Rania is Managing Partner of the firm’s Dubai office. She joined the firm as a trainee and qualified in London in 2000, before relocating to Dubai in 2013. She became Managing Partner the following year. Rania has over 20 years’ experience in shipping/offshore energy disputes as well commercial support to companies in the shipping and offshore sectors.
Rania is interested in all contentious and commercial matters with a particular focus on anything with a Middle East flavour. She likes to understand her client’s business so that she can offer first class legal support as and when it is needed. Of particular interest is the energy and offshore industry and she is closely involved with a number of the world’s largest providers of offshore support services She also specialises in issues arising in construction contracts and has advised on numerous related disputes.
Rania’s experience extends to regularly advising clients on matters arising from utilisation of vessels and offshore structures, limiting and excluding liability, contractual disputes and providing general legal support to companies operating in the maritime field.
She has also recently been involved in numerous significant debt collection cases leading to bankruptcy applications being made before UAE Courts under the UAE Bankruptcy Law.
"I enjoy understanding my client’s business so that I can provide bespoke, helpful support – whether it is to dispute resolution or analysing their commercial relationships and contracts."
What you may not know about Rania
Rania is actually a very shy person.
- Chambers and Partners
- Legal 500
My matter highlights
Energy – contentious
- Representing owners of OSV vessels in their disputes with a shipyard arising out of the termination of numerous construction contracts, to include oversight of the arbitration proceedings in Dubai and mediation.
Energy - non contentious:
- Advised Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP) in relation to a 10 year time charter party and drafting LNG storage and regasification agreement with Excelerate Energy Middle East LLC (Excelerate), with a contract value of approximately US$450m. Assisted in the negotiations and drafting of this detailed and technically complex charterparty with the Owners and their legal advisors.
Shipping - contentious:
- Advising on charter party and bill of lading disputes arising in the Middle East.
- Numerous - obtaining arrest orders and releasing vessels from arrest in the UAE.
- Involved in numerous debt collection matters leading to making bankruptcy application before the UAE Courts and obtaining the first Bankruptcy Order from the UAE Court under the Bankruptcy Act.
- Acting for Shipowners 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.
Shipping - non-contentious:
- 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 on suitable law and jurisdiction and conducting an analysis of applicable law and seats for major players in the Middle East.
- Advising on status of Qatari sanctions and particular circumstances arising.
My testimonials and accolades
“She is approachable but firm and clear in her reasoning which is essential in dispute matters.”
“Fantastic and one of the best maritime lawyers in Dubai.”
“Lawyer of the Year 2018”
“Helpful in every way.”
“"Fantastic " and "one of the best maritime lawyers in Dubai."”
My recent publications
News / Qatar sanctions January 2021
10-01-2021 / Commodities & Trade
In its first circular of 2021 the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure has announced the reopening of airspace and sea / land borders with Qatar.
Insights / Failure to produce bills of lading in support of demurrage claim bars entire claim
07-04-2020 / Maritime
Tricon Energy Ltd v. MTM Trading LLC (MTM Hong Kong)  EWHC 700 (Comm) The Commercial Court has held that where a charterparty requires demurrage to be calculated by reference to bill of lading quantities, and incorporates a demurrage time bar which requires provision of all supporting documents, a claim for demurrage will be time-barred if the shipowner fails to provide copies of the bills of lading within the required time.
Insights / Court discharges freezing order in unsubstantiated misdelivery claim
24-02-2020 / Maritime
Fimbank PLC v. Discover Investment Corp (Nika, renamed Nord)  EWHC 254 (Comm) The Court has discharged a freezing order that was originally granted on an ex parte basis. The Court found that the claim, on its substance, had no seriously arguable merit and that the factual circumstances relevant to the possible merits of the intended substantive claim had not been fully and fairly presented to the Court that had granted the freezing order. Factual circumstances are material to any serious consideration of the merits of a claim and a party seeking injunctive relief without notice to the other party has a duty of full and frank disclosure which, if not complied with, may result in the discharge of the injunction at the return date.
Insights / Notice of claim: provide all supporting documents or risk time bar
09-12-2019 / Maritime
MUR Shipping B.V. v Louis Dreyfus Company Suisse S.A. (Tiger Shanghai)  EWHC 3240 (Comm) The Court has recently upheld a majority tribunal finding that a charterparty claim was time-barred due to the Charterers’ failure to provide “all available supporting documents” required under the relevant clause.
News / Ince’s Head of Dubai, Rania Tadros, appointed to the Board of Trustees of Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre
01-10-2019 / Maritime
Ince is pleased to announce that Rania Tadros, Head of Ince’s Dubai office, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee for the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC).
