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Laurence Winston


Laurence Winston is a partner and co-head of Crowell & Moring’s International Dispute Resolution Group in the firm’s London office. He is also a member of the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Group and Financial Services Group. His practice focuses on acting for blue chip clients, banks, asset-based lenders and other financial institutions in a broad range of cross border and domestic commercial litigation and arbitration matters with a particular focus on world-wide and U.K. fraud investigations, and asset recovery actions. He has in-depth experience of obtaining freezing injunctions, search and seizure orders, and additional forms of relief on behalf of his clients.

In addition, Laurence focuses on complex banking and investment disputes and claims on guarantees and indemnities and breach of warranty claims. He also focuses on data/cyber security and acted in one of the highest profile cases in the world to date.

He lectures and presents for Finance U.K., credit conferences, and other business conferences on fraud and asset recovery. He also appeared on CNBC Europe as an authority on fraud.

Prior to joining the firm, Laurence was a partner and head of U.K. litigation in the London office of an international firm.


  • The University of Manchester, LL.B. (1990)
  • College of Law, Chester (1991)


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International Dispute Resolution

Privacy and Cybersecurity

Financial Services

Litigation & Trial

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Team


Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Practice

Financial Services Litigation and Disputes

Cross-Border Data Flows

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  • Acted for a major UK broadcaster in a high profile £10m dispute with its main contractor in relation to the construction and subsequent demolition and rebuild of film studios for its flagship soap opera.
  • Acted for an Italian conglomerate in a US$50m ICC arbitration dispute over the construction of LNG tank farms in Qatar involving other parties in Korea and Qatar.
  • Acted in a multi-billion dollar arbitration dispute involving the construction of an airport in the Middle East.
  • Advised on a U.S. $1 billion breach of warranty claim in the LCIA arising out of a corporate acquisition in the Ukraine.
  • Acted in one of the highest profile data breach cases in the world to date involving an investigation by the ICO into alleged serious data breaches and the opposition of a search warrant.
  • Advised on a U.S. $850 million breach of contract and fraud claim.
  • Acted for global financier in a landmark invoice discounting civil fraud case that resulted in a £16 million judgment following a 10 week trial.
  • Acted as the independent solicitor in a search and seizure injunction in the Ferrari/McLaren “Spygate” case.
  • Acted in a U.S. $50 million derivatives scheme dispute involving a leading investment bank.
  • Acted for Premiership footballer in a breach of privacy claim in relation to a telephone hacking matter.
  • Acted for a global energy supplier in an anti-trespass injunction and possession order to evict protesters from a power station.
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Experienced International Disputes Lawyer Werner Eyskens Joins Crowell & Moring’s Brussels Office (June 21, 2022)
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A&O Brussels Veteran Exits For Crowell Commercial Dispute Resolution (June 21, 2022)
Press Coverage
"Nuts & Bolts of Investigations: Protecting Privilege," Lexology Webinar, 2022. (May 19, 2022). Speakers: Nimrod Haim Aviad, Thomas A. Hanusik, mMaarten Stassen and Laurence Winston.
"Cybersecurity Predictions and Trends for 2022: A UK Focus," Crowell & Moring Webinar. (February 24, 2022). Speakers: Evan D. Wolff, Laurence Winston, and Nicola Phillips.
"Data Breach Decisions: A Turning of The Tide?," International Dispute Resolution Alert (January 26, 2022). Contacts: Robert Weekes, Laurence Winston, Maarten Stassen, David Russell, CFA
Client Alert / Newsletter
"UK Supreme Court Decisions on Arbitration Agreements and Procedure in 2020-2021," International Dispute Resolution Alert (January 26, 2022). Contacts: Robert Weekes, Laurence Winston, Nicola Phillips, David Russell, CFA
Client Alert / Newsletter
Difficult Path Ahead For New ICO Head John Edwards Compliance Week (January 12, 2022)
Press Coverage
Concerns with UK plans to diverge from EU GDPR International Finance Law Review (September 21, 2021)
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