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Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution

The merger between Clyde & Co and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has created one of the largest dispute resolution practices of any leading UK law firm, with expertise across the world. We complement our pre-eminence in the UK with strengths in Asia Pacific,
North America and the Middle East.

Recognised as an ‘elite’ practice by the legal directories across all areas of dispute resolution, including international arbitration and mediation, we combine substantial technical ability and experience with deep sector knowledge. This gives our clients an unrivalled advantage when they need our support and advice.

In our key sectors of international trade and commodities, energy, infrastructure, transport and insurance, we are the dispute resolution firm of choice. We understand that considered legal advice at an early stage can help our clients avoid expensive and time consuming legal proceedings. Even when a dispute does result in legal proceedings, we know that prolonged litigation is not always the most suitable path, particularly when the parties are trying to preserve a commercial relationship.

We have a particularly strong reputation in international arbitration and are recognised as a leading global arbitration practice in the Global Arbitration Review. We have experience of working in the main arbitral centres across the world, including LCIA, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, SCC, CIETAC, the GCC Arbitration Centre, DIAC and ICSID. We are the largest user of the LCIA and among the top three users of the ICC. We also handle a significant volume of high-value arbitrations under UNCITRAL and in the fields of commodities, shipping and insurance and reinsurance under RSA, LSA, GAFTA, FOSFA, LMAA, London Metal Exchange, Lloyd’s Open Form and ARIAS.

Through our global network of offices, our expertise combines ‘on the ground’ experience with a deep awareness of the cultural nuances and subtleties of each region. This expertise extends well beyond our office locations and into other jurisdictions. As a leading commodities and transportation firm we are found around the world, and we have a particular understanding of managing disputes in regions that may not be familiar to our clients. In recent years we have acted in disputes involving the Government of Yemen, the Government of Azerbaijan, a state owned Kazakh entity and a Mongolian SOE. 

Public international law is an area of increasing importance as the number of disputes arising under investment treaties grows. We act for and against governments in relation to expropriation, fair and equitable treatment, discrimination, denial of justice claims, contract frustration, sovereign immunity and international debt issues.