Ravi has a wide-ranging practice across Chambers’ main areas of work, with a focus on the cross-over between international and European law, public law, and commercial litigation. He has been described as “a charming and personable advocate who is diligent and very tenacious” (Chambers & Partners 2019); “Outstanding – combines a pragmatic approach with an acute legal brain” (Legal 500 2018).

He regularly appears - unled and led - before a range of tribunals and courts, including the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights, employment, immigration and social security tribunals, sports arbitral tribunals, and the Upper Tribunal (Tax & Chancery, General Administrative and Immigration & Asylum Chambers). He has also assisted in mediations and arbitrations.

Ravi has particular expertise in EU, competition law, international human rights and international trade law having worked as a judicial assistant (stagiaire) to the cabinet of the British judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg and as a Fellow at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law. 

Ravi is a member of the Attorney General's B Panel (effective September 2021), as well as sitting on the Welsh Government panel for Junior Counsel. 

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EU & Competition

Ravi regularly acts for private entities and individuals as well as local and national regulatory bodies on issues of EU law ranging from competition law (in particular cartel damages actions and state aid), pharmaceutical regulation, data protection, tax, pensions, public procurement, free movement and telecommunications. He has appeared in three high-profile cases before the Grand Chamber of the CJEU, including cases concerning the constitutional status of Gibraltar (GBGA), and UK data retention legislation (Watson v SSHD) as well as cases in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court raising novel issues on the application of EU law in domestic proceedings.

Ravi is a Committee member of the Bar European Group and the European Circuit. He is also a member of UKELA. He is ranked as a ‘leading junior’ in the Legal 500 directory for EU law as ‘[a] bright, hardworking junior, who is an excellent team player’ and who is ‘highly regarded by the silks he works with.’

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Public & Regulatory

Ravi has a broad practice in public and administrative law, acting for claimants, public bodies, NGOs, and third parties across a number of sectors including immigration, telecommunications, regulated professions, and pharmaceuticals. 

He is a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel and on the Welsh Government’s B Panel of Counsel. He is ranked as a ‘leading junior’ in Chambers and Partners 2019, in which he was described as '[r]espected for his representation of claimants and defendants in high-profile judicial reviews and regulatory matters. He is particularly noted for his expertise in EU, competition and commercial cases'. 


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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Ravi regularly acts and advises on cases raising common law, ECHR, EU and international law human rights issues. He also takes a keen interest in claimant human rights work. His experience in this area includes cases where there is a considerable overlap with EU and public international law.

Prior to pupillage, Ravi was an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Human Rights & Global Justice at New York University, School of Law from September to December 2010. He conducted research and helped draft two reports: Foreign Land Deals and Human Rights: Case Studies on Agricultural and Biofuel Investment and A Decade Lost: Locating Gender in U.S. Counter-Terrorism. He also contributed to the launch of the ‘Business and Human Rights Documentation’ Project. Since joining Blackstone, he has continued this research work, including assisting in the drafting of a report on “Legal barriers to women’s access to credit: Morocco and the Kyrgyz Republic case studies” for the Law & Development Partnership and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (with Naina Patel).


Ravi is also Legal Panelist (contributor) to a forthcoming book, edited by Shaheed Fatima QC, entitled ‘Protecting Children in Conflict (Hart Publishing, 2018)’ which examines the efficacy of current international humanitarian law, international criminal law and international human rights law protections for children in armed conflict.


Ravi is the author of several articles on public law and human rights, in particular in an international context. He has also been invited to present papers at a number of conferences including at the “Market Freedoms and Fundamental Rights in the Enlarging European Union” conference (Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, April 2010) and the “Emerging Human Rights Scholarship Conference” 2009 (NYU Centre for Human Rights & Global Justice).

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Data Protection, Freedom of Information & Privacy

Ravi regularly advises regulators, NGOs and private individuals in cases raising data protection issues, including the forthcoming application of the GDPR, in particular in the context of surveillance powers of national and local authorities.

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Commercial

Ravi has been involved in a wide range of commercial disputes and advisory work, including in the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division. 

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Sport

Ravi regularly acts for players, clubs, and sporting bodies before a variety of tribunals, as well as for individuals facing and regulators bringing disciplinary charges. Ravi has also been involved in a number of Rule K arbitration proceedings concerning the payment of agent’s commission. He has advised individuals, clubs, commercial intermediaries and governing bodies on a range of issues including anti-doping, disciplinary procedures, broadcasting and sponsorship, eligibility for national and international competitions and the organization of or access to rival competitions.

Ravi is a co-author of the chapter on Sport and free movement under EU law (with Thomas de la Mare QC) in the third edition of Lewis and Taylor’s Sport: Law and Practice and a regular contributor to the Blackstone Chambers' sports blog. He is ranked as a ‘leading junior’ in the Legal 500 directory. 

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Environment

Ravi regularly advises on issues of environmental law in the public, international trade and EU law context. He has also been involved in some of the highest profile environmental litigation in the UK courts, the ClientEarth proceedings. He has acted successfully for the claimant, a leading environmental NGO, in three high-profile EU law challenges to the UK’s failure to meet air quality standards in London and other major urban areas, raising issues about effective domestic remedies for breaches of EU Directives (with Nathalie Lieven QC and Ben Jaffey QC). The claims have led to significant judgments in relation to:

  •  breaches of the Directive [2016] EWHC 2740 (Admin); [2017] Env. L.R. 16; 
  • appropriate mandatory relief [2016] EWHC 3613 (Admin); 
  •  the relevance of the concept of “purdah” to the UK’s compliance with its obligations [2017] EWHC 1618 (Admin); and
  • effective domestic remedies for breaches of EU Directives, including an order for liberty to apply to the Court for ongoing supervision, ordered for the first time in judicial review proceedings: [2018] EWHC 315 (Admin).

