Drawing on the extensive experience of our lawyers who have worked on international arbitrations around the world, Allens international commercial arbitration group has proven expertise to act on behalf of clients in institutional or ad hoc arbitrations across the Asian region.
Our strength in the region and our expertise have been recognised by independent international surveys as among the world's best: Allens has been ranked for dispute resolution as a leading firm in Australia (Chambers Global 2012 and Chambers Asia Pacific 2012) and as a leading firm in Australia and Vietnam and a recommended firm in Hong Kong (Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2010/11).
Our experience includes international commercial arbitrations that raise complex technical and jurisdictional issues in a variety of industry areas (including energy & resources, construction and insurance). We know how to conduct international arbitrations, including how to coordinate lawyers in other jurisdictions, and how and when to seek the assistance of local courts in the arbitration process.
We aim to tailor arbitration procedures to meet the needs of our clients and the demands of the case, and to ensure a cost-efficient process. Most of the partners and staff in our international arbitration practice have undertaken formal mediation and alternative dispute resolution training, which we have used to achieve great results. At the same time, we are experienced players in hard-fought litigation and arbitration. We also provide advice to our clients on the arbitration process (including choice of institutions) and how to draft an effective and binding arbitration clause.
Handling matters in the region
We have a genuine pan-Asian presence. Our dispute resolution team has more than 270 lawyers across Australia and the Asia region (including Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok), offering 'what is probably the most comprehensive Asian legal network of any international law firm' (Chambers Global 2010).
We are experienced in coordinating matters out of any of our offices and utilising our network of offices across the Asia region and cutting-edge document management technology to ensure that international commercial arbitrations are handled in the most timely and cost-effective manner possible.
The fact that many Australian cities are in similar time zones as those in Asia makes communicating and dealing with our Asian offices very easy. Australian-based lawyers are available to meet our clients in Asia at short notice, as it takes us very little time to get there.