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The 'sophisticated and professional’ dispute resolution department at Baker McKenzie is notable not just for the size of the team – which includes almost 40 lawyers – but also for the breadth and depth of its litigation experience. With support from the firm's various global industry groups, the team is well-positioned to handle speciality disputes such as insurance, construction, IP and TMT litigation. Its strength in consumer protection and product liability is also a particular draw. Indeed, the group has considerable experience representing consumer goods companies and manufacturers in civil litigation and product recalls, and has quickly established itself as a go-to group in Thailand's nascent class action market. The team also stands out for its expertise in administrative law and government contracts, where Paralee Techajongjintana handles high-profile claims concerning government concessions, revocation of by-laws and environmental disputes. Chirachai Okanurak, Kanit Vallayapet and Wynn Pakdeejit jointly head the dispute resolution practice. Other key figures include Chaiporn Supvoranid, whose practice spans product liability, labour disputes and general commercial litigation. Anan Rattanatanawat and associate Teerapat Chanpiwat are also recommended.


James and Partners Law Offices

James and Partners Law Offices has been a niche law firm in Bangkok well known for its exceptional know-how and outstanding achievement records in the practising area of dispute resolution. Our firm have competently and successfully represented their clients as their legal counsels in several high profile arbitration cases and litigation cases for more than 20 years.

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Widely considered a ‘go-to disputes firm in Bangkok’, Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited’s ‘professional’ and ‘responsive’ lawyers have vast experience in corporate and commercial litigation. Adept at domestic litigation and international arbitration, the team is especially popular among clients with multi-faceted and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Indeed, it is not uncommon for the Bangkok-based team to be coordinating multiple court proceedings in Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and England. Finance, energy, shipping and aviation are particular areas of strength; in a recent case, Ratthakarn Boonnua, who has a ‘vibrant domestic commercial disputes practice’, successfully represented a transport company in a Supreme Court claim against an insurance company concerning a breach of contract. The team is also recommended for its real estate and construction litigation capabilities, where clients have singled out senior associate Lyle Andrews. ‘Very highly regarded’ partners Steven Burkill and Kay Kian Tan are noted for their ‘deep understanding of Thai and Southeast Asian dispute resolution’. Also recommended are Tossaporn Sumpiputtanadacha, who was promoted to partner in May 2018, and associate Belle Chewprecha.

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners occupies a space in the upper echelons of Thailand’s dispute resolution market, where it has achieved enviable successes in high-profile litigation. The litigation department works almost irrespective of industry sector, and is equipped to handle domestic disputes as well as cross-border matters, where it works closely with leading foreign firms. TMT litigation is a particular area of strength; the team has handled some of the country’s most significant telecoms disputes, which recently included Rapinnart Prongsiriwattana representing a Thai telecoms company in Administrative Court proceedings concerning certain questions of concessions, public-private law and contract law. Elsewhere, Warathorn Wongsawangsiri successfully defended an insurance company against a THB2.2bn claim by a company in the automotive sector. Other specialisms in the department include corporate criminal defence involving corporate governance and securities law; Sakchai Limsiripothong, who is one of the firm’s leading litigators, is a key contact in this space. Practice head Phisit Dejchaiyasak is well-versed in high-profile litigation and arbitration, and Pathorn Towongchuen has a broad dispute resolution practice that includes administrative law, bankruptcy and debt restructuring.

Dispute resolution is among DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited’s major focus areas. As such, it fields a sizeable team of litigators including Don Rojanapenkul, who was promoted to partner in May 2018. The group is seeing a higher number of employment and construction disputes, and has also been kept busy with extensive investigations work, where it calls upon the unique expertise of its highly regarded restructuring and special situations practice. Headed by Peter Shelford, the Bangkok team also has strength in insurance litigation, which it brought to bear in representing a hotel operator and its insurers in multiple public liability claims arising out of a high-profile incident in Myanmar. Further, in a case that involved the application of English law, lawyers in the firm's Thai and UK offices worked together to represent an international broadcasting company in a dispute with a Thai company. At the pre-partner level, of counsels Panuwat Rattanawechasit, Komson Suntheeraporn and senior consultant Robert Tang are key contacts. Chatchai Inthasuwan is now senior partner and practice leader of Chandler MHM Limited’s disputes practice.

The team at Herbert Smith Freehills (Thailand) Limited possesses 'great technical knowledge’ and leverages its international experience and global office network to assist multinational companies in complex cross-border disputes. Moreover, large Thai companies, which also constitute a significant portion of the team's client base, turn to the firm for assistance with disputes involving their investments and operations in Thailand and overseas. Its international arbitration experience is of particular note, and the team regularly handles the enforcement of arbitral awards in the Thailand courts. Cross-office collaboration is also common; recently, a team of Bangkok- and London-based lawyers represented a leading global tobacco company in a challenge against a Thai government agency regarding restrictions on the sale of tobacco products in Thailand. Other recent work has included employment disputes, professional negligence claims and tax litigation. The team has also seen an especially high volume of work from its energy-sector clients. Key figures in the department include Chinnawat Thongpakdee, whom clients have labelled 'reassuring, commanding and polite in equal measure’, senior associate Seree Manduang and of counsel Emi Rowse.

Recently merged firm Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is well-versed in complex and sensitive disputes. The practice group stands out for its energy-sector litigation, though its capabilities extend far beyond this industry to the telecoms, manufacturing and financial services sectors. In one significant piece of litigation, the team is defending Akara Resources in administrative proceedings concerning an environmental law dispute surrounding the client's gold mine in Thailand; of additional note, this case involves a petition for a class action. Further, Manida Zinmerman has been involved in a number of rehabilitation proceedings at the Central Bankruptcy Court. Counsel Apichart Phankeasorn, who heads the dispute resolution practice, has particular specialisms in banking, employment and general commercial litigation, as well as white-collar criminal defence. The group was significantly strengthened by the recruitment of senior associates Piyaporn Thongsombat and Wipanan Prasompluem from Allen & Overy (Thailand) Co, Ltd.

