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.

Stephenson Harwood's "excellent practice is genuinely focused on litigation."

The Legal 500 UK 2021


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 $12 billion 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.

Rovine Chandrasekera Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2629
M:  Email Rovine | Vcard Office:  Dubai, London


Kate Cordery Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2397
M:  Email Kate | Vcard Office:  London


Edward Davis Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2327
M:  Email Edward | Vcard Office:  London


Sue Millar Partner

T:  + 44 20 7809 2329
M:  + 44 7825 625 898 Email Sue | Vcard Office:  London


Daryll Ng Managing partner at Virtus Law

T:  +65 6835 8656
M:  Email Daryll | Vcard Office:  Singapore

Latest news & insights

22 Sep 2022

From Insights

Court orders damages and civil penalties for unlawful NHS procurement

This recent High Court judgement will be of interest to companies in the life sciences sector that supply products and service into the UK NHS.


08 Aug 2022

From Insights

Landlord remedies for rent arrears – where are we now?

What can landlords do if a tenant has not paid its rent?


29 Jul 2022

From Insights

Commercial litigation newsletter - July 2022

This is Stephenson Harwood's bi-monthly commercial litigation newsletter.


26 Jul 2022

From Insights

Procedural directions for international arbitration: checklist

Checklist which explains various common case management problems in international arbitration, along with practical ways to resolve them.


22 Jul 2022

From Insights

UK sanctions: professional and business services to Russian clients

On 4 May 2022, the UK Government announced a ban on services exports to Russia, stating: "The new measures will mean Russia’s businesses can no longer benefit from the..


14 Jul 2022

From Insights

Court of Appeal gives go ahead for Fundão Dam class action (Municipio de Mariana v BHP Group)

In Município de Mariana v BHP Group UK Ltd[1] , the Court of Appeal has given permission for some 200,000 Brazilian claimants to pursue their class action for damages ..


12 Jul 2022

From Insights

FRC position paper – Preparing for ARGA

The FRC has today published its position paper on its transition into the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority (ARGA) to support the Government's reforms on corpo..


20 Jun 2022

From News

Dan Smith joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its commercial litigation practice with the arrival of partner Dan Smith, who joins the firm in London.


13 Jun 2022

From Insights

Requests for disclosure from foreign courts: a question of compliance

In Sakab Saudi Holding Co v Al Jabri & Ors, Re: HSBC & Ors [2021] EWHC 3390 (QB), the High Court acceded to a letter of request from a Canadian court requesting the pr..


26 May 2022

From Insights

A bank's duty of (Quince)care stops with its customer: RBS v JP SPC 4

In its recent judgment on the scope of the Quincecare duty, the Court of Appeal held that it was not limited to situations where the bank is instructed by its customer..


26 May 2022

From Insights

Key corporate and commercial disputes update - May 2022

Welcome to our corporate and commercial disputes update, the bi-annual publication in which we summarise some of the most significant decisions from corporate and comm..


24 May 2022

From Insights

Revoking permission for expert evidence: Andrews v Kronospan

Expert evidence is key in providing the court with valuable insight in cases that involve technical or specialist knowledge.


26 Apr 2022

From Insights

Commercial litigation newsletter - April 2022

This marks Stephenson Harwood's fourth commercial litigation newsletter. With these newsletters, we hope to give you updates on interesting cases and news on various a..


20 Apr 2022

From Insights

Wasted expenditure is not the same as loss of profit: Soteria (formerly CIS) v IBM

In Soteria Insurance Ltd v IBM United Kingdom Ltd, the Court of Appeal has clarified the approach to interpreting exclusion clauses.


19 Apr 2022

From Insights

No privilege for fishing expeditions: Kyla Shipping v Freight Trading Ltd

The decision of Charles Hollander QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge of the High Court) in Kyla Shipping v Freight Trading Ltd & Others, provides a useful illustration of t..


30 Mar 2022

From Insights

Court's permission not required to add claimants before service of proceedings (Rawet v Daimler)

In Rawet and others v Daimler AG and others [1] the Divisional Court has clarified when claimants can be added to claim forms where proceedings have been issued but no..


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