Dispute resolution

Our very highly regarded dispute resolution team advises on the full range of commercial and similar disputes. We represent clients in High Court litigation, international and domestic arbitration, we manage proceedings in other jurisdictions, and we co-ordinate proceedings in more than one jurisdiction.  We advise and assist clients on ADR, including mediation. Most of what we do is truly international and often multi-jurisdictional.
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Aviation litigation and regulation

We have a genuine in-depth knowledge and understanding of the aviation industry, which enables us to deliver the commercial outcome our clients are looking for effectively and cost efficiently.

Banking and financial services litigation and regulation

In any high-stakes financial dispute you want to be certain that you have legal specialists on your side with decades of experience in the field.  Our award-winning finance litigation and regulation practices have acted on some of the most high-profile and complex banking disputes and investigations.

Construction and engineering dispute resolution

Our specialists match extensive industry knowledge with highly regarded technical expertise and a reputation for commercial and practical problem solving.

Fraud and asset tracing

Ranked in Tier 1 of The Legal 500, our team has worked on many of the largest fraud cases in recent years.  We have very extensive experience in bringing or defending freezing orders.

International arbitration

Our international arbitration team is known for managing complex and substantial arbitrations worldwide and is well versed in related enforcement and other court proceedings.

Pensions dispute resolution

Our team have immense experience in all pensions related disputes.  We take cases from inception to completion managing Pensions Ombudsman, High Court and alternative dispute resolution cases.

Professional and management liability

Our long established practice advises clients on matters involving risk, reputation and liability.

Rail dispute resolution

Our team prides itself on creating effective dispute management strategies at the outset of a problem in order to narrow the issues and promote an early resolution of the dispute.

Real estate litigation

Our property litigation team combines excellent technical knowledge with commercial acumen.

Regulatory litigation

Our regulatory litigation team has advised financial institutions in the highest profile investigations and enforcement actions.


We represent major commercial companies and individuals in challenging sanctions in national and EU courts, often in difficult circumstances.

Shipping litigation

As one of the world’s leading shipping practices, we offer comprehensive, specialist shipping advice which is clear, commercial and reliable.

“They run lean teams but consisting of people with good judgement - they don't waste time or the client's money.”

Chambers UK 2019


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.

White collar and financial crime including LIBOR and FX

Representing individuals and institutions under investigation by the FCA and the SFO, including several individuals involved in proceedings relating to the manipulation of LIBOR and collusion in the G10 FX Spot market.  

Rangers FC 

Acting for the liquidators in relation to all aspects of the liquidation of what was the most successful domestic football club in the world, including high-profile and high-value litigation in England and Scotland.

Accolade Wines - construction litigation

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. 

Libya Investment Authority ("LIA")

Representing the LIA headquartered in Tripoli in relation to the appointment of a Receiver and Manager to run Commercial Court proceedings against Goldman Sachs and Société Générale, arising from a divided Libya. 

Moet Hennessy - global IP litigation

Advised Moet Hennessy and Richemont (a global luxury brand) on a significant global counterfeiting operation and coordinating a number of law enforcement agencies.

International arbitration 

Acting in numerous arbitrations, including a major LCIA arbitration (with claims and counterclaims valued at over US$750 million) concerning the management of two deep offshore oil blocks in West Africa and in proceedings to set aside enforcement orders made by the Hong Kong High Court in respect of Singapore arbitration awards.  

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.

Probate litigation 

Acting in a probate action concerning the multi-billion dollar estate of a well-known Hong Kong entrepreneur, including the issue of testamentary capacity in the context of dementia and an application to appoint an administrator pendente lite.

Shipping disputes including the Fiona Trust litigation

We advised the successful defendants against claims totalling US$1 billion in respect of alleged bribery in the Fiona Trust litigation; we advised on potential claims relating to surrender of bills of lading for LNG cargoes and LOU for discharge of LNG; we represented ship owners in the successful defence of a claim before the English Court relating to the purchase of two VLCCs for conversion into production facilities; we assisted a shipyard in the successful defence of a series of claims relating to purported cancellation by ship owners due to delay. 

