International arbitration

Overview

We act on a broad variety of domestic and international arbitrations, principally under the LCIA, ICC or UNCITRAL rules both in London and in other jurisdictions where the dispute is subject to English law.

We represent clients based in many jurisdictions, including France, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, Switzerland and the US and are therefore well versed in assisting non-UK clients in dealing with arbitrations under English law or subject to English procedural rules. We are increasingly involved in contractual and transaction-related disputes where the parties have chosen English law to govern the contracted documents, and London or other major arbitration centres (notably Singapore) as the seat of arbitration.

We have also undertaken High Court proceedings in support of, or in relation to, arbitrations. For example, we acted for the successful party in the leading Court of Appeal case of Checkpoint Limited v. Strathclyde Pension Fund, which concerned the English Courts’ ability to review allegations of unfairness and procedural irregularity pursuant to section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996.

We work closely with foreign law firms in assisting UK clients who are parties to international arbitrations in other jurisdictions. We have recently been involved in a substantial matter determined in Rotterdam under the summary procedure of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute, a substantial arbitration in Singapore (including obtaining a freezing order in support of the arbitral award) and in a number of inter-related American Arbitration Association cases currently pending in New York and Connecticut.

Our excellent links with the London bar mean that we work with and are well known to many of the leading arbitrators and arbitration specialists in London. Guy Morpuss QC joined us in 2014 from 20 Essex Street as a full time employed barrister so we are able to offer clients a full service on arbitrations with a specialist and highly regarded trial advocate.

Types of disputes we have recently acted on include:

  • joint venture corporate and shareholder disputes, particularly in emerging markets;
  • commercial contract disputes;
  • complex and substantial oil and gas disputes;
  • construction claims;
  • engineering contracts; and
  • financial services issues.