Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Formulating arguments. Drafting witness statements. Studying case law. In this practice you'll be involved in a range of diverse and intellectually stimulating work.

We handle defamation claims, investigate regulatory issues and conduct arbitrations to resolve international commercial disputes. It's complex work, often involving multiple claims and parties. We always start by aiming to help clients avoid disputes and the associated risks. If we do take a dispute to arbitration, we regularly explore alternative forms of resolution. Our challenge is to reach an efficient, effective solution that benefits all sides.

Our work falls into three areas: Commercial Litigation, Regulatory Enforcement & White Collar, and International Arbitration. Frequently working with other practice areas, these teams combine local capabilities with global expertise.

Your work may involve case law, legislation research and meeting clients or Counsel. You could be formulating arguments, drafting witness statements and attending case management conferences, or possibly court. Through our pro bono work you may also be involved in advocacy for charities or NGOs. Any case you work on could be newsworthy. Each will be challenging and rewarding.

We advised a major global investment bank on the disciplinary proceedings taken against employees based in the UK, US and elsewhere arising out of the investigation by various enforcement bodies into the setting of LIBOR rates.

We represented Citi on the bank's successful defence against Terra Firma's £1.5bn law suit before Mr Justice Burton in the High Court in London. During its eight year life, over 50 Clifford Chance partners advised on the case, from across every practice and from every region.

We advised Autonomy founder Mike Lynch against allegations of financial impropriety and misrepresentation made by Hewlett Packard (HP), which acquired Lynch's software company in 2011 for $11 bn (£6.8 bn). This is a high-profile, high-value dispute involving litigation and civil and criminal investigations on both sides of the Atlantic.