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Practice Summary

Laurence Emmett’s practice extends over the full range of issues that arise in commercial disputes,  including both litigation and international arbitration. His experience covers issues of contractual interpretation, jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments and injunctive relief. He has particular experience in the energy industry (including hydrocarbon-based and renewable resources), banking and finance and the pharmaceutical industry. Beyond our core practice areas, Laurence has particular interest and experience in fine art disputes. 

He is ranked by Legal 500 for Energy, Commercial Litigation and Banking and Finance; and by Chambers & Partners for Energy and Commercial Litigation.  Comments have repeatedly stressed his intelligence, user-friendliness and thoroughness. Recent examples are: 

"Has the rare combination of being bright, responsive and practically minded. He adds significant value with his input into a case." "He's very engaging; he gets to grips with the issues and really puts the work in.” (Chambers & Partners 2019, Energy)

"Very commercial and clearly understands the client's commercial objectives." "He's an excellent senior junior who is measured and has sound judgement." (Chambers & Partners 2019, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“Demonstrates a keen sense of detail and a good understanding of difficult technical issues.” (Legal 500 2019, Energy)

“Stands out due to his outstanding legal knowledge and strategic decision making.” “Intelligent, responsive and thorough.” (Chambers and Partners 2018, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“He is thorough, diligent intelligent and easy to work with.” “A responsive junior with strong experience in energy disputes.” (Chambers and Partners 2018, Energy & Natural Resources)

‘Bright, user-friendly and great with clients.’ (Legal 500 2017, Energy)

‘A very clever and hardworking junior, who leaves no stone unturned.’ (Legal 500 2017, Commercial Litigation)

‘A silk in waiting, who is very user-friendly.’ (Legal 500 2017, Banking and Finance)

“He is a very clever draftsman who is creative in his analysis of difficult legal problems.” “He really thinks deeply about the issues, and is not afraid to come up with novel arguments in difficult cases.” (Chambers and Partners 2017, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“He’s very good to deal with as he’s very clever and pragmatic. He has a common-sense approach and is measured.” “He’s very engaged, helpful and enthusiastic.” (Chambers and Partners 2017, Energy & Natural Resources)

‘He has an insightful and analytical mind, along with an eye for detail.’ (Legal 500 2016, Energy)

‘A real star in the making, providing quality, common-sense advice in a relaxed manner.’ (Legal 500 2016, Commercial Litigation)

‘He is collaborative and bright, and takes a constructive approach to solving tricky problems’ (Legal 500 2016, Banking and Finance)

His recent work includes FM Capital Partners v Marino (civil fraud claim brought by the Libya Africa Investment Portfolio against directors of a fund management company and others); Allergy Therapeutics v Inflamax, Inc (claim concerning fraud arising in the conduct of a pharmaceutical trial); a number of high-value international energy arbitrations; and acting for FCA enforcement in relation to investigations and disciplinary matters.