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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

Blog Post: 17 MAY 2021

Performance key to performance fee

A joint venture party, to an agreement contained in heads of terms, was entitled to his performance fee, even though he had arguably abandoned the venture.

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Publications: 10 MAY 2021

Liquidated damages clause in aircraft purchase agreement not an unenforceable penalty

The claimant aircraft manufacturer claimed damages under an aircraft purchase agreement for the non-payment of pre-delivery payments (PDPs) following the defendant’s failure to pay the PDPs and to…

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Publications: 15 FEBRUARY 2021

Surveillance reports may not be privileged

A dispute about the use of private investigators highlights some attendant risks, in particular the possibility that the report generated may not be privileged: Gerrard & Gerrard v Eurasian Natural…

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Publications: 15 FEBRUARY 2021

Global expert services firm breaches conflicts undertaking by appointments in related arbitrations

The obligations of an expert services provider to avoid a conflict with its client’s interests should be assessed by reference to the expert’s retainer and not (as was held at first instance) by…

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Recognition

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A brief look at topical issues in contract law

A blog where experts from Allen & Overy analyse the latest contract law themes and developments, and what they mean for your business.

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