Dispute resolution

Our very highly regarded dispute resolution team advises on the full range of commercial and similar disputes. We represent clients in High Court litigation, international and domestic arbitration, we manage proceedings in other jurisdictions, and we co-ordinate proceedings in more than one jurisdiction.  We advise and assist clients on ADR, including mediation. Most of what we do is truly international and often multi-jurisdictional.
  • Profile
  • Experience
  • Key contacts

Aviation litigation and regulation

We have a genuine in-depth knowledge and understanding of the aviation industry, which enables us to deliver the commercial outcome our clients are looking for effectively and cost efficiently.

Banking and financial services litigation and regulation

In any high-stakes financial dispute you want to be certain that you have legal specialists on your side with decades of experience in the field.  Our award-winning finance litigation and regulation practices have acted on some of the most high-profile and complex banking disputes and investigations.

Construction and engineering dispute resolution

Our specialists match extensive industry knowledge with highly regarded technical expertise and a reputation for commercial and practical problem solving.

Fraud and asset tracing

Ranked in Tier 1 of The Legal 500, our team has worked on many of the largest fraud cases in recent years.  We have very extensive experience in bringing or defending freezing orders.

International arbitration

Our international arbitration team is known for managing complex and substantial arbitrations worldwide and is well versed in related enforcement and other court proceedings.

Pensions dispute resolution

Our team have immense experience in all pensions related disputes.  We take cases from inception to completion managing Pensions Ombudsman, High Court and alternative dispute resolution cases.  

Professional and management liability

Our long established practice advises clients on matters involving risk, reputation and liability.

Real ​estate litigation

Our property litigation team combines excellent technical knowledge with commercial acumen.  

Regulatory litigation

Our regulatory litigation team has advised financial institutions in the highest profile investigations and enforcement actions.


We represent major commercial companies and individuals in challenging sanctions in national and EU courts, often in difficult circumstances.

Shipping litigation

As one of the world’s leading shipping practices, we offer comprehensive, specialist shipping advice which is clear, commercial and reliable.

“Stephenson Harwood has a very effective and innovative disputes team.”

Chambers UK 2017


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.

White collar and financial crime including LIBOR and FX

Representing individuals and institutions under investigation by the FCA and the SFO, including several individuals involved in proceedings relating to the manipulation of LIBOR and collusion in the G10 FX Spot market.  

Rangers FC 

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

Accolade Wines - construction litigation

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. 

Libya Investment Authority ("LIA")

Representing the LIA headquartered in Tripoli in relation to the appointment of a Receiver and Manager to run Commercial Court proceedings against Goldman Sachs and Societe Generale, arising from a divided Libya. 

Moet Hennessy - global IP litigation

Advised Moet Hennessy and Richemont (a global luxury brand) on a significant global counterfeiting operation and coordinating a number of law enforcement agencies.

International arbitration 

Acting in numerous arbitrations, including a major LCIA arbitration (with claims and counterclaims valued at over US$750 million) concerning the management of two deep offshore oil blocks in West Africa and in proceedings to set aside enforcement orders made by the Hong Kong High Court in respect of Singapore arbitration awards.  

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.  

Probate litigation 

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

Shipping disputes including the Fiona Trust litigation

We advised the successful defendants against claims totalling US$1 billion in respect of alleged bribery in the Fiona Trust litigation; we advised on potential claims relating to surrender of bills of lading for LNG cargoes and LOU for discharge of LNG; we represented ship owners in the successful defence of a claim before the English Court relating to the purchase of two VLCCs for conversion into production facilities; we assisted a shipyard in the successful defence of a series of claims relating to purported cancellation by ship owners due to delay. 

Rovine Chandrasekera Managing partner of the Dubai office

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


John Fordham Partner

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


Malcolm Kemp Partner

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


Durai Shunmugam Partner

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

Latest news & insights

13 Apr 2017

From Insights

New monetary penalties for breaches of financial sanctions

When the OFSI was established on 31 March 2016, the Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, signalled the UK Government's intention to introduce civil pena..


28 Mar 2017

From Insights

Data Protection update - March 2017

Data protection coverage this month includes: reports that the Italian Data Protection Office has issued the EU's highest ever fines for a data protection breach and N..


20 Mar 2017

From Insights

Commercial Court delivers judgment on close-out valuations

The English High Court (Knowles J) has today ruled on issues arising out of a close-out under the Global Master Repurchase Agreement (2000 version) and the Global Mast..


06 Mar 2017

From Insights

The Stephenson Harwood guide to international arbitration

The Stephenson Harwood guide to international arbitration explains how arbitration works, how it should be used and its benefits and drawbacks.


02 Mar 2017

From News

Stephenson Harwood wins at the Supreme Court for Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has secured an important arbitration related decision in the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in favour of the Nigerian National Pet..


01 Mar 2017

From Insights

Does fraud always “unravel all”?

The English High Court considers the enforceability of a Chinese arbitration award relating to a sale transaction that was tainted by fraud.


28 Feb 2017

From Insights

Data Protection update - February 2017

Data protection coverage this month includes: the approval of Google's model contractual clauses by the EU Commission and the entry into force of the EU-US Umbrella Ag..


27 Feb 2017

From Insights

Arbitration in the time of Brexit

In light of the uncertainty around the outcome of negotiations following the UK's vote to leave the EU incorporating an arbitration clause in commercial contracts shou..


24 Feb 2017

From Insights

Construction and conflict

Partner Phillip Rompotis has recently been interviewed by Asian Legal Business on ‘Construction and Conflict’. The interview has been featured in the February 2017 iss..


27 Jan 2017

From Insights

Rolls-Royce: Deferred Prosecution Agreement No. 3

On 17 January the Serious Fraud Office ("SFO") announced that it had entered into a deferred prosecution agreement ("DPA") with Rolls-Royce PLC.


26 Jan 2017

From Insights

Data Protection update - December 2016 / January 2017

Data protection coverage this month includes: the probable effect of a recent ECJ ruling on the so-called Snooper's Charter and the new draft regulation on privacy and..


23 Jan 2017

From Insights

New ICC expedited arbitration procedure is key revisions to the ICC Rules

On 4 November 2016, the ICC Court announced a revision to the ICC Rules of Arbitration that will come into force on 1 March 2017. We set out the main changes of which ..


29 Nov 2016

From Insights

Data Protection update - November 2016

Data protection coverage this month includes: the passage of the Investigatory Powers Bill through the Houses of Parliament, challenges to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield i..


29 Nov 2016

From Insights

FCA Remediation and Redress Schemes – recent developments webcast

We take a look at recent developments in the FCA's approach to remediation and consumer redress schemes.


22 Nov 2016

From Insights

ISDA Master Agreements - a brief update webcast

In this webcast, we review two recent cases in which the English courts have considered the termination and close-out provisions of ISDA Master Agreements.


18 Nov 2016

From Insights

New Pre-Action Protocol

A new Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes replaces the old Protocol which has been with us since October 2000. The new Protocol introduces si..


© Stephenson Harwood LLP 2016. Any reference to Stephenson Harwood in this document means Stephenson Harwood LLP and/or its affiliated undertakings. Any reference to a partner is used to refer to a member of Stephenson Harwood LLP.