Public international law
We combine local and international litigation expertise with strategic and commercial advice to achieve the best outcome for you or your business.
Our central aim is to defend the interests of individuals, businesses and brands, and we do not shy away from taking on major institutions to achieve that, pursuing them swiftly and aggressively where necessary.
Experience to solve all of your disputes
Our litigation team serves a broad range of domestic and international commercial and individual clients, from family offices and HNWIs to large corporate entities. We are experienced in almost all areas of litigation, including asset recovery, supply chain issues, contract disputes, insurance, fiduciary, professional negligence, health and safety, restructuring and insolvency. Where necessary, we are also experienced in challenging decisions by bringing claims for judicial review.
With more than 150 litigation lawyers spread across the world’s key dispute resolution centers from New York to Hong Kong, we work together as a single team to help you to protect your interests domestically and globally.
We also offer a number of specific teams, including handling tax controversy, media and reputation management, professional negligence and litigation within the worlds of art and sport, where we are ideally placed to respond to cross-border issues.
We recently led the global enforcement effort for the recovery of assets to satisfy a £450million judgment on behalf of Mrs Akhmedova. This involved devising and executing a global strategy of enforcement over various luxury assets and bank accounts secretly transferred to judgment proof jurisdictions around the world, including the Marshall Islands, Dubai, Isle of Man, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Russia and England. When the defendant took his £350 million mega yacht to Dubai, Withers successfully obtained from the English court an order piercing the corporate veil of the cipher company used to hide the asset. We used this judgment to obtain a Freezing Order from the DIFC Court which we then used as a conduit through which to get an order for enforcement from the Dubai local courts.
Our US litigation team has an outstanding record. With wide experience across a range of commercial matters, we pursue settlements, litigation, trials and appeals aggressively, with an excellent success rate. Recent work includes representing an Italian wine producer in the termination of its longstanding US importer. Through careful strategic decisions and negotiation we assisted the client in avoiding litigation, which at the outset had seemed inevitable, and handled the transition of its importation function to a newly formed affiliate.
In Asia, we have extensive expertise with one of the largest dispute resolution teams based in Singapore, and a strong presence in Hong Kong. Both teams are often called upon for complex and cross-border commercial disputes, involving both on a local and international level.
Funding your dispute
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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International arbitration and public international law
Whether you are a multinational corporation, international investor, private equity business or Government, our arbitration and public international law practice can help you to resolve your international disputes.
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