To instruct James please contact our clerks on +44 (0)20 7842 5555 or email [email protected].
James has a general commercial practice with particular expertise in the following areas:
A large part of James’ practice is international, and he is regularly instructed in arbitrations around the world, particularly London, Dubai, Qatar, Hong Kong and Singapore.
James Leabeater is recommended for shipping, construction, energy and professional negligence disputes by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 where recent comments include:
Prior to taking silk in 2019, James was nominated as “Junior of the Year” in two different areas of law at the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Awards: construction (2016) and shipping (2018).
Insurance and reinsurance work is a core area of James’s practice. He is regularly instructed in coverage and avoidance disputes and subrogated and other insurance claims. He has been instructed to act in and advise on several reinsurance arbitrations both with leaders and on his own. James also has experience of working closely with the in-house legal team of a major insurance and reinsurance group in the City.
James is recommended by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 for shipping work and regularly appears in LMAA arbitrations and the Commercial Court on disputes about charterparties, bills of lading and contracts for the sale of vessels. James was nominated as Shipping Junior of the Year in the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Awards 2018.
The crossover between James’ recognised experience in shipping and construction work makes him particularly well suited for shipbuilding and offshore construction disputes.
James has worked on numerous LMAA arbitrations in relation to charterparty disputes, including early termination of time charters, cargo claims and claims for demurrage and detention.
James has experience of a wide range of commercial disputes in litigation and arbitration, including freezing relief, anti-suit injunctions, enforcing arbitral awards and foreign judgments, appealing against arbitration awards and appearing in and advising on contractual and other commercial claims.
James is recommended in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 for construction disputes in England, the Middle East and in Chambers & Partners Global. He was nominated as Construction Junior of the Year in the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Awards 2016. In addition to appearing in the TCC, he has particular experience of construction arbitrations in Dubai, Oman, Qatar, other parts of the GCC, Hong Kong and Singapore. As well as appearing at hearings all around the world, he has appeared in a number of remote (online) evidentiary and other hearings.
Appeared in two Doha seated arbitrations arising out of an airport project.
James is recommended by Chambers & Partners for energy work, which is a large and growing part of James’ practice.
James is recommended by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 for professional negligence disputes and has particular experience in respect of claims against engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, project managers and valuers. Outside the construction field, he is instructed in relation to claims against lawyers, insurance intermediaries and accountants.
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To instruct James please contact our clerks on +44 (0)20 7842 5521 or email [email protected].
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