Ravi also regularly publishes articles and blogs on the intersection of EU law and environmental law, and has been invited to speak on environmental law issues, including at the 2017 annual conference of the UK Association of Environmental law (UKELA).

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Professional Discipline

Ravi regularly acts in cases for and against regulators in the fields of education, the regulation of legal services, telecommunications, accounting, financial services, sport and medical regulation. He also regularly advises professional regulators on their rules and the principles of common law, EU law and ECHR Law which apply to them.

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Employment

Ravi is regularly instructed in cases before Employment Tribunals, including in unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, TUPE, whistleblowing, and breach of contract cases. He is also the co-author (with Thomas Croxford, Diya Sen Gupta, and Tristan Jones) of the chapter on Duties in the 3rd edition of Employee Competition: Covenants, Confidentiality, and Garden Leave (Goulding (ed.), OUP, 2016).

Ravi is an ELAAS representative, a qualified FRU employment volunteer and also a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

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Media & Entertainment

Ravi has been involved in a number of commercial and copyright cases within the sphere of Media and Entertainment. He has particular experience of litigation concerning mass online copyright infringement.

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Telecommunications

Ravi has developed a particular interest and expertise in the telecommunications sector, particularly in cases raising an EU and regulatory dimension. He regularly acts for regulators and regulated parties in this field.

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Pharmaceuticals

Ravi regularly acts for pharmaceutical companies in disputes concerning licensing and data exclusivity, wholesale distribution, and competition law matters. He also advises on compliance with national and European regulatory regimes.


Ravi has:

  • Acted for the Interested Parties in successfully resisting a claim for judicial review concerning a product for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, Copaxone®. The case raised questions about Article 10(3) of Directive 2001/83 and the concept of “appropriate” bridging data (R (Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd) v MHRA CO/3516/2016, with Thomas de la Mare QC).
  • Successfully represented the Interested Party in judicial review proceedings concerning the hybrid abridged procedure for authorisation of medicinal products under article 10(3) of the Medicinal Code (R(Napp Pharmaceutical Ltd) v MHRA and Sandoz Limited [2016] EWHC (Admin), with Thomas de la Mare QC).
  • Advised a pharmaceutical company on a public law challenge to funding decisions within the NHS (with Thomas de la Mare QC).
  • Acted for the Claimant in a case concerning the definition of a “medicinal product” under the Medicines Directive and the duties of the MHRA to apply the so-called functional test in a consistent fashion to like products (R  (Blue Bio)  v  MHRA [2014] EWHC 1679 (Admin),with Thomas de la Mare QC).


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Sanctions

Ravi has acted for parties and advised clients on the sanctions regimes at EU and domestic level relating to Iran, and Syria. He has also advised third parties on the impact of sanctions regimes for investments and financial transactions.

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Procurement

Ravi has extensive experience of procurement matters. He regularly acts for and advises parties to procurement exercises.

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Achievements

Education

LLB in English and French Law (London) First Class; Master 1 en Droit français (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) (Mention Bien (1st class)); LLM in International Legal Studies (NYU – Fulbright Scholar)

Prizes & Scholarships

  • ALBA Scholar (2012).
  • Phoenicia Scholar, Bar European Group (2012).
  • Lord Mansfield and Hardwicke Scholarships from Lincoln’s Inn (September 2009 - June 2010).
  • Grantee, Continuing Education Fund, Lincoln’s Inn for a judicial assistantship at the European Court of Justice (January-July 2011).
  • Fulbright Scholar, Belgium (2008-9).
  • Recipient of Dean’s Graduate Award, NYU School of Law for LL.M. in International Legal Studies.
  • Jeff Price Memorial Scholarship (Two-year full tuition for Best Results in first year class) (King’s College, London, 2005).
  • King’s College, London Examination Prizes: Clifford Chance Award for an Outstanding Performance in the First year LLB (2005), Kingsley Napley Award for Best Paper in Criminal Law (2005), Withers Trusts Prize for Runner-up Paper in Law of Trusts (2006).

Publications

Ravi's recent publications include:

  • Fine tailoring or a simple change of wardrobe: Assessing the CMA’s future against some notable peers, Competition Law Journal, Vol 13, Issue 2, pp.152-162.
  • Counting the Pennies in Sport: UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations Under the Competition Law Microscope, with Brian Kennelly, CPI Antitrust Chronicle, January 2014 (1);
  • Reigning in the “prohibitive expense” of environmental litigation: Edwards v. Environment Agency, with Ben Jaffey, JR Vol. 18, Issue 4, December 2013, pp. 403-415;
  • EU Procedural law, chapter in Blackwell’s Companion to EU law, with Professor Andrea Biondi (forthcoming) – available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/
  • papers.cfm?abstract_id=2496902;
  • Sir Thomas’ blushes: Protecting parliamentary immunity in modern parliamentary democracies, (2012) E.H.R.L.R, Issue 3, pp. 309-318.
  • The Continental Shelf: no longer a 'terra incognita' to the EU, (2012), Vol. 49, Issue 4, CMLRev, pp. 1395–1422.

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