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Rani is ranked in Chambers and Partners and in Legal 500 as a Leading Junior for shipping and commodities work. She was shortlisted as “Shipping Junior of the Year” in Chambers UK Bar Awards 2020. Comments in the directories have included:
Rani is regularly instructed as sole counsel across all manner of admiralty, charterparty and bill of lading disputes as well as in respect of claims against freight forwarders, ship managers and other supply and agency disputes in both the commercial court and arbitration (particularly under the LMAA rules). Her commodities experience embraces all forms of international sale contracts and related finance disputes.
Appellate work. Rani is junior counsel in m/v Tai Prize, on appeal to the Court of Appeal. The case concerns the implication of indemnities and warranties in charterparties.
Sanctions work. Rani has experience in disputes concerning government detention and confiscation of vessels and goods arising out of breaches of local law and UN “sanctions-busting”:
Rani has significant experience relating to the detention of vessels and liability for loss of time. She has acted in countless off hire, detention and laytime & demurrage disputes. These cases have embraced a wide array of circumstances including liability for illegal interventions by third party agents, and the application of contractual exceptions including force majeure. Rani acted as sole counsel for a publicly quoted energy company in a series of arbitrations regarding disputed sums under contracts of affreightment across several vessels.
Speed and performance disputes.
Unsafe port claims in respect of physical and legal unsafety.
Deviation claims. Rani is currently defending a tug owner in relation to an alleged deviation under the Towhire form.
Claims in respect of off-specification bunkers and damage resulting from non-contractual fuel.
Cases concerning responsibility for cargo and vessel damage. Rani has advised in countless disputes about liability for damage to vessels and cargo including in relation to the collapse of port cranes and stevedore negligence.
Advising on termination and assignment provisions including in respect of non-payment of hire under high value contracts of affreightment and disputes under pool agreements.
Rani has acted as sole counsel in a wide range of high value disputes under bills of lading, including claims in respect of damaged automotive components, multimillion dollar claims for damage to shipments of reefer cargo and damaged tugboats shipped on deck. She is experienced in COGSA 1992 and successfully resisted an application for permission to appeal an arbitration award on the proper interpretation and application of the provisions on spent bills of lading in COGSA. She is well versed in the application of the Hague/Hague Visby Rules and US COGSA.
Rani deals with all manner of contractual disputes relating to the sale of goods under both domestic and international contracts of sale including claims in respect of damaged goods and non-delivery cases. She has been involved in many disputes involving CFR and FOB contracts of sale. She was recently instructed in a SIAC arbitration in relation to the FOB sale of oil which gave rise to various legal issues including delivery obligations under the Sale of Goods Act 1979.
Rani is on the Steering Committee of the Admiralty Bar Association and often appears before the Admiralty Registrar.
She has acted both as sole counsel and with a leader in salvage disputes and related litigation in the Commercial and Admiralty Courts.
Acting for Hull Underwriters in a claim against P&I insurers before the Commercial Court in respect of liability for storage charges for off-loaded cargo under the York Antwerp Rules 1994.
Sole counsel in the Admiralty Court defending a common law salvage claim against London Duck Tours, the owners of an amphibious vessel, which ran into difficulty in the Thames.
Rani acts in both on and off-shore energy and shipbuilding disputes and has significant experience of international arbitration. She also acts in related commercial disputes concerning all areas of contract, insurance, sale, purchase and financing of projects, including guarantee disputes.
Disputes involving support vessels for oil, gas and wind exploration and maintenance. Rani has experience of Supplytime and Windtime contract forms.
A joint venture dispute in relation to the hire and exploitation of geological survey equipment for gas and oil exploration.
Acting for a Chinese SoE in a c. US$ 400 million LCIA offshore energy arbitration regarding the cancellation of a design and construction contract for a highly complex specialist off-shore deep sea pipe laying vessel.
Acting in relation to the termination of contracts for two oil well intervention vessels for plugging and abandonment operations.
Disputes pertaining to failures in off-shore wind farms. Rani has a keen interest in off-shore renewable energy and has advised on the termination of a logistic services agreement for an offshore wind transmission system operator.
Rani’s on-shore experience includes:
Rani acts in disputes concerning joint ventures, loan agreements, guarantees, mortgages and shareholders agreements. She is often involved in international trade disputes and related financing instruments including letters of credit and bonds. She accepts instructions in all areas of general commercial work in the Commercial Court and in arbitration including in relation to commercial fraud both domestic and international.
