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Dispute resolution and litigation

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Meet the team

We advise many of the world’s largest corporations and financial institutions on complex, high-value and sensitive multi-jurisdictional disputes. Our team of lawyers across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, provides an integrated and high quality service to all our clients.

“The lawyers co-ordinate well across the network, and the different offices work as a single team.” Chambers Global, 2015

With experience in managing multi-jurisdictional litigation and international arbitration across all industry sectors, our lawyers both prevent and resolve disputes by giving practical, creative advice that focuses on our clients' strategic objectives. We have particular strength in financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.

We recognise that each dispute is governed by a unique set of variables, sensitivities and, most importantly, commercial factors.

We deliver

  • Experience in the full range of international litigation and dispute resolution mechanisms.
  • The ability to transfer knowledge and provide cross-border support throughout our global network of offices.
  • Tailored advice based on our detailed understanding of the industries in which our clients operate.
  • Litigators and service support personnel who are at the forefront in developing cost-efficient solutions, including state-of-the-art budgeting software to keep clients informed of costs and procedures and facilitate resource allocation to stay within budget guidelines.
  • Thoughtful creativity to simplify and streamline our processes, leveraging efficiency resources to assist with legal project and case management to provide timely information and transparency regarding client matters.
  • Advanced technology to help our clients respond to the evolving legal requirements and demands of e-discovery, data privacy and cross-border data transfers.

We track litigation trends

Since its inception in 2004, the Annual Litigation Trends Survey has provided a comprehensive analysis of the experiences and opinions of general counsel and senior corporate counsel in the United States and United Kingdom.  Conducted by an independent research firm, the survey includes counsel’s perspectives on litigation, arbitration, regulatory investigations, alternative fees and litigation spend. Industry-specific summaries are also available at www.nortonrosefulbright.com/litigationtrends2015.

Our recent work

  • Assisting one of the largest international oil and natural gas service companies in a dispute over drilling contracts brought in US court by Mexico’s national oil company.  We won dismissal after a full evidentiary hearing with expert witnesses on parent-subsidiary control and Mexican law.
  • Representing the British-Canadian billionaire, Victor Dahdaleh, who was acquitted at Southwark Crown Court of all eight counts relating to allegations of multi-million dollar corruption in Bahrain. Mr Dahdaleh was indicted under the Prosecution of Offences Act 1908 for conspiracy to corrupt, in relation to payments made to the Bahraini Minister for Oil and the CEO of Aluminium Bahrain BSC.
  • Advising the US Trustee of the Liquidation of Lehman Brothers Inc on English law issues arising in the liquidation.
  • Advising a major brokerage company in an arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for breach of contract, fraudulent acts, account misrepresentations and gross negligence stemming from trading activity for its account in October 2008.  After hearing testimony from nine fact and expert witnesses over the four-day arbitration, a panel ruled in our client’s favour.
  • Representing Canada’s Hydro-Quebec in a dispute arising from Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation’s request to reopen the price of a long-term supply contract for the period 2009 - 2014.
  • Representing a leading provider of transportation and global logistics services in a retaliation case before the US Supreme Court after the petitioner filed for certiorari, claiming a split between the Fifth Circuit and seven other circuit courts.
  • Advising the owners and insurers of the Rena containership which grounded in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand in October 2011 from our offices in Athens, Brisbane, Durban, London and Singapore.  This was one of New Zealand’s largest marine environmental incidents.
  • Acting for a research-centered pharmaceutical company in a False Claims Act case based on alleged off-label marketing, winning dismissal of the suit.
  • Serving as US litigation panel counsel for clients including an American multinational conglomerate corporation operating through four segments (energy, technology infrastructure, capital finance and consumer & industrial.
  • Acting for the Royal Bank of Scotland as defendant to a £30m claim brought by two funds which participated in a syndicated loan to a commercial property business which subsequently collapsed.  This matter was included in The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2013.
  • Representing one of the largest energy companies in the world after an explosion had resulted in 15 deaths, hundreds of injuries and major property damage.  A strategy was adopted early to resolve the death and serious injury cases while striking a delicate balance between wanting to compensate fairly without protracted litigation.  Avoiding litigation dragging on for years with the attendant costs, 3,500+ claims were resolved in less than four years with no trials going to verdict.
  • Achieving a significant judgment in the first part of a split trial in favour of our clients, the joint liquidators of Britannia Bulk plc.  The decision confirmed market understanding of the meaning of close out netting provisions used in the vast majority of over-the-counter derivatives contracts.
  • Achieving successful results in the Paris Commercial Court and Court of Appeal for GDF SUEZ and three ship-owners in a long running, high-value dispute over the late delivery of three LNG carriers.

Awards and accolades

  • Chambers Global, Global-wide: Dispute Resolution, Chambers & Partners, 2016
  • Chambers Global, Global-wide: Arbitration (International), Chambers & Partners, 2016
  • Acritas Sharplegal Global Elite Brand Index, No. 4 among global legal brands, Acritas Sharplegal, 2015
  • BTI Most Recommended Law Firm, One of just 28 law firms to earn this distinction for three consecutive years, BTI Consulting, 2016
  • Law360, Global 20 list: No. 5 of the top 20 global firms in terms of global presence and “most significant and groundbreaking international and cross-border matters over the past year,” Portfolio Media, Inc., 2016
  • Law360, Litigation Powerhouse - Top 50 Firm for Litigation with “deep legal talent to score remarkable wins for their clients over the past year,” Portfolio Media, Inc., 2016