Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution


From resolving highly complex litigation challenges to routine business problems, WLA’s formidable Litigation Practice Group advises clients on dispute resolution on a global and country specific scale. Many members are recognized by peers and leading authorities in their respective jurisdictions for excellence as civil litigators and trial lawyers in courts and tribunals throughout the world. Because of their expertise, the group holds regular client webinars on topical, often industry-focused, litigation issues.

From knowledge of local court rules and procedures, to familiarity with individual members of the local bench and bar, perhaps no area of the law requires truly local guidance like dispute resolution.

At the same time, dispute resolution is becoming increasingly complex and now routinely involves international considerations including multi-national parties, global impacts and cross-border enforcement issues.

Litigants seeking trial counsel in a foreign jurisdiction face the daunting task of attempting to select the right counsel with limited knowledge of the available options, their true qualifications or their standing in the local market place. WLA is an invaluable resource in providing solutions to these challenges.

Areas of focus

  • Alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration
  • Antitrust and trade regulation
  • Business torts
  • Class action litigation
  • Complex contract litigation
  • Lender liability and banking litigation
  • Unfair trade practices litigation
  • Real estate litigation
  • International business disputes

Arbitration & Mediation

Arbitration and mediation is an increasingly popular alternative to litigation through the courts and used successfully by clients in a variety of private and commercial dispute resolution situations. WLA’s Arbitration and Mediation Group represents the collective strength of trained and experienced mediators in 60 countries. Typical work includes resolving disputes in competition, corporate, investments, employment and family.

The WLA Advantage

It can be tempting for a globally integrated business to turn to a single so-called “global” law firm to attempt to meet all its legal needs, but the danger with such an approach is that it may fail to take sufficient account of local cultural sensitivities and social expectations. Custom and practice does not always translate easily across borders, and many “global” law firms are not truly global or truly local.

A WLA team can avoid these pitfalls. Every WLA firm is embedded in its local market, and offers a vast wealth of experience in representing clients in complex commercial disputes in the local jurisdiction and beyond.

We work with clients of all sizes, from start-ups looking to expand internationally for the first time, to owner-managed businesses, high net worth individuals throughout the world and multinationals looking for a trustworthy and reliable provider to manage their ongoing dispute resolution needs.

The WLA International Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution team provides fast, proactive and practical legal support.

Tough yet approachable, technically precise and commercially aware, our specialists across the globe have the expertise to handle nearly any type of adversarial dispute or proceedings, with a unique combination of the invaluable local perspective that comes with truly local expertise and the global insight that comes from years of handling complex matters for international clients.

Key Areas of Focus

Our dispute resolution lawyers handle every conceivable variety of proceedings in every jurisdiction across a wide variety of industries and involving an extensive range of legal subjects, including court proceedings (in courts of first instance and appellate courts), administrative proceedings, and international arbitrations.

Our lawyers are highly skilled and experienced in alternative dispute resolution techniques and methods such as mediation, expert determination and negotiation. We bring those skills to bear in seeking to resolve your dispute as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, including where possible before litigation or arbitration becomes necessary.

In addition, our team includes several highly respected certified neutrals with extensive experience serving as arbitrators in international arbitration and as mediators worldwide.