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Dispute Resolution 

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Linklaters’ dispute resolution lawyers throughout the world have a stand-out track record of succeeding for our clients in the most sensitive and complex litigation and arbitration cases.

We partner with our clients to manage risk and to avoid litigation wherever possible. When litigation is unavoidable, Linklaters focuses on the commercial objectives of clients, while assessing legal, commercial and reputational risk. We analyse the negotiating weaknesses of opponents and devises optimum procedural tactics or creative settlement approaches. 

Our lawyers settle disputes in the most appropriate manner, whether by mediation, adjudication or expert determination.  

Our international arbitration practice is one of the largest in the world. The team act as arbitrators and counsel in arbitral proceedings throughout the world, including the key arbitration centres of Paris, Geneva, London, Stockholm, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and New York. We advise our clients on the pros and cons of using arbitration, the different geographical options available and the options for tailoring arbitration clauses to the needs of different contracts, parties, geographies and legal systems. 

Linklaters has extensive experience of regulatory investigations worldwide. Our financial regulation group is a market leader in advising financial institutions on legal and regulatory risk, and we use our skills and experience to investigate even the most complex of issues and to advise our clients when they face regulatory action. A particular strength is our multi-jurisdictional presence, which means we possess the resources and cultural sensitivity to conduct global investigations and to harmonise the reaction to regulatory investigation in numerous jurisdictions.  

Drawing on the expertise of nearly 300 litigation and arbitration lawyers globally, our insights into relevant cultural differences allows us to seamlessly handle large, complex cross-border cases. We focus on the essential with a view to achieving success whether through settlement or a fight as soon as possible and as cost effectively as possible.  

Our lawyers settle disputes in the most appropriate manner, whether by mediation, adjudication or expert determination. Recognising the pressures facing in-house teams to effectively manage their legal spend, we have developed a multi-faceted approach to matter efficiency – more information can be found here.

Recent litigation & arbitration cases include advising:

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers as administrators of the UK Lehman group - the largest and most complex in history.  This has given rise to some of the most important and high profile litigation in the insolvency sphere, including Supreme Court cases in respect of the distribution of client money and also on administration expenses, as well as various Court of Appeal cases dealing with schemes of arrangement, the impact of insolvency upon derivatives contracts and, most recently, the distribution of a surplus in the estate (i.e. the “Waterfall” litigation).  We have also acted on various related disputed proofs of debt that were submitted in the administration, several of which were of a magnitude in the hundreds of millions of pounds
  • BP in relation to the shareholder dispute surrounding its Russian joint venture, TNK-BP
  •  the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs in arbitration proceedings concerning the HGV toll system; the disputed amount of the two Toll Collect arbitrations is approximately 8bn
  • an international food provider in its precedent-setting settlements with the SEC and the Department of Justice (through the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan), where no monetary fines were imposed in connection with a US$1bn accounting fraud
  •  the Russian Federation in national enforcement proceedings of an ICC Award initiated by the Swiss company Noga before the Luxembourg courts
  • Multi-jurisdiction defence of Air France KLM against cartel damage claims of direct and indirect customers filed before a number of European courts
  • Leading US automotive supplier in a post-M&A arbitration after a failed transaction, including parallel US litigation; the first arbitral award was annulled by a Higher Regional Court  
  • Major French bank which is the subject of regulatory and criminal investigations by foreign and French regulators and judicial authorities in the context of  the manipulation of Libor and Euribor rates
  • Leading French energy company in an ad hoc arbitration brought by a private Russian company and by two Regions of the Russian Federation in defence against a claim estimated at more than USD 22 bn.  The matter has involved related civil and criminal court litigation in France
  • Novo Banco, in many contentious issues arising out from the implementation of the banking resolution measure determined by the Portuguese regulator. This was the first time that the provisions of EU Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive have been tested
  • Spanish listed company Abengoa on the restructuring of its debt, including the filling of the pre-insolvency out-of-court formal refinancing agreement


Michael Bennett 

Partner, Global Head of Dispute Resolution

(44 20) 7456 4291

Key International Contacts

Africa – Roland Ziade

Belgium – Francoise Lefèvre
France – Arnaud de La Cotardiere
Germany – Rupert Bellinghausen
Hong Kong – Melvin Sng
India – Ben Carroll

Italy – Alessandro Villani

Luxembourg – Guy Loesch
Middle East – Roland Ziadé

The Netherlands – Daniella Strik

Nordics – Niclas Widjeskog 

Poland – Cezary Wisniewski

Portugal – Nuno Fereira Lousa

Russia/CIS – Ben Carroll
Singapore – Jelita Pandjaitan

Spain – Francisco Malaga

UK – Satindar Dogra
USA – James Warnot

Key publications

Commercial Mediation

Commercial Mediation: A review of the availability and process of mediation in 21 jurisdictions across the Americas, South Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe


Corporate criminal liability

Our review of corporate criminal liability examines the risks companies face in 24 jurisdictions for misconduct by employees and others.


Legal Professional privilege

Read our latest report on Legal Professional Privilege. The review analyses the law and practice of Privilege across 23 jurisdictions in Europe, the Americas and Asis- Pacific.


Taking Stock. A review of anti-bribery and corruption law and enforcement

Read the Linklaters Taking Stock report to see how bribery and corruption represent a serious risk to all organisations with international activities.

ICCA Mauritius Arbitration Presentation

Our Linklaters arbitration team, alongside alliance partners Allens and Webber Wenztel, spoke at the recent ICCA Mauritius Congress on current trends in international arbitration in developing states.


      Dispute Toolkit

      The Linklaters Dispute Toolkit provides our clients with free web-based access to clauses on dispute resolution, information on European jurisdictions and access to over 100 links to arbitration and ADR sites.


      Click here to access 


      Global Arbitration Blog

      Our new global arbitration client blog is now launched to clients. For more information and to subscribe please click here.

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