RANA IDRS provides specialised services in the following areas:

* Arbitration


* Mediation


* Conciliation


* Training



Rashda Rana SC is a commercial & construction/infrastructure lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in the legal profession. She has worked as counsel and arbitrator in a number of international jurisdictions including London, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and China. 

She has also held the role of General Counsel for Lend Lease Project Management & Construction (formerly known as Bovis Lend Lease), one of the world’s leading project management, design and construction companies operating in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Rashda has advised on and conducted major commercial, banking, maritime, insurance, tax, regulatory and construction & infrastructure litigation, arbitration and mediation involving wide ranging issues. 

As well as her litigious practice, Rashda has undertaken non-contentious work in drafting, reviewing and settling major project documentation including Defence contracts (Class 1 submarines), infrastructure (rail, roads and tunnels), banking and finance documentation (prospectuses and insurance policies), standard forms such as FIDIC as well as PPP transactional documentation.

Rashda has also been Adjunct Professor teaching law at Sydney University Law School. She devised the undergraduate course in international commercial arbitration and it was the first of its kind in Australia.

Rashda is an active member of a number of significant industry associations, including as current President of ArbitralWomen and the Immediate Past President of the Australian Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

Rashda is an experienced CEDR accredited mediator. She has been appointed as arbitrator in a large number of international commercial arbitrations, both institutional and ad hoc

Legal 500 Asia Pacific Rankings 2016 & 2017 (English Bar):

- Leading Commercial Silk (international arbitration);

- Leading Construction Silk (international arbitration)

Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2016: Leading Lawyer UK Bar (1 of 68) – “incredibly innovative”, “has a no nonsense approach”

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Dec 16- DEC 17     

RASHDA RANA SC  Barrister and International Arbitrator
London, Singapore and Australia

Role overview:

  • Dealing with broad range of issues involving corporate, commercial, banking & finance, insurance, regulatory (globally), insolvency, construction and taxation law as counsel, arbitrator (domestic & international) and mediator

Sep 13 – Dec 16

39 ESSEX CHAMBERS, London, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur
Barrister, Arbitrator, Mediator

Role overview:

  • Dealing with broad range of issues involving corporate, commercial, banking & finance, insurance, regulatory (globally), insolvency, construction and taxation law as counsel, arbitrator (domestic & international) and mediator

Responsibilities included:

  • Acted as counsel for regulatory authorities as well as, on other occasions, for directors and companies on a variety of compliance & regulatory matters
  • Acted for major banking & financial services organisations on matters involving prospectuses for investment products
  • Training on compliance and regulatory matters to a variety of different companies in different industry sectors (banking & finance, insurance, construction, real estate, property development)
  • Advised a variety of banks on appropriate policy, procedures, implementation and follow-up of risk review and assessment
  • Acted in numerous matters involving commercial matters in the banking & finance services industry
  • Acted as counsel and arbitrator in numerous matters concerning construction and infrastructure
  • Devising and conducting a training programme for a new regime for personal injury arbitrations - training prospective arbitrators, PI solicitors and insurers (PIcARBS)

Feb 12 – Aug 13

ATKIN CHAMBERS, London - Barrister, Arbitrator & Mediator

Responsibilities included:

  • Dealing with broad range of issues involving corporate, commercial, construction, banking & finance, insurance (globally, including subrogation), regulatory, insolvency, construction and taxation law as counsel, arbitrator (domestic & international) and mediator;
  • Advised Australian Taxation office on corporate bankruptcy issues and commercial issues


Oct 09 – Feb 12

LEND LEASE PROJECT MANAGEMENT & CONSTRUCTION, Sydney Australia (Head Office) (Formerly known as Bovis Lend Lease)
General Counsel, Asia Pacific

  • Dealt with a broad range of issues involving corporate, commercial, insurance (globally), tax, insolvency and construction law. 
  • Responsible for risk assessment and management. Undertook a global risk assessment for insurance purposes
  • Dealt with a broad range of legal, commercial and corporate issues in the Asia Pacific region and, in some cases, globally
  • Undertaking the due diligence as Team Leader for the acquisition of the Bilfinger Berger companies (Abigroup, Baulderstone Hornibrook and Conneq), including compliance status of target companies
  • Undertaking a global risk assessment of the insurance gap risk to all projects and ensuring any gaps in insurance adequately covered
  • Corporate responsibility for health and safety
  • Global review, assessment and devising plan for anti-bribery & corruption – accepted by Board
  • Global review, assessment of all anti-money laundering training
  • Liaison with regulatory authorities including on investments, mergers, acquisitions and trade practises activities
  • Corporate responsibility and consumer laws
  • Built a team from scratch, supervised 16-17 legal counsel, in Asia Pacific
  • Assisting on property matters concerning London Olympic Village
  • Overall responsibility for Barangaroo ($6bn regeneration project in Sydney)
  • Led sensitive projects such as the ASIO Building; the rehabilitation and upgrade of the only Munitions factory in Australia
  • Conducted all negotiations and drafting of all contracts (including debt and equity) on behalf of the D&C JV on 4 different PPPs (PFIs) including insurance risk assessment
  • Advised Global Board on all project reviews and risk reviews
  • Devised and taught various teaching programs to the businesses, including:
  • Training - D&O obligations to all directors of every company globally
  • Project Risk Assessment Course

