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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: 10 AUGUST 2020

Landmark ruling on rule against recovery of reflective loss

Marex Financial Ltd v Sevilleja [2020] UKSC 31, 15 July 2020 The Supreme Court has significantly narrowed the scope of the rule against the recovery of “reflective loss”. The rule now only applies to…

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Publications: 24 JUNE 2020

The limits of without prejudice protection

The High Court has allowed disclosure of “without prejudice” communications in two recent cases: one involving threats to remove assets from the jurisdiction in order to frustrate enforcement of a…

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Publications: 24 JUNE 2020

Failure to notify “as soon as possible” precludes indemnity claim

An indemnity provision in a share purchase agreement was accompanied by a clause containing two time limits for giving notice: “as soon as possible” and “on or before the seventh anniversary” of the…

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Blog Post: 11 MAY 2020

Can't get no satisfaction? Think again!

In UK Acorn v Markel, the High Court implied a term that Markel should act rationally where something needed to be demonstrated to its “satisfaction”.

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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.