Commercial Arbitration

Commercially astute legal advice from dedicated specialists however complex the arbitration


Our dedicated arbitration specialists across the globe work together to advise clients in every aspect of arbitration, including drafting complex dispute resolution clauses, resolving disputes, and assisting clients to locate assets and enforce arbitral awards.

We advise on commercial arbitrations however complex under a broad spectrum of laws from both civil and common law systems. We are experienced in arbitrating under the rules of all major arbitration institutions, as well as having conducted numerous ad hoc arbitrations. Our genuine sector knowledge, commercial awareness and regional sensitivity are unrivalled. We advise clients and conduct arbitrations in a number of languages. Once you have an arbitral award, we can help you to enforce it around the world.

Choosing arbitrators and expert witnesses can be highly significant in achieving a successful outcome and we offer our clients in-depth knowledge of both. Members of the arbitration group regularly sit as arbitrators and this valuable insight into the arbitral process from a different perspective helps us to identify winning strategies.

Our practitioners conduct their own advocacy as part of a fully integrated service. We also regularly act in court proceedings in support of arbitration and have achieved ground-breaking outcomes for our clients in a number of jurisdictions. 

We have a wide range of commercial clients and our experience spans multiple sectors, including aerospace & defence, banking & finance, construction & engineering, consumer products, energy & natural resources, infrastructure and transport, manufacturing & industrials, mining, pharmaceuticals, hospitality & leisure and TMT.




This publication, Inside Arbitration, is intended to give our clients that personal insight by sharing with you the perspectives of our international arbitration partners from across the globe. Our articles look at the global landscape for disputes and dispute resolution, commenting on regional trends in particular markets or sectors or identifying future trends. We also focus on particular points of interest arising from our cases with wider relevance and how, practically, we addressed those issues, often by combining the skills of our practitioners across our global network. There are interview pieces aimed at drawing out some of the truly unique skills and backgrounds of our partners. Finally, we aim to take advantage of our contacts across the global arbitration market to bring our clients the inside track from regional and international institutions.

Recent Experience


Representing Sinopec in its successful USD$5.5 billion fraud claim against Repsol arising from the acquisition of a series of offshore oil and gas assets in the UK North Sea. The arbitration was administered by the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).


Advising Mylan Laboratories in its significant victory in a SIAC arbitration commenced by Phosphagenics in Singapore arising from licensing and research agreements, in which Phosphagenics claimed damages of over US$ 300 million




Ranked Top 3 in the world, Ranked amongst top 5 in the world 2016 - 2020


"Renowned international arbitration group with impressive global reach"

TIER 1 – LEGAL 500 UK 2020

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is 'rightly respected in the market as a top operator in the field of international arbitration and it has superb, pragmatic and hardworking lawyers at every level'.


"Standout arbitration capability coupled with an unrivalled breadth of regional coverage"


"The firm garners praise for its international expertise, with one source noting that it is ‘well known among the local legal communities for its active presence and excellent expertise in cross-border transactions,’”

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