Appleton Luff is a boutique international law firm with separately incorporated offices in Brussels, Geneva, Kampala, Singapore, Warsaw and Washington, DC.
Created by attorneys from the largest law firms, we offer tailor-made services to governments, corporations and organisations on trade policy and international economic matters. We engineer solutions for our clients that take advantage of international trade and investment rules. We are also specialised in international arbitration and litigation, public international law, trade remedies, regional integration and EU law. We are particularly active in the European Union, the United States and developing countries in East and South-East Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as countries in transition.
International trade law services: Appleton Luff specialise in international trade law, including dispute settlement. We advise governments and businesses on how to benefit financially from the international trade system. We work in all WTO-related areas, and with free trade agreements (NAFTA, AEC, EPAs, etc) and customs unions (EU and MERCOSUR). Our services encompass all areas of trade and investment law: trade remedy cases, technical barriers to trade, customs rules, WTO dispute settlement, EU Court litigation, international arbitration, regional integration and market access actions.
Litigation and arbitration: Members of Appleton Luff serve as sole arbitrator, party appointed arbitrator, counsel and co-counsel in ICC, AAA, EDF and ad hoc arbitrations in disputes concerning international trade, development financing, intellectual property, licensing, agency agreements, mining, construction and sovereigns. Our attorneys have extensive experience before the European and US courts, WTO panels and the appellate body and in investor–state disputes.
Business services: Members of Appleton Luff regularly negotiate international deals in a wide variety of business sectors throughout Europe and Africa, with a strong focus on Eastern Europe and the East African community.
Trade remedies practice: Appleton Luff’s trade remedies practice is extensive. Our attorneys have experience in over 300 trade remedy proceedings (anti-dumping, countervailing duty/anti-subsidy and safeguards measures) conducted in all major jurisdictions including the US, EU, China, India, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Japan, Turkey, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, South Africa, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Korea and Russia. The team has experts located in each of the firm’s six offices and works with associated consultancies throughout the world.
International sanctions: Appleton Luff assists companies and persons to manage sanctions, and challenge them, where required, before the courts, the UN Security Council’s sanctions committee and in diplomatic forums.
Global reach: Our attorneys have worked in more than 80 countries, often at the highest levels, and have unique experience advising nations and business on negotiating strategies in multilateral forums, and in regional and bilateral organisations. Our attorneys have worked in many important sectors, including sugar, bananas, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, oil and gas, precious stones, engineering, steel, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, mining, financial services, tourism, proprietary technology, and procurement. Our presence in six dynamic jurisdictions in four continents allows us to monitor and advise multinationals, trade associations, consumer associations, and NGOs on important issues being negotiated virtually everywhere and in all international organisations involved in economic cooperation.
Excellence: Our partners have published books on trade law, as well as articles in leading academic journals on trade and arbitration. They are regularly invited to speak in international conferences. They also teach in universities and academic centres throughout the world: Dr David Luff is guest professor of trade law at the College of Europe, at the Universities of Liège and Lille. Ed Sim is an adjunct associate professor of ASEAN Law at the National University of Singapore and teaches at Universitas Pelita Harapan in Jakarta. Dr Arthur Appleton is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS-Europe) where he teaches international trade law. Dr Appleton also teaches at the World Trade Institute in Berne (on whose board he serves), and Drs Appleton, Luff and Rios Herran teach in the International Economic Law and Policy programme (IELPO) of the University of Barcelona. Patrick Macrory and Swithin Munyantwali teach at the International Law Institute in Kampala and Washington, DC. Finally, Dr Appleton is a senior trade and investment consultant for the World Bank and Dr Luff trains European Commission officials in all areas of trade law.