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

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Kate Cordery Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2397
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Edward Davis Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2327
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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

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M:  Email Daryll | Vcard Office:  Singapore

Latest news & insights

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

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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

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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

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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..


14 Mar 2022

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ThoughtLeaders4 Disputes Magazine Issue 4 - International Cross-Border Disputes

Members of Stephenson Harwood's dispute resolution team have contributed in the 4th issue of Disputes Magazine 'International Cross-Border Disputes'.


03 Feb 2022

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The boundaries of causing loss by unlawful means: Secretary of State for Health v Servier

In Secretary of State for Health and another v Servier Laboratories Ltd and ors [2021] UKSC 24, the Supreme Court confirmed that the tort of causing loss by unlawful m..


31 Jan 2022

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When can a claim be amended outside the limitation period? (Mulalley & Co v Martlet Homes)

The Court of Appeal has clarified when a claim can be amended outside of the limitation period to address issues raised in a defence.


21 Jan 2022

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Hong Kong's letter of no consent regime declared to be ultra vires the Organized & Serious Crimes Ordinance ("OSCO")

In Tam Sze Leung & Ors ("Applicants") v Commissioner of Police ("Commissioner") [2021] HKCFI 3118, Hong Kong's High Court was recently asked to consider the legality a..


19 Jan 2022

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Roundtable: Lawyers need to know when it’s right to settle

Stephenson Harwood partners Richard Garcia and Adam Culy recently led a roundtable, in association with The Lawyer, discussing how lawyers need to know when it’s right..


17 Jan 2022

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Commercial litigation newsletter - January 2022

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


23 Dec 2021

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Name claimants correctly or fix mistakes quickly - substituting parties after the limitation period has expired (Addlesee v Dentons)

In Addlesee v Dentons Europe LLP [2021] EWHC 3248 (Ch), the court considered the factors to be taken into account when exercising its discretion to permit substitution..


15 Nov 2021

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Roundtable: how lawyers can approach invisible diversity

Stephenson Harwood corporate and commercial partners Sue Millar and Donna Newman recently led a roundtable, in association with The Lawyer, discussing how lawyers can..


08 Nov 2021

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Are we reaching a 'tipping point' in ESG litigation?

The momentum and appetite for environmental and climate change claims is building globally with both states and companies facing judicial scrutiny and courts mandating..


04 Nov 2021

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Corporate and commercial disputes update - November 2021

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..


29 Oct 2021

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Commercial litigation newsletter – October 2021

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


19 Oct 2021

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Representing claimants: the rise of the class action

The number of class actions proceeding before the English courts is on the rise. From a series of recent decisions, the criteria by which collective action claims can ..


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