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The 36 Group
Gray's Inn, 4 Field Court

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36 Stone


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, banking and finance, commodities, construction, energy, insurance and re-insurance, and various international consortia and joint venture agreements. 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 several 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 Mauritius, Singapore and 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, Malaysian law and Singaporean law, as well as English law.

Ravi has extensive experience of hybrid and remote hearings across a range of platforms, including across multiple time zones and asynchronous hearings.

Ravi is frequently instructed to appear unled against KC opposition (often substantially more senior than him), as well as instructed to act as co-counsel with foreign lawyers from both civil law and common law jurisdictions.

Recent representative arbitrations include: related GAFTA arbitrations arising out of a prohibition on export imposed by the Government if India to preserve domestic food security, an LMAA arbitration arising out of a long term high value freight forwarding contract (English seat, English law); an LCIA arbitration arising out of the resignation of the former CEO of a multinational business; UNCITRAL arbitration arising out of a mining joint venture (Kosovo seat, English law); an LMAA arbitration (English seat, English law) raising questions of illegality under a foreign law; 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 two substantial and high profile LOF arbitrations arising out fires on very large container ships.

Recent representative litigation includes multi-million dollar litigation in the Commercial Court on behalf of charterers in claims for alleged long-term failures to service charterparty obligations.

Ravi has a broad domestic and international client base and has developed particular links across the Middle East and Asia Pacific, as well as throughout the UK and Europe.

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). 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. He is an inaugural member of the panel of arbitrators and mediators of the London Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation (LCAM). 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.

An early adopter of social media for business purposes, Ravi has a large following within the dispute resolution community (and beyond) on LinkedIn.

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 (2018-2022), UCL (2019-2023) and others, sat in many moots, and is a Chambers’ pupil supervisor. He is also often sought out informally for mentorship and career guidance by aspiring / junior practitioners.  He sits on the E&D and CSR Committees in Chambers.


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, Bar Standards Board Religion and Belief Task Force, 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

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Ravi AswaniThe 36 Group ‘Very clear thinking, thorough preparation and clear, concise advocacy.’

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Ravi AswaniThe 36 Group ‘Ravi offers sensible and practical advice, and the pleadings he drafts are clear, persuasive and to the point.’

The 36 Group has ‘an unbeatable reputation in shipping and international trade law’ and clients note that it is ‘an excellent set, professional and approachable’. A dedicated commodities, shipping and international trade set, its members are known for their expertise in commodities issues arising in shipping contexts and their work spans many commodities markets, among them metals, petroleum products, grain and foodstuffs. Vasanti Selvaratnam KC is the set’s most prominent silk and she has recently been involved in numerous commodities and shipping disputes arising out of the inability of vessels to discharge their cargos in Ukraine, including RTI Ltd v Cargill Ocean Transportation Singapore Pte Ltd and Cargill International SA, in which she acted for the claimant. Ravi Aswani is a leading junior in the commodities space and was recently instructed by the claimant in an arbitration concerning an attempt to export crude oil out of Venezuela, which gave rise to novel sanctions-related issues.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Ravi AswaniThe 36 Group ‘A very strong and calm performer in court, who shows great speed of mind and lateral thinking in order to deal with all of the bench’s questions.’

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Ravi AswaniThe 36 GroupRavi is very articulate and always thoroughly prepared.’

At The 36 Group, members continue to act on complex multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes across the Asia Pacific region. Vasanti Selvaratnam KC ‘provides good strategic advice‘; she maintains a steady presence in Singapore, with a growing practice in handling arbitrations under the aegis of the LCIA and SIAC. Colin Ong KC has ‘a very analytical brain‘ and ‘is suited for the most complex large commercial cases which require great analytical legal skills, effective advocacy and someone with a fighting spirit‘. The ‘very user-friendlyRavi Aswani is a key junior in the team.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Ravi Aswani The 36 GroupRavi is very diligent, and is very good at boiling down complex legal principles into client- and solicitor-friendly summaries.’

Part of The 36 Group, 36 Stone is very well known for its established strength in handling on a wide spectrum of matters concerning shipping contractual documents, as well as commodities issues within the shipping space. Vasanti Selvaratnam KC is highly regarded for her expertise in maritime law, and the ‘conscientiousColin Ong KC regularly acts in high-value shipping and commodities arbitrations across multiple Asian jurisdictions. Colin Wright is ‘a confident and articulate advocate‘, and the ‘very responsiveRavi Aswani counts dry and wet shipping disputes as a core pillar of his practice.