Resolving legal disputes across borders
International commercial disputes
Royds Withy King has handled numerous complex international commercial disputes in areas as varied as intellectual property, insolvency, banking and investment. Some of our sector teams – for example, our aviation and jewellery and luxury goods teams – deal almost exclusively with international disputes.
International personal disputes
Our family and private client teams have much experience in tracing of, and resolving issues involving international residents and assets; as well as dealing with the lawyers in foreign jurisdictions.
Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution that is distinct from the national courts. Arbitrations are more private, usually quicker and should be less expensive than litigation in the courts.
London is one of the most important centres of commercial arbitration in the world and for many years Royds Withy King has represented commercial clients, in national and international disputes, before a variety of tribunals. We frequently represent international clients in arbitrations outside of the United Kingdom.
Arbitration is most often encountered when parties have agreed in a contract to refer any dispute to a third party and many modern standard form contracts contain arbitration clauses. Parties to a dispute can agree to refer almost any dispute to arbitration after it has arisen.
Arbitration awards are enforceable in the courts of England and Wales by virtue of the Arbitration Act 1996 and as such are an alternative to litigation. An arbitration award obtained in England and Wales may be enforced in a foreign jurisdiction through the 1958 New York Convention.
We have particular knowledge and experience of conducting arbitration proceedings using the most commonly recognised rules:
- UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and Model Law
- International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Rules (ICC)
- Swiss Rules Arbitration
- London Maritime Arbitrators Association Rules (LMAA)
- World International Property Association Arbitration Rules (WIPO)
We also regularly deal with ancillary matters arising out of arbitrations such as:
- Enforcement of Arbitration Awards within the United Kingdom and abroad through ourInterleges offices.
- Appeal of Arbitration Awards to the High Court
- Obtaining Certificates of Finality and arranging notarial/translation services.
Mauritius and the Privy Council
Royds Withy King has for many years acted for the Government of Mauritius, including appeals to the Privy Council for sessions held either in London or Port Louis. As a consequence the firm has been able to establish unrivalled links with businesses and professional organisations based inMauritius, as well as an expertise in Privy Council work.