International arbitration

Our market-leading international arbitration team is known for its expertise in managing complex and substantial arbitrations worldwide. We are well versed in related court proceedings, such as jurisdiction challenges, freezing orders and the enforcement of arbitral awards. Visit our international arbitration hub.
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We have represented clients in arbitration proceedings under the rules of all the major institutions and trade associations, such as LCIA, ICC, CIETAC, SCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, DIFC-LCIA, LMAA, SCMA, FOFSA, GAFTA, UNCITRAL and ICSID.

Our expertise is global, led from our offices in London, Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore, with support from our other offices.

We have particular experience of international arbitrations relating to emerging markets, especially Africa, India and the CIS.   We are frequently instructed in arbitration matters by clients and law firms in those regions and in other jurisdictions.

We can help you with disputes across a wide range of sectors, including aviation, energy, international trade, commodities, shipping, and financial services.

Our expertise is reflected in the wide variety of clients for whom we act including global airlines, ship owners, energy companies, insurers, traders and entrepreneurs and sovereign governments.

We have in-depth knowledge of arbitral law and procedure – but more importantly we never lose sight of the commercial realities, pressures and priorities that our clients have to face every day.

Our expertise is reflected in the regular arbitral appointments received by our dedicated international arbitration partners.  Three partners have authored books on arbitration topics and our team members regularly speak at international conferences. 

In the past decade, we have handled some of the most high-profile proceedings to enforce, or resist the enforcement of, arbitral awards before the English, Hong Kong and Singapore courts.

Our team is a natural first choice to instruct on such matters. 

Stephenson Harwood "performs excellently and its experienced practitioners are able to handle the most difficult and complex disputes efficiently." 

The Legal 500 UK 2021


Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigeria's state-owned oil company

Advising in allegations of fraud and forgery in the high-value case involving the defence in England of several attempts to enforce a Nigerian arbitration award. Now valued at over US$350 million.

Global airlines

Acting for several major airlines (including the world's largest budget carrier) in numerous arbitrations in the last five years. 

Oil and gas company

Acting in 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.

Sovereign state

Acting for a sovereign state in a US$4 billion ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.

Global mining conglomerate

Acting for a subsidiary in several arbitrations and related court proceedings concerning the largest copper mine in Zambia. 


Representing an investor in an ICSID arbitration against Kazakhstan with a claim valued at US$1.5 billion.

Sovereign state

Advising a sovereign state, resisting the enforcement of a US$700 million plus ICSID award against it. 

East Asian conglomerate

Acting in an arbitration and related enforcement proceedings in Singapore and Hong Kong, leading to judgments which are amongst the leading authorities on enforcement in those jurisdictions.

India's largest real estate developer

Acting in enforcement proceedings in England in respect of a US$300 million plus arbitral award. 

Major fruit juice producer

Acting for a major fruit juice producer in arbitration proceedings in London. 


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Latest news & insights

24 Aug 2022

From Insights

Investor-State arbitration—USA/Poland— exclusion clauses—tax-most-favourednation— Vienna Convention (SCC v Poland)

US investors brought an ICSID claim against Poland for unfair tax treatment. The Tribunal declined jurisdiction on the basis that tax matters were excluded under the r..


29 Jul 2022

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Arbitration insights from Singapore - Monetising arbitration awards against assets in the UAE – July 2022

In this July edition of Arbitration insights from Singapore, we examine with colleagues from the Dubai office the framework for monetising international arbitration aw..


26 Jul 2022

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Procedural directions for international arbitration: checklist

Checklist which explains various common case management problems in international arbitration, along with practical ways to resolve them.


28 Jun 2022

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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 ..


24 May 2022

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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.


13 May 2022

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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.


29 Mar 2022

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Hong Kong court adjourns award enforcement proceedings pending determination of set-aside proceedings at seat court (A v B)

Arbitration analysis: A and ANV obtained an arbitral award in respect of a licence agreement dispute between A and B against B and a joint venture company (JV) owned b..


28 Mar 2022

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ICSID's New Mediation Rules approved by member states

On 21 March 2022, member states of the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes ("ICSID") adopted a new set of rules for mediation in in..


08 Mar 2022
02 Mar 2022

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The law governing the validity of an arbitration agreement under English law

The Supreme Court judgment in Kabab-Ji SAL (Lebanon) ("Kabab-Ji") v Kout Food Group (Kuwait) ("KFG") [2021] UKSC 481 provides a useful summary of the English law appro..


25 Feb 2022

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Late Application for Mainland Chinese Law Expert Opinion (LIN CHIEN-HSIUNG v LIN HSIU-FEN)

Hong Kong Court considers the procedural rules in relation to the late submission of evidence in an application to set aside a foreign arbitration award.


17 Feb 2022

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Arbitration — Arbitral award — Setting aside — Leave to enforce — Scope of submission of arbitration — Public policy (ARJOWIGGINS HKK2 LTD v X CO)

Arbitration analysis: The applicant ("HKK") and the respondent ("X Co") formed a joint venture in Mainland China ("JV").


15 Feb 2022

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Kabab-Ji SAL (Lebanon) v Kout Food Group (Kuwait) [2021] UKSC 48

The dispute arose out of a franchise agreement (the "Franchise Agreement") in which Kabab-Ji granted a licence to a licensee (the "Licensee") to operate restaurants in..


28 Jan 2022

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Arbitration — Stay — Arbitration clause — Loan agreement — Action for dishonoured cheque (T v W)

Arbitration analysis: The plaintiff (T) made a loan to the defendant (W) pursuant to a loan agreement which contained an arbitration clause.


26 Jan 2022

From News

Arbitration partner Chris Bailey relocates to Singapore

Stephenson Harwood LLP partner Chris Bailey has relocated to the firm's Singapore office, strengthening the firm's international arbitration capabilities in the region..


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