Excellent specialist litigation firm, with very knowledgeable and approachable partners.”

The Legal 500 UK 2024

They are all very hard-working, diligent and able, and are not afraid of putting in the hard yards. They are also very flexible and adaptable due to being streamlined and agile.”

The Legal 500 UK 2024

Signature LLP are a cohesive, experienced and effective team. They get to the heart of the issues and communicate well (within the team and to clients). They fight hard when fighting is needed and are wise to the alternative solutions where available.”

The Legal 500 UK 2024

They are litigation heavyweights in small firm clothing.”

The Legal 500 UK 2024

High quality litigation team. Were able to get up to speed quickly on the case and then guide us rationally. We were mainly impressed with Signature’s commercial skills – they understand people and looking at it from the other side to pre-empt or avoid aggravating issues unnecessarily.”

The Legal 500 UK 2024

Signature offers an outstanding bespoke litigation service for clients. It has a compact and dynamic approach to creating a team for a case that is able to deliver the highest quality product efficiently and competitively. They are also ahead of the curve on technology.”

The Legal 500 UK 2024

The Signature team are small but perfectly formed with only the highest quality lawyers involved. This means that they are efficient and effective. Not surprisingly, the largest and most prestigious clients are content to trust them.”

The Legal 500 UK 2024

The ability of Signature to come on board mid-case, take over, synthesize, absorb and put together a comprehensive defence, witness statements and deal with an aggressive claimant firm was top-notch.”

The Legal 500 UK 2024

They are very efficient and effective.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

The team is very well co-ordinated, and able to work with large and complex matters.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Excellent commercial drive and technical ability on complex international arbitration cases.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

One of the very best litigation boutiques in London.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Signature Litigation is a market-leading boutique litigation firm. It has extremely strong background in big ticket litigation, with quality personnel and an unparalleled degree of focus and determination.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Exceptionally good at building up the dispute strategy.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Signature is a very professional team managing a complex international case across many jurisdictions. They have a very strong standing in managing multiple parties across different jurisdictions with different law.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Excellent banking team with real experience in claimant-led litigation. Senior Associates are particularly impressive: thorough, efficient and very sensible.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Great specialist knowledge with a pragmatic and commercial outlook.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is quite extraordinary – I don’t know quite where the headspace comes from to do this time and time again.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

They provide brilliant client care coupled with very sound legal judgment.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Experts in their specialist field. Nobody better.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Every member of the team is valued and as a result they provide a much higher quality of service to their clients than their competitors.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Signature is not afraid to look for solutions outside the box to get results for its clients.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

The team is very well coordinated and able to work with large and complex matters.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

The dispute resolution experts at Signature Litigation LLP have a particular focus on complex, cross-border civil fraud claims.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Signature Litigation is the only pure litigation specialist in Gibraltar, setting the firm apart from others in Gibraltar. The firm is very professional, knowledgeable and efficient, an ideal choice for litigation in the jurisdiction.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The practice unites an impressive bench of stellar litigators.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The boutique specialises in complex litigation, both in France and internationally, with the majority of matters multi-jurisdictional in nature, with the firm’s London presence a key asset for cross-border work.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Signature Litigation Paris “quickly established itself as one of France’s finest dispute resolution practices and consistently attracts high-stakes, often headline-grabbing matters.”

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

The team is attentive, available, very friendly, and provides unfailing follow-up to cases.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“Great ability to establish a strategy and a very clear, structured and impactful line of defense or attack, based on a real mastery of legislation and procedures.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Excellent expertise combined with the ability to explain idiosyncratic concepts of French jurisdiction to foreigners.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The team is also highly regarded for its know-how in defending companies against toxic tort claims and deals with a high amount of claims brought by employees regarding asbestos and other chemical substances.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Signature Litigation Paris is “the market’s go-to-firm for domestic and cross-border product liability cases.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The firm’s focus on dispute resolution and insurance matters makes it a popular choice for a range of clients in the aviation industry including airlines, constructors, and insurers who benefit from the department’s ability to advise on cross-border matters.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

The team is very responsive – we would normally receive a response on the same day or early the day after. They keep us updated regularly, and are knowledgeable in their fields of expertise.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

The team at Signature is highly talented, experienced and dedicated.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Signature Litigation is described as a “quality team at every level“.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Extremely bright and dedicated team. A willingness to go the extra mile and find a solution to whatever problem comes along however simple or complex.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Signature Litigation has “‘the agility to deal with matters of all kinds’ and has particular experience in multiparty and multijurisdictional disputes.”

