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What is involved?

Our team has significant experience in both international and domestic commercial arbitration. The team also uses its expertise to assist clients with non-contentious commercial contract drafting, particularly where questions of enforcement, recovery, risk management, governing law and jurisdiction are key issues for clients – especially when contracting with overseas counter-parties.

Freeths have established relationships with local law firms internationally, each of whom we work with regularly and trust. This allows us to work with the best specialist local law firms in the jurisdictions relevant to your dispute, without being tied to branch offices or restricted networks.

We select the best local law firm, with the right experience and sector expertise, to match your requirements, and are also happy to work as co-counsel with your own overseas advisors.

Call our Dispute Resolution team to see how we can help you.

Why choose Freeths?

  • Significant arbitration expertise in complex and high-value ICC, LCIA, LMAA, SCC, AAA and ad hoc arbitrations
  • Working with clients and counter-parties in a wide range of jurisdictions including Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, the United States and South America across a variety of sectors including retail and distribution; manufacturing, engineering and construction; oil, gas and energy; pharmaceuticals; aviation, shipping and transport; mineral extraction; and professional and financial services
  • Regularly acting with overseas clients’ local advisors as co-counsel
  • Strong relationships with litigation funders and brokers and significant experience in the provision of funding solutions for international arbitration

As part of our commitment to working with you, we are happy to offer bespoke in-house training to your in-house and commercial teams and regularly deliver training days to in-house teams on cross-border contracting and international arbitration.

Key contacts

James Hartley

James Hartley
Partner & National Head of Dispute Resolution

0345 077 9581

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Meet the team

Arbitration Lawyers

National Head of Team

James Hartley

James Hartley

0345 077 9581

Mark Brown

0345 271 6764

Lindsey Clegg

Lindsey Clegg

0345 030 5793

James Hartley

James Hartley

0345 077 9581

Alex Johnson

0345 077 9643


Paul Kinninmont

0345 340 4218

Nick Sutton

0345 077 9567

Caroline Watson

0345 030 5789

Rachael Yates

0345 077 9578

Tristan Duncan

0345 166 6301

Imogen Randall

0345 077 9582

Lim Li Yen

Li Yen Lim
Managing Associate

0345 050 3668

Petya Koycheva
Senior Associate

0345 128 6979

Sadiea Mustafa-Awan
Senior Associate

0345 030 5658

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"I am so pleased that it is all over and thank you so much for your help in bringing this matter to a speedy conclusion."

"Your attention to matters has been excellent. Well done."

"Thorough and steely."

Notable Work
  • Defending an Irish company in Arbitration proceedings brought by a Nigerian company claiming damages of over £7 million for breach of a memorandum of understanding, which includes a claim for projected commissions and loss of profits as well as general damages. The dispute involves complex contractual interpretation and analysis of complex financial structures with foreign third parties.
  • Advising an Indian iron ore mining company in a US$45 million ICC arbitration with a Dubai trading company, including defending a challenge to jurisdiction in the High Court. (Emirates Trading Agency LLC. V. Prime Mineral Exports Private Limited [2014] EWHC 2014 (comm)).
  • Acting for a Nigerian oil corporation in ICC proceedings involving complex jurisdictional and res judicata issues. This involved successfully convincing the Tribunal to find that no jurisdiction existed for the Claimant to bring the claim, bringing the international and domestic arbitration actions issued against the client to an early conclusion.
  • Acting in ICC arbitration proceedings for a FTSE 100 company and a US pharmaceuticals company in disputes arising out of the termination of international distribution arrangements. This allowed the clients to bring to an end their incumbent relationships and focus on new ventures.
  • Successfully resolving a deferred consideration dispute for a plant services provider, shortly after the commencement of LCIA arbitration proceedings arising under an asset sale agreement with a Middle Eastern counter-party.
  • Acting for a heavy industrial manufacturer in ICC arbitration proceedings commenced by an Indian agent in relation to the supply of products and heavy industrial support services for a governmental railways project. We successfully resolved both those proceedings and concurrent proceedings, commenced by the agent in the Indian courts through mediation, under the ICC ADR procedure.
  • Acting for an international beverages company in two disputes arising out of the break-up of joint venture arrangements in East African jurisdictions (ICC arbitration).
  • Acting for a famous UK manufacturer over an issue with new technology in industrial machinery.
  • Acted for the tenant of a public house in Covent Garden, advancing the tenant’s case on whether or not the lease contained a mistake concerning the hypothetical term within the rent review provisions.
  •  Acted for the tenant of a large hostel in Shoreditch, advising on ambiguities contained within the rent review provisions concerning the physical configuration of the property to be used for rent review purposes.
  • Acting for a construction company in its £2 million contractual dispute with an employer over design and delay, through an ICC Arbitration.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

Our values


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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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