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International Arbitration

International arbitration has become part of every day life for many commercial operations. Contract drafters choose arbitration as the appropriate dispute resolution clause for many reasons, confidentiality and enforceability being two big drivers.

Our International Dispute Resolution Group compromises lawyers focussing on arbitration, litigation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.   Our lawyers have extensive experience in resolving, prosecuting and defending international disputes in many different jurisdictions.

First considerations

When disputes arise, those requiring resolution by arbitration throw up a multitude of issues. How these issues are handled in the early stages can affect not only the outcome of the dispute but also its duration and the costs bill.

Our experienced team can guide you through the quagmire of difficult issues which arise on all aspects of the arbitral process, such as the validity of the arbitration agreement, jurisdiction issues, whether there are any alternatives to arbitration (such as mediation) and, crucially for international disputes, whether you will be able to enforce the arbitration award you seek.

Our areas of specialism and expertise

Our specialist dispute lawyers conduct arbitration work both internationally and in the UK domestic market across a number of sectors including: Automotive, Construction and Projects, Energy, Engineering, IT & Telecoms, International Trade, Mining, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Media, Retail, Technology and Telecommunications and Utilities.

We regularly deal with disputes under all of the principal arbitral rules, including the London Court of Arbitration (LCIA), the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association  (AAA) as well as ‘ad hoc’ arbitrations. If issues outside English law arise, we work closely with our trusted global network of leading, independent law firms.

Common issues and procedures we advise on include:

  • the validity and effect of the arbitration clause;
  • jurisdiction issues arising out of the arbitration clause;
  • selection and appointment of arbitrators;
  • preparation of proceedings and written arbitral submissions;
  • whether and when to try Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) during (or before) arbitration;
  • whether an award can be challenged;
  • whether an arbitrator has acted within his/her jurisdiction;
  • the applicability of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York 1958);
  • ancillary proceedings in the High Court in London such as bringing or defending applications for anti-suit injunctive relief in support of international arbitration proceedings, enforcing foreign awards and pre-arbitration attachment of assets.

Two of our partners, Gwendoline Davies and Malcolm Simpson, are Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIarb).

You can read more about our international work here.

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