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.

Sanctions

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.

"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.

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. 
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Rovine Chandrasekera Managing partner of the Dubai office

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

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John Fordham Partner

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

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Malcolm Kemp Partner

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

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Daryll Ng Managing partner

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

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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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28 Oct 2019

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Contracts, certainty and implied terms for business efficacy

This Supreme Court decision concerned the enforceability of an agreement between an estate agent and a vendor.

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28 Oct 2019

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Exemption / exclusion clauses: No penalty if you have a legitimate interest in your default interest rate

In one of the first cases to apply Cavendish Square v Makdessi [2015] UKSC 67, the Supreme Court's seminal decision on penalty clauses, the Commercial Court has held t..

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28 Oct 2019

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Exercises of contractual discretion

In this case, Abbeygate (a developer) appealed a decision of the High Court awarding Gaia damages of £1.4 million.

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28 Oct 2019

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Contracts, third parties and the right to redress

In this Court of Appeal case, the Appellants succeeded in bringing a claim under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 (the “Act”), even though they were ne..

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28 Oct 2019

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The Court of Appeal clarifies the treatment of competing jurisdiction clauses

This appeal related to an issue that commonly arises in cases relating to interest rate swaps and other hedging arrangements.

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28 Oct 2019

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Speculative investors in complex currency transactions (including Bitcoin futures) who put their capital at risk, can still be “consumers”

Ms Ang was an individual investor in Bitcoin futures. She brought proceedings against Reliantco over the handling of her Bitcoin account in England, notwithstanding an..

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28 Oct 2019

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When does lawful pressure constitute duress?

When does commercial pressure cross the line into duress? In this Court of Appeal judgment, some welcome clarity has been provided on the scope of "lawful act duress".

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28 Oct 2019

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Is Brexit sufficient to frustrate a long lease where a party’s presence in the UK relied on its membership of the EU?

In most cases the Court is going to be reluctant to agree that Brexit will frustrate a contract, rather than merely leaving a party with a bad bargain. The fact that a..

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28 Oct 2019

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Self-induced inability to perform a contract prohibits reliance on the doctrine of frustration

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28 Oct 2019

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Material variations will not necessarily be material breaches

A material variation in performance of a construction contract will not necessarily equate to a material breach of that contract, entitling the innocent party to deter..

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28 Oct 2019

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Damages: Delay, termination and the right to liquidated damages

What happens to a right to liquidated damages for delay when a contract is terminated? Up until now, there has been a series of conflicting judgments on the point. The..

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28 Oct 2019

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Corporate Finance: asking for advice is not the same as agreeing to pay for it

In this case, the Court examined the proper approach to quantum meruit claims. The Claimant, Moorgate Capital, provided boutique corporate finance advice. It alleged t..

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