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Watson Farley & Williams

Dispute Resolution

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What the team is known for

Watson Farley & Williams has a well-respected disputes practice recognised for its extensive experience in local and international arbitration. Its Thailand-based practitioners are regularly involved in cross-border arbitration, including proceedings under ICC and SIAC rules. Its litigation offering spans aviation, shipping, energy and insurance cases, and it also acts on fraud mandates. Represents a combination of leading Thai corporates and global conglomerates. Houses a solid employment practice and regularly handles labour cases. PTT, Poonsub Can and Escher Marwick are clients of the team.

Strengths

A client reports of the Watson Farley & Williams team: "I am impressed with their ability to handle tough situations. They are very good in analysing the case, describing it point by point and giving reasonable advice to me."

Another source comments: "They are very prompt and the advice is so far good. They have good Thai lawyers who can write good English."

Work highlights

Watson Farley & Williams acted for Bangchak Corporation (BCP) in a USD25 million claim brought by one of the distributors of BCP’s lubricant products.

Notable practitioners

Kay Kian Tan is well versed in international arbitration and has extensive experience of maritime disputes. His practice also covers construction and white-collar criminal cases. A client observes that "he’s excellent in Thai law," adding: "From my point of view, he is very detailed, writing beautifully even when reporting back - prim and proper, concise and straight to the point." Another source finds that "the way he advises is not too commercial or too legal, it's well balanced."

Ratthakarn Boonnua has an established reputation for his litigation and arbitration practice, which includes expertise in insurance, energy and employment cases. Market sources confirm his strong recognition in the market, with one commenting he is a "good lawyer."

Steven Burkill is a leading figure for international arbitration cases, especially SIAC and ICC proceedings, acting for both Thai and international clients on a range of energy, construction and insurance mandates. A market source comments that "he is a good lawyer" and states that he possesses "good negotiation technique."

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Overview

WFW Bangkok is a leading dispute resolution and international arbitration practice in Thailand. The team specialises in running high value international arbitrations for major global corporations in the main arbitration centres of the world.

Our team is sector agnostic, however, we have an excellent reputation and particular expertise in construction, energy, insurance and commodities dispute work.

Clients include investment banks, large corporations, shipping lines, airlines, global energy and natural resources companies, insurers and reinsurers and other noted law firms who do not have an offering in Thailand and increasingly litigation funders.

Dispute Resolution

Watson Farley & Williams

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Location

Unit 902, 9th Floor

GPF Witthayu Tower B

93/1 Wireless Road

Patumwan

Bangkok

Bangkok

Thailand

10330

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Thailand

Dispute Resolution


Ratthakarn Boonnua
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Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration


Kay Kian Tan
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Steven Burkill
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