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Dharshini Bandara

With extensive experience in advising and representing clients in English legal matters from Hamburg, Dharshini focuses her legal expertise on Commercial and Shipping law representing clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings before the English courts and arbitration Tribunals. She regularly advises clients in relation to drafting and negotiating international commercial contracts be it sale, design, service or construction contracts. 

She also deals with all aspects of dry and wet shipping, to include Charterparty and Bills of Lading disputes, cargo claims, shipbuilding/construction disputes and maritime casualties – assisting clients in emergency response and ensuing court or arbitration proceedings. 

Recent work

  • Co-ordinating the emergency response and advising Charterers and their underwriters in relation to a casualty of a multi – purpose vessel off German waters, and representing clients in London arbitration
  • London High Court Proceedings in relation to a dispute under a European distribution agreement for a manufacturer and trader of chemical products
  • London arbitration proceedings defending claims for damage to hull of a vessel carrying a cargo of Sulphur
  • Drafting supply of services and design contracts for a leading machinery manufacturer


  • Dharshini Bandara has been recognized as one of the „Leading Individuals“ for Maritime and Shipping (Legal 500, 2020).
  • Dharshini Bandara is an English-qualified solicitor who is highly active for German clients. She regularly represents ship owners and insurers in international arbitration proceedings connected to a variety of disputes, such as charter parties, ship building contracts and wetting damage. (Chamber and Partners, 2020)
  • Dharshini Bandara has been recognized as one of the “Next generation lawyers” for Maritime and Shipping (Legal 500, 2019)
  • Dharshini Bandara “is always available in emergencies”. (Legal500, 2017)
  • Dharshini  Bandara, who is admitted as a barrister in England and Wales is recommended for her Assertiveness. (Legal 500, 2016)
  • Dharshini Bandara was recognized as "Maritime Arbitration - Lawyer of the Year - Germany" at the Finance Monthly Law Awards 2018.
  • Dharshini Bandara has received the ” FINANCE MONTHLY GLOBAL AWARDS 2018” and is as “SECTOR WINNER“ Maritime Arbitration Lawyer of the Year, Germany. (Finance Monthly 2018)
  • Dharshini Bandara won the Lawyer Monthly – Women in Law 2016 Award for her “outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the practice area of Shipping & Maritime Lawyer”. (Lawyer Monthly, 2016)