC - The 36 GroupA specialist in high-value commercial litigation and arbitration, especially those involving complex technical issues.

Within: Commodities

In June 2018, the former members of Stone Chambers, which in 2016 became part of St Philips Stone, joined the The 36 Group to create "36 Stone". Vasanti Selvaratnam QC is the set’s only silk handling commodities cases, but Charles Debattista is a leading junior in this field, and in Thunderbird v Wellgrain he handled a complex case arising from soybean shipments.

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Within: Shipping – Leading silks

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC - The 36 GroupShe has a proactive style.

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