Trade Law and Disputes
Allen & Overy’s Trade Law and Disputes team helps clients in advisory and contentious matters relating to international trade, a complex area in which the movement of goods and services between jurisdictions is increasingly affected by government actions.
We advise on international trade law, trade-related disputes, trade defences, customs rules and tariff applications, supply chains, the interpretation of customs codes and export and import controls.
A&O’s expert lawyers have worked on trade and sanctions-related issues for OFAC, the European Commission and the UK’s Department of International Trade, amongst other government agencies. We have an in-depth understanding of how trade organisations and regulators work.
Our experience includes:
- Assessing potential risks associated with particular contracts, relationships or proposed business ventures, including in relation to sanctions, export controls, anti-corruption, and foreign direct investment.
- Advising on the impact of free trade agreements and World Trade Organisation (WTO) law on the cross-border movement of goods and services.
- Advising on trade defence issues covering all aspects of anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguarding measures and related disputes.
Unusually for a law firm, we have experience of contentious proceedings before the WTO. We represented the Republic of Cuba in its challenge to Australia’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 - the first time that Cuba has challenged another country’s commercial legislation at the WTO. Of the matters currently pending before the WTO, this case attracted the largest number of claimants.
News & insights
Publications: 11 DECEMBER 2020
Adverse economic or social conditions have not historically tended to affect the general application and enforcement of antitrust rules.Read more
Publications: 26 JUNE 2020
This newsletter is our take on the antitrust developments we think are most interesting to your business.Read more
Publications: 19 MAY 2020
Since 11 December 2019, the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) Appellate Body has been at a standstill. Due to an insufficient number of members, the Appellate Body has been unable to hear appeals.Read more
Awards and achievements
Tier One, Public International Law, Legal 500 UK 2019
Band 1, Dispute Resolution, Global-wide, Chambers Global 2019
International Arbitration Firm of the Year, Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2019
Best Arbitration Team of the Year in Spain and Portugal, 2019
Has a great deal of experience acting for both claimants and respondents in investment treaty disputes…Wins further recognition for its thriving sanctions practice and expert advice on sovereign immunity, Energy Charter Treaty claims, WTO matters and EU law.
Chambers Global 2020, Public International Law
Highly regarded for its expertise in investment treaty arbitrations. Experienced in arbitrations acting both for and against sovereign states and government bodies.
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020, International Arbitration, China
Allen & Overy LLP has superlative expertise across the full spectrum of public international law and related matters. Its ‘outstanding and hardworking’ team is experienced in state-to-state disputes before the International Court of Justice and tribunals under the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, ICSID, the United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea and other ad hoc bodies.
Legal 500 UK 2019, Public International Law
Highly rated for its skilful handling of investment treaty disputes on behalf of both sovereigns and investors.
Chambers Global 2019, Public International Law
They have a very strong practice and a deep bench of talent.
Chambers Global 2018, Public International Law
Notable recent successes in high-profile ECT cases showcase capacity to co-ordinate complex investor-state mandates.
Chambers Europe 2018, International Arbitration
International Arbitration Review
Recent developments and emerging trends in international arbitration law and policy