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Rania Tadros

T: +971 4 407 3901 M: +971 50 347 9508 Email Rania | vCard Office: Dubai

Rania Tadros Office managing partner Dubai

Contact details

Rania Tadros

Rania Tadros
Office managing partner Dubai

T: +971 4 407 3901 M: +971 50 347 9508 Email Rania | vCard Office: Dubai

Rania is the Dubai office managing partner and has been located in the Middle East region for approximately ten years. Rania also leads the maritime and international trade team for the Middle East region.
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Rania is the managing partner of the Dubai office and a renowned shipping and oil and gas lawyer. She has over 20 years’ experience servicing clients operating in these industries with a special focus on resolving disputes and advising on commercial matters for companies.

She has developed a reputation for assisting clients on their most complex disputes and prides herself on her ability to identify key issues and seek an effective resolution for her clients’ matters.

Rania also has significant experience advising clients in relation to their non-contentious matters and frequently advises clients in relation to their commercial contracts and large-scale projects. Her experience in litigation coupled with her practical industry knowledge allows her to develop, create and review commercial contracts for her clients.

For approximately a decade Rania has been based in the Middle East region and held various senior management positions at another international law firm prior to joining Stephenson Harwood LLP. 

She is also widely regarded as one of the leading lawyers in the market, which is reflected through the various accolades she has received, including "DIFC Lawyer of the Year Award". Furthermore, she is recognised as a leading shipping lawyer in many of the legal directories, including Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers & Partners Global.

Prior to the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) being amalgamated into the Dubai International Arbitration Centre in March 2022, Rania was a trustee for EMAC and is a frequent user of specialised Maritime Arbitration Centres globally.

As a result of Rania's standing in the market, she is frequently invited to public speaking engagements. Most recently, she has acted a guest speaker in relation to issues surrounding crew issues arising out of the global pandemic as well as on charterparties under English law and debt collection on the UAE law. 

"She represents an array of energy clients, ship owners, transportation companies and P&I clubs in a wide range of shipping-related disputes. She has considerable expertise in both arbitration and litigation. 'Rania Tadros is exceptional'."

Chambers & Partners Global 2022

  • Shipping
  • Shipping litigation
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Marine and international trade
  • International arbitration

Review of charterparties for ship owners and charterers on various BIMCO and bespoke forms.

Advising Greek shipowners with long-term relationships with Qatari charterers on the status of Qatari sanctions and potential issues arising from the sanctions.

Acting for applicant of an interim injunction compelling the performance of a maritime letter of indemnity. The case explored a number of issues including whether the impossibility of performance is a good defence to the grant of an injunction.

Acting successfully for numerous shipowners, both directly and via P&I Clubs, including for ADNATCO and NGSCO (as they then were) defending claims against vessels by physical suppliers of bunkers following the collapse of OW Bunker Group. This included defending proceedings in the UAE and taking the matter up to the UAE Supreme Court as well as overseeing worldwide actions.

Acting for a UAE-based drilling rig owner in litigation proceedings before the UAE Courts following a collision with a container ship in a Dubai-based shipyard. The case explored issues of causation as well as responsibility for rig and vessels at the shipyard.

Advised a UAE-based bunker supplier in litigation proceedings before the UAE Courts in obtaining the first Bankruptcy Order from the UAE Court under the Bankruptcy Act.

Acting for shipowners, via the instruction of a P&I Club, seeking to enforce an English Court Judgment against a company based in the UAE through the DIFC Courts as a conduit jurisdiction. This led to a landmark decision by the UAE Judicial Tribunal with respect to the jurisdiction of the DIFC vs Dubai Courts.

Acting an applicant of an interim injunction compelling the performance of a maritime letter of indemnity. The case explored a number of issues including whether the impossibility of performance is a good defence to the grant of an injunction.

More: Shipping

Representing owners of an offshore service vessels based in Qatar on their disputes with an Indian shipyard arising out of the termination of numerous construction contracts, to include oversight of the arbitration proceedings seated in Dubai (but under SCMA Rules) and mediation.

Acting for applicant of an interim injunction compelling the performance of a maritime letter of indemnity. The case explored a number of issues including whether the impossibility of performance is a good defence to the grant of an injunction.

Acting successfully for numerous shipowners, both directly and via P&I Clubs, including for ADNATCO and NGSCO (as they then were) defending claims against vessels by physical suppliers of bunkers following the collapse of OW Bunker Group. This included defending proceedings in the UAE and taking the matter up to the UAE Supreme Court as well as overseeing worldwide actions.

Acting for a UAE-based drilling rig owner in litigation proceedings before the UAE Courts following a collision with a container ship in a Dubai-based shipyard. The case explored issues of causation as well as responsibility for rig and vessels at the shipyard.

Advised a UAE-based bunker supplier in litigation proceedings before the UAE Courts in obtaining the first Bankruptcy Order from the UAE Court under the Bankruptcy Act.

Acting for shipowners, via the instruction of a P&I Club, seeking to enforce an English Court Judgment against a company based in the UAE through the DIFC Courts as a conduit jurisdiction. This led to a landmark decision by the UAE Judicial Tribunal with respect to the jurisdiction of the DIFC vs Dubai Courts.

Acting for the applicant of an interim injunction compelling the performance of a maritime letter of indemnity. The case explored a number of issues including whether the impossibility of performance is a good defence to grant the injunction.