The Legal 500 UK 2021

The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is quite extraordinary.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

I am confident that they would always deliver a peerless service to the client, whoever that may be.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“They are quite commercial in their approach and don’t escalate matters; rather they find the most efficient way to deal with things”

Chambers UK 2020

“A highly respected litigation boutique with expertise in a wide range of contentious corporate matters”

Chambers UK 2020

“They can really go toe to toe with magic circle firms”

Chambers UK 2020

“An excellent boutique litigation firm”

Chambers UK 2020

“They have really had our backs in a very innovative way”

Chambers UK 2020

“They are absolutely brilliant – very good at the big picture, very effective communicators and very easy to get on with.”

Chambers UK 2020

“Signature has provided us with steady-handed advice and I can honestly recommend their tightly-knit team to anyone in need of sound legal advice”

Chambers UK 2020

“Noted expertise in handling cases related to alleged benchmark manipulation and mis-selling, as well as significant shareholder disputes”

Chambers UK 2020

“Well known for its representation of high net worth individuals”

Chambers UK 2020

“Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters”

Chambers UK 2020

“The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is extraordinary”

Chambers UK 2020

“Brilliant client care coupled with sound legal judgement”

Chambers UK 2020

Signature “has developed a deep bench of talent, which means even with the high demand for their services they consistently maintain a high quality”

Chambers UK 2020

“Highly responsive, intelligent and commercially astute lawyers”

Chambers UK 2020

“They demonstrate the ability to formulate, plan and implement a sophisticated global strategy”

Chambers UK 2020

“They are impressive in the way they deal with very complex cases”

Chambers UK 2020

The Firm’s “tactical and strategic vision is unparalleled, and the practice has a great range of partners and associates”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“A strong focus on large, complex cases that are often cross-border”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“A highly experienced team of partners who have in-depth knowledge of commercial dispute resolution”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“Outstandingly successful”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

Dispute resolution boutique Signature Litigation LLP handles large, high-profile professional negligence claims, often with a cross-border element, for claimants and defendants.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Noted expertise in handling cases related to alleged benchmark manipulation and mis-selling, as well as significant shareholder disputes”.

Chambers UK 2019

“The firm is extremely focused on high-quality litigation”.

Chambers UK 2019

“Their advice is sound and their strategic approach is excellent. I would recommend them without hesitation.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Adept at handling multiparty and cross-border disputes, particularly those related to banking.”

Chambers UK 2019

“They have a lot of experience in multi-jurisdictional, high-value litigation. They are a boutique firm that is growing in size considerably but which can still provide a personal, flexible service.”

Chambers UK 2019

“The hallmarks of the team are that they are responsive, commercial, conflict-free, flexible … a client gets Magic Circle quality.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large-scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.”

Chambers UK 2019

“The practice advises on all aspects of large-scale banking litigation.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“A first-class firm with a positive, collaborative culture of integrity”.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“A highly specialised dispute resolution firm, with a strong focus on large, complex and often cross-border cases.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.

Chambers UK 2019

Biography

Philip is an international arbitration partner in Signature’s Paris office with over 30 years’ experience, representing clients (including regularly acting for or against states) across a broad range of sectors and jurisdictions.

Philip’s practice covers both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations spanning several international jurisdictions. He is an acknowledged expert in advising in relation to construction and engineering, oil and gas, telecoms, shareholder, agent and joint venture disputes, and regularly acts both for and against states and state-owned entities. He has represented clients in a number of high-value global disputes, with a particular focus on the Balkans, MENA, Latin America and South East-Asia.

He acts both as counsel and arbitrator handling a broad range of disputes conducted under ICC, LCIA, SCC, DIAC, BCDR, HKIAC, UNCITRAL and ICSID rules.

Philip has been recognised in the Who’s Who Legal guide in France every year since 2016 for his arbitration expertise. He is also ranked in Chambers Europe 2023 and in The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 Guide for international arbitration.

The Legal 500 notes that Philip will “go to great lengths to learn about his clients – their industries, strengths, assets and liabilities, as well as their concerns, so as to be sure that the solutions he provides would be the most suitable and innovative solutions to suit his clients’ needs.” It further highlights Philip’s “great analytical skills, such that he can parse through complex legal situations to reveal the critical issues at the core, and to then arrive at logical conclusions to resolve them.” The Guide also states that Philip has “excellent people skills” and is “personable, persuasive and able to read others well.”

Philip is qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales and a member of the Paris Bar. He is fluent in both English and French. Prior to joining Signature, Philip was an international arbitration partner at Dechert’s Paris office for over 18 years and 13 years before then at Coudert Brothers’ London and Paris offices.

