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    Dispute Resolution & International Arbitration

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    Dispute Resolution & International Arbitration

    Clyde & Co LLP is ‘strongly recommended for maritime disputes.’
    Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018
    The firm maintains a very strong reputation in contentious shipping matters. Peers note: 'They are very strong in litigation.'
    Chambers & Partners Global 2017

    Combining substantial dispute resolution ability with deep shipping sector knowledge, we offer clients an unrivalled advantage when they need our support and advice.

    Our global reputation and experience in dealing with shipping disputes enhances our ability to achieve swift results and the best possible solution for our clients. Our successes on high profile cases have made us specialists, giving us the experience and know how to best operate across the various dispute resolution processes with success.  We understand the challenges and intricacies posed by each process and have the skills and ability to put you in the strongest negotiating position available, ensuring that the most appropriate method (or combination of methods) – whether negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation – is adopted in order to achieve the best result.

    Our work regularly involves advising on high value, precedent-setting cases such as Antonio Gramsci v Recoletos Ltd & Others [2012] EWHC 1887 which pierced the corporate veil, Dalmare Spa v Union Maritime Ltd [2012] EWHC 353, a landmark Commercial Court decision deciding an important point within the Sale of Goods Act which had been the subject of controversy in the shipping market for some time, or Breffka & Hehnke GmbH & Co KG and Others v Navire Shipping Co Ltd and Others [ 2012 ] EWHC 3124 which saw the Retla Clause, commonly used in the transportation of timber and steel cargoes, tested for the first time in the UK courts.

    Particularly skilled in arbitration, we handle a significant volume of high-value arbitrations under UNCITRAL and in the specific fields of commodities, shipping and insurance and reinsurance under RSA, LSA, GAFTA, FOSFA, LMAA, London Metal Exchange, Lloyd’s Open Form and ARIAS.  We are listed in both GAR Top 30 and GAR Top 100 2014, recognised as the main user of the LCIA and are amongst the top three users of the ICC. We are also ranked as having made "the most appearances in the Commercial Court between 2008 and 2013 of any law firm", according to "Who uses the Commercial Court?" Portland Communications Report 2013 and Lloyd’s Law Report 2012 listed more Clyde & Co cases than those of any of our direct competitors in the UK.

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  • Highly regarded shipping practice with strong capabilities covering wet and dry shipping matters.
    Chambers & Partners UK 2018
  • Clyde & Co LLP's team provides 'practical and cost-effective solutions' and has a 'great international network'.
    Legal 500 UK 2017
  • The team is experienced, efficient and very knowledgeable.
    Chambers & Partners UK 2018
  • Accomplished shipping group, recognised for its full-spectrum coverage of issues in the sector. […] The group's abilities are matched by its broad geographic reach.
    Chambers & Partners Global 2017
  • The firm maintains a very strong reputation in contentious shipping matters. Peers note: 'They are very strong in litigation.'
    Chambers & Partners Global 2017

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