Belgravia Law office. 65 Sloane Street London SW1X 9SH.

Representative Cases

Representing an African State in an ICSID arbitration relating to a multi-billion construction project.
Representing an ex-USSR State in an ICSID arbitration relating to an investment into a strategically crucial telecommunications company.
Representing a Latin American State in an investment arbitration arising out of the alleged expropriation of concessions.
Our lawyers have recently represented clients in the following fields:

Sanctions

Representing an English company in its successful judicial review of OFSI’s lack of response to a licence application that would have resulted in the bankruptcy of the client entity. One of the first cases of its kind.
Representing an international IT company to challenge its sanctions designation in a claim against the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs (FCDO). The first challenge to be heard under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (SAMLA) in the English High Court.
Successfully gaining licences permitting private investors to have their securities released from Euroclear, a central securities depository in Belgium.
Representing an automotive company to challenge closure of its bank accounts held by an English plc on the basis of unfair discrimination.

Commercial and Investment Arbitration

Contentious Trusts

Applying for a licence from the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (BVI Regulator) permitting two trusts to appoint service providers allowing those companies to function once again securing the interests of the 40 healthcare and IT companies owned by those trust entities.
Procuring confirmation from OFSI for a trust client that it does not have a UK nexus (transactions are not caught by sanctions) and so money held by its bank can be transferred, unfreezing the money and allowing it to be paid out to beneficiaries and once again earn interest.
Defending eight trust and corporate entities against a USD 3 billion without notice freezing injunction obtained in England, BVI, IOM and Jersey by a large crude oil producer.

Financial Disputes

Representing various sanctioned businesses and individuals in disputes with investment banks and wealth management firms, in relation to suspensions of accounts, refusal to execute orders, withdrawal of facilities and services and migration of accounts to new providers.
Providing expert opinions on English law in relation to international bondholder disputes and securities litigation.
Representing the sellers of a multinational business against the buyers in relation to claims for deferred consideration and counterclaims for breaches of warranty.
Representing banks and customers in mis-selling and securities fraud disputes.
Representing a Cyprus manufacturing and supply company with King’s Counsel to advise on its liability under divorce proceedings in the UK based on jurisdictional issues, post-nuptial agreements and related child abduction proceedings. Value of EUR 250 million.
Representing the husband in Supreme Court proceedings to set aside leave for an application for financial relief under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984. Despite an award of millions of dollars (equivalent) already being awarded to the wife she claims damages of USD billions.

Commercial Litigation

Representing the ex-wife of a well-known billionaire in a dispute over the family home, located in the English countryside.

Matrimonial Disputes

Acting for a real estate developer in a High Court joint venture dispute in relation to property located abroad but subject to English jurisdiction by way of a shareholders’ agreement.
Representing the minority shareholders of a mining plc in a corporate dispute to the value of £10 billion.
Acting for a claimant in a commercial dispute against an African State under ICC Rules.

IT and Crypto Disputes

Representing an IT distributor in arbitration and litigation in the UK, EU, and US against top hardware and software vendors.
Renegotiation of a 'turnkey' software implementation contract. Assessing damages caused by failure to implement the project in time.
Representing a cryptocurrency exchange in discussions with a financial regulator to ensure compliance with financial promotion requirements.
Renegotiation of a software implementation contract with a telecoms operator in the Middle East.
Representing a Kazakh Bitcoin mining entity in a dispute with a power producer following the illegal confiscation of Bitcoin producing servers.
Representing the Part 20 Defendant in a shareholder dispute. The dispute involved multiple IT businesses, including one particularly well-known in the domain of mobile navigation applications. As a result of our work, the client was able to negotiate a drop hands settlement to this multi-million dollar claim for a fraction of that cost in legal fees.