Dispute Resolution - Japan
Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 1 of counsel
- 4 senior associates
- 9 associates
What the team is known for Highly respected by peers for its long-standing experience in handling outbound disputes, including a strong track record on overseas arbitrations. Its stellar client base includes a wide array of Japanese trading houses and corporates.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "They provide us with legal services in a very well-organised way, with a coordinated team."
Client service: "They put out a very high level of work product, and are very client-focused."
Market standing: "They've made a long-term investment and started doing this before anyone. I have no qualms saying they're top tier."
Team head Peter Godwin is greatly appreciated by clients for his responsiveness and his expertise in the field: "He is a real expert in dispute resolution. He is quick in grasping the points of the dispute and the needs of the client."
David Gilmore is also well regarded for his experience. "I'd single him out," said one peer, adding: "He's very affable and approachable; he's been here a long time and has deservedly built a reputation."
Dominic Roughton is involved in cross-border litigation, and wins particular praise for his work on cases in the energy sector, especially with regard to shareholder and joint venture disputes.
Peers note that Gavin Margetson excels at arbitration work, and clients are happy with his rapid response time. He has litigation experience covering a number of sectors.
Elaine Wong is a senior associate at the firm, and is especially active on construction and energy arbitration cases. She is also qualified to practise in Singapore and England & Wales.
Significant clients Mitsui, IBM, Credit Suisse, Toshiba, ITOCHU.