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Dispute Resolution

Mitigating your risks and resolving any challenge


With globalisation driving opportunities and challenges both in developed and emerging markets, mitigating risk is a cornerstone of any effective strategy.  In order to thrive in these environments, having a range of solutions and options at your fingertips is critical.

Wherever you operate around the world, whatever the challenge you are facing within your sector or environment, you will need innovative thinkers to assist you on the most complex and challenging disputes.

Engaging with an unrivalled team of experts, covering every spectrum possible, is the only way to meet these challenges and to continue to grow and succeed. 

With a multi-disciplinary global disputes team of world-leading sector specialists and regional experts, we provide commercial insight and legal advice which is described by Chambers and Partners as a 'Dispute resolution powerhouse that consistently tops the rankings across the world'. 

Bringing together litigators, arbitrators, mediators, advocacy experts, regulatory specialists, and investigators, whatever the challenge or opportunity, we partner with our clients every step in the process.

Find out how Herbert Smith Freehills LLP can help UK listed companies facing crises.



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Recent Experience

A Russian billionaire and his corporate vehicles

Acting in High Court proceedings in a shareholder dispute in respect of the Aman Resorts group of luxury hotels involving allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties and constructive trusts involving a number of jurisdictions including New York, the BVI and Hong Kong. (The Lawyer, Top 20 case, 2015)

Republic of Tunisia

Representing the Republic of Tunisia in ICSID proceedings brought by a foreign investor concerning allegations of expropriation of its interest in a Tunisian bank - the value of claims exceeds US$1 billion

ICBC Standard Bank

In respect of its entry into the UK's first deferred prosecution agreement (which is also the first resolution of an enforcement action under section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010)

Oz Minerals

In successfully defending a substantial multiparty funded shareholder class action arising out of the merger between Oxiana and Zinifex and involving allegations of contraventions of Australian securities laws (and having also successfully defended OZ Minerals in two previous litigation funded shareholder class actions)

DePuy International Limited (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson)

Advised in defending a number of class actions involving allegations of defective production and negligence in the manufacture of hip implants. Proceedings were initially brought in various jurisdictions by 4 different plaintiff law firms, and then consolidated in the Federal Court of Australia

Societe Generale and Goldman Sachs

Advising in two separate and high profile claims in excess of US$1 billion brought by the Libyan Investment Authority regarding derivative trades entered into by our two clients with the LIA at around the time of the global financial crisis

Insights and updates

23rd December 2021
The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has provided some clarity on assessing...
17th December 2021
As explored in our earlier briefing article, the recent release of the exposure draft of...
8th December 2021
Our much-vaunted disputes team look back on an eventful year for the commercial courts in...
3rd December 2021
The Pension Schemes Act came into effect on 1 October 2021 introducing the possibility of...

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