More: Shipping litigation

Advised a UAE-based bunker supplier in litigation proceedings before the UAE Courts in obtaining the first Bankruptcy Order from the UAE Court under the Bankruptcy Act.

Acting successfully for numerous shipowners, both directly and via P&I Clubs, including for ADNATCO and NGSCO (as they then were) defending claims against vessels by physical suppliers of bunkers following the collapse of OW Bunker Group. This included defending proceedings in the UAE and taking the matter up to the UAE Supreme Court as well as overseeing worldwide actions.

Advised in numerous debt collection matters leading to eventual bankruptcy applications before the UAE Courts.

More: Restructuring and insolvency

Review of charterparties for ship owners and charterers on various BIMCO and bespoke forms.

Drafting standard terms and conditions for the supply of LNG bunkers.

Advising a listed oil company on the suitable law and jurisdiction provisions in relation to projects based in the Middle East. This included conducting an analysis of the applicable law and seats.

Advising Greek shipowners with long-term relationships with Qatari charterers on the status of Qatari sanctions and potential issues arising from the sanctions.

Representing owners of an offshore service vessels based in Qatar on their disputes with an Indian shipyard arising out of the termination of numerous construction contracts, to include oversight of the arbitration proceedings seated in Dubai (but under SCMA Rules) and mediation.

Acting for the applicant of an interim injunction compelling the performance of a maritime letter of indemnity. The case explored a number of issues including whether the impossibility of performance is a good defence to grant the injunction.

Acting successfully for numerous shipowners, both directly and via P&I Clubs, including for ADNATCO and NGSCO (as they then were) defending claims against vessels by physical suppliers of bunkers following the collapse of OW Bunker Group. This included defending proceedings in the UAE and taking the matter up to the UAE Supreme Court as well as overseeing worldwide actions.

Defending a shipyard in relation to claims brought in an arbitration and before the UAE Courts by a labour supply company relating to a long-term labour supply agreement.

More: Marine and international trade

Representing owners of an offshore service vessels based in Qatar on their disputes with an Indian shipyard arising out of the termination of numerous construction contracts, to include oversight of the arbitration proceedings seated in Dubai (but under SCMA Rules) and mediation.

Acting for the mechanical & electrical subcontractor in an arbitration subject to DIAC Rules against the main Contractor in relation to the Construction of major airport in the UAE. The dispute was worth in excess of US$60million and went to a three-week arbitration in Dubai.

Defending a Middle Eastern-based user of commodities in GAFTA arbitration concerning a claim for non-payment where payment had in fact been made to the allegedly wrong account following a cyber security breach.

Acting for a UAE-based charterer in a chain arbitration brought under the LMAA rules in relation to breakdown of a ballast water management system.

Defending a shipyard in relation to claims brought in an arbitration and before the UAE Courts by a labour supply company relating to a long-term labour supply agreement.

More: International arbitration

  • Insurance

Acting for US-based owners in English Court litigation seeking to claim full insurance proceeds following the total loss of their barge. The action involved a detailed analysis of expert evidence which considered the cause of the fire leading to the loss as well as a close analysis of issues of legal causation.

Supporting English Court proceedings for UAE-based clients relating to a claim made under their all risks insurance cover following a fire at their project site located in the UAE.

Advising on insurance implications arising out of delay on a laden journey and issues surrounding whether the journey continues to be covered despite significant delays to the journey.

More: Insurance

  • UAE

Acting for the mechanical & electrical subcontractor in an arbitration subject to DIAC Rules against the main contractor in relation to the Construction of major airport in the UAE. The dispute was worth in excess of US$60million and went to a three-week arbitration in Dubai.

Acting for a watch designer and manufacturer in proceedings before Dubai onshore and DIFC Courts arising out of shareholder dispute. 

Acting successfully for numerous shipowners, both directly and via P&I Clubs, including for ADNATCO and NGSCO (as they then were) defending claims against vessels by physical suppliers of bunkers following the collapse of OW Bunker Group. This included defending proceedings in the UAE and taking the matter up to the UAE Supreme Court as well as overseeing worldwide actions.

Acting for a UAE-based drilling rig owner in litigation proceedings before the UAE Courts following a collision with a container ship in a Dubai-based shipyard. The case explored issues of causation as well as responsibility for rig and vessels at the shipyard.

Advised a UAE-based bunker supplier in litigation proceedings before the UAE Courts in obtaining the first Bankruptcy Order from the UAE Court under the Bankruptcy Act. 

Acting for shipowners, via the instruction of a P&I Club, seeking to enforce an English Court Judgment against a company based in the UAE through the DIFC Courts as a conduit jurisdiction. This led to a landmark decision by the UAE Judicial Tribunal with respect to the jurisdiction of the DIFC vs Dubai Courts.

Advised Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP) in relation to a 10-year charterparty agreement and drafting a LNG storage and regasification agreement with Excelerate Energy Middle East LLC (Excelerate), with a contract value of approximately US$450 million. This included assisting in the negotiations and drafting of this detailed and technically complex charterparty with the Owners and their legal advisors.

Advised in numerous debt collection matters leading to eventual bankruptcy applications before the UAE Courts.

Supporting English Court proceedings for UAE-based clients relating to a claim made under their all risks insurance cover following a fire at their project site located in the UAE.

Defending a shipyard in relation to claims brought in an arbitration and before the UAE Courts by a labour supply company relating to a long-term labour supply agreement.

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