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WFW leverages domestic and international legal expertise

Legal sector enjoys boom times thanks to growing Thai economy

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 December, 2016, 11:02am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 December, 2016, 11:02am

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The influx of foreign companies with business interests in Thailand and the rise of domestic growth markets, particularly the renewable energy and construction segments, contribute to the robust development of the Thai legal sector.

Having served domestic and international clients in the country since 2001, leading international law firm Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) has gained local knowledge and expertise in Thai dispute resolution and corporate law. With 14 offices across Europe, the Middle East, North America and Asia, including Hong Kong and Singapore, the firm also has strong competency in cross-border practice. Its all-service legal assistance extends from corporate and commercial to finance, employment and dispute resolution services.

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has observed the Thai judiciary’s increasingly supportive attitude towards domestic and international arbitral proceedings. “Having an international legal team in Bangkok distinguishes us from other law firms in Thailand,” says Steven Burkill, managing partner. “Almost half of our lawyers at our Thai office are English-qualified and specialise in international arbitration.”

WFW has a proven track record in power and energy, oil and gas, maritime, real estate, shipping, insurance and reinsurance sectors in the contentious and non-contentious areas. It leverages synergies from its global operations to bring exceptional service to Thai’s renewable energy market. About 70 per cent of its core practice is dedicated to contentious work, while the rest focuses on general corporate practice, of which a predominant part is wind and renewable energy-related matters.

The firm has been involved in high-profile deals, with clients including PTT, Advance Agro, Wind Energy Holding and Blue Circle. “We advise clients on commercial transactions so they can make informed decisions and avoid problems. Should contentious problems arise, we have a market-leading capability,” Burkill says.

The company has legal partners in Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Australia to assist companies developing their businesses in Southeast Asia and Thailand. “We are here to cooperate and work together with our partners for optimal client satisfaction,” Burkill says.


Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand)