Ravi Aswani
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Ravi Aswani is a commercial dispute resolution barrister. He has a broad commercial practice which covers a number 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.

Ravi has a broad domestic and international client base, and in addition to his practice as Counsel he offers services as an arbitrator and a mediator. He currently holds party nominated appointments as co-arbitrator in ICC and LMAA arbitrations.

Ravi is recommended in the Chambers and Partners UK and Global Guides since 2011 and the UK Legal 500 Guide since 2009 as a leading junior barrister.  He is currently recommended for International Arbitration (Counsel), Shipping and Commodities.  He is frequently instructed to appear as sole counsel against QC opposition.

  • What-the-Directories-Say

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      • Who's Who Legal: UK Bar 2018 - “Ravi Aswani is a highly regarded junior at the set who is ‘always on top of the case.’ One source effuses: ‘He has great written advocacy and will be an astounding QC.’”
      • Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018 - "Has a very intellectually thorough knowledge of maritime arbitration issues." "Very clear-headed. He knows how to pack away the peripheral issues from the main issues and doesn't get distracted." "Hard-working and bright."
      • Legal 500 2017 - ‘He is bright, responsive and understands the commercial priorities of clients.’ ‘Highly regarded and extremely sharp.’ ‘An intelligent and careful advocate.’
      • Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2017 and Global 2017 - "Tremendously skilled and empathetic towards the client."; "He's a dedicated practitioner. He is very good on the detail of the law and a measured, sensible speaker."
      • Who's Who Legal: UK Bar 2017 - "Ravi Aswani is highlighted for his 'hard-working approach,' an attitude that sources believe will take him far."
      • Legal 500 2016 - 'Highly regarded and extremely sharp.'; 'Excellent.'; ‘Quick, reliable and always ready to assist, and his knowledge of the law is simply superb.’
      • Chambers & Partners UK 2016 and Global 2016 - 'A junior with experience beyond his years. He is unerringly dependable, he provides pragmatic commercial advice and he has an excellent manner with clients.'
      • Legal 500 2015 - ‘Very able and knowledgeable of the court procedures to support arbitration’; ‘first rate’; ‘an experienced and articulate advocate who understands clients’ needs.’
      • Chambers & Partners UK 2015 and Global 2015 - ‘He is very good at understanding the clients’ needs and putting their minds at rest when they have specific concerns or worries.’; ‘He is a very experienced and articulate advocate who has a good manner with the judge.’
      • Legal 500 UK 2014 - ‘Very astute.’; ‘Able to take on more senior opposition without a leader.’
      • Chambers & Partners UK 2014 - ‘Dependable, with an excellent client manner. Ravi is a good support barrister in that his pleadings are well drafted, his advice is succinct, and he is very candid about the prospects of success. He works very well in a team and is willing to explore new ideas.’
      • Legal 500 UK 2013 - ‘thorough in his approach’; ‘efficient, responsive, conservative and very hardworking’.
      • Chambers & Partners UK 2013 - ‘a junior with experience far beyond his year of call,’; ‘unerringly dependable’ advocate who ‘provides high-quality, pragmatic commercial advice.’ 
      • Legal 500 UK 2012 - ‘clear, responsive and has a good court presence’; ‘works a case very quickly and very thoroughly’.
      • Chambers & Partners UK 2012 - peers comment that he is “a very steady pair of hands and never seems to get thrown by anything.”
      • Legal 500 UK 2011 - ‘clear, careful advocate’.
      • Chambers & Partners UK 2011 - ‘impressive, bright, personable and articulate’.
      • Legal 500 UK 2010 - ‘quick, extremely effective, and highly competent in arbitration claims’.
      • Legal 500 UK 2009 - ‘bright, approachable and hands-on’.

  • Reported-Cases

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    • Ravi is currently instructed in a considerable number of Commercial Court actions and commercial arbitrations, many of which are due to be heard in 2017 and 2018.

      In the past few years Ravi has acted as counsel in a number of substantial Commercial Court disputes as well as arbitration hearings (including LCIA, LMAA, ICC and SIAC arbitration).

      The arbitrations Ravi works on are inherently confidential and often involve disputes of particular commercial sensitivity.

