(Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation)
Our service offering in the area of Dispute Resolution includes:
In addition to acting as counsel in arbitral proceedings, members of our teams are frequently appointed as arbitrators or members of the arbitral tribunal.
We have acted in both local and international arbitration proceedings under a wide range of ad hoc and institutional proceedings, including in particular the Arbitration Rules of:
We pride ourselves on offering full claims management services starting at the pre-disputes stage. In doing so, we are able to advice clients how to recognise and manage risk/potential claims over the life of the project or contract in order to defuse situations with problem counterparts before they erupt into fully-fledged disputes.
We routinely provide our clients with an initial assessment of claims in order to ascertain the strength of the parties’ respective positions with the objective to achieve early settlement rather than committing the parties to a formal dispute resolution process that will inevitably be inefficient in terms of management time and cost. In doing so, we are able to assist our clients in dealing with any commercial and regulatory risks that may affect the smooth operation of their business.
Disputes are a natural occurrence in all areas of business. However, in the event that a dispute cannot be settled or successfully contained, we are well-equipped to represent our client in both local and international litigation/arbitration.
We have counselled in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations under a wide range of governing laws (both procedural and on the merits), seated in Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East. We have expert litigation capability in all our key offices and appear as counsel in front of the German courts.
Coupled with extensive litigation and arbitration experience we have expertise across a wide spectrum of industry sectors; this enables us to understand better our clients; needs and objectives and to provide comprehensive, tailored and commercially focused advice.
In addition, parties are increasingly using a process whereby their dispute is first referred to mediation before litigation / arbitration is attempted. DWF has extensive experience in running mediations and supporting effective mediation strategies.
An award is only as good as its enforceability; also in this stage of a dispute the DWF team throughout the world supports our clients’ interests.
International legal business DWF has appointed litigation partner Ricky Cannon and hired associate Neale Tosh to its Glasgow office as the firm looks to strengthen its debt recovery and finance litigation offering in Scotland.
Following the launch of the revised arbitration rules of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) (the DIAC Rules) during Dubai Arbitration Week in November 2017, their adoption by Ruler’s Decree is now (according to confidential sources) imminent and likely to coincide with the official adoption of the new United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal Arbitration Law, which is to replace the UAE Arbitration Chapter, that is, the arbitration-specific provisions of the UAE Civil Procedures Code.