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.
  • Profile
  • Experience
  • Key contacts

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 regulation and finance litigation

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 recovery

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.

Intellectual property litigation

We advise our clients on a complete range of IP issues. Whether you are looking to determine the extent of your intellectual property rights, exploit their value or protect their integrity, we have the expertise and commitment to ensure that your business' assets are nurtured and protected.

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.

"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


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 Partner

T:  +44 7825 943 076 +971 55 899 3951
M:  Email Rovine | Vcard Office:  Dubai, London


Daryll Ng Managing partner at Virtus Law

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


John Fordham Consultant

T:  +44 20 7809 2351
M:  +44 7841 100 641 Email John | Vcard Office:  London

Latest news & insights

29 Jun 2022

From Insights

EU sanctions: European Commission guidance on trusts measures

On 8 April 2022, the EU added Article 5m to Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 (the "Regulation") as part of the 'fifth package' of EU sanctions against Russia.


28 Jun 2022

From Insights

Arbitration insights from Singapore - June 2022

Stephenson Harwood's latest arbitration insights examine the status of disputes funding in the Asia Pacific region, with a particular focus on the recent developments ..


21 Jun 2022

From Insights

Contractual termination: Avoiding problems

The recent High Court claim of Lombard North Central Plc v European Skyjets Ltd [2022] EWHC 728 (QB) provides some important reminders on what may (and may not) be req..


20 Jun 2022

From News

Dan Smith joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its commercial litigation practice with the arrival of partner Dan Smith, who joins the firm in London.


16 Jun 2022

From Insights

UK and EU sanctions: recent developments

In this article, we look at some of the other elements of Regulation 2022/879, together with recent strengthening to the penalties for breach of sanctions in the UK an..


13 Jun 2022

From Insights

Requests for disclosure from foreign courts: a question of compliance

In Sakab Saudi Holding Co v Al Jabri & Ors, Re: HSBC & Ors [2021] EWHC 3390 (QB), the High Court acceded to a letter of request from a Canadian court requesting the pr..


09 Jun 2022

From Insights

EU sanctions: tweaking sanctions against trusts

The 'sixth package' of EU sanctions against Russia was adopted on 3 June 2022. While the sanctions on Russian oil have grabbed the headlines, the EU has also taken th..


07 Jun 2022

From Insights

Losing the keys to the (bitcoin) kingdom: Tulip Trading v Bitcoin

In Tulip Trading Ltd v Bitcoin, Falk J considered whether developers involved with the development and custodianship of the software underlying digital assets ("Develo..


06 Jun 2022

From Insights

The meaning of a "person discharging managerial responsibilities" in securities fraud litigation

We look at Allianz Global Investors GmbH & Ors ("Various Investors") v G4S Ltd ("G4S").


26 May 2022

From Insights

A bank's duty of (Quince)care stops with its customer: RBS v JP SPC 4

In its recent judgment on the scope of the Quincecare duty, the Court of Appeal held that it was not limited to situations where the bank is instructed by its customer..


26 May 2022

From Insights

Key corporate and commercial disputes update - May 2022

Welcome to our corporate and commercial disputes update, the bi-annual publication in which we summarise some of the most significant decisions from corporate and comm..


24 May 2022

From News

Nick Sharratt named in The Legal 500's Arbitration Powerlist: Middle East

​Stephenson Harwood partner Nick Sharratt has been named in The Legal 500’s inaugural Private Practice Arbitration Powerlist: Middle East.


24 May 2022

From Insights

Revoking permission for expert evidence: Andrews v Kronospan

Expert evidence is key in providing the court with valuable insight in cases that involve technical or specialist knowledge.


18 May 2022

From Insights

Clarification that litigation privilege and legal advice privilege are not mutually exclusive: Loreley Financing v Credit Suisse

In Loreley Financing (Jersey) No 30 Ltd v Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Ltd [2022] EWHC 1136 (Comm), the Defendants, four members of the Credit Suisse group (toget..


13 May 2022

From Insights

2022 ICSID Convention approved by Member States

In this alert, we set out the noteworthy changes to the various Rules and consider their impact on investor-State arbitrations.


12 May 2022

From Insights

Reliance on force majeure in the face of sanctions: MUR Shipping v RTI

In MUR Shipping BV v RTI Ltd, the Commercial Court affirmed a contracting party's right to invoke force majeure where the parent company of its counterparty is subject..


© Stephenson Harwood LLP 2016. Any reference to Stephenson Harwood in this document means Stephenson Harwood LLP and/or its affiliated undertakings. Any reference to a partner is used to refer to a member of Stephenson Harwood LLP.