Dharini Ravi

Dharini Ravi

Senior Associate Singapore, Singapore

Dharini is a Senior Associate based in Kennedys’ Singapore office. Dharini is qualified to practise in Singapore, India and England & Wales.

Dharini specialises in commercial dispute resolution with a particular focus in shipping, international trade, trade finance and sale of goods. Dharini also has experience in dealing with insolvencies involving trading houses and shipping companies.

Dharini has experience representing clients in court proceedings in Singapore and India, as well as in arbitration under SIAC, SCMA and LMAA rules.

Prior to beginning her law practice, Dharini spent one year as a research assistant to a Member of Parliament in India, under the aegis of the LAMP Fellowship (a programme run by PRS Legislative Research in New Delhi).

Work highlights

Dharini has been involved in a number of notable matters prior to joining Kennedys Legal Solutions. Examples of Dharini's prior experience includes:

  • Acted for a Fortune 500 oil major in a Singapore High Court trial and subsequent appeal to the Court of Appeal, involving misdelivery claims following the insolvency of O.W. Bunker A/S and its subsidiaries. The Singapore Court of Appeal considered the relevance of the underlying sale contracts when construing the effect of a bill of lading. The decision of the Court of Appeal is reported as The "Luna" [2021] 2 SLR 1054.
  • Advising the judicial managers / liquidators of Hin Leong Trading (Pte.) Ltd. in one of Asia’s biggest restructuring / insolvencies with liabilities exceeding USD 3.5 billion with a particular focus on trade finance, sale of goods, shipping, bankers’ security in trade financing deals, and rights of warehousemen.
  • Advising judicial managers / liquidators on of Agritrade International Pte. Ltd. transactions relating to shipping and trade of goods (palm oil, coal).
  • Advising and acting for a commodity supplier in claims for breach of fiduciary duties, dishonest assistance, fraud and conspiracy against its former employee, including obtaining pre-judgment and post-judgment freezing injunctions. Reported decisions: Sumifru Singapore Pte Ltd v Felix Santos Ishizuka and Ors [2020] 4 SLR 904 (on variation of freezing injunction to police compliance); Sumifru Singapore Pte Ltd v Felix Santos Ishizuka and Ors [2022] SGHC 14 (on fiduciary duties owed by the employee).
  • Acting for ship agents in a Singapore High Court trial involving switch bills of lading and allegations of conspiracy, malicious falsehood and negligence.