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International & Cross-Border Disputes

Barriers to international trade and investment continue to be removed, but the inherent complexity and risks involved in conducting international commerce remain.

When disputes arise out of these international relationships, it is vital to have the support of experienced cross-border litigators who will find an effective and cost-efficient solution that protects your interests. Drawing on over 40 years of experience and knowledge, we do just that.

Saunders Law is a niche litigation practice based in London. Our team boasts a depth of expertise in cross-border litigation and international arbitration.

Our offices are just a stone’s throw from the Supreme Court and Privy Council, making us perfectly placed to support businesses and professional individuals such as directors, business owners and managers, in a wide range of complex and high value cross-border commercial disputes.

Our international lawyers regularly advise clients based in the UK, Europe and beyond. Each member of our team is a specialist in their field, with expertise ranging from breach of contract and international debt recovery, to international fraud, to Privy Council appeals arising from overseas jurisdictions including Bermuda and the Isle of Man.

Speak to our international & cross-border disputes experts in London today

For expert assistance with international disputes, contact Saunders Law today for a free, no-obligation, initial discussion of how we may be able to help.

Call us on 0207 632 4300 or make an enquiry online.

Our approach to cross-border litigation

We pride ourselves on providing companies and individuals facing international disputes with clear, pragmatic and cost-effective advice that offers a swift and commercially-sound outcome.

Whether working under a retainer or in respect of a specific matter, our cross-border litigators aim to resolve issues quickly and effectively, in a way that seeks to maintain confidentiality and preserve the commercial relationship.

We understand that cross-border litigation is often an action of last resort. We are dedicated to helping our clients prepare for and manage cross-border disputes in a way that seeks to avoid lengthy court proceedings.

If litigation is necessary, we will use our extensive advocacy skills to tirelessly enforce and protect our client’s rights. We will also provide clear and open advice regarding the costs involved and the litigation funding options available.

Our cross-border litigation experience

From offices situated directly opposite the High Court and minutes away from the Supreme Court and Privy Council, our cross-border litigation lawyers are regularly asked to advise clients across Europe and beyond. We have an excellent success record for resolving cross-border disputes. Our vast cross-border litigation work includes:

  • Enforcing contracts or agreements where a party is an international company or based outside the UK
  • Assistance with cross-border insolvency and recovering debt
  • Advising two foreign-based entities on their obligations under the Bribery Act and drafted policies and procedures to ensure compliance

Our international law specialists

Our international and cross-border litigation specialists include Partners, James Saunders and Matthew Purcell.

James is our Head of Regulatory and Crime team and a leading lawyer according to independent client guides, the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. His expertise includes criminal appeals to the Supreme Court and Privy Council.

Matthew has specialised in litigation his entire career, with expertise handling cross-border disputes, including advising global businesses on commercial disputes and appeals to the Privy Council.

Subir Karmakar FCIArb is a market-leading specialist in international commercial disputes and arbitration, with over 20 years’ experience in a diverse range of disputes. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Subir handles arbitrations under a wide variety of arbitral institutions. He particularly specialises in significantly high value bilateral investment treaty claims within UNCITRAL and the like against sovereign states.

Representing global businesses in commercial disputes

As market-leading lawyers in commercial litigation, our clients are drawn from across the globe for assistance resolving a wide range of disputes, including:

  • Commercial contracts
  • Company law disputes
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Joint venture disputes
  • Financial disputes
  • Insurance disputes
  • Offshore trusts
  • Shipping disputes
  • Charterparty disputes
  • Commodities disputes
  • Metals disputes
  • Intellectual property
  • Media law disputes
  • Privacy disputes and international defamation
  • Injunctions
  • Multi-jurisdiction disputes

Our commercially-astute team are technically excellent, with a propensity to quickly get to grips with our clients’ goals, concerns and the global context in which they operate. The result is swift, pragmatic resolutions to further our clients’ objectives and minimise any disruption caused by the dispute.

International regulatory matters

We deal with a broad range of international regulatory compliance issues for businesses and individuals operating within global markets. Our expertise includes importation & exportation disputes, energy disputes, media law and communications, entertainment & sport and financial disputes.

We regularly work with foreign jurisdiction lawyers and experts in various fields, including technology, science and business, to provide a fully integrated service in global regulatory disputes.

International freezing orders and injunctions

Our Commercial Litigation team routinely advise clients in worldwide freezing injunction proceedings (formerly ‘Mareva’ injunctions), both obtaining an order and defending the proceedings.

We act in a wide variety of disputes, including international high value debt recovery, commercial contract claims and enforcements of foreign judgments. We also specialise in a wide range of other international asset tracing and recovery matters involving businesses and high net worth individuals, such as search, seizure and disclosure proceedings.

Read about asset recovery for individuals.

Read more generally about freezing injunctions and orders.

International arbitration

We offer a renowned international arbitration service, helping clients resolve commercial disputes using this flexible, practical and private method of alternative dispute resolution. By approaching disputes through international arbitration, businesses and individuals can enjoy flexibility and the freedom to explore creative resolutions without compromising their commercial interests. Arbitral awards also tend to be easier to enforce.

Our International Law team includes specialist arbitrator, barrister and solicitor-advocate, Subir Karmakar FCIArb. Subir boasts sector specific expertise in matters involving, metals, commodities, shipping, joint venture and investment treaty claims under a wide range of arbitral institutions.

Visit our International Arbitration page for more information.

Enforcing judgments and arbitral awards

We can advise on enforcing judgments made in foreign courts and international arbitral awards, including judgments obtained in the US.

Read about enforcing US and other international judgments.

Privy Council appeals

Our Privy Council agents have over 40 years of experience in appeals before the Privy Council Judicial Committee. We act in a wide range of civil and criminal appeals from commonwealth countries, UK overseas territories, Crown dependencies and sovereign base areas.

Visit our Privy Council Appeals page for more information.

Saunders Law – Pragmatic and effective cross-border litigation specialists 

At Saunders Law, we’re dedicated to protecting our clients’ interests, offering the best possible commercial advice at a sensible price. We are well-known for our advocacy skills and tirelessly fighting our clients’ corners.

Operating from offices in the centre of London’s legal district, we are also ideally located to guide cross-border litigation. For a free, no-obligation, initial discussion of how we may be able to help, please contact us.

Call us on 0207 632 4300 or make an enquiry online.