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Commercial Litigation

Our global Commercial Litigation practice is renowned for handling high value, complex and business critical cases that are frequently cross-border in nature.

Our litigators represent clients in the most significant commercial courts around the world, delivering accurate, holistic advice quickly, wherever disputes take place. It is this experience of handling high-stakes, complex cases around the globe and coordination of cross-border proceedings that distinguishes us from our competitors.

We work for national and multinational corporates and individuals, tailoring our approach to the unique requirements of every case. We have the full range of specialist expertise to assess and evaluate every aspect of a commercial dispute, devising legal strategies that deliver results in line with our clients' commercial drivers and objectives.

Our experience includes advising:

  • A U.S.-headquartered bank on litigation in the English High Court arising from its alleged anti-competitive conduct in the foreign exchange markets.
  • BNP Paribas in class action litigation in the Southern District of New York involving claims that some of the biggest banks in the world manipulated the global foreign exchange (FX) market.
  • WPP on a major corporate and shareholder litigation in Hong Kong, including liaising with the client and their English solicitors in relation to parallel English proceedings.

News and insights

Columns

Publications: 29 March 2022

Without prejudice protection extends to separate litigation

An expert report prepared during the course of settlement discussions in Californian proceedings was protected and not disclosable in separate but related English proceedings. If a document is subject…

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building columns

Publications: 29 March 2022

High Court holds no litigation privilege where expert used as “ballast in the correspondence”

Expert advice on the pricing of forward freight agreements, used to “make good any legitimate grievance” and “add ballast” in correspondence concerning alleged corporate mismanagement, was not covered…

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spiral staircase

Publications: 29 March 2022

Threat of criminal prosecution by due process did not amount to duress

A settlement agreement between two parties should not be set aside for duress despite threats of criminal prosecution having been made: Al Saif Group v Robert Thomas Cable [2022] EWHC 271 (QB), 10…

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Greater China, Lang Yue

Publications: 28 February 2022

Greater China Risk Insight: Looking ahead in the Year of the Tiger

The last two years have reshaped the global economy and socioeconomic policies, and have given rise to new risks and challenges. The world of disputes is also rapidly evolving. As we look back to…

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