Cross-border disputes are ever more significant in international business. International arbitration has increasingly become the preferred method of resolving such disputes, offering the benefits of greater flexibility, confidentiality and crucially, prospects for enforcement, than national court-based litigation. The right advice in relation to incorporating optimum international arbitration agreements in commercial deals can pay dividends not only in terms of ultimate success if a full-blown dispute arises but also in allowing for the negotiation and settlement of disputes from the strongest possible position. Given the multitude of options in terms of arbitral institutions, seat and governing law, it is often not straightforward to make the right choices in an arbitration agreement and therefore getting tailored advice from experienced international arbitration lawyers all the way from the contract drafting stage to the resolution of any disputes can be critical. Often the threat of costly litigation is real and immediate; necessitating that we negotiate from a position of strength for our clients. We are the largest user of LMAA and Admiralty and Commercial Court procedures and are experienced with rules governing main arbitration centers like LCIA, ICC, ICSID and SIAC and specialist centers such as RSA, GAFTA, FOSFA, LMAA, and LME. International arbitration offers flexibility in procedures and rules of evidence; flexibility as to who will determine the dispute; greater ease of enforcement worldwide under international conventions; and increased levels of confidentiality and neutrality.