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Ms Vasanti Selvaratnam KC

Senior Member of Advisory Committee, Association of British Tamil Lawyers

Ms Vasanti Selvaratnam KC is a senior Silk practising as both Counsel and Arbitrator in across a wide range of industry sectors, including dealing with commercial disputes in shipping, trade and commodity disputes, banking and finance, insurance, jurisdiction disputes, conflict of law issues and civil fraud. She also specialises in all forms of interim relief, including freezing orders and anti-suit injunctions.

Career and Education

She is the Joint-Head of Chambers of The 36 Group, one of the largest multi-disciplinary sets of barristers chambers in London and ranked in Tier 1 for shipping and commodities in Chambers & Partners 2022.

Recent notable cases as Counsel include; The Alexandra 1 (2021), the leading case in the Supreme Court on the scope of the Crossing Rule in the International Collision Regulations; Rubicon Vantage v KrisEnergy [2019] EWHC 2012 (Comm), the first reported case to consider a hybrid guarantee which is part “on demand” and part “see to it” and the role of the Marubeni principle in relation to construction of the scope of the “on demand” portion of the guarantee; Emirates Trading Agency LLC v PMEPL [2014] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 457, regarding friendly discussions clause a condition precedent to right to commence arbitration; RTI v MUR, pending arbitration appeal raising force majeure issues.

As arbitrator, Vasanti Selvaratnam KC has significant experience of dispute resolution in both a judicial and quasi-judicial capacity. She was appointed a Recorder in 1999, is an accredited mediator, and receives regular appointments to act as an arbitrator across a wide range of industry sectors, including but not limited to shipping and international trade disputes.

She accepts appointments under all the major industry rules, including LCIA, ICC, LMAA, LOF, SCMA, SIAC, HKIAC and UNCITRAL and has particular expertise in cases raising complex technical issues as well as novel or difficult points on assessment of damages.

Vasanti was called to the Bar in 1983 and received her LLM from King’s College London in 1984. She has been a practising barrister at the Commercial Bar since 1985, a Recorder from 2000 – 2018, Queen’s Counsel since 2001; a Bencher of Middle Temple since 2011 and a member of the LOF panel of arbitrators since 2013.