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Commercial Disputes

We have a wealth of experience handling commercial disputes across a broad spectrum.

We litigate high value and complex claims at all levels before the English Courts and regularly collaborate with lawyers internationally to resolve cross-border disputes. We also handle major domestic and international arbitrations (ICC, LCIA, specialist tribunals and ad hoc) and make effective use of all forms of ADR. As a team we have the capacity and experience to handle heavy claims and we consistently achieve excellent results.

The team is highly regarded and consistently ranked in both Chambers (UK and Europe editions) and Legal 500.

“very on the ball, they know their stuff and they are very good with big-ticket litigation”, “Lewis Silkin is excellent and punches well above its weight” (Chambers Europe, 2017)

“very customer service-oriented, experienced, with great judgment and practical solutions” (Chambers UK, 2018)

“very strong litigation practice” (Legal 500, 2017).

Areas of work include:

  • arbitration
  • banking disputes
  • civil fraud
  • commercial contract disputes
  • commercial judicial review
  • competition disputes
  • construction disputes
  • director & shareholder disputes
  • financial services disputes
  • injunctive remedies
  • insolvency
  • insurance disputes
  • international litigation including
  • jurisdictional disputes
  • joint venture disputes
  • natural resources & utilities, including energy
  • partnership and LLPs
  • post –transaction claims, including warranty and indemnity claims
  • professional negligence
  • real estate litigation
  • restitution claims
  • shipping & international trade
  • technology
  • trust litigation

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21 August 2018

The decision in Nori Holdings has reaffirmed that West Tankers remains an authoritative statement of EU law, providing welcome clarity following the introduction of the Recast Brussels Regulation and Advocate General Wathelet’s comments in Gazprom. However, whether or not the UK courts will regain the ability to grant anti-suit injunctions restraining proceedings in EU courts after the UK leaves the EU remains to be seen.

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20 August 2018

In an article for Accountancy Age, Clive Greenwood and Frances Simm discuss the rules and processes involved when compelling an individual to retire from a business they co-own.

Dispute Resolution Update - July 2018

27 July 2018

Welcome to our July 2018 Dispute Resolution Update which brings you news and our views on law and practice for dispute resolution. We’ve included articles on domestic disputes and international disputes, including summaries of recent cases. We have also included client guides on key aspects of dispute resolution.

Legal Professional Privilege

06 July 2018

This guide is intended to provide a brief overview of legal professional privilege. It also identifies some practical steps which will help to maintain privilege and concludes with a privilege “flowchart” and table of commonly used terms.

Court of Appeal upholds enforcement of Chinese arbitration award in England & Wales despite allegation of attempted fraud

05 July 2018

One of the attractive features of arbitration is the ease of enforcement of arbitral awards in other jurisdictions. The New York Convention (the “Convention”) provides a regime by which an award made in one Convention state should be enforceable against any assets in any of the other Convention states around the world. A recent Court of Appeal decision shows that the English court will only exercise its power to refuse to recognise or enforce an arbitral award on public policy grounds in limited circumstances.

Hague Convention - Obtaining Evidence In England And Wales For Use In Another Jurisdiction

03 July 2018

Parties to proceedings in other jurisdictions often need access to evidence located in England and Wales. This guide explains how to obtain evidence in England and Wales for use in another jurisdiction.

Supreme Court delivers key judgment on the availability of Wrotham Park “negotiating” damages

02 July 2018

The Supreme Court has considered an important question in relation to damages. In what circumstances can damages for breach of contract be assessed by reference to the sum the claimant could hypothetically have received, known as Wrotham Park damages, in return for releasing the defendant from the obligation he had failed to perform?

You’ve started – so you’ll finish

11 June 2018

Claimants commencing proceedings in the Courts of England and Wales may not be able to end those proceedings simply by serving a notice of discontinuance and can be required to take the matter to trial. In this case the claimants were not permitted to discontinue their claim for the recognition and enforcement of an arbitration award under the New York Convention.

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