Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Resolving issues and minimising future disputes

Disputes are an inevitable part of business. Whether you are involved in a commercial dispute, in financial litigation, under investigation, or simply keen to protect your business and ensure full compliance, our dispute resolution team can help. Whatever the situation, our top priority is always to get the right outcome for you.

Regulators in the UK and around the world are looking to safeguard consumers and investors alike while improving corporate governance. The financial crisis, arrival of new legislation including the Bribery Act, increased regulatory enforcement, and an upsurge in cross-border activity, means there has never been a better time to look at your dispute resolution strategy.

To help you do this, our dispute resolution and litigation lawyers start by listening to you so they can understand your commercial drivers. This means that when we apply our expertise in court, in arbitration and across jurisdictions, the outcome is a win for your business.

Commercial Disputes

We advise on complex commercial disputes across industries, where the stakes are often high. Our legal advice covers a wide spectrum of areas, including:

  • Anti-bribery, corruption and money laundering
  • Anti-trust and follow on damages claims
  • Banking and financial markets disputes
  • Civil fraud
  • Compliance, investigations and corporate governance
  • Customs and trade disputes
  • Data protection and infringement, including internet-related disputes
  • International arbitration
  • Sanctions
  • Shareholder and bondholder actions and company and partnership disputes.

Financial Disputes

Disputes involving financial institutions often require a sophisticated understanding of complex financial products, as well as an in-depth understanding of the way in which the financial markets operate. We advise on issues of every variety and complexity. In addition, we advise market participants under investigation by the financial regulators, helping them to navigate the best way through.


We are equally experienced in fraud claims. We advise clients such as private equity houses, investment banks, hedge funds and high-net-worth individuals. We work across all sectors, including pharmaceuticals and life sciences, real estate, retail and hotels.

King & Wood Mallesons’ legal advice covers all aspects of fraud law, including:

  • Anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and other anti-corruption measures
  • Breaches of duty
  • Freezing, asset tracing search and seize orders
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigations
  • Negligence in fraud detection
  • Compliance and risk reduction
  • Asset tracing.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

We were at the forefront of the drive that saw mediation become an integral part of the legal landscape in Europe in the early 2000s and, as a result our Alternative Dispute Resolution lawyers are known for their adaptability to changing circumstances and can help you find ways of achieving favourable outcomes and settlements in the face of seemingly entrenched positions.

We represent a wide variety of corporate and financial clients across a broad range of industry sectors and in a number of jurisdictions on alternative dispute resolution options and tactics including:

  • As advocates in mediations or conciliations (often involving multiple parties)
  • Advising in and conducting expert determinations
  • Acting in Early Neutral Evaluations
  • Acting in arbitrations as counsel or arbitrator pursuant to a variety of arbitration rules and in a number of jurisdictions.

International Arbitration

We also advise on all aspects of international arbitration law. This includes:

  • Acting in arbitrations as counsel or arbitrator before the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), and the Dubai International Financial Centre’s (DIFC) joint venture with the LCIA
  • Obtaining freezing orders and other emergency court relief in aid of arbitrations around the world
  • Drafting complex dispute resolution provisions and arbitration clauses for use in cross-border agreements
  • Managing related and/or concurrent arbitration and court proceedings in jurisdictions around the world.

our expertise in Dispute Resolution & Litigation


First-class ability to organise flexible teams to meet the challenges of successfully running big arbitrations.


An excellent and diverse team. They are a pleasure to deal with and are very results-focused.


KWM is an excellent and focused team which routinely punches above its weight in terms of the instructions it obtains. Its lawyers have excellent industry knowledge and technical skill.


KWM has an excellent team of lawyers, with the right person for each aspect of the job from partner to paralegal. They worked very effectively with counsel and the lay client. I would be extremely happy to work with them again and to recommend them.

Legal 500 2021

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