Litigation and arbitration
Our central aim is to defend the interests of businesses, successful individuals and brands, and we do not shy away from taking on major institutions to achieve that, pursuing them swiftly and aggressively where necessary. Some of our cases make headlines, but we know that for many of our clients, private resolution is the best option.
Commercial disputes are often complex and require coordination between different jurisdictions, laws and regulatory regimes. With more than 150 litigation and arbitration lawyers spread across the world’s key dispute resolution centers from New York to Singapore, we work together as a single team to help you to protect your interests globally. This includes pragmatic advice on where and how to bring your case. ‘It’s essential to get your choice of law and jurisdiction right, and to weigh the pros and cons of litigation and arbitration very carefully,’ says Peter Wood, CEO of the firm’s dispute resolution division.
Experience to solve all your disputes
Whilst we are experienced in almost all areas of commercial litigation, we also offer a number of specific teams, including handling tax controversy, reputation management, professional negligence and litigation within the worlds of art and sport. We recently worked with our employment team to represent a principal co-defendant in a £15 million dispute with Marathon Asset Management. When our client left the hedge fund to join a new business, he took files with him from the business. Marathon claimed for damages due to the loss of this information, but the High Court decided to reject Marathon’s argument and awarded nominal damages of £1 per defendant, as well as ordering Marathon to pay towards our client’s costs. This fantastic result for our client was widely reported, and the case was listed as one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 disputes of 2016.
Our US litigation team has an outstanding record. With wide experience across a range of commercial and personal matters, we pursue settlements, litigation, trials and appeals aggressively, with an excellent success rate. We recognize that a quick settlement is often the most desirable outcome in business and ‘that is almost always our first course of action, but, when it becomes appropriate, we pursue litigation aggressively and have the trial and appellate experience to achieve successful results,’ comments Dean Nicyper, head of our US litigation and arbitration team.
Arbitration is also central to what we do and we have a current portfolio of arbitration matters worth in the region of $5 billion. We have pioneered the use of arbitration and mediation for different types of commercial disputes and many of our team speak, publish and lecture in this field. Where court is the best option, our track record shows we litigate hard but fairly and have a strong reputation among our peers and with judges. With arbitration lawyers based in the US, Europe and Asia we are well placed to handle complex and cross border issues.
Should you need help covering the costs of your dispute, we will advise on various options for litigation funding. These include commercial investment, insurance and conditional fee agreements.
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