Frederico Singarajah, (London)

Contact Details

  • Called to the Bar


  • Frederico has a broad commercial practice which focuses on high value, complex,

    international commercial litigation and arbitration. He prides himself on the quality of

    his written and oral advocacy across a wide spectrum of industry sectors, including

    banking, commodities, shipping, aviation, energy, mining, infrastructure and insurance &

    reinsurance cases. Many of his cases are multi-disciplinary, often involving issues of

    fraud or economic torts in a commercial context.


    His niche expertise in Brazil & Latin America related disputes is well known and

    involves him in legal opinions on matters relating to contracts governed by English

    law, potential litigation in England & Wales and arbitrations around the world. His

    ability to speak native Portuguese and working knowledge of Spanish gives him a

    significant advantage over his counterparts. In addition to Latin America, his

    experience has led him to represent clients from all over the world, including the

    Ukraine, Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, Ghana and Angola.


    Frederico is experienced in a variety of international arbitrations, regularly acting as

    sole counsel or arbitrator. He has advised and represented parties in international

    arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SCC, CAM-CCBC and LMAA rules. His

    experience covers disputes in a wide variety of sectors including international sale of

    goods, commodities, oil & gas, mining, insurance & reinsurance, infrastructure,

    exclusive distribution, franchising and technology.


    He has experience in working with English and foreign law international arbitrations,

    directly instructed by lawyers from around the world. He acts as sole counsel, often

    against English silks and senior foreign lawyers.


    Frederico is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is pleased to accept

    instructions as a sole or panel arbitrator for international arbitrations in English,

    Portuguese or Spanish.

    Frederico can be reached at:-

    Hardwicke Chambers

    Hardwicke Building, New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London
    WC2A 3SB; DX: LDE 393

    T +44 (0)20 7242 2523
    F +44 (0)20 7691 1234

    Website :

  • Areas of Practice

  • Selected Cases

    SCC – €820k dispute on failure to deliver goods within contractual deadline.  Ad Hoc – U$110 million dispute on the breach of a ‘collateral management agreement’ involving parties in Ghana and Thailand.

    LMAA – U$2.6 million claim for breach of an agreement to supply iron ore under an amended FOB contract.

    UNCITRAL – U$20 million dispute for breach of exclusive distribution agreement under Brazilian law, representing Brazilian company against Chinese, state-owned company.

    LCIA (settled) – U$1.1 million dispute regarding the acquisition of a group of companies in the IT sector, advising majority shareholder against US Fund and UK acquiring group.

    ICC – A U$6.2 million dispute over a letter of credit for the purchase of human grade sugar from Brazil to Bangladesh, governed by Bangladeshi law.

    ICC – A U$75k dispute relating to a breach of an exclusive franchise agreement by a Turkish franchisee, granted by a Dutch company.