Michelmores has a significant international practice, representing clients based or doing business outside the UK on a whole range of matters covering corporate deals, international disputes, trust administration, international funds, and commercial and residential property transactions.

We represent a wide range of clients, including corporates, financial institutions, government agencies, private equity funds and foundations, as well as private individuals and family offices.

With the world-wide recognition of the strengths of the English legal system and English law, there is an ever-increasing demand from overseas clients both for representation in litigation and arbitration based in this jurisdiction, and also for advice and representation in connection with international investment transactions based on English law. 

A number of our Partners have been engaged in international work for many years, and several of them are members of the International Bar Association. These contacts enable us to provide our clients with access to an established network of leading lawyers and other professional advisers around the world.

The range of international work, including work in the emerging markets, is expanding all the time, and our team is well equipped to handle a wide variety of such work.

Recent experience

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Advising the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) in Kazakhstan on a major project to set up Kazakhstan's own international financial centre in Astana, in a similar manner to those in Dubai and Qatar.  This has included drafting detailed and bespoke Financial Regulations for the AIFC, including for the new capital markets. Find out more here.

 

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Acting for Greenland Group, China's largest real estate developer on the mixed-use scheme at the former Ram Brewery in Wandsworth, including over 630 residential units in three phases. We have attended overseas exhibitions in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai. We have also been instructed to act in connection with their other UK development at Hertsmere House in Docklands.

 

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Advised York Global Finance on an application by the administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) for directions on the distribution of a £7.99bn surplus. The case raised 39 new points of law and construction over issues of technical insolvency law and commercial finance based on standard-form master agreements.

 

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Acting for Intelsat, a multi-national provider of satellite services primarily based in Luxembourg. We advise on international contractual disputes, including the negotiation of settlement terms, the enforcement of English High Court Judgments overseas, and advising on local enforcement measures where appropriate, using our valuable network of overseas firms. 

 

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Advising on a multi-million pound cross border trusts dispute in the Cayman Islands which involves careful consideration of various family members, as well as complex corporate structuring in multiple jurisdictions. Our role has included providing advice on tax and litigation work.

 

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Advising  retailer, The Gro Group Limited on international partnering and licensing arrangements with retailers in the Asian and Australian/NZ markets. This involved transitioning Gro's own local presence in Australia (operating through a wholly owned subsidiary) to allow Bloom & Grow to operate the "GroStore" website in relation to the Australian/NZ markets.

 

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Successfully concluding an international arbitration in Dubai against a UAE company in accordance with the rules of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre and which was subject to English law.

 

 

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Advised Centek Group in relation to a collaborative venture with Scandinavian oil and gas business ACE Oil Tools.

 

 

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Advising Haynes Publishing Group on a range of customer contracts and queries, and, advising them on the protection of their intellectual property (in the form of software, data and methodologies) .  We recently advised them  on its acquisition of the E3 technical Business from CarweB Limited, a subsidiary of US-owned Solera, Inc. 

 

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Advised Ticketus LLP (a part of City fund Octopus Investments) in connection with its claim of £27m arising out of the collapse of The Rangers Football Club PLC. This is the largest and most high profile fraud case in Scottish legal history. We have been advising throughout in respect of Companies Act offences.

 

Meet the team

Peter Sigler

Peter Sigler

Malcolm Dickinson

Malcolm Dickinson

Tim Richards

Tim Richards

Sara Chisholm-Batten

Sara Chisholm-Batten

Henry Taylor

Henry Taylor

Ian Binnie

Ian Binnie

Douglas Hawthorn

Douglas Hawthorn

Philip Newhouse

Philip Newhouse

Andrew Oldland

Andrew Oldland QC

Paul Paling

Paul Paling

Raj Patel

Raj Patel

Jonathan Riley

Jonathan Riley

Joe Whitfield

Joe Whitfield

Harry Trick

Harry Trick

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