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International Arbitration

As a City law firm with established strong cross-border relationships with like-minded lawyers in many other jurisdictions, we use our international capabilities and the flexibility of the arbitration process for the benefit of our clients’ dispute resolution strategies and goals.

Arbitration is not the same as litigation.  Arbitration has developed a discrete body of rules, procedures and substantive law.   Being successful in arbitration requires intimate knowledge of, and extensive experience with, arbitral rules and the arbitral process -- from the filing of the request for arbitration to the registration and enforcement of the award.  The differing expectations and demands of clients from across the globe need to be managed and we are experienced in achieving consensus or obtaining directions that meet those expectations and demands for the benefit of our clients.

Arbitration rules are intentionally only a framework and are intended to be supplemented by the parties with agreed upon procedures to fit the needs of a particular case and, in default of agreement, procedures determined by the arbitral tribunal.

We approach every arbitration on behalf of the client recognising the unique characteristics of that particular arbitration.  For example, we focus on choosing the appropriate arbitrator for the needs of the case.  We also strive to take advantage of the procedural flexibility of arbitration to ensure the procedure is fit for the particular dispute.

We also act in litigation in support of arbitration whether it be to constitute the tribunal, obtain emergency injunctions, obtain evidence or enforce awards.

Arbitrator at Fox Williams
Peter Ashford is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is available for appointment as arbitrator in all types of domestic and international disputes.

Recent news, articles and deals:

University of Bern victorious in 2019 Fox Williams Pre-Mootmore
First Fox Williams Pre-Moot Panel Debate – Friday 1 Marchmore
Teams announced for Fox Williams’ fourth Pre-Moot, being held in association with CIArbmore
Fox Williams’ fourth Pre-Moot to be held in association with Chartered Institute of Arbitratorsmore
Aiding the vigilant, not the indolentmore
Apparent Bias: Peter Ashford discusses conflicts of interest in arbitrationsmore
The New DIS Arbitration Rules 2018more
University of Cambridge win the 2018 Fox Williams Pre-Mootmore
Fox Williams Pre-Moot for the Vis Moot will take place this weekendmore
Award Confidentialitymore
Can Awards be challenged for “Ignoring” Evidence?more
Brexit, the courts and arbitrationmore
Third Fox Williams Pre-Moot for the Vis Moot will take place February 2018more
Consequential loss – a fact specific creature?more
Ex Parte Communication between party-appointed arbitrator and counselmore
Boilerplate clauses: worth the paper they are written on?more
Publication of ‘The IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration - A Guide’more
Arbitration reform – the judiciary dividemore
Interest Updatemore
Non-Payment of ICC Advancemore
Document Production in International Arbitration: A Critique from ‘Across the Pond’more

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