Experience shows that court and arbitration proceedings as a way of resolving conflicts should only be a last resort, especially in economic conflicts. We advise our clients to seek out-of-court solutions if and to the extent that they are economically reasonable.
Sometimes, however, legal disputes cannot be avoided. Especially in cases with many parties involved, long chains of contracts and in international disputes, judicial and arbitration proceedings are a legal and strategic challenge, particularly if they are carried out simultaneously in several countries. Major legal disputes usually take several years. The course of civil proceedings is difficult to predict. This is precisely why conscientious preparation of proceedings is a prerequisite for a successful conclusion.
We plan lawsuits. We identify the strengths and weaknesses of our clients’ and of their opponents’ positions and we work together with our clients to improve their starting position. Only when all steps from the filing of a lawsuit to the conclusion of the proceedings have been determined and the client has made an informed decision, do we bring an action. The aim of this approach is to remain in the “driver’s seat” and be able to act throughout the entire course of the lawsuit.
What we were working on lately:
Conducting several extensive ICC arbitration proceedings on remuneration and damage cases on behalf of our French client against German customers.
Coordinating a dispute between an automobile manufacturer, its transport insurer, and the warehousing company, including an extensive litigation in North America.
Coordinating simultaneous court proceedings in France and the Netherlands in a damage case on behalf of a German insurer.
Enforcing coverage claims against insurers whilst simultaneously coordinating the assertion of claims against charter companies in LMAA arbitration proceedings in London.