City and International Commercial Litigation

“Efficient, effective and client-facing. It continues to be one of the go-to firms for large, complex litigation.”

Chambers and Partners 2019
The commercial litigation team offers the full spectrum of City and international dispute resolution work in domestic and overseas courts and in international arbitration.  Our practice comprises complex international (often multi-jurisdictional) commercial disputes that have a UK dimension, and pre-litigation strategic advice and ongoing dispute resolution support for clients with disputes in offshore or other common law jurisdictions.   

Main areas of practice 

Our lawyers have experience of a broad range of international disputes, including in the fields of asset tracing, civil fraud, competition follow-on actions, economic torts, energy, finance, gaming, insolvency, investment funds, M&A, mining, product liability and shareholder activism.

Our team is experienced in domestic proceedings, free-standing claims in offshore and other common law jurisdictions, and proceedings in support before overseas courts, including injunction and discovery applications, and enforcement of arbitral awards.

We are City-based but work on matters for parties from all over the world.    

Significant experience

Examples of the range of cases in which we have recently acted / are acting include:

  • Successfully defending in the Court of Appeal $100m claims relating to companies and real estate assets in Georgia
  • Interest rate swap mis-selling claim (currently on appeal to Court of Appeal)
  • Unjust enrichment and contractual claims in English Commercial Court relating to alleged unlawful diversion of assets of a group of substantial Russian businesses
  • Pursing claims against a UK-listed company arising under the Georgian Civil Code in relation to the sale of business and assets in Georgia
  • Financial mis-selling claim relating to a failed investment into an unregulated, overseas Caribbean property scheme
  • Misappropriation of a large overseas manufacturing operation
  • Representing former CEO of AIM-listed company in a series of commercial disputes involving the company
  • Obtaining relief from English Court to constrain pursuit of claim in Italy
  • Banking facility and factoring agreement disputes
  • Obtaining and defending against worldwide freezing orders in support of substantive proceedings
  • Claims against investment manager for fund mismanagement and unauthorised payments
  • Registration and enforcement of arbitral award for an Asian company against an African counterparty

“Considerable experience of offshore jurisdictions”

Legal 500 2017

“Very professional, efficient and effective”

Legal 500 2017

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