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.
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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 always been seen as a very good and very strong litigation firm – they punch above their weight.”
Chambers UK 2015


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

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John Fordham Partner

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Malcolm Kemp Partner

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Durai Shunmugam Partner

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Latest news & insights

14 Oct 2016

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FCA cracks down again on AML systems and controls

On 12 October 2016 the FCA issued a Final Notice against Sonali Bank (UK) Limited. The Notice is a timely reminder for authorised firms that weak financial crime contr..


28 Sep 2016

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Enforcing judgments after Brexit

What effect will the recent Brexit vote in the UK have on the ability of parties to enforce their English court judgments or arbitral awards in the EU?


26 Sep 2016

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Joint Myanmar bulletin from Inle Advisory, Kroll and Stephenson Harwood

In a joint briefing with Washington-based sanctions experts, Inle Advisory and Kroll, our leading Myanmar practice assesses the impact of the future lifting of US sanc..


12 Jul 2016

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A guide to commercial litigation: a step by step approach

Our guide provides an outline of the different stages in court proceedings in England and Wales and sets out some of the options available to those involved in litigat..


04 Jul 2016

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Kamal Shah, John Miles and Tunde Fagbohunlu co-author ‘Arbitration in Africa: A review of key jurisdictions’

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03 May 2016

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FCA consults on proposed amendments to enforcement procedures

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28 Mar 2016

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European shareholder actions - 5 key points to consider

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10 Mar 2016

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When will the English Courts have jurisdiction over a dispute? (Russian version)

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03 Mar 2016

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Mutual Legal Assistance (Russian Version)

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25 Feb 2016

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Letters Rogatory (Russian Version)

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18 Feb 2016

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Assisting foreign insolvency officeholders (Russian Version)

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11 Feb 2016

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English freezing order in support of foreign proceedings (Russian Version)

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10 Feb 2016

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Fraud prevention: lessons from 2015 - Hacking and cybercrime

Website and database attacks became a growing and increasingly public problem throughout 2015. It is apparent that many attacks and the resulting data loss could have ..


10 Feb 2016

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Fraud prevention: lessons from 2015 - Email scams

In 2015 we saw a significant growth in high value email scams. A key step in preventing these frauds is to ensure payment and anti-fraud policies are resilient, updat..


05 Feb 2016

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Impact of key recent legislation on foreign investment in Myanmar

We consider a selection of the recently enacted legislation and published government notifications which we believe are of particular interest to foreign investors in ..


02 Feb 2016

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Stephenson Harwood boosts its contentious and non-contentious trade finance practice in Hong Kong

Stephenson Harwood has appointed partners King Tak Fung and Ivan Ng from Eversheds in Hong Kong. They have been joined by a further five associates.


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