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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 & insights

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Publications: 22 September 2021

Litigation privilege not lost despite party deceiving a third party as to its true purpose in asking for information

Legal professional privilege is absolute unless overridden by statute or the party entitled to claim privilege waives that privilege or is estopped from claiming it. There is no principle of law that…

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Publications: 22 September 2021

When lawful acts can (and cannot) constitute economic duress

Even though economic ‘lawful act’ duress exists in English law, its scope in contractual negotiations is “extremely limited”. To set aside a contract under lawful act duress, the defendant must have…

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Publications: 06 July 2021

Guarantee unenforceable due to amendments to an underlying agreement: a “trap for the unwary”

The judgment provides a helpful reminder of the distinction between guarantees and indemnities, and how they interact with a defence of equitable set-off. The court also held that pure guarantee…

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Publications: 06 July 2021

Damages for fraudulent misrepresentation in business assets sale

When considering direct losses suffered as a result of fraudulent misrepresentations made in the course of a business assets sale, a court should determine the difference between the market value of…

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