Our specialist solicitors can help you resolve international and cross-border disputes efficiently and cost-effectively. We’ll minimise disruption for your business and help you achieve a successful outcome in line with your business objectives.

We know that international litigation involves a level of risk for any business. But you can minimise this risk with our UK-based team and international legal network behind you.

Our lawyers are here to support your business through all types of cross-border and multi-jurisdiction disputes. We’ll get to know you and your business objectives, break down the technical details, explain the commercial impact for your organisation, and put a pragmatic plan of action in place. We’ll help you prevent disputes wherever possible and develop creative resolutions when disputes are unavoidable.

And our flexible funding structures mean you get the support you need with a cost-effective package tailored to your unique circumstances and appetite for risk.

These disputes don’t happen in isolation. They can have wide-ranging and lasting effects for your organisation. You need advisors who understand your business, its market, and its long-term goals. We don’t just advise on single disputes – we work with you to build lasting processes that protect your interests, protect your reputation and prevent disputes before they happen.

Call us today on 0370 1500 100 or contact us online to find out more.

How Can We Help?

We help resolve international disputes for businesses of all sizes, across all industry sectors.

Our solicitors can advise and represent your business during negotiations, mediation, arbitration, and court proceedings. We can also help prevent potential disputes or help you prepare for a dispute you think is coming.

We’re experienced with:

You can also benefit from our extensive experience on:

  • Advising on which country’s court is most likely to give you the best outcome for your dispute (forum shopping)
  • Asset tracing and recovery, including worldwide freezing orders and injunctions
  • Helping foreign lawyers get evidence in the UK for foreign proceedings
  • Enforcing foreign court judgments and arbitration awards against UK-based defendants.

Our International Network

We’re members of First Law International, a global network of over 17,000 lawyers operating in more than 100 legal jurisdictions around the world. When you work with us, you can access this entire organisation with a dedicated Irwin Mitchell contact co-ordinating the project for you.

Whether through FLI or our other ‘best friend’ networks, we’ll quickly recommend lawyers who understand the local regulatory requirements in whichever jurisdiction you need. We’ll also help you choose partners whose ways of working match your own business culture.

Our network covers Asia (including India and China), North America, European countries (including France, Germany, Spain, Russia, and the Netherlands), the Middle East, and the Channel Islands.

Why Choose Us?

Our clients don’t just get a lawyer – they get a dedicated strategic partner.

You’ll get insights into legal developments for your industry and advice on how to prepare for future risks. Our experts are available for legal secondments within your business and bespoke training programmes for your staff. Using our extensive international network, we’ll also help you connect with the right people and organisations around the world to achieve your wider business objectives.

We’re one of the most active litigation firms in the UK, and have experience all the way to the Supreme Court. When disputes are unavoidable, you can trust us to fight your corner and support you every step of the way. Aligning with your business objectives, we’ll go the extra mile to find imaginative solutions – negotiation, mediation, litigation, arbitration, or other alternative dispute resolution methods.

We know that different businesses have different approaches to risk. We're not afraid to share the risk of litigation with you. We make sure to offer everyone the most appropriate funding option so you can pursue or defend a claim at minimal or no cost – find out about our litigation funding options.

Contact Us

Whatever your dispute is about and wherever it is happening, our International & Cross-Border Disputes solicitors can help. Contact us today or call 0370 1500 100 and speak to a member of our team.

Case Study – $10 Million Breach Of Confidence And Patent Entitlement Claim

We helped two UK subsidiaries of a NASDAQ listed company claim over $10million against former employees and a competitor in the English High Court.

The claims involved highly complex semiconductor integrated circuit design. Our clients alleged that the defendants had misused their confidential information, intellectual property and trade secrets to design competing products and obtain UK and US patents.

Our team worked closely with our clients’ technical teams in the UK and US, world-leading academic experts, and a multi-disciplinary counsel team across two leading London Chambers.

After mediation and extensive settlement discussions, we negotiated a final settlement that met our clients’ commercial and financial objectives.


We are pleased with the outcome of this lawsuit and are resolute in our belief that our innovation, intellectual property and trade secrets need to be vigorously protected across all regions of the world, and we will seek to defend the company against any unfair practices that we believe hurts our shareholder value.”

Clients' CEO

This case shows our experience in commercially sensitive matters involving complex and highly technical evidence.

Our team is regularly involved in high value disputes that have an international aspect, and we were able to adapt quickly to the particular demands of our client."

Hannah Clipston, Partner

Awards & Accreditations

We’re proud of the recognition we’ve received for our business legal work. For a list of awards and accreditations, please visit our awards page.

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Recent Work

£417m property portfolio sale for an off-shore company

Involving urgent legal issues arising out of the sell including extensive negotiations, 4 mediations, liaising with accountants on financial models, and complex drafting.

Supreme Court inheritance tax appeal

Successfully appealed an HMRC decision that IHT applied for donations from UK estates to non-EU charities.

Financial services

Representing a state affiliated bank in India in a guarantee claim against guarantors, obtaining judgments against the defendants, with a combined value of around  4 million euros.

Trademark infringement litigation in the US

Acted for an Lichtenstein entity who was pursuing a claim in the US against a household name drinks manufacturer, to get evidence from witnesses in the UK using the UK Letters of Request process.

Compensation for 350 timeshare fraud victims

Secured a £3.5m freezing order and appeared in court in Madrid to secure £10m worth of assets.

Dispute settlement for African airline

Successfully negotiated a settlement before the dispute, regarding a breach of an aircraft purchase and product support agreement.

We Work Nationally

We have offices in major cities throughout the UK and our lawyers can arrange to visit you or your business in person if necessary. We also have international capability, with global links to other legal specialists.

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Business News

Our lawyers are regularly asked to provide expert insight, advice and analysis for the national media. Take a look at the stories below to see what we’re saying, as well as some of the recent deals we have completed for our clients here in the UK and abroad.

Testimonials & Feedback

We truly value the feedback we receive from both our clients and legal accreditation societies, such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

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"They are very responsive, very thorough, and maintain dialogue with the client as though they were part of the team."

Chambers & Partners, 2020

"Irwin Mitchell adopt a calm and considered approach to litigation, which is reassuring and sets them apart from other legal teams."

Legal 500, 2020

"The practice’s strength in commercial litigation is to be able to provide an expert and focused service that remains personal and client-responsive."

Legal 500, 2022