Cross-border litigation

In our globalised economy, our experienced team help navigate multi-jurisdictional legal issues and resolve complex international disputes. 

Navigating a way through the myriad of conventions, statutes and common law rules that apply within the UK, the EU and beyond, requires detailed, specialist expertise. Our team understands how these regulations apply to your business, and how to find a way through. We:

  • Represent foreign parties sued in the UK courts and issue proceedings against parties in different jurisdictions.
  • Enforce foreign judgments in the UK and UK judgments elsewhere.
  • Advise on dealing with arbitral awards.
  • Liaise with lawyers in other jurisdictions to support foreign proceedings.
  • Give opinions on English law for use abroad.

Our lawyers

Our commercial disputes lawyers collaborate with specialist sector lawyers from across the firm. We use our tactical nous to ensure your preferred court or tribunal is seized of jurisdiction.

Our experience

  • Advising a Jersey trust company on jurisdictional issues and English law matters. Assets owned by the trust were sought to be frozen in support of a £6million judgment and an injunction was obtained against one of the trust’s main beneficiaries.
  • Advising the liquidator of an English company, the subsidiary of a German parent. These complex proceedings involved many companies with claims subject to differing choices of law and different jurisdictions.
  • Advising an online accommodation booking website on an unlawful data scraping technique used by a competitor. Our advice included international database rights, cross-border protection of rights online and pan-EU injunctive relief.
  • Advising a US-based online games developer on infringement of intellectual property rights proceedings issued by a substantial international company in the USA, the UK and Malta. We dealt with separate proceedings in California concerning the disclosure of financial and R&D documents, and successfully discharged an interim pan-European injunction.
  • Acting for a Swiss company in relation to a fraud in a metal export business.  Our work included obtaining a worldwide freezing order and proprietary injunction against a number of corporate and individual defendants.
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