International

International

Global business and cross-border transactions and disputes do not always sit easily with national jurisdictions. Whether you are an overseas business or individual looking for advice on key English law issues, or a UK business thinking of entering the global market, we have the breadth and depth of experience to help.

For overseas clients our expertise covers :

  • Setting up a business in the UK
  • Acquiring a UK business
  • Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • Doing business in the UK (whether directly or through agency or distributorship arrangements)
  • Acquiring and Protecting Intellectual Property Rights
  • Visas and work permits
  • Investing in Real Estate
  • Regulatory issues
  • Raising money on the UK stock markets
  • To provide our UK clients with international legal advice, we have developed strong relationships with overseas lawyers across the globe.

In 1991 Ashfords founded the Advoc network of independent law firms, which now covers over 60 jurisdictions worldwide. Advoc firms are leading law firms within their own jurisdictions, chosen because of their wide experience of commercial work in their own countries. Please click here to visit the Advoc website.

Recent work

  • A €12m plus dispute for a Portuguese company in respect of investments made on its behalf by an English bank
  • Obtaining and serving an anti-suit injunction in Tunisia and commencing arbitration proceedings in London for a multinational oil company
  • Advising a company in Bahrain on an arbitration in London relating to commissions allegedly due
  • A contractual dispute in respect of blocks of time shares for a European based company

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Ian Daniells

Ian is a Senior Partner in the Dispute Resolution Team. He was Chief Executive of Ashfords from 2006 to 2012. Ian acts for commercial clients over a range of complex and contentious issues. His experience includes a growing amount of Commercial Court and Arbitration work for clients abroad where English law applies. In addition Ian has been a mediator since 1996. He regularly acts as a mediator in various forms of commercial disputes from large financial claims to family business and partnership breakdowns. Previously, Ian acted as Independent Assessor (a personal appointment) in respect of Equitable Life Pension claims undertaking a wide range of issues over approximately 450 cases.

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Mandatory mediation - a worthwhile experiment?

On Thursday 1st May 2014 Ashfords' London office hosted a presentation and debate on the European Mediation Directive which, in the six years since its adoption, has still not yet solved the ‘EU Mediation Paradox’ - for despite its proven and multiple benefits, mediation in civil and commercial matters is still used in less than 1% of the cases in the EU.

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Macromac PLC admitted to AIM

Ashfords LLP is pleased to announce that it has advised Macromac plc (the "Company") on its successful admission to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, dealings in the Company's shares having commenced on 20 September 2013.

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Jonathan Sharp

Jonathan is a Partner in our Commercial Litigation Team. He specialises in insurance for the aviation and marine industries. Jonathan fell in love with litigation and transport work at Elborne Mitchell before joining Ashfords.

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Arbitration or injunction: restraining foreign proceedings

In Bannai v Erez (Trustee in Bankruptcy of Eli Reifman) the High Court refused to set aside anti-suit injunctions obtained against an Israeli Trustee in Bankruptcy because a valid arbitration clause existed. December 2013's Cross Border Restructuring and Insolvency Update looks at the Court's decision in this case, as well as the powers of an English court to approve a scheme of arrangement for a company incorporated in the Netherlands (Re Magyar Telecom B.V.)

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Simon Rous

Simon is a Partner in the firm and Head of our Corporate and Commercial Team. He is a trusted adviser to public companies, start-up businesses, non-UK companies and venture capital investors, Simon specialises in mergers, acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, mbis/mbos, venture capital and shareholding structures.

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Acquiring abroad?

Ashfords partner Simon Rous writes for ACQ5 regarding the Global M&A Seminar on the 26 and 27 January 2014. Simon chaired the event with M&A professionals and industry leaders present from across the globe.

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Alan Bennett

The nature of the job means that knowledge of a raft of legal areas is needed and no two days are the same. The challenge of finding a result in a complex situation is something Alan greatly enjoys, along with the pride in having clients trust his judgement and seeking him out to solve their problems

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Ian Daniells is a major presence in the region. His practice spans regional, national and international work and his experience encompasses partnership disputes and professional negligence and shareholder, fiduciary duty and general contractual claims. He is also an accredited mediator.

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