A client in the United States (US) sought advice on alleged breaches of a licence agreement with a clause providing for arbitration in the United Kingdom.

The dispute concerned the design of a military vehicle. We advised on termination of the licence, invoked the arbitration clause and commenced arbitration proceedings under the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.

The subject matter in dispute required obtaining US government approval for non-US citizens to access and review technical defence information, compliance with international secrecy regulations and instructing a military vehicle expert to inspect and report on the design of a military vehicle.

We attended several procedural hearings in London and developed an arbitration strategy which dealt with issues of adjournment, confidentiality and disclosure and led to successful settlement of the arbitration on confidential terms.