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WilmerHale's London office was established more than 40 years ago. Our London team is 50 strong and focuses specifically on international arbitration, investigations and criminal litigation, financial services enforcement and intellectual property litigation. With lawyers qualified in the United Kingdom, United States and many of the major European and other jurisdictions, the office has a pronounced pan-European and transatlantic orientation that is reflected both in its work and its culture.

Our London-based international arbitration and dispute resolution practice is world-renowned and has been involved in some of the largest, most complex and challenging international arbitrations to arise in recent years. Our UK investigations and criminal litigation lawyers advise on all aspects of criminal and regulatory investigations, working across jurisdictions on matters such as fraud, insider dealing, market abuse, bribery and corruption, cartel defense and corporate investigations. Our London IP litigation practice advises clients across the full range of intellectual property disputes, including those relating to patents, breach of confidence and trade secrets, trademarks, passing off, domain names, copyright, registered designs and design right.

Learn more about the areas on which we focus:

International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
Intellectual Property Litigation
UK Investigations and Criminal Litigation


We have established a Brexit Group to advise clients on all legal aspects related to the UK leaving the European Union, in particular on competition law, state aid, market access, energy, data protection, intellectual property and trade matters. Find out more about our Brexit Group.


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Born, Gary

Gary Born


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Caher, Charlie

Charlie Caher


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Pierce, John V.H.

John V.H. Pierce


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Pollard, Stephen

Stephen Pollard


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Schwarz, Franz T.

Franz T. Schwarz


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Speller, Duncan

Duncan Speller


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Trenor, John A.

John A. Trenor


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Trenton, Anthony

Anthony Trenton


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Paul Oberhammer

Of Counsel

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O'Daly, Cormac

Cormac O'Daly

Special Counsel

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Publications & News


March 21, 2017

WilmerHale Recognized for Outstanding International Lawyers and Practices in Chambers Global 2017

Chambers Global has named 27 WilmerHale lawyers among "The World's Leading Lawyers for Business" in its 2017 edition.

March 9, 2017

The UK Senior Managers Regime: One Year Later

An article by Elly Proudlock, published in Law360, discusses the UK Financial Conduct Authority's senior managers and certification regime that's been in place for a year now and looks ahead to this new era of personal accountability in the financial sector.

February 28, 2017

2017 Revisions to the ICC Rules of Arbitration and Comparison of Expedited Procedures Under Other Institutional Rules

The International Chamber of Commerce has revised its arbitration rules effective 1 March 2017. The 2017 updates are not as comprehensive as the revision of the ICC Rules in 2012, but are intended to further increase efficiency and transparency. As discussed in the PDF download, the most noteworthy change is the introduction of “Expedited Procedure Rules” for smaller claims.

February 13, 2017

WilmerHale 2016 in Review

As we look back on 2016, we thank you for another successful year in which we were privileged to represent an extraordinary lineup of innovators, institutions and industry leaders.

January 25, 2017

Maxi Scherer Presents Keynote at the SCC Centennial Symposium on Arbitrating for Peace

As part of the celebration, the SCC hosted a symposium on the topic "Arbitrating for Peace" with Professor Dr. Maxi Scherer presenting the keynote address.

January 3, 2017

WilmerHale Announces 2017 Partner Elevations and Recognizes New Special Counsel

We are pleased to announce the elevation of our new partners, as well as to recognize our new special counsel.

December 20, 2016

Who's Who Legal Names Seven Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr International Arbitration Practitioners as "Future Leaders of International Arbitration"

Who's Who Legal has ranked Rachael Kent, Franz Schwarz, Duncan Speller, Maxi Scherer, Michelle Bock, Sarah Ganz and Helmut Ortner in its inaugural listing of the "Future Leaders of International Arbitration."

December 5, 2016

Daniel Costelloe Earns Prestigious Young Scholar Award

Daniel Costelloe has been awarded the International and Comparative Law Quarterly 2016 Young Scholar Prize for his article "Treaty Succession in Annexed Territory."

