We specialise in finance solutions for the complexities of international arbitration.
As the costs and risks involved in international arbitration continue to grow, an increasing number of business and law firms use arbitration funding as a way to alleviate risk and remove the costs of arbitration from their balance sheet.
However, international arbitration is a world apart from regular commercial litigation. It is often a highly-complex and lengthy process involving stakeholders across multiple jurisdictions. Run by specialist lawyers, it requires an experienced funder who understands this process intimately.
We have a successful track record of providing finance solutions for many high value international arbitration cases.
Arbitration success and expertise
Woodsford employs a panel of arbitration experts that includes John Beechey, a leading figure in international arbitration and former President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Thanks to our comprehensive experience in this area of law, we are able to bring our expertise to fund international arbitrations across a number of jurisdictions.
Tailored finance solutions
As every international arbitration is unique, it is essential that finance solutions can be tailored to best meet the needs of the stakeholders involved. Funding must work to protect claimants from the risk of escalating costs or adverse results – and must ultimately facilitate the smoothest pursuit of justice.
Why choose Woodsford?
Our proven expertise, combined with our own capital funding, allows us to move quickly to provide clients with highly flexible, innovative finance solutions. We operate on a non-recourse basis and can work with single or portfolios of cases, ensuring the best financial arrangement for both law firms and claimants in each instance.
Following our successful funding in the landmark case of Essar v Norscot  EWHC 2361 (Comm), we launched a range of specialist funding solutions designed to help parties in international arbitration make the most of that case’s finding.
These solutions – as well as our success – are the result of our team’s extensive, direct experience of arbitration, and our understanding of the unique and complex challenges involved in every case. In some instances, we have funded cases which other funders refused to support due to their complex international characteristics.
There are three key factors we look at when we assess a case.
Woodsford offers finance on a case by case basis for high value international arbitrations, where the claimant lacks the resources or risk appetite to proceed without financial support. Our funding is non-recourse, with Woodsford’s return payable only upon success. The terms of investment and of our return are tailored for each individual case.
Woodsford offers portfolio funding arrangements for claimants and lawyers on whom we have been able to carry out enhanced due diligence, for example through previously financed cases.
A successful arbitral award is often not the end of the arbitration process: rather, it can be a staging post along the way to successful recovery.
The case of Essar v Norscot  EWHC 2361 (Comm) was one of the most high-profile international arbitration cases of 2016. Woodsford’s successful funding of this landmark case has driven the development of a range of specialist international arbitration finance solutions.
Is Your Case Right for
There are three key factors we look at when we assess a case: First, we look for a case with strong merits. Thanks to our deep experience in this area of law, we’re comfortable funding international arbitrations across a number of jurisdictions.
We provide a range of litigation funding solutions to support your pursuit of justice at every stage of your case. We can bear as much of the cost and risk as you need to allow your action to go-ahead.
Law Firm Finance
Increasingly we work with leading law firms who are looking at innovative ways to finance their business growth and support their clients quickly, while effectively managing and mitigating risk.