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International Arbitration

We act for clients in large-scale arbitrations governed under various arbitration rules and ad hoc commercial arbitrations. Our clients benefit from our in-depth legal analysis, industry knowledge and strategy in building and presenting the facts. We are recognised for our expertise in obtaining interim relief from Courts in support of the arbitrations.

In 2019, Trevor Mascarenhas won the Client Choice Award for Arbitration and ADR in the UK. The Client Choice Awards recognise those partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client service they provide. The criteria for the awards focus on the ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond other players in the market. Uniquely, these awards survey senior corporate counsel only.

PCB has been instructed in relation to a number of domestic and international arbitrations, both ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations under various institutional rules such as those of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Association, the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA). These have included:

  • LCIA arbitrations concerning

    • A US$2bn mining industry claim which involved allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy, with related injunctive proceedings in Cyprus.

    • The management control of energy companies worth US$1bn.

    • The broadcasting of an international television channel in Asia.

    • Joint venture/shareholder disputes relating to property developments.

  • ICC arbitrations concerning

    • A multi-million dollar breach of contract relating to an African mine.

    • The oil industry and related injunctive proceedings to the value of US$50m.

    • A joint venture dispute in the construction industry to the value of $10m.

  • An SCC arbitration worth US$450m involving the oil and gas sector with related proceedings in numerous other jurisdictions.

  • A US$1bn mining industry Zurich arbitration.

  • A UNCITRAL arbitration in connection with a US$15million dispute with regard to the tender for the supply of oil production equipment in Kazakhstan.
  • An AAA arbitration in respect of the scope of environmental pollution liability.

  • An LMAA arbitration in respect of a hire charge dispute and arrest of a vessel in Italy.

  • Ad hoc arbitrations concerning

    • A multi-million dollar construction dispute involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty.

    • Acting for a state-owned shipping company in a multi-million dollar dispute over the purchase of a vessel alleged to involve the making of corrupt payments.

    • The ownership of land to be developed for the purposes of Heathrow Terminal 5.

    • The betting industry including the obtaining of freezing orders in support.

  • Applications to the Courts of various jurisdictions in respect of

    • Enforcing of Awards including a c. £130m+ award against a State against the background of the Achmea decision

    • Opposing enforcement of Awards.

    • Challenging Awards.

    • Obtaining evidence in support of arbitrations.

    • Obtaining injunctive relief in support of arbitrations including a €225m worldwide freezing order in support of a LCIA arbitration

  • Advising on prospective investment treaty arbitrations and investment disputes against various states in Europe, Africa and Asia.

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