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Commercial Litigation

Using local insight to resolve global disputes


Every deal or transaction carries with it the risk of a dispute. Successful businesses require lawyers that can pre-empt the issues that may surface, take steps to minimise them and then react quickly and effectively when a dispute arises.

We routinely assist our clients with pre-emptive advice on potentially contentious aspects of major corporate and financial transactions. If a dispute arises, we help our clients to navigate all types of largescale commercial litigation on a global basis. Through our depth of industry knowledge across a diverse range of sectors we give our clients business ready advice that enables them to approach a dispute, confident that we will guide them to the most commercial resolution.

Our clients range from multinational corporations and major financial institutions through to governments and high-profile individuals. We tailor our advice to the nature of the dispute and the appetite of the client. We appreciate there is often the need to maintain an ongoing relationship with the opponent and that there is a time to hit hard and a time to take a more measured approach. Alternative Dispute Resolution is an integral tool in our kit and we regularly resolve disputes through settlement negotiations and mediation. 

Our ability to collaborate between offices and to quickly draw together large international teams means our clients benefit from 24 hour attention on time sensitive matters. 

Our full service offering extends beyond traditional legal advice. Our Global Alternative Legal Services business offers cost effective technological solutions for document intensive cases. Our in-house global advocacy capability means our advocates play a critical role in the strategy of the dispute from the outset and minimise the cost and time involved in instructing external counsel.  

LITIGATION NOTES - Find the latest developments on commercial litigation law and practice on our blog.


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Recent Experience

DePuy International Limited (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson)

Advising in a major Australian class action involving product liability claims in respect of its metal on metal hip implants

Two banks in the UK

Advising on group litigation orders brought by multiple shareholders in relation to strategic decisions made by senior management during the start of the global financial crisis in 2008 


Insights and updates

6th May 2022
For the first time in Australia, the Federal Court has found that a failure to...
9th March 2022
The UK's primary venue for commercial disputes was less impacted by Brexit and the pandemic...
2nd February 2022
Laudable aims but Civil Justice Council proposals for more robust pre-action protocols are problematic for...
8th December 2021
Our much-vaunted disputes team look back on an eventful year for the commercial courts in...

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