International arbitration

Companies operating in today’s global marketplace often find themselves embroiled in cross-border disputes. Our dispute resolution team – one of the largest in the UK – has significant experience handling disputes through the whole process, offering a confidential, neutral and enforceable solution.

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How can we help you achieve the right solution?

International arbitration is increasingly used for resolving disputes where there is a cross-border element involved.

Our specialist lawyers have handled arbitrations in many different jurisdictions and are familiar with the UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, AAA, GAFTA, LMAA, ICSID rules, the CAS Code and undertaking 'ad hoc' arbitrations.

Having one of the most experienced dispute teams in the UK enables us to provide the right resources, in a flexible, streamlined way. This includes access to specialist advice and local knowledge wherever you do business, via our membership of a network of leading independent law firms in 160 jurisdictions.

Whilst we have an established London office, our UK regional base allows us to undertake international arbitration work, usually the preserve of large London based international law firms, at cost effective rates whilst still offering the depth of experience and proven track record necessary to handle cross border disputes of this nature.

Our lawyers

Our national dispute resolution team is one of the largest in the UK, bringing together the expertise of 65 partners and 187 lawyers. 

Our lawyers are recognised in both Legal 500 and Chambers UK as "leading individuals" in specialist areas including commercial disputes, construction and engineering, employment, health, insurance and reinsurance, information technology, intellectual property, insolvency, procurement, public law, regulatory, sport, tax and pension litigation.

Specialist sectors include automotive, advanced manufacturing, energy, sport, technology, health, education and food and beverage.

Our leading lawyers include Mark Hovell, who as an arbitrator has dealt with over 100 arbitrations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport ('CAS') in Switzerland. Mark was the only UK arbitrator to sit on the ad hoc arbitration panel at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

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Our international arbitration experience

Our extensive experience includes: 

Acting for a global oil company on the design and build of an onshore processing facility in the Russian Federation under UNCITRAL rules – value circa $1 billion.

Acting for a luxury car manufacturer in ICC arbitration proceedings arising out of the termination of an Importer Agreement in Eastern Europe.

Representing German, Canadian, Caribbean and other respondent companies in a £25 million ICC arbitration dispute involving 12 parties regarding the ownership and rights to income streams from a global international gaming business. 

Acting for an international petroleum and waste storage company in the defence of proceedings brought in the LCIA relating to demurrage charges arising from alleged delays in offloading biodiesel in the port of Barcelona.

Advising a joint venture of multi-national oil companies in an ad hoc arbitration in relation to a dispute with regard to the cost categorisation of offshore works circa £28m.

Acting for a Canadian trustee in bankruptcy in ICC arbitration proceedings involving a dispute with a German group of companies over a multimillion dollar interest in substantial plant and land in Quebec, where the seat of arbitration was London. 

Acting for a major manufacturer in a dispute with a mechanical and electrical engineering contractor concerning installation works to the construction of a factory in Russia under ICC rules. 

Acting for a European contractor in a dispute with a major oil company in relation to the construction of the oil company's headquarters building in Eastern Europe under LCIA rules. 

Acting for a Dubai-based commercial client in a substantial claim in arbitration against a non-EU Government under UNCITRAL rules in a dispute relating to non-payment of sums due under contract for the design, supply and installation of military communications system.

Acting for an English Championship football club in a claim against a Slovakian Football Club at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Zurich.

What our clients and others say about us

  • "This commercial litigation department is an obvious choice of counsel on the largest and most complicated cases." Chambers UK
  • "A concentrated core team who held it together and were extremely efficient - they did an excellent job." M&R litigation client.

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