News / Rania Tadros, invited by Thompson Reuters to Transforming Women's Leadership in Law networking Breakfast
24-09-2019 / Energy & Infrastructure, Maritime
Rania Tadros Managing Partner of Ince (Dubai) recently attended the “Transforming Women’s Leadership in Law Networking Breakfast” session, hosted by Thomson Reuters. Following the session Rania sat down with Maha Abboud and discussed work life balance and how she manages this in order to have a successful career. She also discussed the challenges she has faced in her career and what advice she would give her younger self.
News / Ince lawyers featured in this months issue of Marasi News
29-07-2019 / Commodities & Trade
In this month’s issue of Marasi News, Rania Tadros, Managing Partner and Natalie Jensen, Managing Associate, from our Ince Dubai office have written an article on war risks and the implications of trading in listed areas following the Joint War Committee’s decision to add the Persian Gulf and parts of the Arabian Gulf, including the Gulf of Oman, Oman and the UAE, to its Listed Areas for Hull War, Piracy, Terrorism and related perils. This is a topic that has become very significant and has far reaching consequences to the maritime industry, in particular Shipowners, Charterers and Traders in the region.
News / Shipping Brief delivered to experts in Dubai
08-05-2019 / Maritime
On Wednesday 1st May, we delivered our first Shipping Brief of the year in Dubai to experts in the Maritime industry at the Four Seasons Hotel in DIFC.
Insights / Whether seizure of cargo by local customs authorities amounted to “government interference”
04-04-2019 / Maritime
Sucden Middle-East v. Yagci Denizcilik Ve Ticaret Limited Sirketi (MV Muammer Yagci)  EWHC 3873 (Comm)
Insights / Breakfast with EMAC - Bunker Contamination Cases
19-03-2019 / Maritime
Natalie Jensen, Managing Associate & Rania Tadros, Managing Partner at Ince & Co Middle East LLP gave a presentation yesterday morning at The Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) who regularly host breakfast sessions to the marine industry and the legal community.
News / Update: UAE embargo in relation to Qatar
28-02-2019 / Maritime
There seems to be confusion in the press regarding the UAE embargo in relation to Qatar. In particular, the confusion seems to center around the question of whether the UAE now permits shipment of Qatari cargo to the UAE and vice versa.
News / First SMART contracting seminar in Dubai
11-02-2019 / Energy & Infrastructure
On Thursday 7 February 2019, we held our first SMART contracting seminar in Dubai as a newly merged firm
News / Ince Quick Brief - Dubai - December 2018
We are pleased to present the last edition of our Ince Quick Brief for 2018. The last few months have been busy with many conferences and awards events taking place. We are very pleased to have won the Maritime Services Award presented by Seatrade Maritime Awards for the recognition of the debt collection services we offer our clients in the UAE to recover their outstanding debts, allowing clients to focus on day to day operations. In addition to winning this award, Rania Tadros, Managing Partner of the Dubai office won the “Lawyer of the Year” award and Paul Katsouris, an Associate in the Dubai office won the “Young Lawyer of the Year” award at the DIFC Academy of Law Annual Legal Gala.
News / Supreme Court considers burden of proof in cargo damage claims under Hague Rules
17-12-2018 / Maritime
Volcafe v. CSAV  UKSC 61 This recent Supreme Court judgment deals with the issue of whether the carrier or cargo interests bear the burden of proof under the Hague Rules in relation to claims for cargo loss and damage. In particular, it considers the interplay between a carrier’s obligations under Article III.2 of the Hague Rules to properly and carefully load, carry and care for the cargo and the inherent vice defence provided under Article IV.2.(m).
News / Court dismisses appeal on whether vessel’s deviation was for a reasonable purpose
29-11-2018 / Maritime
Troy Maritime SA v. Clearlake Shipping Pte Ltd (MV Andreas)  EWHC 2310 (Comm) The Court has recently dismissed an appeal by Owners on whether the arbitral Tribunal had made a mistake in law in finding that the vessel’s deviation had not been for a reasonable purpose. The Court agreed with the Charterers that this was a finding of fact and could not be appealed as a point of law.
News / Rania Tadros and Paul Katsouris win DIFC Academy of Law awards
A winning team! It was a very good night last night (Thursday 8 November), with Rania Tadros (Managing Partner) and Paul Katsouris (Associate) from our Dubai office having both won prestigious awards. Rania has been awarded “Lawyer of the year” and Paul was named “Young Lawyer of the Year” by the DIFC Academy of Law. This is an amazing recognition for their hard work, devotion and commitment. Congratulations Rania and Paul!
