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.

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.

“very strong across all service areas and all its team members are very diligent and attentive”

The Legal 500 UK 2017


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


Durai Shunmugam Partner

T:  +65 6226 1600
M:  Email Durai | Vcard Office:  Singapore

Latest news & insights

16 Oct 2018

From Insights

ISDA Master Agreements (webcast 2018)

In this episode, Jeremy Livingston, an associate in our finance litigation group, will focus on two recent English Commercial Court decisions concerning ISDA Master Ag..


10 Oct 2018

From Insights

An update on privilege following the Court of Appeal's judgment in SFO v ENRC [2018] EWCA Civ 2006 (webcast 2018)

In this webcast, Ben Sigler, a partner in our finance litigation group, will be discussing the practical implications of the Court of Appeal's judgment in Director of ..


05 Oct 2018

From Insights

Stepping in or over-stepping?

The Court has recently been called upon to consider the validity of the purported appointment of administrators over the issuer of notes by a noteholder purporting to ..


02 Oct 2018

From Insights

Basis clauses – an update (2018 webcast)

In this webcast, Rabia Ramputh, a senior associate in our finance litigation group, will provide a brief overview of basis clauses and review some of the key decisions..


26 Sep 2018

From Insights

What a "no deal" Brexit might mean for international litigation

Although a great deal has been written on what the legal landscape may look like after Brexit, much of it has inevitably been speculative, dependent as it is on the ou..


26 Sep 2018

From Insights

FRC v Sports Direct

In what "is believed to be the first application of its type to have reached the courts", Arnold J in Financial Reporting Council Limited v Sports Direct International..


12 Sep 2018

From Insights

Competing jurisdiction clauses in interest rate swap cases

Two recent decisions, with similar facts, have provided clarity on the approach the Courts should take when faced with competing jurisdiction clauses.


07 Sep 2018

From Insights

A cold wind blowing?

The Commercial Court has been busy with a plethora of judgments involving freezing orders being handed down over the summer months.


04 Sep 2018

From Blog

Successor to LCIA-MIAC Arbitration Centre publishes new arbitration rules

The Mauritius International Arbitration Centre ("MIAC"), which was recently established in Mauritius to succeed the LCIA-MIAC Arbitration Centre, has published its fir..


15 Aug 2018

From Insights

Commercial Court rules that negative interest is not payable under an ISDA Credit Support Annex

The English Commercial Court has ruled that the standard form ISDA Credit Support Annex does not include an obligation on a Transferor of cash collateral to account fo..


10 Aug 2018

From Insights

The new Enforcement Decision Making Committee

On 3 August 2018, the Bank of England (the "Bank") published the Policy Statement "PS/EDMC2018" to establish the Enforcement Decision Making Committee (the "EDMC").


06 Aug 2018

From Blog

LCIA flies out of Mauritius

The Government of Mauritius and the LCIA have mutually agreed to terminate the JVA that established the LCIA-MIAC Arbitration Centre in Mauritius.


31 Jul 2018

From Blog

Application to resist enforcement of award out of time allowed: Astro v First Media

In Astro Nusantara International BV and others v PT First Media TBK [2018] HKCFA 12; FACV 14/2017, the CFA has recently considered the test for deciding whether to gra..


26 Jul 2018

From Insights

FCA Enforcement Annual Report 2017/2018: The year in review

On 19 July 2018 the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") published its latest Enforcement Annual Performance Report (the "Enforcement Report"), providing an overview of..


25 Jul 2018

From Insights

Basis clause scrutinised in misrepresentation claim

A 'basis clause' is a clause that defines the relationship between the parties (for example, by providing that a party is not giving advice or making representations) ..


16 Jul 2018

From News

Sunita Singh-Dalal joins Stephenson Harwood to expand India practice

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has expanded its India practice with the arrival of Sunita Singh-Dalal, who joins the firm's Dubai office as an Of Counsel.


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