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.

We have represented clients in arbitration proceedings under the rules of all the major institutions and trade associations, such as LCIA, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, LMAA, GAFTA, UNCITRAL and ICSID.
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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 2019

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. 

ICSID

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. 

Lawyer

Rovine Chandrasekera Managing partner of the Dubai office

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

Lawyer

Timothy Cooke Partner

T:  +65 6622 6231
M:  +65 9022 1817 Email Timothy | Vcard Office:  Singapore

Lawyer

Louis Flannery QC Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2371
M:  Email Louis | Vcard Office:  London

Latest news & insights

03 Oct 2019

From Insights

New interim relief Arrangement presents additional benefit to Hong Kong arbitration

On 1 October 2019, the Arrangement Concerning Mutual Assistance in Court-ordered Interim Measures in Aid of Arbitral Proceedings between the Courts of the Mainland Peo..

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09 Sep 2019

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Stephenson Harwood recruits Nick Sharratt as partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its dispute resolution practice with the appointment of Nick Sharratt as a partner in its Dubai office.

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09 Aug 2019

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Proceedings in the English Court against foreign States

Claims against States always raise complex issues.

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09 Aug 2019

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01 Jul 2019

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Interim measures in aid of arbitration: Mutual assistance between the PRC and Hong Kong

On 2 April 2019, the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China ("SPC", "PRC") and the Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong SAR signed an "Arrangement ..

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28 Mar 2019

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Lawyers named in The Legal 500’s Arbitration Powerlist

Stephenson Harwood LLP partners Louis Flannery QC and Kamal Shah, and senior associate Vivek Kapoor, have been named in The Legal 500's 'Powerlist: Arbitration'.

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04 Feb 2019

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Effect on the enforcement of arbitral awards in the UAE

Up until recently, the provisions and rules of Arbitration in the UAE were incorporated in Chapter Three of the UAE Federal Civil Procedures Law No 11 of 1992.

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29 Jan 2019

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Deepwater Horizon case on actual or apparent bias to go to the English Supreme Court

Stephenson Harwood was recently instructed by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) to make submissions in support of an application for permission to appeal ..

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29 Jan 2019

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ICC updates Note to Parties and Arbitral Tribunals on Conduct of Arbitration

​On 19 December 2018, the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC announced an update to its Note to Parties and Arbitral Tribunals on the Conduct of Arbitration..

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14 Jan 2019

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Hong Kong Court refuses to enforce a Chinese Arbitration Award on public policy grounds

In the case of Z v Y [2018] HKCFI 2342, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance allowed an application resisting enforcement of an award made in China. A tribunal seated..

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27 Nov 2018

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Stephenson Harwood successfully defends client's professional negligence claim

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Mrs Basia Lejonvarn in successfully defending a professional negligence claim brought against her.

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02 Nov 2018

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Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre introduces new arbitration rules

The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre will implement its new arbitration rules on 1 November 2018. The new edition introduces a number of new provisions and ..

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23 Oct 2018

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Bank bound by arbitration clause in bill of lading held as security under letter of credit

Banks and trade finance companies should note the recent case of Sea Master Shipping Inc v Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd [2018] EWHC 1902 (Comm).

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04 Sep 2018

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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..

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06 Aug 2018

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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.

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31 Jul 2018

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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..

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