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.

"It's a very strong, well-resourced team with a wide set of abilities and which is right at home on a range of complex litigation cases."

Chambers UK 2020

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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John Fordham Partner

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Daryll Ng Managing partner

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Latest news & insights

18 Sep 2020

From Insights

The rise of 'email fraud' and recovery litigation in Hong Kong

In view of the rapid change in the technological landscape, 'email fraud' is becoming more and more prevalent.

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09 Sep 2020

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The purpose of a process agent: Banco San Juan International v Petróleos de Venezuela

A recent decision of the High Court has provided further clarity on the position when a party to a contract has failed to appoint a process agent, or has failed to rep..

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20 Aug 2020

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Cross border insolvency - The Court of Appeal's judgment on the three core requirements 跨境清盘 - 上诉之三项核心要求

Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings Limited v Arjowiggins HKK 2 Limited - CACV 158/2017 (date of judgment 5 August 2020)

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23 Jul 2020

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Third party funding agreements and insolvency proceedings 第三方资助协议以及破产清盘程序

Re Patrick Cowley and Lui Yee Man, Joint and Several Liquidators of the Company [2020] HKCFI 922 (date of judgment: 27 May 2020)

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19 Jun 2020

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FRC audit investigations and the audit client’s privilege

A recent High Court case has considered the approach to be adopted by an auditor in an FRC investigation, where it has been ordered to provide disclosure of documents ..

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18 Jun 2020

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Actions against unknown persons

Since the anti-Extradition Bill protests in Hong Kong from March 2019, we have seen an increasing number of legal actions commenced against unknown persons.

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11 Jun 2020

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Carillion Plc (in liquidation) v KPMG LLP and KPMG Audit Plc [2020] EWHC 1416 (Comm)

A recent unsuccessful application by Carillion for pre-action disclosure from its former auditors, KPMG, confirms that such orders remain outside the "usual run" of ma..

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22 May 2020

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Good faith, bankruptcy and the role of the court when creditors can’t agree: Gertner & Laser Trust v CFL

One of the largest bankruptcy orders ever made in the English courts (in the region of £870 million) has been set aside to allow a creditors’ meeting to take place in ..

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21 May 2020

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Enforcement disputes: a case study

Our first article in this series summarised a recent English judgment in the long-running dispute between the Republic of Kazakhstan, the National Bank of Kazakhstan a..

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23 Apr 2020

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When is talking to your lawyer not a privilege? CAA v Jet2 and RBI v ACE & Ashurst

The answer (in 1881) was: “This subject is always a difficult one” Quoting from that judgment in 2020, the Court of Appeal observed: “the subject has not become any mo..

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14 Apr 2020

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Notice Clauses in Finance Contracts: Alfred Street v NAMA & Ors

In a recent decision, the Commercial Court has provided guidance on the interpretation of the ISDA Master Agreement and 2000 Definitions.

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01 Apr 2020

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La force majeure : un remède contre le COVID-19 ?

Nombreux sont nos clients qui nous font part de leur inquiétude depuis plusieurs semaines : aux conséquences sanitaires dramatiques du COVID-19, s’ajoutent des retombé..

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03 Mar 2020

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Implied terms, relational contracts and good faith: Taqa Bratani & Ors v Rockrose

When and why will the courts imply a term into a contract? This vexed question was recently considered by the courts in Taqa Bratani & Ors v Rockrose UKCS8 LLC [2020] ..

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19 Nov 2019

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Dispensing with Service: what makes your case exceptional? – Lonestar v Kaye

The Court may dispense with service of a claim form in exceptional circumstances (CPR 6.16(1)).

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08 Nov 2019

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Stephenson Harwood wins Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Award

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has won the ‘Trust and Estates Litigation Team of the Year’ award at the Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Awards 2019.

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07 Nov 2019

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Don’t stand so close to me: when is leaving a claim form near to someone good service? Gorbachev v Guriev

A claim form may be served personally on an individual by “leaving it with” that individual (CPR 6.5(3)). But what does that mean in practice?

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