Ravi Aswani

Ravi Aswani
4 Field Court
Gray’s Inn
+44 20 7440 6900


Who's Who Legal UK Bar - International Trade and Commodities - Juniors

Ravi has a broad commercial dispute resolution practice spanning various sectors including shipping and international trade, energy, oil and gas, mining, insurance and reinsurance, banking and finance and various international consortia and joint venture agreements. Ravi has considerable experience of being instructed to appear alone against QC opposition.

Recent representative arbitrations include: an ICC arbitration arising out of a sales and distribution joint venture for industrial plant and machinery (English seat, English law); an LCIA arbitration arising out of a high value ship repair contract (English seat, English law); LMAA arbitration relating to the fate of a high value cargo following various government interventions in its fate (English seat, English law); an LMAA arbitration arising out of a number of related contracts for the construction and purchase of jack up oil drilling rigs (English seat, English law); and an SIAC arbitration arising out of a mining contract (Singapore seat, English law).

Recent representative arbitration applications in court include: Navalmar UK Ltd v Kale Maden [2017] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 370 (appeal on a point of law on construction of standard form document arising out of an LMAA English seated arbitration); and Exmek Pharmaceuticals SAC v Alkem Laboratories Limited [2016] 1 Lloyd's Rep 239 (instructed alone against a QC in a complex challenge to an arbitrator’s substantive jurisdiction in an ad hoc English seated arbitration).

Recent representative litigation includes: Multi-million dollar banking litigation in the Commercial Court on behalf of a foreign lender.  Ravi was instructed alone and the litigation raised novel 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 Melissa K v Tomsk [2016] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 503 (instructed as junior counsel on questions relating to whether an offer to settle liability in respect of a collision could be accepted where the claim form had not been served in time).

Ravi has a significant international perspective to his practice and has developed particular links across the Middle East and Asia Pacific, as well as throughout the UK and Europe.

Ravi is a member of 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), 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, LCIA European Users’ Council and Young International Arbitration Group, LMAA Supporting Member, Scottish Arbitration Centre, Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration - Individual Member, Worshipful Company of Arbitrators (Freeman), Young ICCA, Young MCIA and Young SIAC.

Ravi received a LLB (first class honours) from UCL in 1999, he was called to Bar of England and Wales in 2000, he was appointed judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal, 2001 to 2002 and admitted to the Register of Practitioners of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts in 2008. Ravi has been a CEDR Accredited Mediator since 2009, a MCIArb since 2012 and a civil deputy district judge since 2013.

WWL says: 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."

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