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Herbert Smith Freehills

Dispute Resolution

1 ranked lawyersBand 1Africa-wideGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Distinguished global firm with a developed Africa practice housing a deep bench of practitioners with experience handling disputes across both anglophone and francophone regions of the continent. Possesses considerable capabilities in commercial and administrative litigation, arbitration and international arbitration proceedings, servicing a prestigious client base comprising sovereign states and government entities, leading financial institutions and multinational companies. Demonstrates particularly sophisticated activity in the mining, telecoms, construction and infrastructure industry sectors.

Strengths

One source highlighted the team for being "extremely professional and proactive. I feel that they have this capacity to understand client needs and they can adjust."

Work highlights

Represented Standard Chartered Bank in an investment arbitration against the Government of Tanzania relating to the latter's non-payment of interest and capital repayments relating to the client's investment in a power station.

Notable practitioners

London-based Paula Hodges QC is lauded by commentators, who state: "She is quality all the way. She should teach the master course on client management and satisfaction." She heads the firm's global arbitration practice and handles matters across Africa as part of her worldwide disputes practice.

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Dispute Resolution


Paula Hodges QC
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