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

Tchenguiz

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.
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Rovine Chandrasekera Partner

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Kate Cordery Partner

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Edward Davis Partner

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Sue Millar Partner

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Daryll Ng Partner

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25 Jan 2023

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Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters: A global comparison

Stephenson Harwood's commercial litigation team recently hosted a webinar on 'Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters: A global comparison', following..

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05 Jan 2023

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Tick-box jurisdiction clause good enough for anti-suit relief

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23 Dec 2022

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UK and EU sanctions: expansion of the professional and business services prohibitions

In this article, we set out the new scope of the UK's ban on professional and business services contained in the 17th Amendment, and compare it with EU Regulation 833...

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19 Dec 2022

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UK/Russia trust sanctions: a neat trick or creating new potential problems?

Many months after the Government first announced its intention to introduce Russia related trust sanctions, they have finally been published in The Russia (Sanctions) ..

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19 Dec 2022

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Take care when terminating: James Kemball Ltd v "K" Line (Europe) Ltd

In James Kemball Ltd v "K" Line (Europe) Ltd [2022] EWHC 2239 (Comm), the claimant purported to terminate a service agreement on the grounds that the defendant was in ..

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02 Dec 2022

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What should an ISDA notice of default include? Macquarie Bank v Phelan

You enter into a foreign exchange swap under an ISDA Master Agreement with a party who later fails to pay amounts when due.

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01 Dec 2022

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Litigation privilege: Loreley v Credit Suisse

Court of Appeal determines that, generally, the identities of those giving instructions are not covered by litigation privilege: Loreley v Credit Suisse

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30 Nov 2022

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Court of Appeal confirms reflective loss can't be recovered (Burnford v AA)

The scope of the rule against reflective loss is sufficiently certain for it to be determined on summary judgment.

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30 Nov 2022

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Timing for e-filing: midnight or 4.30pm? (Microsoft Ireland v JJH Enterprises)

In Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd and others v JJH Enterprises Ltd (trading as ValueLicensing) [2022] EWCA Civ 1509, the Court of Appeal has confirmed that an Appell..

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11 Nov 2022

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UK sanctions: prohibition on the maritime transportation of crude and petroleum oil and products

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10 Nov 2022

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Banca Intesa v Venezia: valid or void?

For the first time in the history of the Italian swaps litigation before the English courts, the Commercial Court has ruled that a swap transaction entered into in 200..

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07 Nov 2022

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Key corporate and commercial disputes updates - November 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..

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27 Oct 2022

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Commercial litigation newsletter - October 2022

This is Stephenson Harwood's bi-monthly commercial litigation newsletter. With these newsletters, we hope to give you updates on interesting cases and news on various ..

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27 Oct 2022

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Third party disclosure and service out of the jurisdiction: Gorbachev v Guriev

In Gorbachev v Guriev [2022] EWCA Civ 1270, the Court of Appeal confirmed that the English courts have the power to make an order for disclosure of documents against a..

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27 Oct 2022

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Moving money: Bitar v Bank of Beirut and Manoukian v SGBL

In Bitar v Bank of Beirut S.A.L [2022] EWHC 2163 (QB), the High Court ordered the Bank of Beirut to effect an international transfer to its customer, Mr Bitar.

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25 Oct 2022

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Inadvertent waiver of privilege and concerns over independence: Pickett v Balkind

The Court has recently reminded litigants of the care needed to avoid inadvertent waivers of privilege and the circumstances in which disclosure of otherwise privilege..

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