Cross-Border Contract Disputes Set to Increase

The number of cross-border legal disputes are expected to grow in the coming years, a survey of lawyers across the world has found.

The 2013/12 Global Currents: Trends in Complex Cross-Border Disputes study found half of the 146 respondents expect an increase in such cases over the next two years. Some 30 per cent of respondents’ caseloads consisted of cross-border disputes.

The study by Hogan Lovells found customers and suppliers were the main sources of cross-border disputes — most often over commercial, contractual or intellectual property issues. A quarter of businesses clashed with regulators. The lawyers said they have spent anywhere from $2.3 million (£1.3 million) to $6.5 million (£3.8 million) on disputes involving between two and five different countries.

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