Arbitration

Members have a wide range of experience acting in arbitrations, both as Advocates and as arbitrators in both domestic and international arbitrations covering all areas of Chambers’ Company, Commercial and Insolvency practice including disputes relating to Shareholders Disputes, Directors Duties, unfair prejudice claims and commercial contract claims

Our members are familiar with the rules of the major arbitration forums including LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, SCC, SIAC, WIPO and ICSID. They are particularly well placed to argue cases in offshore jurisdictions, such as the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Singapore.

 

Michael Todd KC

Ad hoc arbitration concerning a LLP Dispute between private equity partners.

Ad hoc Arbitration leading leading Philip Gillyon shareholder dispute and international real property dispute with Middle Eastern parties.

LCIA joint venture dispute leading James Potts of 3 Verulam Buildings exclusion of JV Partner.

HKIAC Arb: in HK leading Philip Gillyon: concerning obligations under a Share Purchase Agreement and Share Subscription Agreement.

LCIA Arbitration sitting as an Arbitrator with Andrew Hochauser and Sir Jack Beatson concerning claims under s 994 CA 2006 in respect of a retail business in London and France.

 LCIA Arbitration sitting with Jonathan Crow KC and Gary Born concerning a potential acquisition and the obligations of the parties under an SPA.

ICC Arbitration Vienna seat dispute arising out of a shareholders agreement.

 

David Chivers KC

Member LCIA European Users Council, BVI Arbitration Group.

Party appointed arbitrator in UNCITRAL and LCIA arbitrations seated in Singapore, BVI and London.

Cross-border stay and enforcement applications including Lichtenstein/London, California/London, Switzerland/BVI, Hong Kong/Jersey

Particular experience in international joint ventures and corporate disputes,

David has sat as an additional Judge of the BVI Commercial Court and has extensive experience in determining disputes.

 

Andrew Thompson KC

Recent cases, all as lead advocate.

LCIA arbitration of disputes in extremely valuable long-only fund manager, concerning construction of LLP agreement and wider issues. London seat.

Successfully defending urgent LCIA arbitration of disputes between the founders within a high profile private equity business, with allegations of breaches of fiduciary and contractual duties in relation to LLPs, and applications for urgent injunctive relief, as part of a general falling out. London seat.

Leading Philip Morrison.

LCIA arbitration of very high value unfair prejudice claim in UAE company, for defendant, involving multiple issues and multiple procedural disputes.  UAE seat.

LCIA arbitration of dispute over drag rights between private equity and non-private equity shareholders. London seat.

Leading Ben Shaw.

 

James Potts KC

Counsel in Fulham Foodball Club (1987) Ltd v Richards [2011] EWCA Civ 85, leading case on arbitrability of shareholder disputes.

Examples of cases as lead advocate:

LCIA arbitration (Dubai Seat) shareholder dispute (unfair prejudice) in relation to very high value tech company.

Arbitrations of partnership (including LLP) disputes (ad hoc and LCIA) in respect of various firms of solicitors.

LCIA arbitration (Singapore Seat) in relation to validity of drag rights.

UNCITRAL arbitration (London Seat) joint venture Caribbean oil company dispute.

LCIA (London Seat) investor dispute relating to Cayman registered fund including application for emergency formation.

 

Edward Davies KC

Experienced in advising and acting in arbitrations, including under the auspices of the LCIA and the HKIAC and ad hoc. Recent work includes a dispute between two oil companies concerning their joint venture in respect of aviation fuel supplies to the Bahamas.

Also acted for the appellant law firm on an application to appeal an award on the grounds of serious irregularity and error of law under s.68/69 Arbitration Act 1996: Michael Wilson & Partners v. Emmott [2011] EWHC 1441 (Comm); [2011] Arb. LR 55.

 

Nick Segal

 Nick was previously a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and is a leading practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in restructuring, insolvency, corporate and banking law, both non-contentious and contentious. Since 2015 he has also been a judge of the Grand Court in Cayman, assigned to the Financial Services Division.

