VasantiSelvaratnam QC
Independent Arbitrator
Vasanti Selvaratnam QC, international arbitrator and Queen’s Counsel.

Following successful completion of pupillage in 1984, I have been in full time practice at the Admiralty and Commercial Bar specialising in all aspects of maritime law, including collisions, salvage, wreck removal, shipbuilding and ship sale and purchase, commodity transactions, disputes under charterparties, bills of lading and contracts of affreightment; international trade and related financial instruments, including guarantee disputes, marine and non-marine insurance and a wide variety of general cross border disputes. 

I have appeared in some of the most important reported cases in the shipping field, including The Nagasaki Spirit (House of Lords); The Starsin (House of Lords); The Choko Star (Court of Appeal); The Alexandra 1 (Court of Appeal) and numerous other appellate and first instance decisions, including the important Emirates Trading Agency case which was the first case in English law to establish the enforceability of a friendly discussions clause as a condition precedent to the right to commence arbitration (drawing upon jurisprudence from Singapore).  

I was one of the youngest females from an Asian background to take Silk (2001). 

I regularly appear as Counsel in international commercial arbitrations and am increasingly appointed as arbitrator in a wide variety of disputes under the auspices of the ICC, LCIA and LMAA. I am one of only four 1st instance arbitrators appointed by Lloyds to conduct arbitrations under LOF. 

I also have extensive experience of decision making in a judicial capacity, having sat as a Recorder of the Crown Court for over 18 years.     

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CONTACT
Tel: +44 207 440 6900 

Email: vselvaratnam@36stone.co.uk
vasantiselvaratnam@gmail.com

Nationality: British 

Country of Residence: England

Language(s): English 
MAIN PRACTICE AREAS
  • CHARTERPARTIES
  • COMMODITIES COAL
  • COLLISIONS
  • SHIP BUILD & REPAIR
  • PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS
    Queen’s Counsel (2001) 

    Joint Head of Chambers (The 36 Group and formerly Stone Chambers)

    Bencher of the Hon Soc of Middle Temple 
    ADMISSIONS
  • ENGLAND AND WALES
  • EDUCATION
    LLB (London) 

    LLM (London, first class hons)
    DIRECTORY LISTINGS
    Chambers and Partners 

    Legal 500