Our clients turn to us when they are faced with disputes which are critical to their interests. They have confidence in our ability to deal with complex, high-value and sensitive issues and to deliver the best possible outcome.
We are experts in many types of dispute resolution, including
- High-value contentious trusts and estates litigation
- Commercial litigation for corporates, family businesses and HNW/UHNW individuals
- Litigation involving banks and financial services products
- Boardroom, senior executive, shareholder and partnership disputes
- IP, technology and data-related disputes
- Property litigation
- International arbitration
- Tax litigation, and
- Privacy, defamation and reputation management.
Each client and each dispute is unique. We provide pragmatic advice about the merits of a case and explore all available options for its resolution, from informal negotiations and mediation through to full trial in court.
Many clients’ preference is to achieve an early consensual resolution and in these cases we devise a strategy which will optimise their negotiating position. Where early settlement is not an option, we are proactive and tenacious litigators – we are highly experienced in handling challenging litigation.
Much of our litigation has an international dimension. We have strong relationships with lawyers in many overseas jurisdictions and have been involved in proceedings in the Bahamas, Bermuda, BVI, Cayman, Cyprus, Guernsey, Jersey, Singapore, Switzerland and TCI.
At Farrer & Co we pride ourselves on our client care and have a reputation for excellence in both the quality of our advice and how it is delivered. Our partner-led teams are highly responsive, acting quickly to provide clear and commercially astute solutions, ensuring that our clients are always well informed and in control.
The Litigation team left no stone unturned... Their ability to adapt to changes and the ebb and flow of an arduous process with numerous legal twists highlighted a creativeness that was a feature of the entire team. Never losing sight of common sense, the advice was always measured and supported by a clarity of presentation that allowed the Board to continually assess its options in an informed manner.
Arbitration is an ever more popular choice for those seeking to resolve high-value disputes away from state courts. It may be the right route for you because proceedings can be private in a way that court cases are not, perhaps due to the perception of flexibility around procedures, or because you are confident that decisions made are easier to enforce across international borders. Whatever the context, we support clients in a wide variety of sectors through every stage of the arbitration process.
Acting for claimants and respondents, our deep experience in the field extends to commercial, investor-state and family arbitration matters, and encompasses international and domestic disputes. The range and variety of our practice is huge, but we have one guiding principle: to support you to achieve a commercially sensible outcome. With that in mind, we have an exceptionally strong track record for resolving disputes amicably. Clients trust us to support them in the most challenging scenarios because they know we will try to contain rather than escalate matters, at every stage. We understand the pressures involved, both financial and personal.
Our expertise spans disputes in sectors including oil and gas, mining, construction, telecoms and media, fashion and retail. We have handled a wide range of complex, high-value cases from sale-of-goods disputes, to those relating to mergers and joint ventures, shipping and ship building arbitrations, construction disputes, intellectual property and IT claims and expropriation actions. Our expert lawyers are familiar with the rules of the major arbitral institutions, having conducted cases under, among others, the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), the German Arbitration Institute (DIS), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and United Nation Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules. We also advise on ad hoc arbitration proceedings.
As a firm, we are recognised for our sensitivity and expertise in advising families and individuals with significant wealth and complex needs. In this context we regularly advise on matrimonial arbitrations, arbitrations among the owners of family businesses, offshore trust arbitrations and arbitration claims under partnership agreements.
Whatever the challenge you face, we will guide you through all stages of the arbitral process with sensitivity and discretion. From drafting arbitration clauses to pre-action case analysis and negotiations, through to selecting the tribunal, agreeing procedure and making written submissions, and on to conducting hearings and finally to enforcing awards both in the UK and abroad.
Most of our work is international in nature and we have a long history of working with clients and intermediaries in other parts of the world. Our team has extensive experience in multi-jurisdiction arbitrations. Although we principally advise on English law, our arbitration specialists are qualified in several jurisdictions (both common law and civil law). We are familiar with many legal systems, traditions and procedures. We regularly act as local co-counsel in London-based arbitrations that involve the laws of other countries (examples include Austrian, Brazilian, French and German law, and the laws of several African, Caribbean and US jurisdictions). We are also instructed by colleagues from other countries to assist with English-law arbitrations seated elsewhere in the world. We pride ourselves in forging close and effective working relationships with those partners from other jurisdictions.
