We have considerable experience of handling complex international arbitrations. Michael Sparkes and Gopi Binning have all trained and worked in specialist shipping, trade and arbitration firms over the years and have acquired a wealth of procedural and technical experience over the past twenty years in a range of LCIA, LMAA, ICA and other forms of arbitration.

The arbitration disputes that we handle frequently have a multi-jurisdictional element to them and often involve related High Court proceedings, such as applications to obtain freezing orders, challenge jurisdiction and enforce arbitral awards. We have experience across a wide variety of sectors, including shipping, commodities, hotels and oil and gas.

Examples of our recent work include:

  • Representing a private equity firm in its defence of claims for alleged fraud, breach of contract and unjust enrichment arising out of the allegedly unlawful termination of a hotel joint-venture agreement.
  • Issuing an application for a client under Section 72 of the Arbitration Act for a declaration that our client was not a party to an arbitration agreement.
  • Acting for Ukrainian and English shipping companies in their defence of claims for alleged fraud and unjust enrichment and a related worldwide freezing order arising out of the allegedly unlawful misappropriation of a significant consignment of oil from Russia to the Crimea.
  • Acting for a Russian shipper in its claims against an Egyptian buyer for the unlawful repudiation of a shipment of bulk Sulphur.