Commercial litigation

Our market-leading commercial litigation department acts on a wide range of disputes for corporates, individuals and other commercial clients. We have a long-established track record of handling the most significant and complex cases. 

Our clients value our ability to handle any commercial dispute and to deliver unparalleled service in terms of quality and efficiency.
 
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We advise clients in every major industry and sector, ranging from multinational corporations, financial institutions, large and medium sized companies, professionals and trustees to governments, charities, high net worth individuals and their corporate interests. 

We offer commercially focused and practical solutions for complex disputes, often assisting clients with interests that cross industries, geographic locations and jurisdictions.

We regularly advise on disputes relating to commercial contracts, trade finance, corporate transactions and governance, joint-ventures, partnerships and shareholder disputes.

We also handle potentially contentious aspects of major corporate and financial transactions, political, cyber threat and sanctions issues as well as disputes involving fraud and injunctions, asset tracing and enforcement strategies. 

We have litigation experts in every office who work with each other regularly, so our local lawyers can put together an international team quickly and efficiently.  

Our experience means we can anticipate and prevent issues before they arise. We are also trusted to act quickly and effectively whenever urgent action is required. 
 

Tchenguiz

In one of the largest disputes of the past decade, the ongoing multi-faceted Tchenguiz litigation, we have achieved a series of victories including securing jurisdiction against Kaupthing Bank Hf and a successful judicial review challenge against the SFO.

Rangers FC restructuring

Acting for the liquidators in relation to all aspects of the liquidation of the most successful domestic football club in the world, including high-profile and high-value litigation in England and Scotland.

Accolade Wines

Acted for Accolade Wines Limited in major dispute in relation to the defective/negligent design and construction of the largest wine production, storage and distribution facility in the UK. 

Big four accountancy firm

Acting for one of the big four accountancy firms in relation to claims of alleged negligent advice made by a commercial client against our client and a major city law firm.

Collapse of Arch-Cru funds

Acted for SPL Guernsey ICC Ltd regarding the collapse of the Arch Cru funds and the related litigation both in the UK and Guernsey including claims against the managers, directors, administrators and auditors.

Mobil v PDVSA

Successfully discharged $12bn freezing order and brought related damages claims arising out of ICSID and ICC arbitrations between a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil and the Venezuelan state oil company.

Samuel Tak Lee

Acting for a Hong Kong tycoon defending a claim to his Tokyo commercial property portfolio, and winning on appeal in the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.  

ETI v Bolivia and Entel

Successfully discharging freezing order before the English Commercial Court and Court of Appeal in telecoms investment treaty dispute under ICSID arbitration rules involving issues of state immunity.

First Media 

Acting for an Indonesian media listco in proceedings to set aside enforcement orders made by the Hong Kong High Court in respect of Singapore arbitration awards obtained by the Malaysian conglomerate Astro.  

Probate litigation 

Acting in a probate action concerning the multi-billion dollar estate of a well-known Hong Kong entrepreneur, including testamentary capacity in the context of dementia and an application to appoint an administrator pendente lite.
 
Lawyer

Rovine Chandrasekera Managing partner of the Dubai office

T:  +971 4 407 3901
M:  +971 55 899 3951 Email Rovine | Vcard Office:  Dubai

Lawyer

John Fordham Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2300
M:  +44 7909 925 436 Email John | Vcard Office:  London

Lawyer

Malcolm Kemp Partner

T:  +852 2533 2701
M:  +852 9485 9376 Email Malcolm | Vcard Office:  Hong Kong

Lawyer

Durai Shunmugam Partner

T:  +65 6226 1600
M:  Email Durai | Vcard Office:  Singapore

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28 Mar 2016

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15 Jan 2016

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25 Nov 2015

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On 5 November 2015, the Court of Final Appeal held unanimously that s30A(10(a) of the Bankruptcy Ordinance (Cap. 6) was unconstitutional.

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23 Nov 2015

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Yung Kee – the end of a saga

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09 Nov 2015

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08 Sep 2015

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07 Aug 2015

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An anti-suit injunction should be granted to protect the parties’ bargain under an arbitration clause

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03 Apr 2015

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Listed company wound up in Hong Kong on the grounds of public interest

We look at a listed company which wound up in Hong Kong on the grounds of public interest.

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02 Mar 2015

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Assets realised by provisional liquidators chargeable with ad valorem fees

We look at an appeal case - MF Global HK Limited and MF Global Holdings HK Limited (CACV 251/2012 and CACV 252/2012 heard together) - judgment dated 2 March 2015.

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02 Mar 2015

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Reportage as a defence in defamation cases accepted by the Hong Kong Courts

In this litigation bulletin, Malcolm Kemp and Alexander Tang look at reportage as a defence in defamation cases.

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19 Nov 2014

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Application of the Partition Ordinance in bankruptcy cases

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09 Nov 2014

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Mike Pullen joins Stephenson Harwood

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08 Sep 2014

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Media coverage: Compliance Monitor - Trial by Committee

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01 May 2014

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Media coverage: LexisNexis - Anti-money laundering under the new penalty regime

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16 Mar 2014

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Stephenson Harwood wins decade long dispute for NNPC against IPCO Ltd

International law firm Stephenson Harwood has secured judgment in favour of the state owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation after a dispute with IPCO (Nigeria)..

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