      • Navalmar UK Ltd v Kale Maden [2017] 1 Lloyd’s Rep – consideration of the meaning of “port limits”.
      • Former Owners of Melissa K v Former Owners of Tomsk [2016] 1 Lloyd's Rep 503 – whether an offer to settle liability in respect of a collision could be accepted in circumstances where a claim form had been issued in time but not served in time in the absence of an extension of time (led by Vasanti Selvaratnam QC).
      • Exmek Pharmaceuticals SAC v Alkem Laboratories Limited [2016] 1 Lloyd's Rep 239 -  Ravi was instructed alone against a QC in a complex challenge to an arbitrator’s substantive jurisdiction in an ad hoc English seated arbitration. The judgment considers the effect of prior litigation in Peru on the arbitrator’s substantive jurisdiction by reference to s32 and s33 of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982, in the context of dispute resolution provisions providing for both litigation and arbitration, in the “UK” under “UK law”.
      • Ameropa SA v Lithuanian Shipping Company [2015] EWHC 3847 (Comm) – defence against an arbitration application based on an allegation that the tribunal had dealt with the claim on a basis which had not been argued.
      • Konkola Copper Mines PLC v U&M Mining Zambia Ltd [2014] EWHC 2210 (Comm) - amending arbitration claim form out of time; [2014] 2 Lloyd's Rep 507 - the exercise of the Court's power to order securing of the sums due under an award being challenged; and [2014] 2 Lloyd's Rep 652 - s67 and s68 challenges in the context of an "unless" award (led by Derrick Dale QC).
      • Sea Glory Maritime Co v Al Sagr National Insurance Co [2014] 1 Lloyd's Rep 14 - a substantial insurance dispute involving novel issues of misrepresentation / non-disclosure and illegality. Ravi was instructed on behalf of the defendant insurer to appear unled against a senior QC and a senior junior.
      • Royal Bank of Scotland v FAL Oil Company Limited [2013] 1 Lloyd's Rep 327 - exercise of freezing order jurisdiction in support of foreign proceedings where limited evidence of assets in jurisdiction (led by Vasanti Selvaratnam QC).
      • Ispat Industries Ltd v Western Bulk Pte Ltd [2011] EWHC 93 (Comm) - whether majority arbitrators under any obligation expressly to consider views expressed by dissenting arbitrator (led by Nigel Cooper QC).
      • D/S Norden A/S v Samsun Logix Corporation [2009] BPIR 1367 - factors to be considered by Court when determining application for permission to bring proceedings and/or enforce security against a foreign insolvent company.
      • BTC Bulk Transport Corporation v Glencore International AG [2006] EWHC 1957 (Comm) - whether alleged error of law in award where application under s69 Arbitration Act 1996 not possible for want of reasoned award could be relevant to irregularity for purposes of s68 Arbitration Act 1996 application;
      • Exfin Shipping (India) Ltd v Tolani Shipping Co Ltd [2006] 2 Lloyd's Rep 389 - whether an admitted but unpaid liability constitutes a "dispute" within the meaning of an arbitration clause;
      • Bernuth Lines Ltd v High Seas Shipping Ltd (The Eastern Navigator) [2006] 1 Lloyd's Rep 537 - whether arbitration can validly be commenced by email sent to general information email address;
      • LG Korbetis v Transgrain Shipping BV [2005] EWHC 1345 (Comm) - application of postal rule to misdirected letters of acceptance;
      • Triton Navigation Ltd v Vitol SA (The Nikmary) [2004] 1 Lloyd's Rep 55 - Appeal to Court of Appeal on point concerning timing of charterer's obligation to provide / load cargo (led by Timothy Hill).

  • Specialist-Areas

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  • Publications

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    • Ravi has delivered lectures and seminars on commercial dispute resolution, commercial law and in particular shipping law topics to a variety of legal and trade audiences both in the UK and abroad (including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Switzerland and USA).

      Ravi is a periodic contributor of articles to trade publications such as Lloyd's List. 

      • In 2009 Ravi was invited to join the editorial panel for the Informa Professional Academy self study course "An Introduction to Admiralty Law and Practice" with responsibility for the "Collisions at Sea Part II" module.  He revised this module in 2011 and in 2013.
      • "Non disclosure in insurance law, a more principled approach" (2006) 64 Amicus Curiae 10
      • "Transactions in Fraud of Creditors: The Foreign Element" [2005] 1 International Corporate Rescue 29 (co-authored with Steven Gee QC)

  • Qualifications-and-Appointments

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      • LL.B (First Class Hons) - University of London (UCL), 1999
      • Bar Vocational Course - Nottingham Law School, 2000
      • Called to the Bar of England and Wales - Lincoln's Inn, 2000
      • Judicial Assistant in the Court of Appeal, September 2001 to April 2002
      • Admitted to Register of Practitioners of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts, 2008
      • CEDR Accredited Mediator, 2009
      • Worshipful Company of Arbitrators (Freeman), 2010
      • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), 2012
      • Deputy District Judge (Civil), 2013

  • Professional-Associations

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      • Arbitration Ireland
      • Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats
      • Association Suisse de l‘Arbitrage - Below 40 Member
      • Bar Pro Bono Unit
      • Bentham Association
      • British Maritime Law Association
      • CEDR Exchange Network
      • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - MCIArb
      • Commercial Bar Association
      • FDI International Moot Competition - College of Arbitrators
      • Indian Maritime Association (UK)
      • International Chamber of Commerce - Young Arbitrators Forum
      • International Council for Commercial Arbitration
      • Inter-Pacific Bar Association
      • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
      • London Court of International Arbitration - Young International Arbitration Group and European Users' Council
      • London Maritime Arbitrators' Association - Supporting Member
      • London Shipping Law Centre - Founding Committee Member of Young Maritime Practitioners' Group
      • Scottish Arbitration Centre
      • Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration - Individual Member
      • UK India Business Council - Next Generation Network Member
      • Worshipful Company of Arbitrators - Freeman
      • Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration
      • Young Singapore International Arbitration Centre

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