International trade has arguably never been more complicated. With conflicting pressures of increased globalisation and national protectionism, clients need bespoke international legal advice on how to maximise trade opportunities for their business.

We understand that our clients face a range of complex regulatory and commercial challenges. Our international trade lawyers have extensive experience advising on a wide range of international trade law matters, including trade finance, business immigration and tax.

Drawing on expertise from across the firm, we help public and private sector clients achieve their commercial aims. We work with a trusted network of independent law firms around the globe to provide a seamless legal service across multiple countries and jurisdictions.

Areas of focus

Our international trade law expertise includes the following:

  • Business immigration.
  • Commercial contracts.
  • Competition and antitrust.
  • Cross-border financial services and passporting.
  • Customs, tariffs and trade regulation.
  • Tax.
  • Trade disputes.
  • Trade finance.

Advising a US bank on the provision of significant trade finance facilities for the import of various foods stuffs to multiple West African countries.

Acting for an international bank on the establishment of a consumer finance business in Thailand and compliance with the various regulatory requirements.

Advising National Express Group on its tenders to run public transport services in several projects across the Middle East. The competitions are mainly for bus concessions and include a mixture of operation, maintenance, infrastructure and construction contracts. We have advised on all areas of these projects, from the completion of compliant bids and negotiations with public authorities in each country, to the ongoing running of services following successful bids. We co-ordinated matters across Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar.

Co-ordinating ongoing work for Harrods in all 10 countries in South America working with local attorneys in each country.

Co-ordinating employment advice for Thompson Reuters across 19 jurisdictions for an IT outsourcing project including obtaining advice as to whether TUPE/ARD would apply in each relevant jurisdiction and planning for potential transfers. The matter spanned Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Meet the team
Richard Leeming

Richard Leeming Partner

  • Banking and Trade Finance
  • Derivatives, Debt Capital Markets and Securitisations
  • Real Estate Finance
John Houlden

John Houlden Partner

  • Head of Public Sector
  • Head of Procurement and State Aid
  • Projects
Richard Read

Richard Read Partner

  • Real Estate Investment
  • International Real Estate
  • Hotels, Leisure and Tourism
Chris Seaton

Chris Seaton Senior Partner

  • Senior Partner
  • Employment
  • Partnerships
Ian Salter

Ian Salter Partner

  • Head of Nuclear
  • Projects
  • Environment
Jeremy Dickerson

Jeremy Dickerson Partner

  • Head of International 
  • Head of Intellectual Property, Media and Sport
  • Defamation and Reputation Management
Kari McCormick

Kari McCormick Partner

  • Head of Financial Services 
  • Insurance
  • Dispute Resolution
Beatrice Puoti

Beatrice Puoti Partner

  • Head of Private Wealth
  • Private Client Services
  • International Tax and Trust
Keith Beattie

Keith Beattie Partner

  • Projects
  • Aviation
  • Defence

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Richard Leeming

Richard Leeming Partner

  • Banking and Trade Finance
  • Derivatives, Debt Capital Markets and Securitisations
  • Real Estate Finance


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