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 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


John Fordham Partner

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


Daryll Ng Managing partner at Virtus Law

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

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