International and UK litigation and arbitration

Your relentless approach, tenacity and determination to resolve our difficult situation led to an excellent result for us.

Minoo Dastur, CEO, Nihilent Technologies Limited
Commercial Dispute Resolution

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Our dedicated international litigation and arbitration team is located in London which remains the world’s foremost dispute resolution centre. We specialise in resolving disputes for international and UK-based clients via the English court system and in multiple jurisdictions overseas – from Central America and the Caribbean to Europe, Asia and the Far East.

In the UK we represent a broad spectrum of clients – ranging from leading corporates to high net worth individuals - in the London High Court, Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Recent cases abroad have included proceedings in the US State, Appeal and Supreme Courts as well as in Martinique, the British Virgin Islands, Russia, India, Thailand and Singapore. We are frequently involved in disputes across several jurisdictions simultaneously, working alongside foreign lawyers with expert knowledge of each locality through our close links with overseas firms and our membership of Multilaw and the European Law Group.

Our team has particular expertise in resolving international commercial contractual, financial, business and cybercrime, and trade and commodities disputes, complex jurisdictional issues, matters relating to offshore trusts, and the enforcement of both domestic judgments overseas and international judgments in the UK. This can involve investigations of global assets. Our lawyers are technically excellent with a pragmatic and commercial focus.

We are regularly appointed to resolve disputes under the international arbitration rules of arbitral institutions such as the ICC, LCIA, ICSID and UNCITRAL. These institutions offer a flexible means of resolving disputes on neutral ground, under agreed rules, through suitably qualified individuals or panels of arbitrators. An international enforcement treaty signed by most countries means that awards made by these bodies are also easier to enforce than foreign court judgments.

With a long track record of successful cases, our dispute resolution specialists, some of whom are dual-qualified, have the resources and expertise to represent parties in all aspects of arbitration. They are supported by lawyers from our corporate, commercial, intellectual property and technology teams.

A number of our partners play leading roles in various international committees and associations such as the International Bar Association, American Bar Association, International Association of Young Lawyers and Indian Maritime Association. They are regularly invited to give seminars on their specialist areas and to write articles for legal publications. 

We offer expert advice on:

  • banking and financial disputes
  • commercial contracts
  • agency and distribution
  • international trade and commodities
  • shareholder and joint venture disputes
  • protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights
  • offshore trusts
  • dry shipping and charterparty disputes
  • worldwide freezing orders, asset tracing and recovery
  • jurisdictional disputes
  • enforcement of foreign judgments in England and Wales and English judgments overseas
  • business and cyber crime including anti bribery and money laundering compliance

Recent work highlights

Recovery action for leading Indian bank

Successfully obtaining judgment for a large Indian bank in the Commercial Court following non-payment of US$19 million under two facility agreements. The case involved the applicability of Indian insolvency proceedings to UK legal proceedings which is an increasing area of focus for our team.

Multi-national financial services dispute

Acting for a Luxembourg-based investment management company in proceedings by a Russian Fund for EUR 17.75 million involving shares in a Dutch public company as well as advising on a Court of Appeal application relating to the jurisdiction applicable to an alleged oral agreement.

Transatlantic supply chain litigation

Representing a major UK rubber manufacturer in relation to a distribution agreement with a US company. We registered and enforced the UK judgment in the US following US State, Appeal and Supreme Court decisions and subsequently acted in a US federal court trial.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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