International Arbitration

Disputes can be a highly sensitive matter for businesses. Parties choose arbitration because the process is private, ensuring confidentiality and minimising the risk of reputational damage. Arbitration can be swifter, cost-effective and a more flexible process than court proceedings, allowing for a more tailored approach and a range of solutions. Arbitration also provides finality, with limited grounds to challenge an arbitral award. It is increasingly the preferred choice for cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes.


We won the British Legal Awards' International Arbitration Team of the Year in 2022 which reflects DACB's International Arbitration's reputation in the market. We are highly experienced in resolving complex disputes arising in a range of sectors, acting in innovative and important arbitrations across the globe.

With our international network of specialist arbitration lawyers in Europe, Latin America and North America, and Asia Pacific, we can tailor cross-office teams to advise on local issues and complexities. We have conducted arbitrations in Spanish across multiple jurisdictions in Central and South America; we have similarly acted for Israeli clients in Hebrew; Chinese clients in a number of significant arbitrations; and have leading experience in Latin American arbitrations which is unrivalled by our competitors. We are highly experienced in LCIA, ICC, DIAC, FOSFA, GAFTA, HKIAC, SIAC, VIAC and Spanish Court arbitrations.

We fully understand the intricacies and tactics of the arbitral process, and we are experts at using it effectively to maximise the benefits and minimise any disruption for you. We also advise on any post-arbitration issues and ensure you are fully supported until an effective final conclusion.

Featured experience

  • Representing China Taiping Insurance (UK) Co Ltd in arbitration relating to insurance coverage of business interruption losses in the COVID-19 pandemic. The arbitration award was made public and non-appealable in recognition of the importance of the award to other Taiping policy holders. This is one of a number of disputes taking place in different jurisdictions around the world concerning the hugely important question of the treatment of COVID-19 losses.
  • Acting for a BVI company in an UAE US$250m+ joint venture dispute.
  • Representing insurer client in a £50m arbitration dispute with a later year insurer. This substantial and complex dispute concerned issues of notification and which policy year the investment claims attach (determining which insurer is liable).
  • Defending a UK Subsidiary in an international engineering cross-border claim relating to equipment defects. Multi-jurisdictional including the UK, the Netherlands and Brazil.
  • A software dispute relating to breach of confidence and copying claims. This includes potential competition law breaches such as abuse of a dominant position.     

What our clients say

  • Excellent quality work, highly approachable, great team spirit, and completely unstuffy.

    Legal 500 2023 (International Arbitration)

  • Strength in depth. The firm has a wide range of expertise in many different sectors, and so can call on that to deal with pretty much any kind of dispute that comes to it.

    Legal 500 2023 (International Arbitration)

  • Wide range of knowledge across different jurisdictions, especially Latin America.

    Legal 500 2023 (International Arbitration)

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Who we are

Why choose DAC Beachcroft?

We’re a broad-based commercial firm serving a wide range of sectors with a strong heritage in insurance,
health and real estate. We combine excellent legal skills and cutting-edge delivery expertise to design
solutions that fit the needs of our clients – often involving clever uses of technology.