International and Cross-Border Disputes

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When disputes involve individuals or organisations based in different countries, those involved are often confronted with an array of complex issues in various jurisdictions.

Drawing on our vast international experience, specialist expertise and connections around the world, we are able to assemble, as necessary and at short notice, a multi-disciplinary team that can deal with all aspects of any international dispute or investigation to help you navigate the law and procedure in applicable jurisdictions and achieve a positive outcome.

We regularly act in matters and work alongside our close contacts in cases throughout Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Asia, the BVI and other Caribbean jurisdictions, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man as well as other jurisdictions.

Jurisdiction and conflicts of law

We can advise you on:

  • the jurisdiction for bringing your claim
  • the merits and disadvantages of each possible jurisdiction
  • the applicable law which governs your claim
  • any issues regarding potentially relevant data and witnesses located in different jurisdictions

Similarly, if you are facing a claim and have reason to challenge the jurisdiction of the court in England or Wales or the seat for an arbitration, we can advise you on the merits of such a challenge and issue an application at the court if required.

Global assistance

We have access to a well-established network of lawyers around the world ensuring you receive advice from the right highly experienced practitioners in each jurisdiction. We will efficiently manage the whole process to provide you with peace of mind and a single point of contact.

Similarly, we are often called upon by foreign lawyers to assist their clients in disputes taking place abroad. We have experience in obtaining testamentary and documentary evidence for use in foreign proceedings, including the taking of depositions.

Worldwide injunctions

When urgent action needs to be taken to protect assets which are located outside the UK, we have experience in obtaining worldwide freezing orders (formerly known as mareva orders) and tracing assets overseas.  Similarly we have wide experience of obtaining stand-alone injunctive relief in aid of foreign proceedings to freeze assets within the jurisdiction.

We also represent clients in respect of search, seizure and disclosure orders, as well as Norwich Pharmacal orders and delivery up orders.  We often advise clients in respect of anti-suit injunctions seeking to restrain an individual or company from pursuing court proceedings outside of the UK.

We can advise on the terms and effects of these orders, whether a challenge is appropriate and/or how they can be varied to allow the client the maximum flexibility under the order whilst it remains in place.

International Arbitration

Litigation is not the only means of enforcing rights. Arbitration is increasingly used by parties in dispute. We have experience in enforcing arbitration clauses in agreements and dealing with international arbitrations, be they private or governed by the rules of international organisations, such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) or the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

We can represent you at each stage of the arbitral process, including negotiations and any enforcement of the award. We also advise on critical jurisdictional issues such as whether arbitration is the correct forum, where the seat of the arbitration should be and which arbitration rules ought to apply.

Enforcing Foreign Judgments and Arbitration Awards

If your claim has been litigated or arbitrated abroad and you have a judgment or award in your favour, we can advise you on commencing enforcement proceedings in England and Wales if your opponent is located there.

We can also use our network of lawyers in other jurisdictions to help you enforce any judgment or award against a party who is not resident in the UK or who has assets abroad.

For more information, please contact Richard Foss.

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