Corporate disputes

We have a wealth of experience in complex corporate disputes and investigations, particularly with a cross-border element, arising from corporate acquisitions, investments and reorganisations, joint ventures and shareholder arrangements.

Working closely with our specialist corporate lawyers, we advise leading businesses and business leaders, ranging from investment banks and financial institutions to UK and international corporations, private equity houses, private companies, family offices and individuals.

  • We advise on highly sensitive, commercial issues which call for a smart strategy to achieve our clients’ commercial objectives, often in the context of regulatory and reputational concerns.
  • We know how to protect investments and shareholders’ rights, whether through private or activist means.
  • We understand what drives an investment or an exit decision and the importance of preserving investment value.
  • We have the breadth of experience in both the High Court and International Arbitration to be pro-active and one step ahead of our opponents as a dispute develops.
  • We act for clients facing criminal prosecutions. This includes advising on compliance, pre-investigations, investigations and prosecutions.
  • We also have wide ranging experience with alternative dispute resolution ensuring that our clients are fully advised on all of their options to achieve the best resolution.

What people are saying


"The 'excellent practice is a class act when conducting litigation and it is a pleasure to work with'. The group is highly rated for particularly complex or sensitive issues and is well known for applying its skills in corporate private wealth and tax to contentious matters."

The UK Legal 500 2017

"The practice acts for a range of financial services institutions and investment and asset-management firms in high-profile disputes; it also assists clients from the oil and gas, mining, aviation, construction, travel IT, and media sectors, as well as high-net-worth individuals."

The UK Legal 500 2017

"Macfarlanes LLP’ clients rate its ability to ‘produce astonishing results’."

The Legal 500 UK 2016

"Clients say: 'They are very solutions-focused and provide practical legal advice that can be applied' and 'They are very pragmatic. They tell me how it is, rather than what I like to hear. They have that personal touch that works well'."

Chambers UK 2016

"Macfarlanes LLP 'understands what clients want'."

The UK Legal 500 2015