Rovine Chandrasekera Managing partner of the Dubai office

T:  +971 4 407 3901
M:  +971 55 899 3951 Email Rovine | Vcard Office:  Dubai


John Fordham Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2300
M:  +44 7909 925 436 Email John | Vcard Office:  London


Malcolm Kemp Partner

T:  +852 2533 2701
M:  +852 9485 9376 Email Malcolm | Vcard Office:  Hong Kong


Daryll Ng Managing partner

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

Latest news & insights

07 Oct 2019

From Insights

Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) v Exotix Partners LLP [2019] EWHC 2380 (Ch)

The High Court has applied a common sense interpretation to a contract for sale, in circumstances where both parties had been mistaken and/or unclear as to the quantit..


03 Oct 2019

From Insights

New interim relief Arrangement presents additional benefit to Hong Kong arbitration

On 1 October 2019, the Arrangement Concerning Mutual Assistance in Court-ordered Interim Measures in Aid of Arbitral Proceedings between the Courts of the Mainland Peo..


02 Oct 2019

From Insights

Warehouse receipts - Contract, mistake and estoppel

The Commercial Court has delivered a judgment which will have important implications in the context of commodity finance and, in particular, the use of warehouse recei..


30 Sep 2019

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What does “mandatory law” really mean? Lamesa v Cynergy

Many finance contracts contain general provisions regarding compliance with “mandatory” laws. What actually constitutes a mandatory law in the field of international s..


11 Sep 2019

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Closing bank accounts: courts put banks under pressure

As the crackdown on economic crime continues, it is no surprise that the number of complaints regarding bank account closures is growing.


10 Sep 2019

From Insights

Full and frank disclosure: too heavy a burden?

Harriet Campbell and Galina Usorova consider how a number of recent high-profile world-wide freezing orders have been set aside because of the claimants’ failure to di..


09 Sep 2019

From News

Stephenson Harwood recruits Nick Sharratt as partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its dispute resolution practice with the appointment of Nick Sharratt as a partner in its Dubai office.


29 Aug 2019

From Insights

No defence available to nominee shareholder in receipt of unlawful preference

In Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB v Conway & another [2019] UKPC 36, the Privy Council upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands.


09 Aug 2019

From Insights

Proceedings in the English Court against foreign States

Claims against States always raise complex issues.


09 Aug 2019

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中国与全球航运业的历史与未来 [普通话播客]

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05 Aug 2019

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FCA publishes final rules confirming amendments to the SMCR

On 26 July 2019, in Policy Statement 19/20 the FCA published its final rules confirming amendments made to the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (“SMCR”), toget..


23 Jul 2019

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POCA up: suspicion sufficient for bank to kiss goodbye to its customer

Last month, the Law Commission published its final report on the system of voluntary disclosures under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, which offer the National Crime A..


17 Jul 2019

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Rogachev v Goryainov: A reminder of the dangers of non-disclosure in without notice applications

The English Court will generally only grant freezing orders if you can show that your opponent will try to dissipate their assets, so as to evade enforcement of any la..


04 Jul 2019

From Insights

Equitable set-off and the implied duty of cooperation: AMC III Purple B.V. v Amethyst Radiotherapy Limited

The High Court has granted summary judgment on a claim for payment under two loan agreements. In granting judgment, the court considered (but ultimately rejected) the ..


01 Jul 2019

From Insights

Interim measures in aid of arbitration: Mutual assistance between the PRC and Hong Kong

On 2 April 2019, the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China ("SPC", "PRC") and the Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong SAR signed an "Arrangement ..


12 Jun 2019

From Insights

Finance litigation update - June 2019

Welcome to the latest finance litigation update, in which we summarise some of the most significant cases relevant to banks and other financial institutions over the l..


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