Arbitration

We have an extensive domestic and international arbitration practice. We advise our clients on a wide range of complex, high-value arbitrations, involving both English and foreign law, around the world.

We advise across the full range of domestic and cross‑border arbitral proceedings including ICSID, LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and SIAC arbitrations, as well as those conducted under the auspices of various trade associations or ad hoc arrangements. Our Hong Kong office handles arbitrations under the CIETAC Rules in Beijing.

We are regularly involved in advising on inter-dependent arbitration provisions and issues arising from cross‑border agreements, as well as the strategic implications of the deployment of arbitration and dispute resolution provisions.

Our many years’ experience mean we are familiar with dealing with applications to Court in connection with arbitral proceedings. We are also practised at making the right judgment call for clients when choosing arbitrators, determining which points will appeal to a particular tribunal, and deciding when to battle on and when to compromise.

We were recognised in Global Arbitration Review's (GAR) annual listing of the world’s 100 leading international arbitration practices (2015 Global Arbitration Review 100 survey).

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Our key experience includes advising:

RWE Aktiengesellschaft, a leading European utility group, in its successful defence of a US$1.4 billion damages claim, subject to LCIA arbitration, brought by the Russian Sintez Group, owned by Senator Leonid Lebedev. Also advising on related litigation in multiple jurisdictions.

an Eastern European state-owned energy company, in a high value dispute between its wholly-owned subsidiary and a US contractor in relation to a turnkey contract for the repowering of two major power plants.

a Russian state-owned gas distribution service on a US$100 million dispute, subject to LCIA arbitration, with an American investor under multiple contracts. The dispute related to emissions reductions and credits arising under the Kyoto Protocol and related UN provisions.

an international oil exploration and production company in relation to a number of disputes, subject to ICSID and ICC arbitration, regarding the exploitation and enjoyment of its interests in African offshore oilfields, including the enforcement of contractual rights arising under various petroleum agreements and contractor contracts.

Sociedade de Fomento Industrial Private Limited (SFI), a major exporter of iron ore, in an ICC arbitration in London in respect of a dispute with Pakistan Steel Mills Corporation (Pvt) Ltd, a Pakistan state-owned steel mill. Our team was awarded Disputes Deal of the Year 2012 by India Business Law Journal  for its work on this matter.

a significant European financial institution in relation to LCIA arbitration proceedings (and simultaneous expert determination) against Ukrainian and Cypriot defendants, claiming losses in the region of $100m arising under a sale and purchase agreement.

a leading property developer in the Middle East in relation to a substantial construction dispute, subject to ICC arbitration under local law in the Middle East, arising out of the construction and lease of commercial premises for an important financial centre in the Middle East.

Cable & Wireless in a substantial ICC arbitration under a foreign law over the applicable interconnection rates due under the applicable contractual and regulatory regime.

a Middle Eastern telecoms regulator as respondent to a statutory arbitration brought by the incumbent telecoms provider.

two leading commodity companies in separate arbitrations under the Refined and Raw Sugar Association rules respectively.

a major grain importer in China in an arbitration in London under the FOSFA rules pertaining to the supply of substantial quantities of grain from Brazil to China.