Vasanti Selvaratnam QC practices in international commercial arbitration and commercial court litigation, regularly handling multimillion dollar disputes across a wide range of industry sectors, including 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. She is particularly noted for her user friendly "hands on" approach to cases and for her ability quickly to get to grips with disputes raising complex factual and technical issues which require a sound grasp of expert evidence and mastery of detail.
Reported leading cases include the House of Lords decision in The Starsin  1 AC 715, the Court of Appeal decision in The Wadi Sudr  1 Lloyd's Rep 193 (leading case on the arbitration exception, the Judgments Regulation and issue estoppel), Joint Stock Asset Management Co Ingosstrakh-Investments v BNP Paribas  1 Lloyd's Rep 649 (leading case on non-contractual anti-suit injunctions), Madoff Securities International Ltd (in liquidation) v Yacht Bull Corporation  EWHC 133 (Ch) (inter-relationship between the Judgments Regulation and the Insolvency Regulation in relation to jurisdiction); The Stolt Kestrel  EWCA Civ 1035 (leading case on extensions of time under section 190 Merchant Shipping Act 1995); The Alexandra 1 (leading Court of Appeal decision in 2018 concerning the inter-relationship between the narrow channel rule and the crossing rule under the international Collision Regulations) and a number of important first instance decisions including Emirates Trading Agency v PMEPL (2014, ground breaking decision on multi-tiered friendly discussion clause as a condition precedent to right to commence arbitration), ETA v Sociedade de Fomento Industrial Private Ltd (2015, clarifying the law on estoppel arising from a prior partial interim award on jurisdiction where the constitution of a majority of the Tribunal has changed) and A v B  EWHC 3003 (Comm) (2016, concerning whether an arbitration lapses following a transfer to a successor company which takes the form of an assignment by operation of law rather than universal succession).
Her professional memberships include COMBAR, Chancery Bar Association, LCLBA, BMLA, ICC, LMAA, ICCA, London Shipping Law Centre (head of education sub-committee) and the Bar European Group
Vasanti was called to the Bar in 1983, and received her LLM in 1984. She has been a practising barrister at the Commercial Bar since 1985, a Recorder since 2000, Queen's Counsel since 2001; a Bencher of Middle Temple since 2011 and a member of the LOF panel of arbitrators since 2013. Vasanti accepts appointments as an arbitrator in a wide range of commercial disputes under all institutional rules as well as ad hoc.
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