International Trade & Commodities

Our team of specialists represents a variety of clients with a full range of services on both contentious and non-contentious matters across the commodities markets.

We will provide you with clear, practical advice whilst taking into account your commercial and business needs on all aspects of international trade, including emerging markets.


We are able to advise:

  • Banks
  • Brokers
  • Commodities producers
  • Construction companies
  • Energy companies
  • Insurers
  • Investors
  • Joint ventures
  • Logistics companies
  • Miners
  • Power project developers
  • Service Contractors
  • Shipping providers
  • Trade Associations
  • Trade finance institutions
  • Traders
  • Trading Houses

Areas of Law

Below is a non-exhaustive list of the various areas of law we can help you with.

Dispute Resolution

  • Alternative Dispute resolution
  • Arbitration: including specialist arbitration from international institutions such as:
    • Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA)
    • Federation or Oils, Seeds and Fats Association (FOSFA)
    • Refined Sugar Association (RSA)
    • London Metal exchange (LME)
    • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
    • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
    • United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
    • London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA)
  • Mediation
  • Litigation


  • Conventional Energy trading advice
  • Drafting of contracts
  • Global energy supply chain agreements
  • Negotiation of terms
  • Power projects
  • Power purchase agreements
  • Renewable sources of energy trading support
  • Sourcing energy long term contracts

Hard Commodities: coal and steel, other minerals and metals (including precious metals)

  • Contract of affreightment (COA), carriage and charters
  • Derivatives and sale and purchase arrangements
  • Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts
  • Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management contracts
  • Forward freight agreements (FFA)
  • Negotiation of long term sales contracts
  • Production and trading contracts
  • Standard Coal Trading Agreement (SCoTA) contracts and terms
  • Supply and distribution agreements and terms

International Trade Regulations

  • Commodities regulation
  • Corruption, bribery and malpractice advice
  • Environmental issues
  • EU and international trade sanctions legislation
  • EU & UK competition law
  • International regulatory support and compliance advice
  • Regulatory, EU and duty issues
  • World Trade Organization (WTO) rules

Oil & Gas (including LNG)

  • Bill of lading, commodity, charterparty and carriage contracts
  • Corporate Structures and joint ventures
  • Demurrage contract terms
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts
  • Letters of credit and documentary compliance
  • Long time supply contracts
  • On- and off-shore storage contracts
  • Operating agreements
  • Power purchase agreements
  • Project development
  • Sale & purchase agreements
  • Service contracts and agreements
  • Terminal use agreements
  • Trade agreements and terms

Soft Commodities and grain

Variety of soft commodities including: grain food, oil, seeds, soya beans, coffee, cocoa, sugar, rice, nuts

  • Derivative trading contracts
  • Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Association (FOSFA) terms
  • Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA) terms
  • Production agreements
  • Refined Sugar Association (RSA) terms
  • Specialist commodity contacts and terms
  • Standard trading terms
  • Supply agreements and terms
  • Supply chain management agreements

Trade and commodity Finance

  • Commodity and export finance
  • Financial trading terms
  • Joint ventures and corporate acquisitions
  • Letters of Credit
  • Political risk and trade credit insurance
  • Project and asset finance
  • Revolving credit facilities and prepayment financing
  • Structured trade and commodities finance and investments
  • Supply chain financing
  • Trade credit insurance

For detailed information and to discuss your requirements, contact

For details information and to discuss your requirements, contact