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

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Edward Davis Partner

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Sue Millar Partner

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Daryll Ng Managing partner

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Latest news & insights

12 Apr 2021

From Insights

The winner takes it all (the loser’s ts and cs were too small): Green v Petfre (Gibraltar) Limited t/a Betfred [2021] EWHC 842 (QB)

Just after midnight in 2018, Mr Green played an online game called “Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven Blackjack”.


09 Apr 2021

From Insights

Give credit where credit’s due: settlement agreements and the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (CFL Finance v Laser Trust & Gertner)

The Court of Appeal in CFL Finance Limited v Laser Trust & Gertner [2021] EWCA Civ 228 has ruled that a settlement agreement providing for an undisputed debt to be pa..


06 Apr 2021

From Insights

Adjudicator’s decision enforced under the Construction Act and the Hague Choice of Court Convention 2005

In Motacus Constructions Limited v Paolo Castelli SPA, HHJ Hodge QC gave summary judgment to enforce an adjudicator’s decision pursuant to the Construction Act, despit..


01 Apr 2021

From Insights

When is an error a manifest error?

In last month’s decision in Flowgroup plc v Co-operative Energy Ltd, Adrian Beltrami QC dismissed a seller’s claim to set aside an expert's determination made in the c..


30 Mar 2021

From Insights

Opening the tort gateway

On 1 March 2021, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Manek & Ors v IIFL Wealth (UK) Ltd & Ors [2021] EWCA Civ 264, finding that the Claimants were entitled to ..


25 Mar 2021

From Insights

Winding-up a company as a means of resolving a shareholder dispute: Chu v Lau

In a significant judgment for both British Virgin Islands and English companies, the Privy Council has clarified the law applicable to a just and equitable winding-up ..


24 Mar 2021

From Insights

One Blackfriars Limited – The boomerang that didn’t come back…

In a further landmark decision on administrator's duties following Davey v Money1, the High Court has dismissed the liquidators' claims of sale at undervalue and loss ..


23 Mar 2021

From Insights

Directors: exercise your powers properly or risk having your transactions overturned

In the case of IsZo Capital LP v Nam Tai Property Inc & others the BVI High Court found that a private placement of shares in the Defendant company was made for an im..


15 Mar 2021

From Insights

Minimising mistakes: the Supreme Court restricts limitation period for mistake of law claims

The Supreme Court has provided a comprehensive judgment relating to s.32(1)(c) of the Limitation Act 1980


08 Mar 2021

From Insights

No harm, no foul – liquidated damages clause upheld by the Commercial Court (De Havilland v Spicejet)

Sir Michael Burton GBE handed down the court’s decision in De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited v SpiceJet Limited [2021] EWHC 362 (Comm) on 23 February 2021, award..


17 Dec 2020

From Insights

In court in England with international lawyers? Your privilege is protected

In PJSC Tatneft v Bogolyubov and others [2020] EWHC 2437 (Comm), the English Court examined when a foreign lawyer’s advice is privileged from disclosure.


16 Nov 2020

From News

Genevieve Quierin joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has expanded its commercial litigation practice with the arrival of partner Genevieve Quierin, based in the firm’s London office.


16 Oct 2020

From Insights

SAAMCO Returns: application of the principle to negligent audit claims

The Court of Appeal has recently considered the application of the SAAMCO principle in the context of an audit negligence case in AssetCo plc v Grant Thornton UK LLP. ..


14 Oct 2020

From Insights

Stephenson Harwood aviation litigation lawyers contribute to seminal Covid-19 publication

Stephenson Harwood commercial litigation associates Johnny Champion, Rupali Sharma and Patrick Bettle, with support from partner Paul Phillips, have contributed to a s..


29 Sep 2020

From Insights

No guarantee that documents "signed, sealed and delivered" are always deeds

Beneficiaries of guarantees, such as lenders, often assume that because the Singapore Courts no longer insist on a physical seal being affixed in order to hold that a ..


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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