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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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Disclosure Pilot Scheme already making an impact as High Court orders list of “issues for disclosure”

12 December 2018

The mandatory Disclosure Pilot Scheme may not start in the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales (“BPCs”) until 1 January 2019, but it seems the courts are already taking the new rules into account. In one reported case, the High Court has ordered a separate “list of issues for disclosure”, which will have to be jointly completed by the parties as part of the new Disclosure Review Document required under the Pilot Scheme.

Sohrab Daneshku writes for The Law Society Gazette: Witness statements – rip them up and start again?

27 November 2018

Sohrab Daneshku has written an article for The Law Society Gazette which discusses the review led by Mr Jutice Popplewell into the rules on witness statements, including whether the rules should be changed and, if so, how.

Fraser McKeating writes for Accountancy Age: Professional privilege and investigations – what do accountants need to know?

26 November 2018

In an article for Accountancy Age, Fraser McKeating explains how the law of privilege operates in the context of investigations.

Major overhaul to disclosure coming: are you ready?

23 November 2018

Yesterday our commercial dispute resolution specialists Mark Lim and Paula Barry hosted a discussion about fundamental changes to the disclosure process that are due to come into force on 1 January 2019 as part of a two-year pilot scheme that will run in the Business & Property Courts across England and Wales.

Disclosure: avoiding the pitfalls

22 November 2018

This guide provides you with a general introduction to the obligations of disclosure in Court proceedings. The rules governing disclosure are found in the Civil Procedure Rules Part 31 and the surrounding case law. This guide will highlight the main points you need to know, consider the problems often encountered and offer some practical tips.

Major overhaul to disclosure coming: are you ready?

22 November 2018

Documents win and lose cases. On 1 January 2019, fundamental changes to the disclosure process are due to come into force as part of a pilot scheme in the Business & Property Courts across England and Wales.

The Disclosure Pilot Scheme

22 November 2018

The Civil Procedure Rule Committee has approved a new Practice Direction which sets down rules for a mandatory disclosure pilot scheme. It will run for two years in the Business and Property Courts in England and Wales, starting on 1 January 2019. This guide provides a general introduction to the changes, highlights the main points you need to know, and offers some practical tips.

Andrew Wanambwa writes for FT Adviser: Unexplained Wealth Orders

15 November 2018

In an article for FT Adviser, Andrew Wanambwa discusses the powerful new weapon in the armoury of enforcement agencies, unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs).

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