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Commercial Disputes

We have a wealth of experience handling commercial disputes across a broad spectrum.

We litigate high value and complex claims at all levels before the English Courts and regularly collaborate with lawyers internationally to resolve cross-border disputes. We also handle major domestic and international arbitrations (ICC, LCIA, specialist tribunals and ad hoc) and make effective use of all forms of ADR. As a team we have the capacity and experience to handle heavy claims and we consistently achieve excellent results.

The team is highly regarded and consistently ranked in both Chambers (UK and Europe editions) and Legal 500.

“very on the ball, they know their stuff and they are very good with big-ticket litigation”, “Lewis Silkin is excellent and punches well above its weight” (Chambers Europe, 2017)

“very customer service-oriented, experienced, with great judgment and practical solutions” (Chambers UK, 2018)

“very strong litigation practice” (Legal 500, 2017).

Areas of work include:

  • arbitration
  • banking disputes
  • civil fraud
  • commercial contract disputes
  • commercial judicial review
  • competition disputes
  • construction disputes
  • director & shareholder disputes
  • financial services disputes
  • injunctive remedies
  • insolvency
  • insurance disputes
  • international litigation including
  • jurisdictional disputes
  • joint venture disputes
  • natural resources & utilities, including energy
  • partnership and LLPs
  • post –transaction claims, including warranty and indemnity claims
  • professional negligence
  • real estate litigation
  • restitution claims
  • shipping & international trade
  • technology
  • trust litigation

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