Farrer & Co has "truly excellent commercial litigators." - Legal 500
The experienced team of litigators at Farrer & Co deals with high-value and complex commercial disputes, often with an international element. We are focussed on achieving the best possible outcome for our clients, whilst minimising the disruption and cost to their business.
Our clients include
- Businesses: private companies, family businesses and partnerships
- Financial services businesses: private banks, asset managers and wealth managers
- Individuals: HNW and UHNW individuals, family offices, investors, art collectors, established entrepreneurs and senior executives, and
- Institutions: cultural institutions, universities and schools.
We understand that a significant commercial dispute can be damaging and even critical to our clients’ businesses, and can require sensitive handling and an urgent response. We pride ourselves in the quality and the responsiveness of the service we deliver.
We have significant experience across a broad array of issues, for example disputes arising out of breaches of contract, professional negligence, regulatory breaches and financial mis-selling, fraud and asset tracing, the provenance and authenticity of artwork, the recovery of stolen art, shareholder claims including unfair prejudice petitions and derivative actions, breaches of employment contracts, and insolvency.
We routinely provide pre-action advice when commercial and financial transactions show signs of becoming contentious; we get to the heart of the issues and ensure that our clients are fully aware of their legal position and are optimally placed to negotiate. When disputes arise, we help our clients to navigate through the full life cycle of the litigation or arbitration process through to trial or earlier settlement. We frequently handle challenging and urgent litigation and arbitration.
Often our cases have a cross-border element and we frequently represent clients from overseas. Having developed a network of foreign lawyers, we are well placed to supplement our advice where appropriate with input from foreign litigation counsel. We also have strong relationships with industry experts, PR advisers and litigation funders.
"A strong, joined-up and cohesive unit. They provide a client experience that is second to none." - Chambers UK 2017
Financial services businesses and individuals working within financial services are required to navigate an increasingly complex environment. Litigation, regulatory investigations, enforcement action and financial crime can have profound and long-lasting impacts on both businesses and individuals. We have deep-rooted experience of advising clients in matters before the English civil and criminal courts and involving regulatory institutions, which include the Financial Conduct Authority, the SFO, the City of London Police and overseas financial authorities and regulators.
Our team is accustomed to handling the most complex, high-profile, high-value and international/cross-border matters. We offer expert, strategic advice to guide our clients through a range of complex and serious issues.
We act for a varied client base, much of which is long-established, which includes commercial, retail and private banks, private equity and hedge funds, wealth managers, inter-dealer brokers, corporate finance advisory firms, boards of directors, senior executives, insolvency practitioners and private individuals. We advise on a diverse range of finance-related matters, such as finance products and structures, investigations by financial authorities and regulators, fraud and asset tracing.
With the increasingly international nature of litigation, regulatory investigations, enforcement and financial crime, our clients benefit from our long-established links with market-leading overseas law firms and firms providing complementary expert services across the globe.
"Farrer & Co … provides practical, sensible advice; anyone can get you into litigation, but Farrers can get you out" - Chambers UK
Property disputes cannot always be avoided and are sometimes necessary. We approach disputes proactively and strategically with the intention of resolving them quickly and pragmatically. Sometimes this is possible through negotiation and mediation but if necessary we deploy our extensive court and tribunal experience in order to protect our clients’ interests.
The team acts for clients across all of the firm's sectors resulting in a unique client base ranging from high net worth individuals and families, to privately-owned businesses, educational and not for profit organisations and financial institutions. The resulting strength and depth of the team's technical expertise is well recognised. The team regularly handles complex, valuable and high-profile disputes including
- Commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes
- Contractual interpretation, including development agreements and agreements for sale and purchase
- Enforcement, removal or modification of restrictive covenants
- Adverse possession and trespass
- Rights of way, boundary disputes, rights to light and party walls
- Determining beneficial interests in property
- Property related insolvency
- Collective enfranchisement, lease extensions and tenants' right of first refusal
- Professional negligence
- Planning and construction disputes, and
- Agricultural property disputes.
We help our clients to navigate disputes when they arise, providing high-quality bespoke advice. We can also share with our clients the benefit of our long-established links with other property professionals such as specialist surveyors and valuers to act as experts and advisers when needed. Our approach helps us to deliver tailored solutions to our clients’ issues and disputes when they arise.
"They are extremely effective and commercial, and they offer top quality advice" - Chambers UK