In international trade and commerce, arbitration has become near universally accepted as a means of resolving disputes.
Some commentators have suggested that a figure as high as 90% of all international contracts are governed by an arbitration clause. Arbitration has developed a discrete body of rules, procedures and substantive law and calls for a different approach from mediation or commercial litigation. 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 parties and arbitrators from across the globe need to be managed, and we are experienced in managing the process and providing representation that meets those differing expectations and demands for the benefit of our clients.
We help clients in arbitration disputes arising from international trade and especially those involved in logistic, commodities, construction and engineering, mining, energy, joint ventures, M&A disputes, banking and finance, telecoms, and the sale and purchase of goods and services. We work with clients from all over the world and wherever the arbitrations are located. We also help clients who need the intervention of national courts in support of arbitration, whether that is the appointment of a tribunal, injunctions in aid of arbitration or the enforcement of an award.
We bring a highly experienced team together to meet whatever needs a client may have. Headed by Peter Ashford “a notable arbitration practitioner …known as a “top-notch” lawyer who “works very hard for clients.”‘ (Chambers UK) and the author of Handbook on International Commercial Arbitration [2009 and second edition 2014]; Guide to the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration ; and Guide to the IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration . Peter also sits as arbitrator and brings that additional perspective to his work.