Key accountabilities included:

  • Leading and managing the delivery of quality and cost effective legal services to drive achievement of client service standards and the business’ goals
  • Leading the conduct and management of relationships with key businesses to support provision of solutions to complex legal matters that are responsive to client needs
  • Determining organisational direction, overseeing business matters including strategy planning, policy, workforce planning and risk and legal matters ensuring sound governance and management of budgets, staff and resources and the achievement of corporate policy and direction in the management and operation of the organisation
  • Providing leadership to the Executive group, providing counsel, direction and development opportunities to ensure organisation, personal and professional development objectives are achieved with a strong focus on the development of future organisational leaders
  • Provide development, advice, performance feedback and guidance to legal counsel and provide direction as required to ensure the required levels of skills and performance
  • Leading the development, implementation, monitoring, review and evaluation of a governance framework to support and drive informed and ethical decision making for the business
  • Fostering a culture and philosophy of co-operation, quality people management, commitment to excellence and strong professional ethics, to ensure the client continues to meet and achieve the business’ priorities
  • Reviewing and Training all Senior Executives and all directors of the Group on bribery & corruption and anti-money laundering matters arising from UK, Australian, Chinese, Singaporean, Malaysian and USA legislation and consequences for whole Group of Companies, including the investment arm
  • Providing training on anti-money laundering legislation to mid-tier and other management
  • Liaising with regulatory authorities on all matters

Jun 09 – Oct 13 

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY, Adjunct Professor teaching Law

Established and taught international commercial arbitration at the Law School, the first course of its kind in Australia.

Jul 08 — Jun 09    

Partner Construction & Infrastructure Dispute Resolution

Engaged to establish a construction dispute resolution team

Responsibilities included:

  • Acted as counsel in a number of oil, gas and energy matters, including for Rio Tinto
  • Acted as counsel in numerous Mining and Water disputes
  • Acted for the Bluewater Joint Venture (John Holland and Veolia) in relation to issues arising on the construction of the Sydney Desalination Plant
  • Acted for EDI Downer on various projects (transactional and dispute resolution)

Mar 07 – Jun 08, Mar 94 – May 05

NIGEL BOWEN CHAMBERS, Sydney – Barrister

Commercial, specialising in Building & Construction law, Insurance, Banking & Finance law, Tax & Insolvency law advisory and advocacy on major projects

Responsibilities included:

  • Acted as counsel for regulatory authorities as well as, on other occasions, for directors and companies on a variety of compliance & regulatory matters
  • Acted for major banking & financial services organisations on matters involving prospectuses for investment products
  • Appeared for Citibank in a lengthy and complex case brought by the National Mutual Group of Companies against Citibank as a tort-feasor in respect of 132 of its customers who were also investors in financial products sold by the National Mutual.  The alleged liability involved the negligent provision of services to the borrower/investor; in particular, the negligent provision of investment advice
  • Fraud prosecutions for the DPP (concerning former Commonwealth Bank employees involved in procuring loans by deception; concerning National Australia Bank employees involved in a skimming scam)
  • Appeared for the liquidator of the Linter Group (one of the largest liquidations in Australian history) in a claim by debenture holders (headed by Allstate Insurance) with an approximate value US$200 million, involving misleading or deceptive statements in a prospectus and advice and conduct of various claims on proofs of debt amounting to over AUS$1 billion. This case also involved the interpretation of D&O policies
  • Other Barnes v Addy type claims involving restitutionary principles including a matter in the Supreme Court of Western Australia, Karri Oak Limited (in liquidation) & Ors v St George Bank Limited (claim for approximately $10 million)
  • Acted for a number of different companies in different sectors (banking, pharmaceuticals, insurance, construction, mining and energy) in civil prosecutions, including where criminal sanctions could be applied
  • Advised and acted for the Australian Government in relation to various defence contracts, including Collins Class 1 submarines
  • Various commercial cases including for Holly Valance arising from her sacking her manager; for the Ambulance Service; for the Catholic Church
  • Acted extensively for Abigroup in relation to the construction of Superdome (Sydney 2000 Olympics venue). Acted for Abigroup in many other disputes including a dispute about the construction of a spillway to Warragamba Dam
  • Other disputes involving other Olympic venues including the International Aquatic Centre against the State of NSW (for Bovis Lend Lease, the main contractor), for Multiplex on the Olympic Stadium (including its conversion post Olympics) and the earthworks contract for levelling whole of the Olympic Park site (successfully arbitrated for Daracon Engineering Pty Limited)

Jun 05 – Mar 07

HAILSHAM CHAMBERS, London - Barrister & Arbitrator

Construction, professional negligence, commercial and insurance

Responsibilities included:

  • Acted for major international construction companies, for example:
    • Multiplex (Wembley Stadium)
    • Bovis Lend Lease (on a number of different projects – insurance and commercial matters including risk management)
  • Acted for Zurich in drafting specific insurance policy to cover unusual risks in Defence and infrastructure projects
  • Dealt with a variety of regulatory matters for and against the FSA (forerunner of the FCA)

92 – 94

(Solicitors - Merged with Minter Ellison)

  • Conducted a major building arbitration over 12 months, as junior counsel whilst requalifying for the Sydney Bar

Jan 90 – Dec 92

ATKIN CHAMBERS, London - Barrister

Specialising in Building & Construction law