International Disputes

England and Wales is widely considered to be the jurisdiction of choice for the resolution of high value cross-border disputes. According to the Ministry of Justice, since 2010 around 80% of all cases in the Commercial Court involve at least one foreign party. London in particular has become a popular jurisdiction for foreign litigants.

We advise UK and international companies and individuals on all aspects of cross-border disputes and litigation. We act for a number of clients engaged in commercial disputes with an international element.

Recent and current cases include

  • Acting for a Turkish distributor in two related actions in both the High Court and Court of Appeal, particularly advising in respect of international enforcement.
  • Acting for an international financial services provider looking to enforce a foreign judgment in England and advising in respect of the enforcement of an English judgment in European jurisdictions.
  • Acting for a UK company to prevent “passing off” by an American company attempting to use the same trading name.
  • Acting for a Dutch manufacturer in a dispute with a Spanish company arising from a sale and development agreement related to the production and supply of electric generators.
  • Acting for an offshore company in a claim against a professional trustee company.
  • Acting for a commercial agent whose principal had been moving orders between jurisdictions to avoid commission.
  • Recovering funds in the UK on behalf of several international clients, including a law firm in South Africa and a trustee in bankruptcy located in Belgium.

Our experience

  • Jurisdictional challenges and conflict of laws
    • Exclusive jurisdiction clauses
    • Brussels regulations
    • Common law rules
  • Bringing claims subject to English law in foreign jurisdictions
  • International recovery of assets
  • Worldwide freezing injunctions and search orders
  • Obtaining evidence from overseas jurisdictions
  • Enforcement of foreign judgments in the UK
  • Enforcement of English judgments abroad
  • International ADR