Mishcon International Arbitration - London

London has long been the centre for commercial and investment arbitration. It has also become the new home for many foreign, influential and high net worth business people; with many active in sectors such as oil, gas and other natural resources, where arbitration is often the preferred way of resolving disputes.

The relative ease with which arbitral awards can be enforced abroad, particularly when compared with High Court judgments, along with the confidential nature of arbitration proceedings have led to arbitration becoming an increasingly popular option for our clients.

Why we are different

Our International Arbitration team consists of seventeen lawyers in London and New York who have acted in arbitrations involving parties and/or projects across the world.

We have represented clients in over a dozen foreign investment arbitration and conciliation proceedings brought under a variety of bilateral investment treaties, involving a broad spectrum of business sectors, issues of law and facts.

Our commercial arbitration experience includes acting for governments, individuals and companies across sectors including energy, national resources, construction, fraud, finance, licensing, real estate and employment as well as general commercial, contractual and shareholder disputes. Our lawyers also have extensive experience in arbitration-related court proceedings, including investigatory and discovery efforts, garnishment, and enforcement of arbitral awards, in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Our experience spans the Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Dubai, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Lichtenstein, The Netherlands, Palestinian Occupied Territories, Russia, South Sudan, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA and Zambia.

We have conducted arbitrations under virtually all of the major international arbitration rules, including: the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR); Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPINA); Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA); International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR); International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID); London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)and United Nations Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). We have also represented clients in ad hoc arbitrations and under more 'exotic' arbitration rules. In addition, some of our lawyers have also been selected to sit as conciliators and arbitrators in high level arbitrations and mediations.


Investment Arbitration experience
  • Act for the investor in RSM Production Corporation v. Cameroon, a pending ICSID Conciliation proceedings (CONC/11/1)
  • Represent the state entity in Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong v. Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd, a pending ICSID arbitration under a Power Purchase Agreement (ARB/10/20)
  • Represent the state in Standard Chartered Bank v. Tanzania, an ICSID arbitration involving alleged violations of the UK-Tanzania BIT(ARB/10/12)
  • Represent the state in Biwater Gauff (Tanzania) Limited v. Tanzania, an ICSID arbitration under the UK-Tanzania BIT involving a failed water and sanitation project (ARB/05/22)
  • Represent the state entity in Tanzania Electric Supply Company v. Independent Power Tanzania Ltd, an ICSID arbitration arising out of the construction of a 200mw power plant (ARB/98/8) Act for a joint venture partner with a French car manufacturer in relation to a multi-million euro dispute with a state owned car manufacturer in the Middle East, in a dispute relating to the shipment and delivery of spare parts and components
Commercial Arbitration experience
  • Represent a Thai developer against a state in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning a failed power generation project finance transaction
  • Act for an independent oil company in a joint venture with a state oil company relating to extraction in a former Soviet Republic, involving disputed multi-million dollar royalties under the terms of a product sharing agreement
  • Represent an African state entity in a UNCITRAL arbitration against a UK company involving a failed water project
  • Represent an African state in arbitration under the Rules of the European Development Fund arising out of a road construction contract
  • Act for Navita Systems in defending an LCIA arbitration claim brought against it by Gazprom Gas Trading Ltd in relation to a software development and licensing agreement
  • Act on behalf of an oil exploration company against a nationalised Middle Eastern oil company in a dispute relating to the storage, purchase and damaged to multi-million dollar oil rigs and extraction equipment
  • Act in arbitration in relation to the termination of a joint venture in a former Soviet Republic, relating to the supply of helicopter services to local oil companies amounting to almost $70 million
  • Act on behalf of individual and corporations involved in the hotel and leisure industry in relation to an underlying dispute worth over $100 million with a Middle Eastern government and their professional advisor
  • Represent a Spanish food distributor in an ICC arbitration in relation to contaminated foodstuff
  • Act for Harvey Nichols in an Arbitration Act 1996 arbitration for breach of a licensing agreement for the operation of the Harvey Nichols store in Jakarta