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International arbitration

International arbitration

We are proud to have one of the leading international arbitration practices. At any given time the firm has over 500 arbitrations on its books, with amounts at stake that may run into billions of dollars

The firm has a core team of over 70 international arbitration experts who are leaders in their field, supported by many other partners and associates with substantial arbitration experience among our substantial global disputes team.

We handle a growing number of arbitrations under the rules of major institutions such as the ICC and LCIA at any one time, with the distinction of being the most-appointed firm in ongoing LCIA cases.

We also handle a significant number of arbitrations under UNCITRAL rules and a large volume of high-value arbitrations 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.

Many of our specialists have strong individual reputations either in the arbitration world in general or within a specialised industry niche. A number are actively involved in the leading international arbitration bodies or in industry-specific institutions. Our core team and their colleagues handle cases in English, French, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin.

In a practice area where technical skill must be combined with knowledge of the leading players, our involvement allows us not only to handle the case but to advise who would be the best arbitrator for that case.

A number of our team act as arbitrators for panels across the world.  This gives us a unique insight and an understanding of arbitration from both sides.

With 30 international offices we have a global network of arbitration expertise. This 'on the ground' experience gives us a deep understanding of the cultural nuances and subtleties of each region. However our expertise extends well into other jurisdictions and deep into many of the new and emerging markets.

We also ensure that we know the leading arbitration practitioners where we do not have a presence, in order to have a truly global offering, particularly when it comes to issues of award enforcement. 

This experience and knowledge of frontier markets and complex multi-jurisdictional settings, together with our in depth understanding of our key sectors, sets us apart from other law firms.