Commercial and Contract Disputes
As one of the world's leading litigation practices, Allen & Overy has enormous experience litigating, arbitrating and resolving corporate and commercial disputes.
Whether it is a dispute involving a merger and acquisition/sale, commercial contract or business competition, our litigators take a practical, commercial approach.
After a thorough analysis of the law and facts, we work with our clients to fashion the right approach: is the dispute appropriate for aggressive litigation, in which case we fight to win, or is a more nuanced approach to resolving the dispute called for?
In each situation, our global network means we can deliver accurate, commercial advice quickly, wherever the dispute takes place. If the dispute covers multiple jurisdictions, our local experts on the ground can quickly form an international team. Our lengthy experience means we know what to expect and how to achieve results. We never lose sight of the need to tailor our approach to the needs of the client we are representing, whether they are a large corporate undertaking or a smaller enterprise.
News & insights
Publications: 28 JANUARY 2020
This is a round-up of the most interesting finance litigation and contractual developments in 2019. The selection is necessarily subjective and draws from a wide range of cases and developments that are of direct relevance to finance parties.Read more
Publications: 22 OCTOBER 2019
A unilateral notice relating to a tax liability under a share sale and purchase agreement was not a valid notice within the relevant limitation period for a claim. The construction of a unilateral notice must be viewed objectively, having in mind the relevant factual context. As a matter of construction, the notice had not been sufficiently clear as to which provision of the SPA it related to. The case is a cautionary tale for those involved in sending (or receiving) notices under a contract: (1) Stobart Group Ltd (2) Stobart Rail Ltd (formerly WA Developments Ltd) v (1) William Stobart (2) William Andrew Tinkler  EWCA Civ 1376Read more
Publications: 22 OCTOBER 2019
The Court of Appeal has clarified that the correct test for rectification of a contract for common mistake will depend on whether or not there is a prior concluded contract (eg an oral agreement). If there is, an objective test will continue to apply. Where there is not, the court will need to decide whether the parties subjectively had a mutually acknowledged common intention that mistakenly was not reflected in the contract ultimately agreed. This endorsement of a subjective test will place a higher evidential burden on parties claiming common intention mistake. Keeping detailed and contemporaneous records of negotiations will be even more important in the future: FSHC Group Holdings Ltd v GLAS Trust Corp Ltd  EWCA Civ 1361Read more
Publications: 16 AUGUST 2019
A tanker truck, converted into a bomb, was detonated near the north face of building #131 at the Khobar Towers complex in Saudi Arabia shortly before 10 pm on 25 June 1996, according to the 2001 U.S. federal grand jury indictment. It killed 19 U.S. service men and injured hundreds. Some 23 years later, in Heiser et al v Iran, the English High Court had to consider whether 12 U.S. civil judgments relating to this and other terrorist incidents could be enforced in the UK. It decided they could not.Read more
A brief look at topical issues in contract law
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Chambers UK 2017
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Chambers Global 2018, Dispute Resolution