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Commercial & Contractual Disputes

Our team has extensive experience of advising clients in large scale, complex and high value commercial and contractual disputes.

When a dispute seems unavoidable, it is worth seeking expert advice before positions become entrenched and relationships completely breakdown.

At Charles Russell Speechlys, we are committed to managing and resolving disputes as swiftly and efficiently as possible and we are able to provide tailored, commercial and pragmatic advice.

Where applicable, this can be in relation both to the immediate steps to be taken and the strategic approach to be adopted with a view to optimising our clients’ position. This may involve litigation or arbitration, but equally we may work to resolve your dispute through negotiation, mediation or some other form of alternative dispute resolution.

Where legal proceedings are commenced, our team has extensive and ranked experience in successfully pursuing a matter through to trial.

The Charles Russell Speechlys team acts for multi-national companies, major UK companies, governments, regulatory bodies and high net worth individuals resolving complex, often multi-jurisdictional, high-value commercial and contractual disputes. A large proportion of our work involves international and multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Where English Law is not applicable, we call upon members of our trusted network of international law firms. This could involve simply working alongside lawyers to obtain local law advice, or managing a local firm who are representing clients in litigation in a foreign jurisdiction.

We have ranked experts across a variety of different sectors, including Financial Services, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Sport, Retail & Leisure, Energy & Natural Resources and Healthcare.



Arqiva Limited & Ors v Everything Everywhere (formerly T-Mobile (UK) Limited) & Ors [2012] 1 All ER 607

Acted for Arqiva in an expedited trial in the TCC against two Network Operators in relation to a complex dispute concerning the provision of services by Arqiva via their portfolio of telecommunications masts around the country. It concerned the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006, the transfer and variation of mobile spectrum licences and the use of Ofcom’s discretion. 

Abbar v SEDCO Real Estate Ltd & Ors [2013] EWHC 1414 (Ch)

Acted for two high net worth individuals who invested in an overseas fund designed to purchase the Pinnacle site in London against defendants based in multiple jurisdictions.

VIP Engineering & Marketing Limited

Advising and representing VIP Engineering & Marketing Limited in the defence of a multi-million pound damages claim brought by two Standard Chartered Bank entities in relation to the financing of a power plant in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The case is running in parallel with, and we also advise the client on, proceedings in Tanzania, New York and before an ICSID tribunal.