December 5, 2016

ICC Report on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration

On 9 November 2016, the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR published a report of a two-year study by the ICC Task Force on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration that examined the use of both international commercial and investor-state arbitration by financial institutions in a wide range of activities. Steven Finizio, Manuel Casas, Jonathan Lim, and Rina See consider the ICC's report and summarize the Task Force's findings and recommendations in this article published by Lexis®PSL Arbitration.

November 30, 2016

The UK Decides to Ratify the UPC Agreement: The UPC and Unitary Patent to Proceed in 2017

Despite the Brexit vote, the UK has decided to ratify the UPC Agreement, and the UPC will now proceed in 2017. The opt-out sunrise period will likely commence in spring or summer 2017.

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized 28 WilmerHale lawyers and 15 practice areas that span five different regions in their 2016 edition.
  • Chambers UK: A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2017 ranked five WilmerHale lawyers and one practice for outstanding work and reputation. Among the exceptional lawyers recognized, Gary Born was once again singled-out as the "Star Individual" for Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration.
  • Chambers Europe: Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 recognized 13 WilmerHale lawyers and five practice areas in their 2016 edition.
  • Franz Schwarz, partner at WilmerHale, was awarded the inaugural Swiss Arbitration Association's (ASA) Prize for Advocacy in International Arbitration. The award, established in 2008, was given for the first time at ASA's annual conference in Geneva on 29 January 2010.
  • The Lawyer listed WilmerHale in the top 10 of their annual list of the top 50 litigation practices globally. WilmerHale International Arbitration Partner Gary Born is highlighted for his work in achieving a favorable result in an arbitration against the government of Sudan in a dispute over the definition and delimitation of the Abyei Area.
  • The European/The Legal 500 UK frequently ranks the firm in this series of referral guides focusing on each of the Asia Pacific, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa and US markets. In the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 UK, WilmerHale is named a top-tier firm for dispute resolution - international arbitration and crime, fraud and licensing - fraud: white-collar crime, and is recommended in four other practice areas.

The International Arbitration Group's London Intern Program provides a unique opportunity for young lawyers from across the globe to experience the realities of a busy international arbitration practice and to learn from colleagues who are leaders in their field.

The intern program, which runs from the firm's London office, welcomes students in the final stages of their legal education, and practitioners in the early stages of their legal careers. The program provides participants from both civil and common law jurisdictions with exposure to the wide range of international commercial disputes handled in our Global International Arbitration Practice.

During their time at WilmerHale, interns are given the chance to put theory into practice by working with the International Arbitration Group's lawyers on factual and legal assignments stemming from current cases, as well as the opportunity to further academic interests with involvement on research projects in conjunction with lawyers in the practice. The program provides interns the opportunity to work with our lawyers and professional staff as members of the team, and interns are actively encouraged to participate fully in all of the work and social aspects of the firm. We also encourage our interns to participate in training opportunities with the International Arbitration Group.

“WilmerHale's Intern Program provided me with a chance to experience the world of international arbitration in practice,” says a former intern who is now an associate with the firm. “Exposure to highly regarded practitioners and the opportunity to work on some of the most exciting cases in the field helped cement my decision to pursue a career in international arbitration."

If you are a candidate applying for an internship position, please send your two-page resume, one-page cover letter and law school transcripts to "The Intern Committee" at We encourage you to send applications at least nine to twelve months in advance. If you need more information before applying, feel free to contact one of us directly.

Dr. Maxi Scherer
Special Counsel
International Arbitration
49 Park Lane
London W1K 1PS UK
+44 (0)20 7872 1067

Olga Braeuer
International Arbitration
49 Park Lane
London W1K 1PS UK
+44 (0)20 7872 1613

Kevin J. Huber
Senior Associate
International Arbitration
49 Park Lane
London W1K 1PS UK
+44 (0)20 7872 1505

Jane Rahman
International Arbitration
49 Park Lane
London W1K 1PS UK
+44 (0)20 7872 1079

Marija Scekic
International Arbitration
49 Park Lane
London W1K 1PS UK
+44 (0)20 7872 1024