International arbitration

Our market-leading international arbitration team is known for its expertise in managing complex and substantial arbitrations worldwide. We are well versed in related court proceedings, such as jurisdiction challenges, freezing orders and the enforcement of arbitral awards.

We have represented clients in arbitration proceedings under the rules of all the major institutions and trade associations, such as LCIA, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, LMAA, GAFTA, UNCITRAL and ICSID.
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Our expertise is global, led from our offices in London, Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore, with support from our other offices.

We have particular experience of international arbitrations relating to emerging markets, especially Africa, India and the CIS.   We are frequently instructed in arbitration matters by clients and law firms in those regions and in other jurisdictions.

We can help you with disputes across a wide range of sectors, including aviation, energy, international trade, commodities, shipping, and financial services.

Our expertise is reflected in the wide variety of clients for whom we act including global airlines, ship owners, energy companies, insurers, traders and entrepreneurs and sovereign governments.

We have in-depth knowledge of arbitral law and procedure – but more importantly we never lose sight of the commercial realities, pressures and priorities that our clients have to face every day.

Our expertise is reflected in the regular arbitral appointments received by our dedicated international arbitration partners.  Three partners have authored books on arbitration topics and our team members regularly speak at international conferences. 

In the past decade, we have handled some of the most high-profile proceedings to enforce, or resist the enforcement of, arbitral awards before the English, Hong Kong and Singapore courts.

Our team is a natural first choice to instruct on such matters. 

"It's a sharp team with a panache for making a solid and comprehensive analysis of issues, and for providing succinct and practical advice in complex matters."

Chambers UK 2018

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigeria's state-owned oil company

Advising in allegations of fraud and forgery in the high-value case involving the defence in England of several attempts to enforce a Nigerian arbitration award. Now valued at over US$350 million.

Global airlines

Acting for several major airlines (including the world's largest budget carrier) in numerous arbitrations in the last five years. 

Oil and gas company

Acting in 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.

Sovereign state

Acting for a sovereign state in a US$4 billion ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.

Global mining conglomerate

Acting for a subsidiary in several arbitrations and related court proceedings concerning the largest copper mine in Zambia. 


Representing an investor in an ICSID arbitration against Kazakhstan with a claim valued at US$1.5 billion.

Sovereign state

Advising a sovereign state, resisting the enforcement of a US$700 million plus ICSID award against it. 

East Asian conglomerate

Acting in an arbitration and related enforcement proceedings in Singapore and Hong Kong, leading to judgments which are amongst the leading authorities on enforcement in those jurisdictions.

India's largest real estate developer

Acting in enforcement proceedings in England in respect of a US$300 million plus arbitral award. 

Major fruit juice producer

Acting for a major fruit juice producer in arbitration proceedings in London. 


Rovine Chandrasekera Managing partner of the Dubai office

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


Louis Flannery QC Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2371
M:  Email Louis | Vcard Office:  London


Durai Shunmugam Partner

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

Latest news & insights

24 May 2018

From News

Partner Kamal Shah appointed LCIA Court member

Stephenson Harwood partner Kamal Shah has been appointed a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Court.


16 May 2018

From Insights

Singapore High Court rejects challenge to ICC arbitration award

Virtus Law LLP, the Singapore member of Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance, has successfully resisted a challenge to an arbitration award which awarded its clien..


21 Feb 2018

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Consolidation of arbitrations conducted under different institutional rules of arbitration: a proposal

The SIAC has issued a proposal for the adoption by arbitral institutions of a protocol for the consolidation of arbitration proceedings conducted under different insti..


30 Jan 2018

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International arbitration specialist Timothy Cooke authors a guide to arbitration in Singapore

A comprehensive guide to international arbitration in Singapore, written by Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance partner Timothy Cooke, has been published.


21 Dec 2017

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Stephenson Harwood partner Louis Flannery to be appointed Queen's Counsel

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has announced that Louis Flannery, partner and head of the firm's international arbitration group, will be appointed Queen's Counsel at..


13 Nov 2017

From Insights

Asia arbitration quarterly - Issue 2

We are pleased to attach the second edition of Stephenson Harwood’s Asia focused Arbitration Quarterly Digest.


07 Sep 2017

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Arbitration costs compared: 2017 Edition

Speed and economy are often said to be key attractions of arbitration. While that remains largely true, the cost of arbitration proceedings in high-value and complex c..


17 Jul 2017

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Asia arbitration quarterly - Issue 1

Welcome to the first edition of Asia arbitration quarterly.


16 Jun 2017

From News

International arbitration specialist Timothy Cooke joins Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance as partner

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance has strengthened its arbitration practice with the addition of Timothy Cooke as a partner.


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..


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..


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 ..


04 Jul 2016

From News

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

Kamal Shah, John Miles (managing director of JMiles & Co, Nairobi) and Tunde Fagbohunlu SAN (partner, head of litigation, arbitration and ADR Groups, Aluko & Oyebode, ..


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 ..


01 Jul 2015

From News

Registrar of LCIA-MIAC to join Stephenson Harwood

Duncan Bagshaw, first Registrar of LCIA-MIAC arbitration centre of Mauritius, is joining Stephenson Harwood as senior lawyer in international arbitration and Africa te..


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