News / Rania Tadros and Paul Katsouris shortlisted for the DIFC Academy of Law awards
08-11-2018 / Maritime
Our team in Dubai is extremely proud of Rania Tadros and Paul Katsouris for being shortlisted for the prestigious Lawyer of the Year and Young Lawyer of the Year awards, presented by the DIFC Academy of Law Ince Co is the only law firm with two nominees for the individual awards categories
News / The value of specialised arbitration and the establishment of EMAC in the region
31-10-2018 / Maritime
Dubai welcomes the 9th edition of Seatrade Maritime Middle East this week, the biggest maritime exhibition in the region as part of UAE Maritime Week.
News / Force majeure event: the sole reason for failure to perform?
16-10-2018 / Energy & Infrastructure
In Seadrill Ghana Operations Limited v Tullow Ghana Limited  EWHC 1640 (Comm), the English High Court held that for a party to rely on a force majeure event to terminate a contract, that party’s failure to perform must be caused solely by the force majeure event.
News / Getting the Deal Through - Shipping in the United Arab Emirates
15-10-2018 / Maritime
Ince & Co recently contributed to a chapter on the shipping industry in the UAE to the market intelligence publication 'Getting the Deal Through'.
News / Qatar Shipping Briefing
09-10-2018 / Maritime
On Monday 8 October members of our Ince Co Dubai office travelled to Qatar to host our Shipping Briefing at the Shangri-La Hotel Doha The seminar covered various topics relating to marine and insurance industries
News / Getting the Deal Through Shipping 2018
02-10-2018 / Maritime
A very interesting read in 'Getting the Deal Through – Shipping 2018'. Rania Tadros, Pavlo Samothrakis and Mohamed El Hawawy, partners at Ince & Co Dubai office represent the UAE in a global interview for the shipping industry.
News / Deviation and the right to rely on contractual time bars
02-10-2018 / Maritime
Dera Commercial Estate v. Derya Inc (MV Sur)  EWHC 1673 (Comm) The English Court has recently handed down a judgment considering whether parties are able to rely on contractual time bars, such as Article III Rule 6 of the Hague Rules, in circumstances where owners have ordered the vessel to deviate without the agreement of charterers. The judgment also gives useful guidance on the principles applicable to s. 41(3) of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Act”) and the power conferred on an arbitral tribunal to dismiss a claim (or counterclaim) for “inordinate” or “inexcusable” delay.
News / Video Ince Co Dubai shipping brief
01-10-2018 / Maritime
Our recent Dubai shipping brief was a huge success - partners Rania Tadros, Mohamed El Hawawy, David Galea and senior associate Sheridan Steiger spoke on various topics including commercial issues around LNG bunkering, handling ports claims in the UAE, ship dismantling and a case study covering a matter we handled for one of our insurance clients regarding a marine cargo insurance claim.
News / Qatar Diplomatic Crisis
04-06-2018 / Aviation & Travel, Commodities & Trade, Energy & Infrastructure, Insurance, Maritime
Qatar Sanctions: the Anniversary 5 June 2018 marks the one year anniversary of “sanctions” against Qatar introduced by UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Egypt and a number of other nations.
News / Dubai Smart Contracting event - May 2018
18-04-2018 / Energy & Infrastructure, Maritime
News / Court of Appeal confirms that package limitation under the Hague Rules does not apply to bulk cargo
15-03-2018 / Maritime
Sea Tank Shipping AS v. Vinnlustodin HF and another (Aqasia)  EWCA Civ 276 The Court of Appeal has recently unanimously upheld the Commercial Court decision handed down at the end of 2016, confirming that package limitation under the Hague Rules does not apply to bulk cargo. This decision provides further clarity in the long-standing debate as to whether “unit” in Article IV Rule 5 of the Hague Rules refers to a physical item of cargo or a shipping unit, or is a reference to a unit of measurement used to denominate or quantify the cargo in the contract of carriage and is thus capable of applying to bulk cargo.
News / DIFC Courts as a conduit jurisdiction: the end of the road?
01-03-2018 / Energy & Infrastructure
In this article we consider whether the recent judgment of the Dubai Judicial Tribunal in the case of Endofa DMCC v D’Amico Shipping Italy (The Cielo Di Milano) (Cassation No. 4/2017 (JT) issued on 12 September 2017) marks the end of the road for the role of the DIFC Courts as a “conduit” jurisdiction to onshore enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and judgments in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
News / Qatar sanctions
31-12-2017 / Commodities & Trade
In its first circular of 2021 the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure has announced the reopening of airspace and sea / land borders with Qatar. We understand that all previous measures taken with respect to Qatari owned vessels and cargo will also be lifted and relations will resume as normal.
