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Ravi Aswani is a commercial dispute resolution barrister. He has a broad practice which covers a range of areas including in particular shipping and international trade, commodities, energy and oil and gas, metals and mining, insurance and re-insurance, banking and finance. As well as litigation in the English courts (primarily the Commercial Court), Ravi has an extensive international arbitration practice. He has been instructed in arbitrations seated in a number of jurisdictions, both ad hoc arbitrations (in particular under LMAA rules and UNCITRAL rules) as well as institutional arbitrations (in particular ICC, LCIA and SIAC). Recent arbitrations he has been instructed on have been seated in Singapore and in Kosovo, as well as in England. Increasingly, Ravi is instructed in arbitrations arising out of contracts governed by a law other than English law. Recent arbitrations he has been instructed on have involved consideration of Ghanaian law and Malaysian law, as well as English law.
In recent times, Ravi has developed considerable experience of remote hearings across a range of platforms. Ravi is now frequently instructed to appear unled against QC opposition, as well as instructed to act as co-counsel with foreign lawyers from both civil law and common law jurisdictions.
Recent representative arbitrations include: an LMAA arbitration (English seat, English law) arising out of alleged repudiation of high value shipbuilding contracts; an ICC arbitration (English seat, Ghanaian law) arising out of contracts for the construction of hospitals; an SIAC arbitration (Singapore seat, Malaysian law) arising out of the moving to a new position of a large jack up oil rig; an LCIA arbitration (English seat, English law) arising out of alleged breach of loan facility agreement and ancillary guarantee; and an LOF arbitration arising out of a fire on a very large container ship.
Recent representative arbitration applications in Court include Dera Commercial Estate v Derya Inc  1 Lloyd’s Rep 57, a leading authority in English law about the proper approach to the dismissal of claims in arbitration for inordinate and inexcusable delay.
Recent representative litigation includes: multi-million dollar banking litigation in the Commercial Court on behalf of a foreign lender in which Ravi is instructed alone raising questions of the impact of provisions of foreign law said by the borrower to be mandatory and to provide a defence to non-payment to the lender, and consolidated litigation of an arbitration claim (with permission of the tribunal) and a related claim against a party said to be in breach of warranty of authority to enter into the arbitration clause on behalf of the party to the arbitration claim.
Ravi has a broad domestic and international client base, and in addition to his practice as counsel he offers services as a mediator and arbitrator. He is a CEDR accredited mediator, a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a member of the ICC Global Commission on Arbitration and ADR, representing the UK. Ravi has sat as a deputy district judge in the County Court since 2013 in general civil matters, and in 2020 received an authorisation to hear specialist chancery / bankruptcy and insolvency matters.
Ravi is regularly instructed to provide expert evidence on English law for use in foreign courts and arbitral tribunals. He frequently speaks at conferences on subjects arising out of his practice areas, both in the UK and abroad.
Ravi additionally has a growing arbitrator and mediator practice. In recent years he has received several arbitrator nominations / appointments in both institutional arbitrations (LCIA and ICC) as well as ad hoc arbitrations (primarily LMAA).
Ravi has a longstanding interest in matters of equality, diversity (especially intersectional), inclusion and belonging, and has over the years attended numerous cross-sector and cross-discipline advanced training events and seminars on these topics, observing considerable changes in thinking and practice over that time. Ravi also has a keen interest in mentoring and assisting the next generation of practitioners. He has participated in mentoring programmes run by Young ICCA (2018-2019, 2021-2022) and by UCL (2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022), sat in many moots, and is a Chambers’ pupil supervisor. He is also often sought out as an informal mentor by young practitioners.
Called to Bar of England and Wales 2000, Lincoln’s Inn.
Judicial assistant to Sir Andrew Morritt VC and Lord Phillips MR, 2001-2002.
CEDR Accredited Mediator 2009.
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), 2012.
Deputy District Judge (general civil authorisation, 2013; specialist chancery and bankruptcy and insolvency authorisation, 2020).
ICC Global Commission on Arbitration and ADR (UK Member), 2019.
Inaugural member of the panel of arbitrators and mediators of the London Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation (LCAM), 2020.
Arbitration Ireland, Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats, British Maritime Law Association, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), Commercial Bar Association, FDI International Moot Competition (College of Arbitrators), ICC Global Commission on Arbitration and ADR (UK Member), Indian Maritime Association (UK), International Bar Association, International Council for Commercial Arbitration, Inter-Pacific Bar Association, London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association, LCIA European Users’ Council, LMAA Supporting Member, Scottish Arbitration Centre, Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration – Individual Member, Worshipful Company of Arbitrators (Freeman).
University College London (1999 LLB (first class honours)).
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2
‘Reputable set‘ 36 Stone is well-known for its commercial, shipping and international trade disputes. Colin Ong QC ‘is in his element when handling complex disputes‘ with particular experience in the energy sector; he is also admitted to practice in Brunei and Singapore. Ravi Aswani stands out for his ‘good skill and understanding of cross border disputes and alternative dispute redressal mechanisms‘.
‘His written work is detailed, accurate and commercially sound.’(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2
‘The set is simply breathtaking’, says a client of The 36 Group. Another remarks that it has ‘reasonable depth and generally good availability of their barristers’. The set specialises in commodities, shipping and international trade, and its members are highly adept in contractual matters such as bills of lading, contracts of affreightment and commodities transactions in the context of shipping. Members advise on matters in the civil and criminal courts, arbitrations, inquiries and at other tribunals, both in the UK and overseas in matters concerning metals, petroleum products, grain and foodstuffs. Joint head of chambers Vasanti Selvaratnam KC, whose recent work includes matters concerning shipments of silicon carbide and bauxite, is known for the speed of her analysis and her practical approach to complex matters. Among the set’s standout juniors are Ravi Aswani, who has extensive knowledge of arbitration under the rules of numerous specialist trade bodies, and Charles Debattista, who is notable for his Maltese connections.
Ravi Aswani – The 36 Group ‘ He has an excellent manner combined with outstanding academic qualities and superb commercial acumen. Intelligent and able to spot and exploit the key point in any case. ’
‘Excellent advocates in dry and wet shipping’, the members at 36 Stone (part of The 36 Group) are involved in some of the most complex and prominent shipping matters to come before the courts. In October 2020, Vasanti Selvaratnam KC and James Shirley acted in the Supreme Court case Nautical Challenge v Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd, the first vessel collision case to reach the top level of UK courts system since 1976. Elsewhere, Rachel Toney represented a number of Bangladeshi shipbreakers in cases against ship management companies including Begum v Maran UK, a High Court case placing further focus on safety and environmental issues in the ship recycling industry. Charles Debattisti is also active in the High Court, while Elizabeth Blackburn KC and Ravi Aswani continue to handle complex arbitrations.