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International Arbitration

Our highly talented team of specialist litigation, arbitration and regulatory lawyers make up our International Arbitration Group. The team of lawyers practise general commercial arbitration, and includes specialist insurance and reinsurance, construction and engineering lawyers. We have experience of both ad hoc and institutional arbitration and have acted for clients in complex, high value disputes under the rules of the LCIA, ICC and DIAC. 

We have long-standing relationships with specialist barristers at the prominent arbitration sets, as well as many top arbitrators, and work closely alongside our network of leading foreign law firms to ensure that our clients benefit from the best possible expertise, whatever the governing law or seat of the arbitration.  We also work closely with US law firms who have expertise in Bilateral and Multilateral disputes under the auspices of ICSID.

We are consistently praised for the quality of our advice, our tactical thinking and our tenacity in achieving our client's objectives. Whatever the challenge, we work with our clients to meet their objectives in a straightforward, pragmatic and cost effective way. 

Our clients range from multi-national corporations and household names across a variety of industry sectors.  We also act for numerous government bodies, large charities and infrastructure funding organisations, and often advise on disputes arising out of the Emerging Markets.

Recent experience

  • Acting for the claimant in 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.
  • Acting for a global company in a series of ad hoc, London seated, multi-million dollar Bermuda Form arbitrations relating to the scope of liability coverage for third party claims and class action lawsuits in the US and worldwide. 
  • Acting for a UK based media company in a London seated, LCIA arbitration concerning the terms of a complex commercial contract. 
  • Acting for an oil and gas company in a London seated, ICC arbitration relating to a gas concession in the Middle East.
  • Acting for a US oil exploration company in a Paris seated, ICC arbitration in a dispute arising out of an off-shore exploration contract in the Middle East.
  • Acting for a UK power company in ad hoc arbitration proceedings in London against a Japanese corporation in a defective design claim over GE 9FA gas turbines suffering catastrophic physical damage failures.
  • Acting for a US energy company in LCIA arbitration proceedings in London against a Middle Eastern government relating to energy contracts. 
  • Acting for Japanese reinsurers in Aioi Dowa Insurance Co Ltd v Heraldglen Ltd and Another [2013] EWHC 154 (Comm), in underlying ad hoc arbitration proceedings in London and in an appeal on a point of law from an arbitral award, as to whether the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were caused by one unified act of terrorism or two separate acts of hijacking to determine the number of occurrences.
  • Acting for a US textile group in a London seated ICC arbitration governed by English law. 
  • Advising and representing a UK National Board in Final Account dispute with national engineering contractor undertaking major engineering/landscaping works (the creation of freshwater reservoir and associated amenity facilities).
  • Advising and representing national newspaper group in defence of complex delay and disruption/EOT claim by national contractor undertaking refurbishment and extension of regional headquarters on JCT Form – CIMAR reference.
  • Advising and representing care home operator in proceedings against both Main Contractor and Architect to recover damages for cost of total rebuild and loss of profit where works were dangerous requiring demolition without occupation; both on JCT Forms -  CIMAR reference.