A noted arbitration lawyer, Hendrik helps clients resolve corporate, commercial and construction disputes. He combines assertive case management with an excellent record for achieving settlements. Multilingual and dual-qualified in England and Germany, Hendrik is ideally placed to assist with international cases.
Hendrik is a partner in Farrer & Co’s disputes practice, where he co-heads the arbitration team.
He represents entrepreneurs, family offices and companies in a variety of contentious matters. His cases range from post-m&a, joint venture and franchising disputes to delay claims in construction and shipbuilding, from proceedings against former directors for breach of their duties to insurance coverage claims, and from expropriation claims against governments to shipping disputes.
Hendrik has particular expertise in commercial and investor-state arbitration. He has been party representative in proceedings under numerous rules, including LCIA, ICC, VIAC, SIAC, DIS, LMAA, UNCITRAL and ICSID. In addition, Hendrik has been appointed as an arbitrator.
Arbitration-related court proceedings are another area of expertise. Hendrik frequently assists with enforcing arbitral awards in the UK and abroad. He has also handled appeals, annulment proceedings and injunction applications.
Most of Hendrik's cases involve an international element. He is at ease with clients, counterparties and arbitrators with a cultural background other than his own. In addition to being an English Solicitor-Advocate, Hendrik is qualified in Germany and also admitted in Ireland and Northern Ireland. He is a native German speaker and a certified German/English legal translator. He also has a solid knowledge of Russian and Polish.
Hendrik aims to resolve disputes swiftly and without delay. He is frequently asked to advise on dispute avoidance strategies in order to ensure that issues do not arise in the first place or are settled early on. He has an exceptionally strong record for achieving amicable resolutions on advantageous terms. Where matters cannot be resolved without legal proceedings, Hendrik is known for his assertive, no-nonsense approach to case management and advocacy.
In addition to client work, Hendrik regularly publishes on arbitration issues and is general editor of the forthcoming first edition of Butterworths Challenges in Arbitration. He is a Fellow Commoner of Clare Hall, Cambridge, Visiting Senior Lecturer in International Commercial Law at Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria) and regular guest lecturer at Exeter University.