To achieve successful outcomes in arbitration, it is essential to have prior experience with the numerous bodies involved. We have conducted arbitrations involving parties from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East, before all the leading arbitration institutions.
Success is not simply gauged by receiving an award. We also focus on ensuring that awards are enforced in the long term. We are a leader in bilateral investment treaty arbitration, the most important frontier of international law. Amongst our high-profile cases are those involving banking and monetary regulation, oil and gas and gold mining.
We are also one of the very few firms that has invoked the new Emergency Arbitration Procedure under the ICC Rules since their recent introduction.
Public International Law and Investment Treaty and Claims
With a team that includes former US ambassadors and senior government officials, we have a proven track record of representing sovereigns, sovereign-controlled entities and sovereign wealth funds. This has involved investor-state and state-to-state arbitrations and federal court litigation involving commercial, trade, public international law, bilateral investment treaty and Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act issues.
Our lawyers successfully represent companies before international tribunals, such as ICSID, PCA, ICJ, ITLOS, the Iran-US Claims Tribunal and US Courts advancing expropriation, national treatment, most favored nation (MFN) treatment, and minimum standard of treatment claims against sovereign entities.
We help you to manage the risks of international and local disputes at every step of proceedings, striving to achieve the best result in every scenario. Our lawyers around the globe permanently handle the most complex civil law litigation, often working in several jurisdictions or languages. Examples include cartel damages, construction, intellectual property, product liability and unfair competition litigation. In cases of urgency, we regularly assist our clients at short notice in emergency relief actions under appropriate local law.
Broad Dispute Resolution Services, Including Risk Management
We can help you to manage the risks of international disputes by undertaking risk audits, counseling on risk prevention, and assisting in structuring deals to take advantage of investment treaty (BIT, ICSID and ECT) protections and adopting carefully drafted dispute resolution clauses contracts. When a dispute arises, we work closely with our clients to undertake an early case assessment and implement a cost-effective dispute resolution strategy, which may include escalating alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
Increasingly, we find that international disputes are resolved through mediation. While this is not appropriate for all cases, we have dealt with many cases in which it has worked successfully.
A number of our lawyers are accredited mediators and, in the UK, we are publicly recognized by the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and have won the CEDR Award for Professional Excellence in ADR three times running. No other law firm holds this accolade.
Ancillary Court Actions
We regularly represent clients in ancillary proceedings relating to international arbitrations, and can represent you in courts around the world. These cases often involve motions to compel arbitration or recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards. In addition, we have substantial experience with pre-arbitration attachment of assets and post-award execution. To ensure we maximize every opportunity to achieve a successful outcome for you, we partner with leading asset recovery investigation consultants.