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A leading set specialising in commercial, construction, insurance and property law


Hardwicke has many years’ experience advising and acting for clients world-wide and much of our work has its centre overseas. Our members are regularly instructed to appear as advocates in international commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation and several of our members are bilingual and others have been called to the bar in other jurisdictions.

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  • Europe

    Our members are frequently engaged in disputes throughout Europe; some recent example of our work include:


    • Substantial dispute relating to the supply of manufacturing equipment.


    • Contested probate dispute and anti-suit injunction.
    • Dispute relating to the defective manufacture and supply of glass spandrel panels.


    • Dispute relating to the purchase of development land.


    • Charterparty dispute against Russian owners.


    • £30m claim relating to the sale of a hotel.


    • Yacht collision


    • Multi-million pound adjudication relating to the failure of dewatering wells on a major infrastructure project.
    • Substantial dispute relating to the catastrophic failure of a sports centre roof.

    Isle of Man

    • Major contaminated land dispute.
    • Advising and acting in dispute over rights to quarry.


    • Ownership and devolution of a large estate in Umbria.


    • Dispute relating to duties of German fiduciaries in multiple jurisdictions.


    • $330m USD commercial fraud involving Russian banking transactions.


    • Dispute alleging conspiracy and dishonest assistance by Swiss national against the Zambian government.


    • Advising on jurisdictional issues in dispute between Turkish steel fabricators and German counterparty.
  • Middle East

    We have extensive experience of disputes in the Middle East and our members often appear before the DIFC and the Dubai World tribunal as well as acting in international arbitrations in relation to a range of disputes throughout the region. Examples of our recent work include:

    Emirate of Dubai

    • Representing several UK property investors in claims in excess of AED 1bn brought against property developers under UAE law before the Dubai World Tribunal.
    • AED 210 million (approx. $55m USD) claim for breach of contract against property development company with counterclaim of AED 810 million.
    • AED 57 million (approx. $15m USD) claim for recovery of sums paid to the developer of the World islands.
    • AED 310 million (approx. $80m USD) claim for breach of contract against property development company for failure to provide infrastructure.
    • Substantial arbitration regarding the failure of a dock wall.
    • Dispute relating to the design and construction of the Formula 1 Exhibition centre.
    • Representing General Counsel and CEO of global property developer in respect of their employment rights under UAE law and claims for payment of severance in excess of $3m USD.
    • Representing tower block developer in AED 250m unfair termination claim brought under UAE law before the Dubai International Financial Centre.
    • Advising on and drafting CFAs for use in litigation before the Dubai World Tribunal.


    • $1bn USD dispute relating to the failure of an Ethane Cracker and pipeline.
    • Failure of a melamine plant in Doha.

    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    • Claims for Extension of time and compensation in respect of $250m M&E works at the King Abdullah Financial District.


    • Cargo claim in relation to spoliation of goods.
  • Asia/Pacific

    Hardwicke has considerable experience in disputes across Asia and the Pacific:

    • Advising on the insurance impact of the SARS outbreak in various Asian jurisdictions


    • Representing power company in ICSID arbitration against Cambodian Government.


    • Complex off-hire dispute, acting for shipowners who refused to load Indian iron ore whose moisture content made it dangerous to carry due to the danger of liquefaction


    • Charterparty arbitration under Inter-Club Agreement 1996


    • Acting for Korean shipyard in relation to injuries during construction of bulk carrier


    • Dispute regarding the calling of a performance Bond.

    New Zealand

    • Acting for a New Zealand bank in relation to the import and sale of a super maxi racing yacht against which they had a registered ship mortgage.


    • Claim by Taiwanese shipowners against their hull underwriters following the constructive total loss by reason of fire.


    • Dispute regarding the failure of foundations in a chemical plant.


    • Claim regarding failure of curtain walling to high rise offices.
    • SIAC arbitration relating to a vessel chartered under the SUPPLYTIME form that was said to suffered from underperformance, defects and over-consumption
    • SIAC arbitration between Dubai and Indian trading entities relating to commodities sale and repurchase agreements.
  • Americas

    We have extensive experience of acting in the Americas and a number of our members are called to the bar of the Cayman Islands and the bar of the Eastern Caribbean. Other members seek ad hoc accreditation when necessary in order to appear before courts in the region. Some example of our recent work include:


    • Acting as an expert witness in English jurisdictional law and procedure in New Jersery proceedings for Russian clients regarding a vessel registered in Bermuda.
    • Working with Floridian attorneys to enforce a UK judgment against Floridian property.
    • Claim for franchise termination fees from an Italian franchisee in respect of 7 hotels.
    • Advising on the failure of a Race Course surface.


    • Advising on negligent property transaction.
    • Various claims relating to Bahamian trust deeds.


    • Advising in relation to a series of fraudulent transactions.

    Cayman Islands

    • $150m USD arbitration relating to damage to a hotel development during hurricane Ivan.
    • Acting for the Attorney General of the Cayman Islands in an appeal relating to validity of CFAs in various Caribbean jurisdictions.
    • Appeal relating to insurance coverage following a catastrophic injury to third parties.
    • Advising in relation to a catastrophic injury on site claim.


    • ICC Arbitration regarding the collapse of the trans Jamaican highway
  • Africa

    Hardwicke has a growing presence in Africa and often advises in commercial, construction, shipping and insurance disputes in the region. Recently our members have been involved in the following cases:

    Equatorial Guinea

    • Substantial dispute relating to the failure of an oil refinery.


    • Cross-jurisdictional employment rights of UK director seconded to Guinea company.


    • Acting and advising in relation to disputed property transactions.


    • Indemnities under various policies of insurance for the owners of warehoused cargo lost as a result of 3 separate casualties.

    St Helena & Ascension Island

    • Claim against government of Ascension Island for damage to a vessel due to negligent lifting operations.


    • Advising the owners of a bulk carrier on insurance implications and tactics after the vessel and crew were seized by pirates.


    • Validity of various currency exchange transactions under Zambian banking law.