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James Leabeater

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 3 departments

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Construction - London (Bar)

Band 4

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James Leabeater QC
Frequently instructed in complex international arbitration cases as part of his impressive construction practice. He has acted in large claims nationally and internationally, including recently in the Middle East and Australia. He has been particularly active in disputes involving energy and transport infrastructure and his broad practice includes disputes arising from the shipping industry and offshore construction sector.
Strengths: "He is commercial, client-focused, extremely capable and user-friendly." "His cross-examination is absolutely devastating - he's very meticulous and he pays great attention to detail, packing a real punch with his questions."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant contractor in a claim regarding the cladding on a block of student accommodation in Leeds.
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Energy & Natural Resources - London (Bar)

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James Leabeater QC
Has a loyal following among solicitors, who see him as a tried and tested resource for big-ticket cases. He has well-rounded energy expertise stemming from his construction, shipping and insurance experience, and he deals with disputes concerning both the engineering and operation of onshore and offshore drilling and transportation facilities. Leabeater frequently appears in arbitrations both domestically and internationally, including those in Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Strengths: "His style is effective and appeals to judges." "A quality silk." "He's on the up - one to watch."
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Shipping & Commodities - London (Bar)

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James Leabeater QC
An excellent new silk with notable capability across dry shipping, shipbuilding and offshore construction disputes. He regularly appears in both Commercial Court and arbitration forums. His caseload concerns a diverse selection of matters including shipbuilding, charter parties and cargo contamination.
Strengths: "James Leabeater is a steady pair of hands. He is very reliable and very easy to deal with." "His level of service is great and his intellect is first class."
Recent work: Represented the owners of the 'Elin', a dispute concerning the exclusion of liability for the carriage of cargo on deck as to whether statements on a bill of lading that the carrier would not be liable for loss of or damage to deck cargo "howsoever arising" were apt to exclude liability for negligence and/or unseaworthiness.
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