He is a member of the International Bar Association, the Franco-British Lawyers Society, the French Arbitration Committee, and the Society of Construction Law. Philip also serves on the Steering Committee for the Delos Dispute Resolution, Remote Oral Advocacy Programme (ROAP), and as a faculty member on the Delos ROAP programmes for the EMEA and Construction.  He previously served on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and the ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings.

Experience

Infrastructure and Construction Disputes

  • Representing a global construction company in a dispute against a European engineering company arising from the construction of Terminal 3/Concourse 2 of Dubai International Airport.
  • Representing an Eastern European State entity in an ICC dispute with a construction company related to the construction of a bridge and related rail and road infrastructure.
  • Representing a leading European cement manufacturer in a dispute with two Asian parties arising from widespread hidden defects in a newly-acquired industrial plant in the Philippines.
  • Representing a European company in its defence of claims alleging defects in the design and construction of an offshore oil terminal in Portugal.
  • Representing European construction companies in an ICSID investment dispute with a Middle Eastern State relating to the construction of an urban highway.
  • Representing a Latin American national oil company in a construction dispute exceeding US$1 billion arising from the Great Man-Made River Project in Libya.

Oil and Gas Disputes

  • Representing an Eastern European State in an ICC arbitration concerning the supply of oil derivatives.
  • Representing a major U.S. oil company in a dispute against a West African state involving a production-sharing agreement.
  • Representing a South American state in an ICSID investment dispute with a major foreign oil company exceeding US$4 billion.
  • Representing a South American state in two related ICSID investment disputes with major U.S. and European oil companies exceeding US$3 billion.
  • Representing an African national oil company in a dispute with an Asian party arising from the acquisition of seismic data.

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Disputes

  • Representing a leading European telecommunications company in a shareholders’ dispute exceeding US$1.5 billion in Egypt.
  • Representing a European telecommunications company in a LCIA arbitration related to the acquisition of networks in two African States, and related freezing orders.

Pharmaceutical Disputes

  • Representing a European pharmaceutical in LCIA and HKIAC arbitrations arising from a dispute against its Asian joint venture partner pertaining to the promotion and distribution of its products in a South-East Asian state.

Procurement Disputes

  • Representing an Asian state entity, over twenty years, in five arbitrations arising from two major military procurement contracts and the wrongful recourse to commissioned agents.

Publications

Signature Litigation : un nouvel associé en arbitrage internationalDécideurs Magazine – 2 February 2024

Signature Litigation recrute Philip Dunham en tant qu’associé en arbitrage international – Le Monde du Droit – 26 January 2024

Philip Dunham rejoint Signature LitigationLa Lettre des Juristes d’Affaires – 26 January 2024

Signature Signs Up Arbitration Pro From Dechert In Paris – Law360 – 9 January 2024

Revolving DoorsLegal Business – 5 January 2024

Dechert Partner Joins SignatureGlobal Arbitration Review – 2 January 2024

Signature signs up former Dechert arbitration partner in ParisThe Global Legal Post– 2 January 2024

Philip Dunham joins Signature Litigation’s Paris office, bolstering global arbitration practice – Solicitors Journal – 2 January 2024

New year, new partner for Signature Litigation – CDR News – 2 January 2024

Dispute Boards: Another Potential Means of Resolving COVID-19 Disputes – Dechert On-Point – April 2020

Construction Arbitration and Concession Contracts – Global Arbitration Review Construction Guide – 3rd edition, 2019

Construction Arbitration and Concession Contracts – Global Arbitration Review Construction Guide – 2nd edition, 2018

Construction Arbitration and Concession Contracts – Global Arbitration Review Construction Guide – 1st edition, 2017

France – The European, Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review – 2015

Third-party funding: snapshots from around the globe – Global Arbitration Review – March 2012

La consolidation de l’arbitrage commercial international au Brésil : état des lieux en 2008 – Décideurs Stratégie Finance Droit – November 2008

The Use and Abuse of First Demand Guarantees in International Construction Projects – International Construction Law Review – July 2008

Third-Party Litigation Funding and International Arbitration (France) – Global Arbitration Review – March 2008

After 10 Years of Positive Developments, does Confusion Remain in Brazil’s Arbitration Law? – World Arbitration and Mediation Report & Revista de Arbitragem e Mediação – December 2006

Balancing Sovereignty and the Contractor’s Rights in International Construction Arbitrations involving State Entities – International Construction Law Review – April 2006

L’Arbitrage en Amérique Latine : l’éveil du Brésil – Magazine des Affaires – December 2005

L’américanisation de l’arbitrage international – Magazine des Affaires – July 2005

Arbitrage international en Asie: brèves considérations – Décideurs Juridiques et Financiers – May 2005

Current Trends in Investment Treaty Arbitration – Focus Europe – May 2004

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