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 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

03 Feb 2021

From News

Kamal Shah named in Africa’s 30 Arbitration Powerlist 2020

Stephenson Harwood partner Kamal Shah has been named in Africa’s 30 Arbitration Powerlist 2020.


22 Dec 2020

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Rovine Chandrasekera appointed global head of international arbitration

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has appointed Rovine Chandrasekera global head of its international arbitration practice, effective 1 January 2021.


10 Dec 2020

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Stephenson Harwood lawyers contribute to leading international arbitration guide

Stephenson Harwood commercial litigation partner Kamal Shah and associates Krystal Lee, Salah Malas and Afolarin Awosika have contributed a chapter to a guide to arbit..


09 Dec 2020

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Kamal Shah named joint winner of 'Mentor of the Year' at African Arbitration Association Awards

Stephenson Harwood partner Kamal Shah has been named joint winner of the 'Mentor of the Year' award at the African Arbitration Association Awards 2020.


01 Dec 2020

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Dr Fan Yang joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its international arbitration practice with the arrival of partner Dr Fan Yang, who joins the firm in Hong Kong.


02 Nov 2020

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Hong Kong Arbitration Report 2020

Stephenson Harwood, in partnership with Conventus Law, has launched the ‘Hong Kong Arbitration Report 2020’.


30 Oct 2020

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Virtual arbitration hearings: top 10 tips

This note explores some of the advantages and disadvantages of virtual hearings and provides some top tips for conducting an effective virtual hearing.


07 Sep 2020

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Third party funding in international arbitration

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03 Sep 2020

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Select highlights from the East Africa International Arbitration Conference 2020

On 26-28 August 2020, the eighth edition of the East Africa International Arbitration Conference, took place on a virtual platform instead of Zanzibar.


17 Aug 2020

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13 Jul 2020

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Timothy Cooke collects GAR Award for CIArb Guidelines

Stephenson Harwood partner Timothy Cooke has collected the award for ‘Best innovation by an individual or organisation’ at the Global Arbitration Review (GAR) Awards 2..


24 Apr 2020

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Timothy Cooke co-authors CIArb Guidance Note

Law firm Stephenson Harwood partner Timothy Cooke has co-authored the Guidance Note on Remote Dispute Resolution Proceedings, published by the Chartered Institute of A..


14 Apr 2020

From Insights

Key measures taken by arbitral institutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

We summarise below the key measures being implemented by arbitral institutions in the UAE as well as by the LCIA and ICC to assist those parties that are either involv..


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.


03 Oct 2019

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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..


09 Sep 2019

From News

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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