News / Qatar Q&A
07-07-2017 / Aviation & Travel, Energy & Infrastructure
Since diplomatic ties were severed between the UAE and Qatar, we have received various queries regarding how this impacts our clients’ businesses. We have collated the most commonly asked questions and answers below, as well as some points to bear in mind, to provide a handy reference point as first port of call in case any queries relating to the Qatar situation arise. Please note that, as this is a live situation, the information below is correct as of 5 July 2017. We will update this Q&A as and when needed.
News / Qatar: Recent updates
23-06-2017 / Aviation & Travel
On 22 June Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain issued a stringent list of demands to Qatar. These were presented to Qatar by Kuwait, acting as a mediator. It is reported that Qatar must meet these 13 demands in order for the “sanctions” to be lifted.
News / Presentation: Escalating crisis in Qatar
23-06-2017 / Maritime
On June 5 2017 Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt severed ties with Qatar and have required the shut down of air, land and sea links. Other countries have since followed suit to varying degrees. This has led to transportation disruption and will have implications for the shipping industry.
News / Ince Co advises shipping companies to plan for prolonged Qatar disruption
13-06-2017 / Maritime, Commodities & Trade
Uncertainty remains over Suez Canal access and transhipment options
News / The inconvenient truth: good faith and termination for convenience under UAE law
09-06-2017 / Energy & Infrastructure
Contract termination remains a topical issue in the offshore sector and the UAE is no exception
News / Qatar: potential legal implications of the Gulf diplomatic crisis on the shipping industry
07-06-2017 / Maritime
The recent decision on 5 June 2017 of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, the eastern based government in Libya, the Maldives and Egypt to cut ties with Qatar is a major concern for the shipping industry in the region The severing of ties includes the request for all Qatari nationals to leave the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain within 14 days The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have also announced their intention to cut land, air and sea transport links with Qatar This is an unprecedented move in the history of the Gulf States In this update, we consider the ramifications of this on shipping and those trading in the region
News / Qatar: June update
06-06-2017 / Aviation & Travel, Commodities & Trade, Maritime
On 5 June 2017, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt severed tied with Qatar and required the closure of land, sea and air borders Since then a number of other countries have also joined these states in adopting such measures The reason for these measures is stated to be the belief that Qatar has been supporting extremist groups and has not complied with the Riyadh Agreement of 2014
News / Another Hanjin forewarned is forearmed
09-03-2017 / Maritime
The Hanjin crisis has been dominating the shipping news since 31 August 2016 when the company filed for court receivership in South Korea as part of what some have called “the biggest shipping bankruptcy in history.” The cargo owners whose cargo is trapped on Hanjin’s vessels are experiencing delays, difficulties with retrieving the containers and extra costs of having the containers released to them and/or of forwarding them to the final destination.
News / Offshore supply vessel sector - is consolidation inevitable?
09-03-2017 / Maritime
The prognosis for the offshore supply vessel (OSV) sector remains pessimistic for 2016 with the industry continuing to experience difficult times caused largely by the decline in the oil prices , the reduction in investment and oversupply of vesselsnbsp
News / Shipping E-Brief February 2016
17-02-2016 / Maritime
The Shipping E-brief is a quarterly publication providing you with key information on legal decisions and developments in shipping and related business areas.
News / Owners must give credit for benefit obtained following Charterers’ repudiation
16-02-2016 / Maritime
Fulton Shipping Inc of Panama v. Globalia Business Travel S.A.U. (New Flamenco)  EWCA Civ 1299 In a significant judgment from the Court of Appeal, the principle by which an owner is bound to give credit for benefit obtained following a charterer’s repudiation has been confirmed. We have previously reported on the Commercial Court decision, which has now been overturned. The Court of Appeal held that where a claimant acquires a benefit as a result of doing something by way of mitigation which arises out of the consequences of the breach and is in the ordinary course of business, that benefit should normally be brought into account when assessing the claimant’s loss.
News / Court clarifies what will amount to unlawful discharge of cargo by shipowner
02-11-2015 / Maritime
Sang Stone Hamoon Jonoub Co Ltd v. Baoyue Shipping Co Ltd (Bao Yue)  EWHC 2288 (Comm). In circumstances where a cargo arrived at the discharge port and no bill of lading was presented, the Commercial Court has considered whether discharge into a warehouse by the Shipowner amounted to unlawful conversion of the cargo. The Court held that the claim for damages for conversion failed. The Claimant Shipper was ordered to reimburse the Shipowner for the storage charges and to surrender the original bill of lading to enable the sale of the cargo.
