Litigation and Dispute Resolution

With over 80 disputes lawyers, we are one of the largest independent disputes practices in London. We manage domestic and international disputes in state courts and in arbitration all over the world.

We represent the largest companies, leading financial institutions, sovereign states, entrepreneurs, and directors in the most challenging disputes. 

We are deliberately different.

Clients come to us for our strategic advice, business judgement and resilience. We know how to win at trial and how to maximise leverage in a dispute to achieve a settlement.  

An important strand of our culture is to build, train and maintain our teams. This allows us to capitalise on our experience and ensure that you are supported by a team of experts.  

Partners have close involvement in cases, and we staff our case teams appropriately. We want to get to know you and your business, and for you to know each member of the team working for you.

We are supported by our Case Management Unit which project manages litigation. They use market-leading technological solutions to ensure that cases are run in a streamlined and cost-effective manner.

We are experts in litigation and legal assets funding. We are market leaders on the economics and structures of the various fee arrangements available, enabling us to offer clients the opportunity to effectively manage litigation costs.

We work with the best independent law firms and professional advisors around the world, tailored in each case to suit your dispute.  

What people are saying


"Macfarlanes has well-resourced teams and talented, sharp lawyers."

Chambers UK 2022

"My overall impression of the firm (the dispute section) is excellent. Cooperation within the team is good, they are all hard working and deliver superb quality work. Particularly strong in cross-border issues."

The UK Legal 500 2022

"They are a team of high-quality experts who can grapple with cases of great complexity and difficulty. Yet, they wear their expertise lightly in that they maintain a high degree of humanity and empathy in steering their clients through the challenges of a potentially life-changing case which for most people happens only once in a lifetime."

The UK Legal 500 2022

"They have a team of extremely able lawyers, who really get to the bottom of the knottiest cases, and ally that to good commercial judgement so as to arrive at an effective strategy for the client. Excellent team players."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"The commercial litigation team has the unique combination of commercial nous and depth of legal knowledge. The team is also very approachable and down to earth."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"Macfarlanes have a genuinely premium commercial litigation team, with tremendous ability at all levels."

The UK Legal 500 2023