International disputes

The international nature of our dispute resolution practice means we frequently deal with cross-border jurisdiction issues. This occurs when one party wants a dispute heard in one country and the other wants it heard in another country. The vast increase in mobility and communications between countries has led to a corresponding increase in the complexity of jurisdictional disputes.

International conventions are designed to simplify these conflicts. So for clients caught up in international disputes it remains critically important, where possible, to choose the most favorable jurisdiction for the litigation or arbitration to take place.

Working in close cooperation with law firms in other countries, we advise on the choices and act rapidly to involve the most appropriate jurisdiction or restrain other parties from proceeding in inappropriate jurisdictions.

Recent work

  • Acted for an Italian businessman who was the subject of an English freezing order for €60 million during complex proceedings in Italy. The freezing order was successfully discharged in its entirety.
  • Represented a Swiss citizen who was sued in England. We contested the authority of the English court to do this and succeeded in moving the case to Switzerland.
  • Conversely we have succeeded in keeping a fraud action in England when the opposite party wanted it heard before a Swiss arbitration panel.

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