Ravi Aswani is a commercial dispute resolution barrister. He has a broad 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 an extensive international arbitration practice. He has been instructed in arbitrations seated in several jurisdictions under a number of applicable laws, both ad hoc (in particular LMAA) as well as institutional arbitration (in particular ICC, LCIA and SIAC). In addition, he is often instructed in commercial litigation in the Business and Property Courts, primarily the Commercial Court.

A considerable proportion of Ravi’s work involves him being instructed without a leader against KCs; he has significant experience of acting without a leader against senior KCs.

In recent years, Ravi has been shortlisted for / awarded a number of prestigious awards in recognition both of the excellence of his legal practice and of his longstanding commitments to equality and diversity and mentoring.


He is a very experienced junior who is easy to work with and has strong written advocacy. [...] Ravi is excellent. He would be my first call in relation to arbitration work.Chambers UK 2024
Ravi is extremely thoughtful and calm with deep expertise in maritime. [...] He is easy to work with, very reliable, clear and to the point.Chambers UK 2024
Ravi offers sensible and practical advice, and the pleadings he drafts are clear, persuasive and to the point.Legal 500 2024
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. Legal 500 2024
He is a top name in the field. [...] He is a careful and diligent practitioner.Who's Who Legal 2024

Areas of expertise

A considerable proportion of Ravi’s work is in the field of International Commercial Arbitration, in connection with disputes arising out of a very wide range of industries and sectors.  He is currently instructed in many such arbitrations which are due to be heard in 2024 and 2025.  Ravi is often instructed as co-counsel with a view to making up a multi-disciplinary international team, and in recent years has been instructed in a number of arbitrations with foreign seats and/or arising out of contracts governed by a law other than English law.

In the past few years Ravi has acted as counsel in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations under the rules of the LCIA, ICC, SIAC, and UNCITRAL.  He also has a growing practice as an arbitrator.

Ravi is currently instructed in a considerable number of large pieces of commercial litigation in the Business and Property Courts, primarily the Commercial Court.

Ravi is instructed in a broad range of disputes which have involved allegations of fraud and corruption as well as breach of contract and tort. Ravi is often instructed in heavy interim matters involving questions of conflict of laws/jurisdiction, procedure and injunctive relief.

All aspects of wet and dry shipping.

Significant experience also in relation to shipbuilding, ship sale and purchase, ship repair, ship management and all aspects of port operation.

Domestic and international disputes arising out of contracts for the sale and / or transport of goods (by air, road and rail as well as by sea), extensive experience of advising under BIFA, CMR and RHA terms, as well as underlying contracts of insurance.

Construction of policies.

Disputes as to coverage and non-disclosure/misrepresentation.

Protection and indemnity policy / marine insurance advice.

Disputes arising out of various facility agreements and documentary credits including bills of exchange, letters of credit, performance bonds and guarantees.

Further information

Appointments & Memberships

Arbitration Ireland
Bentham Association
British Maritime Law Association
CEDR Exchange Network
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – MCIArb
Commercial Bar Association
FDI International Moot Competition – College of Arbitrators
ICC Global Commission on Arbitration and ADR
Indian Maritime Association (UK)
International Bar Association
International Council for Commercial Arbitration
Inter-Pacific Bar Association
London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
London Court of International Arbitration – European Users’ Council
London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association – Supporting Member
Scottish Arbitration Centre
Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration – Individual Member
UK India Business Council – Next Generation Network Member
Worshipful Company of Arbitrators – Freeman

Gujarati (fluent spoken)