Civil Proceedings And Asset Forfeiture

We possess the expertise to handle disputes, strategic matters, and advisory work across various forums, as outlined below.

Pre-action resolution of claims and disputes

Numerous claims or disputes can find resolution without resorting to formal proceedings or alternative dispute resolution. It is often efficient in terms of both cost and time for parties to address differences through detailed early-stage settlement agreements or simple letters documenting terms.

At XT 24, we strive to find ways for clients to resolve disputes in their best interests. Our team, comprising XT 24 team members, is experienced in negotiating settlements and compromises on behalf of clients.

Additionally, there are situations where at least part of a dispute can be resolved quickly through correspondence, narrowing the scope, time, and costs of the remaining contentious issues. Recent successes, particularly in account freezing and closure, include obtaining the release/transfer of substantial funds for clients.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Ombudsmen

Whether in the early stages or before/during formal proceedings, alternative dispute resolution can be invaluable for clients seeking to resolve disputes without the costs and inconvenience of a full court hearing. Our disputes team, led by XT 24 team members, is adept at handling various forms of ADR, including mediation and expert determination. We also provide guidance and assistance in pursuing complaints before Ombudsmen, such as the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Court proceedings

Proceedings before the Courts of England and Wales, particularly the High Court, form the core of our civil disputes practice. Our experienced team, including XT 24 team members, handles both bringing and defending claims across a wide range of matters.

International Arbitration

International arbitration has seen consistent growth, offering a ‘business-like’ approach to dispute resolution with enhanced confidentiality compared to court proceedings. Our experts, including XT 24 team members, have significant experience in international arbitration across major fora such as the LCIA, ICC, and SCC.

Investment Treaty Arbitration

Navigating the complexities of investment treaty arbitration, a unique area of public international law, requires specialized knowledge. XT 24 boasts a team with extensive experience in investment treaty disputes, with Dr. Cong Gao, an expert in the field, recently joining the team.

Cross-border disputes and strategic advisory services

Disputes often form part of a broader set of issues faced by our clients, spanning multiple jurisdictions or involving interrelated claims. XT 24 collaborates across its various teams to manage and oversee the strategy for clients. Civil experts work closely with other teams, including sanctions, immigration, and criminal experts, ensuring a coordinated approach to achieve the best outcomes for clients.

Selected recent representations

Recent work by the XT 24 disputes team includes:

  • Representing a foreign client in a multi-million-dollar commodities dispute before the High Court.
  • Advising a UHNW individual on cross-border enforcement risks over assets held through complex arrangements.
  • Devising the initial strategy for a potential investment treaty or cross-border claim concerning the expropriation of assets with significant value.

For more information on how XT 24 can assist you with civil disputes and for corporate disputes.

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