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International Trade & Commodities

Pinsent Masons can offer experience across the globe of dealing with contentious, transactional and advisory aspects of international trade, transport and commodities matters.  We have a real understanding of our clients and the markets you work in.

We advise on and have experience of dealing with transactions and disputes of all types throughout the supply chain including commodities contracts, issues at port, sale of goods, import/export, letters of credit, bonds, guarantees, escrow and trust arrangements, bills of lading, carriage of goods, contracts of affreightment, limitation, and insurance and reinsurance. We also have experience of export licence controls.

We have many years experience of dealing with international trade arrangements on a wide variety of projects in a wide range of jurisdictions including Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and the Far East, and involve multi-disciplinary teams to manage such matters.

We are particularly experienced at handling multi jurisdictional matters and ensure that cases running simultaneously in two or more jurisdictions are handled in such a way as to maximise any opportunities that might exist.  We also advise our clients in connection with the enforcement of awards and judgments worldwide. 

We have experience of High Court and Admiralty actions, as well as arbitration under all major institutional rules such as ICC, LMAA, LCIA, DIAC, HKIAC, and SIAC.  We also have experience of handling arbitrations before trade tribunals as well as other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. 

Our international offices in key trade locations, including Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong, mean that our lawyers are on hand to help you achieve your objective, wherever you are located. 

Examples of recent work:

  • Claim in relation to international goods contracts and charter:  We recently acted for a supplier of raw material to the iron and steel industry in a successful recovery of a multi-million dollar payment under a sale of goods contract, obtaining injunctive relief and acting to prevent the arrest of a vessel.
  • Representing a North American commodity producer and seller in a contract dispute in relation to the international supply and sale of commodities in an ICC arbitration in London.
  • Representing a Singapore trading company in a contract dispute with their supplier in relation to the sale and purchase of coal in an ICC arbitration in Singapore.
  • Representing a Dubai trading company in a contract dispute with their supplier in relation to the sale and purchase of coal in an SIAC arbitration in Singapore.
  • Representing a Thai chemicals manufacturer in a contract dispute with their supplier in relation to the sale and purchase of sulphur in an ad hoc arbitration in Singapore.
  • Representing a US based company in a dispute in relation to loading of commodities at port
  • Claim in relation to the sale and classification of a vessel:  Representing vessel owners involved in multi jurisdictional litigation relating to the purchase, repair and classification of a vessel in an LMAA arbitration in London.