News / Submission to Jurisdiction in the UAE: An English Court Judgement sheds some light
12-10-2015 / Energy & Infrastructure
In Navigators Insurance Company Ltd. V Alkahtani Jlawi Mohammed and Another , the High Court in England considered whether it was able to exercise its jurisdiction in relation to an insurance matter which was arguably already decided in Abu Dhabi Court proceedings. Given the UAE laws on jurisdiction, this decision of Mr. Justice Eder has shed some valuable light on what the English Court considers to be submission by a party to the jurisdiction.
News / Do cancellation rights under voyage charterparty survive variation of load port
25-06-2015 / Commodities & Trade, Maritime
St Shipping & Transport Inc v. Kriti Filoxenia Shipping Co SA  EWHC 997 (Comm) (MT Kriti Filoxenia) The Commercial Court has considered whether cancellation provisions in the BEEPEEVOY3 charterparty form were applicable in the event of re-nomination of a load port by charterers under the charter. In this case, the Charterers re-nominated the load port which the Owners were not able to reach by the cancellation date. The Charterers cancelled the charterparty. In arbitration proceedings, the Tribunal found that the cancellation provisions were not applicable where the Charterers had exercised the contractual option to re-nominate a load port. The Charterers appealed the decision to the Commercial Court, which upheld the findings of the Tribunal and dismissed the appeal.
News / Shipping E-Brief Spring 2015
01-05-2015 / Maritime
The Shipping E-brief is a quarterly publication providing you with key information on legal decisions and developments in shipping and related business areasnbspSign up here to receive the E-Brief by email each quarterOur Spring edition of the Shipping E-Brief is full of articles dealing with topical shipping issues Download the E-Brief Spring (PDF)You can also subscribe to our podcasts with iTunes
News / Court considers whether carrier adopted sound system for carriage of cargo
23-03-2015 / Maritime
Volcafe Ltd and others v. Compania Sud Americana de Vapores SA  EWHC 516 (Comm) A recent decision offers guidance as to the courts’ approach to a carrier’s obligations under Article III(2) of the Hague Rules to properly and carefully load, carry and care for the cargo.
News / Shipping E-Brief Winter 2015
29-01-2015 / Maritime
The Shipping E-brief is a quarterly publication providing you with key information on legal decisions and developments in shipping and related business areasnbspSign up here to receive the E-Brief by email each quarterOur Winter edition of the Shipping E-Brief is full of articles dealing with topical shipping issues Download the PDF versionYou can also subscribe to our podcasts with iTunes
News / Bill of lading “law and arbitration” clause incorporates charterparty court jurisdiction provision
06-11-2014 / Maritime
Caresse Navigation Ltd v. Zurich Assurances MAROC and others (Channel Ranger)  EWCA Civ 1366
News / Force majeure: Update in light of recent developments
03-10-2014 / Maritime
When an event occurs, either natural or man-made, which significantly impacts the performance of a contract but is beyond the control of the parties, how is the risk allocated between the parties? What remedies are available? Who pays for the delay? Often the answers to such questions are found in the force majeure clause.
News / Are Owners bound to give credit for benefit obtained following Charterers’ repudiation?
15-07-2014 / Maritime
Fulton Shipping Inc v. Globalia Business Travel S.A.U. (New Flamenco)  EWHC 1547 (Comm) In a significant case regarding measure of loss and mitigation of damages, the Commercial Court considered whether Owners, who were claiming damages for the Charterers’ early redelivery and repudiation of a time charterparty, had to give credit for the capital value of the vessel, sold by the Owners upon the Charterers’ repudiation for a greater sum than the value of the vessel at the contractual date of redelivery under the charterparty. Following a review of several leading authorities on this issue, the Commercial Court held that no such credit should be given since the benefit obtained by the Owners in realising the capital value of the vessel was not legally caused by the Charterers’ breach.
News / Bribery Act update: DPAs come into force, Sentencing Guidelines published – corporate prosecutions on the way?
08-04-2014 / Maritime
In our last Bribery Act (the “Act”) update (Shipping E-Brief July 2013), we outlined how Deferred Prosecution Agreements (“DPAs”) are expected to work in the UK, and summarised the draft sentencing guidelines for fraud, bribery and money laundering by corporate offenders (the “Guidelines”), which were first published by the Sentencing Council of England and Wales in June 2013. Following a period of consultation, the Guidelines have now been finalised and will apply to corporate entities convicted of an offence and sentenced on or after 1 October 2014. DPAs will be available in relation to offences committed by corporates from 24 February 2014.