Nick’s practice has covered a wide range of matters in recent years from bank resolution and insolvencies and global corporate restructurings to litigation in London and abroad. His judicial work has also involved a wide range of disputes in corporate, funds, financial and insolvency law.

His expertise and his Judicial role make him ideal for sitting as an Arbitrator and determining disputes.

 

Nigel Dougherty

Nigel’s arbitration expertise builds on his heavy litigation experience, particularly with shareholder disputes and directors’ duties. Nigel has substantial experience, as lead counsel or co-counsel, in arbitrations that will routinely involve cross-jurisdictional issues of company and insolvency law as well as wider commercial issues. His experience has included LCIA, ICC, SIAC and HKIAC arbitrations and has included the handling of ad hoc arbitrations.

Recent examples of Nigel’s arbitration work include:

  • A very substantial LCIA arbitration (London seat) of a shareholders dispute and of unfair prejudice/oppression claims involving issues of Russian, English, Cypriot and Maltese company and insolvency law.
  • A substantial LCIA arbitration (London seat) over validity of exercise and enforceability of commercial option agreements and involving issues of Russian, Cypriot and English law.
  • A LCIA arbitration (Moscow seat) over the enforcement of a supply of goods and services’ contract against Russian counterparty and issues of Belgian and Russian law.
  • A substantial LCIA arbitration (London seat) concerning the enforcement of a shareholders’ agreement over a Mauritian company and involving issues of Delaware and Mauritian law.
  • A substantial SIAC arbitration (Singapore seat) involving a contractual joint venture dispute under Singaporean law.
  • Acting for successful defendants to LCIA arbitration (London seat) in resisting application under s.44 Arbitration Act 1996 for interim injunctive relief to restrain a corporate refinancing pending an arbitration (MI Squared Ltd v King & Ors [2022] EWHC 331 (Comm)).
  • A LCIA arbitration (London seat) involving issues of Spanish and English law and the assertion of claims for unfair prejudice in an English company arising from the conduct of the affairs of Spanish subsidiary companies.

  

 

Matthew Parfitt

Recent Cases include:

An unfair prejudice arbitration (Michael Todd KC was the arbitrator).  Other   arbitration work has involved large Russian and Middle Eastern clients.

 

Jack Rivett

Recent cases include:

A HKIAC arbitration, this is a claim in restitution, which the defendant (for whom I act) is defending with allegations of dishonest assistance and unlawful means conspiracy, in respect of which the defendant is also counterclaiming for substantial damages. The amount in dispute is c. US$125 million.

Acting for the respondents to the arbitration. The claimant and the respondents are all shareholders in a company. The claimant alleges that its nominee was wrongly removed as a director of the company and that it has been excluded from the management of the company and its subsidiary. It claims that such conduct amounts to an event of default under a shareholders’ agreement, such that it is entitled to purchase my clients’ shares in the company. In the alternative, it alleges that such conduct amounts to unfair prejudice, for which the appropriate relief is an order directing the claimant to purchase my clients’ shares in the company.

 

Andrew Blake

Recent cases include:

Arbitration of an international joint venture dispute under the ICA Rules;

Arbitration of a partnership dispute in respect of a firm of solicitors;

Arbitration of an unfair prejudice claim.

 

Sam Parsons

Sam specialises in all elements of Insolvency Law. In addition to insolvency matters, Sam also has a wide-ranging experience in company / commercial disputes and advisory work.

“HE IS VERY BRIGHT AND QUICKLY CUTS TO THE ROOT OF THE ISSUE.  ONE OF THE BEST INSOLVENCY JUNIORS AROUND.”

LEGAL 500 2022

 

Philip Morrison

Recent cases include:

Successfully defending urgent LCIA arbitration of disputes between the founders within a high-profile private equity business, with allegations of breaches of fiduciary and contractual duties in relation to LLPs, and applications for urgent injunctive relief, as part of a general falling out. London seat.

Led by Andrew Thompson KC.