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Rupert Boswall

Rupert Boswall specialises in complex commercial disputes resolved by litigation and international arbitration.

From May 2014 to June 2020 he served two terms as the firm's Senior Partner, a non-executive chairman role.

Rupert acts on high value international disputes and investigations in the financial, technology, infrastructure, natural resources, offshore and wealth sectors.  He is noted for his lateral thinking and strategic leadership of teams on cross-border projects.  Although a litigator by background, he is a solver of clients' issues in deal making as well as disputes.

Rupert has particular experience acting for clients from Africa, Russia, the CIS, the Middle East, the PRC and SE Asia. 

Rupert is also a leading lawyer in the fine art world. 

He is dual qualified in England & Wales and Hong Kong.

Directory quotes

Recommended - The Legal 500 UK 2022

"Rupert Boswall is clever and tactical, understands the end game." - The Legal 500 UK 2021 

"Recommended" - The Legal 500 UK, 2016 edition

"Praised" for his commercial litigation work – The Legal 500 UK, 2015 edition

Simon Hart, Tim Brown and Rupert Boswall are also praised - The Legal 500 UK, 2015 edition

"Recommended" - The Legal 500 UK, 2015 edition

"Recommended" - The Legal 500 UK, 2014 edition


City of London Law Society - Main Committee

Inter-Pacific Bar Association

London Court of International Arbitration

International Bar Association

Republic of Ireland Law Society

Hong Kong Law Society

Relevant work

Acting for a Russian bank in multi-jurisdictional $500m dispute with creditors over collapsed infrastructure project

Investigating a systemic fraud in a leading Middle Eastern investment fund

Pursuing recovery proceedings against former CEO of Eastern European bank

Advising on commodity disputes between Levantine and Asian counter-parties

Litigating failed M&A transaction in the UK retail sector

Acting on capital flight recoveries involving African HNWs


St John's College, Oxford