Advising and acting in several cases between Russian parties involving the disputed validity of agreements on the basis of fraud. This involved a multiplicity of parallel and related international proceedings leading to anti-suit injunctions and various jurisdiction challenges both domestically and abroad before arbitral tribunals and the High Court.
Advising on the recovery of the proceeds of a famous worldwide ponzi scheme, involving the enforcement of a US forfeiture order against property in the Bahamas.
Sole counsel in a €25 million+ claim under a parent company guarantee backed by credit risk insurance in an ICC arbitration.
Acting for a Chinese bank in relation to a claim under a refund guarantee where there had been an order of the Chinese Court prohibiting payment.
Commercial Court claim for breach of a shareholders’ agreement for financing a joint venture which included allegations of misrepresentation and dishonesty.
Claims for fraudulent interposition of invoices.
Claims against employees and directors for fraud.
Rani acts and advises in insurance, reinsurance and broking disputes in both marine and non-marine contexts. She often gives coverage advice and has experience across many classes of business, including political risk, business interruption, credit risk, excess liability, property and professional indemnity lines.
Rani has a keen interest in cyber risk, particularly silent coverage in non-cyber policies and cyber exclusion clauses. She was a panel member at the Zurich Cyber Insurance Forum, exploring industry concerns and the efficacy of industry cyber exclusions.
Acting in a multi-million dollar dispute for Hull Underwriters in a claim against P&I insurers for respective liability for storage charges under the York Antwerp Rules 1994.
Coverage dispute under a critical illness policy with related claims in respect of breaches of ICOBS.
Rani is experienced in international and domestic arbitration and has acted in all manner of disputes under various rules e.g. ICC, LCIA, LMAA, SIAC and ad hoc references. As well as being regularly instructed in arbitration proceedings, she is often brought in to deal with related supervisory court applications, applications for interim injunctive relief, jurisdiction challenges, appeals and enforcement of foreign awards.
Rani has experience across a range of injunctive relief including freezing injunctions and anti-suit injunctions as well as various procedural matters in the Commercial Court including applications for security.
Both bringing and defending applications under section 41(3) of the Arbitration Act 1996 to dismiss claims for want of prosecution.
Advising on and acting in relation to jurisdiction disputes under CPR Part 11 and sections 32 & 67 of the Arbitration Act 1996 particularly in complex cases involving parallel and related international arbitrations or court proceedings. Notably, Rani appeared as sole council in SET Select Energy GmbH v F & M Bunkering  1 Lloyd’s Rep 652 (a jurisdiction challenge dealing with Art 27 of the Brussels Regulation and its interrelation with CPR Part 11, which was one of the first decisions post-dating The Alexandros T).
Obtaining and resisting anti-suit injunctions e.g. successfully defending an anti-suit injunction obtained ex parte in respect of US attachment proceedings allegedly instituted in breach of an ongoing London arbitration. She has acted for several successful anti-suit claimants seeking to enjoin threatened foreign proceedings. More unusually, she sought to obtain an anti-London arbitration injunction from the High Court in support of an advanced parallel arbitration before the SCC.
Interim injunctions e.g. successfully securing a mandatory injunction for the provision of IT information in a high profile and widely reported software case involving an online betting platform JV and associated licensing agreements in which there were related and ongoing US proceedings.
Appeals of arbitration awards. Rani often acts in relation to appeals under sections 68 and 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996 e.g. The M/V Muammer Yagci  EWHC 3873 (Comm), Rani successfully resisted an application for permission to appeal on the proper interpretation and application of provisions on spent bills of lading in COGSA, and is involved in the successful onward s69 appeal of the m/v Tai Prize to the Court of Appeal.
Enforcement of foreign arbitrations awards. Rani has acted in the contested enforcement of a Russian New York Convention Award on the grounds that the arbitration clause had been forged. This gave rise to interesting questions of issue estoppel and its interrelation with the NYC public policy ground for resisting enforcement.
Rani acts in professional negligence disputes. She is often instructed in relation to yacht surveyors’ negligence as well as against repair yards and marinas, as well as in relation to brokers’ negligence disputes.
Consultant to RAND Europe (Assistant Project Manager 2011) producing a report for the European Commission on the efficacy of the European Enforcement Order (“EEO”) which is a cross-border debt enforcement mechanism.
Placement at the (then) Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.
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