International arbitration

Our international arbitration group has extensive experience in representing individuals in international arbitration proceedings worldwide. We have experience and strength in advising high-net-worth individuals on their disputes, including well-known names such as the Duke of Marlborough.

Beyond our 17 offices across Europe, the US, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean we have dedicated groups of lawyers specialising in work for individuals and their businesses based in or connected to Russia and the CIS, Israel, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America giving us the international platform required to successfully represent our clients' interests. We have represented 42% of the top 100 in The Sunday Times Rich List, as well as a significant number of people listed in the US (Forbes Rich List) and Asia (Hurun Global Rich List). Demand for confidential international arbitration for our clients, many of whom value their privacy, has been steadily growing over the years.

We advise in arbitrations around the world including London, Geneva, Milan, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, Washington D.C and the British Virgin Islands. Our international arbitration work covers all major industries including oil and gas, power, mining, commodities, telecoms, construction, finance, shipping, property, tourism, fashion and sports. In addition, our investment treaty arbitration practice advises both investors and sovereign states to gain protection for their global investment activity.

We have also played a leading role in the innovative introduction of the use of arbitration to resolve family disputes in England and Wales, a unique accolade. Another area in which we are at the forefront internationally is the nascent practice of international trusts arbitration.

We act in pure ad hoc arbitrations and those conducted under the following rules:

  • ICSID;
  • ICC;
  • LCIA;
  • SCC;
  • GAFTA;
  • LMAA;
  • FINRA (formerly NASD);
  • AAA;
  • CAS and;
  • JAMS rules.

We are recommended for our international arbitration expertise in leading legal publications including the Legal 500.

Our team

Our international arbitration group comprises of specialists in London, Singapore, Milan, New York and the British Virgin Islands. Languages spoken fluently within the arbitration group include French, Russian, Romanian, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Greek and Turkish.

“Withers ‘involves clients at all stages’. The practice stands out for its work on disputes related to the BVI, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and the CIS."

‘Extremely tactically aware’.

Legal 500, 2014

Our work

Our international arbitration work is notable in its breadth and variety.

Below are some representable cases in which our team members have been counsel:

  • An LCIA arbitration for a trust company which specialises in buying and selling art in relation to a family dispute over the ownership of a Monet painting under Swiss law;
  • a NYSE listed Chinese company in an ICC arbitration in relation to a dispute which arose regarding the supply to an Italian company of multi-crystalline solar wafers. Legal issues included contractual construction, ‘take or pay’ and penalty clauses and competition issues;
  • a Cyprus company and its beneficial owner, a CIS billionaire, in an LCIA arbitration in a dispute involving a business in Russia owned as a joint venture by two Cyprus companies. The legal proceedings involved a number of jurisdictions including Cyprus, BVI and Russia;
  • a wealthy private individual and trust in relation to proceedings in respect of damages resulting for unlawful means interference further to the purchase of a flat at One Hyde Park;

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