With a distinctly regional outlook, LS Horizon Limited is supported by offices in Thailand and Laos, and often works in conjunction with associated firms in Singapore, Myanmar and Cambodia. Its broad dispute resolution capabilities allow it to handle a range of employment, construction, IP and real estate litigation. Bankruptcy-related litigation is also among the team's strengths. Of particular note, Lersak Kancvalskul represented a Thai company in its debt restructuring before the Central Bankruptcy Court and also assisted the client with several related civil court claims. Additionally, Wanchai Yiamsamatha is regularly involved in complex cases before the Constitutional Court and administrative courts, and Prechaya Ebrahim has extensive experience representing employers before the Central Labour Court.

At R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited, customs and excise litigation is a traditional focus area. Indeed, the dispute resolution team, which has experience in a wide range of customs and trade matters, achieved a number of successes in 2017 and 2018. Melisa Uremovic has an active practice in customs disputes, with a specialism in cases involving highly regulated products such as alcohol, tobacco and automotive parts. Anchored by senior partner Surasak Vajasit, who has served as an arbitrator in International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) proceedings, the team is also adept at arbitration. Other areas of strength include tax, employment and administrative litigation. Sui Lin Teoh has practiced at domestic and international firms and is instructed by international companies in complex commercial disputes, often with an emphasis on employment law. Pakpoom Suntornvipat has experience in shareholder disputes, debt restructuring and insolvency, while Supawat Srirungruang’s broad practice spans telecoms, competition law, anti-bribery and regulatory compliance. Ittichai Prasongprasit’s Japanese language skills ensure a regular stream of instructions from Japanese clients involved in disputes in Thailand.

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited's sizeable disputes department was further strengthened by the arrival of a team of lawyers including senior consultant Sumit Masrungson from Chandler MHM Limited. Specialising in contentious employment matters, Masrungson regularly represents companies in the Thai labour courts and in pre-litigation actions. In 2017 and 2018, the dispute resolution team saw an uptick in administrative proceedings and construction litigation, the latter of which is an area of particular expertise. In one highlight, a multi-disciplinary team including litigator Techatat Udomsiri acted for the plaintiff in relation to an administrative law claim concerning a construction contract with a Thai state enterprise. Aviation, real estate and energy are also among the team's sector strengths. In the energy space, Kong Suriyamontol represented PTTEP in a contract dispute concerning a certain natural gas project, which involved court litigation and arbitral proceedings. Suriyamontol also took the lead role in defending a company in the metals and mining sector in large-scale environmental litigation. Additional contacts include senior litigator Noppramart Thammateeradaycho, who has a strong maritime and insurance litigation and arbitration practice.

The disputes team at Tilleke & Gibbins is noted for its 'impressive responsiveness' and 'commercial acumen’. Its litigation capabilities are wide-ranging, though particular areas of strength include product liability, employment, IP and aviation disputes. In the aviation sector, Thawat Damsa-ard led a team that represented Air Lease Corporation in administrative court proceedings concerning the repossession of two aircraft. The team is also sought out for its formidable anti-corruption and compliance expertise; contacts include consultant John Frangos, who is advising a multinational transport company on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and compliance in Thailand. Chusert Supasitthumrong is an expert in employment litigation, and Tiziana Sucharitkul is another of the group's recommended litigators.

Apisith & Alliance Ltd has established itself as a leading firm for trade and customs work and is regularly involved in anti-dumping investigations. A high percentage of its clients are international companies, with a particularly active base of corporate clients and foreign investors from Japan, China, Singapore and South Korea. Its disputes practice focuses on business and commercial litigation and also encompasses international arbitration, where the team often partners with law firms in Singapore and Australia to represent clients in Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) proceedings. The team is currently acting for a Japanese company in a series of litigious and arbitral proceedings against a Thai company. Highly regarded managing partner Apisith John Sutham has a broad practice that spans dispute resolution, international trade, foreign investment and M&A. Kittima Punyaprapaporn is another key contact for trade and customs disputes, and has notable experience in trade remedy cases.

Kennedys launched its Thailand operations in 2017 and hit the ground running with the hire of dispute resolution partner Suraphon Rittipongchusit from DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited. Rittipongchusit has particular expertise in insurance disputes, though his litigation practice also covers construction, bankruptcy and shareholder disputes, among other matters. Other recommended contacts include insurance, maritime and international trade expert Yodwarat Tekham, a senior consultant who previously practiced at ZICO Law, and senior consultant Ian Johnston, who has a broad practice spanning insurance, energy and construction disputes. In one example of its ongoing work, the team is representing a multinational agricultural company in claims against a package manufacturer concerning faulty goods.

LawPlus Ltd. is regularly instructed in complex cases with over THB100m at stake and is also equipped to handle cases that exceed the THB1bn mark. Among its areas of expertise are shareholder disputes, labour litigation, product liability claims and insolvency proceedings. The combined strength of its dispute resolution and IP practices also ensures a regular stream of trade mark infringement cases; recently, it has handled trade mark lawsuits in Thailand, China, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Cameroon. Its lawyers have also acted as expert witnesses on Thai law in connection with international arbitration proceedings. The team secured a number of victories in 2017 and 2018. In one highlight, it achieved a favourable verdict for its client – the Thai subsidiary of a global healthcare company – in a long-running unfair termination case brought by two former employees at the Central Labour Court; managing partner Kowit Somwaiya and associate Wichayaporn Thangjittiporn, who played lead roles in the matter, also represented the client in a subsequent appeal at the Supreme Court.

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