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James Freeman



Freeman James
James Freeman



James is a Partner in the International Arbitration Group in the London office. He has conducted arbitrations under all of the major institutional rules and at all of the main seats, in a wide range of industry sectors. He acts in both commercial and investor-state cases. He is a Solicitor Advocate and routinely appears as an advocate at substantive hearings. Legal 500 and Chambers UK has described him as an "excellent advocate", "a class act" and "particularly impressive."

James’s practice has a particular focus on energy, and he is highly valued by clients for, among other things, his expertise in gas and LNG pricing disputes. He is acknowledged to be leading current thinking in this area, co-editing the 2nd edition of the Gas Price Arbitrations – the only textbook on the subject. James is also known for his expertise in finance sector arbitrations and has acted as counsel for ISDA on its Arbitration Guide.

Widely respected in the market, James features in all of the leading legal directories. In Chambers & Partners UK 2023, it is stated that James is “bright, hard-working and someone you want on your team”; that “He provides excellent service on matters involving complex commercial and tactical issues” and is “an impressive advocate and commercial arbitrator.” Previous editions have described him as “a pleasure to work with. He's super bright and intellectually rigorous”; “A class act. He's thoughtful and sensible”; and “all over the facts of a case,”... “He knows exactly why he's there and is massively persuasive.” Legal 500, 2023 describes James as “versatile, smart and pragmatic” and previous comments include that he is “engaging and always very calm and measured, as well as being fun to work with – responsive and on top of all of the details.” Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2023 states that “James Freeman excels on the international stage, being described as ‘really good practitioner’ who is consistently ‘meticulous and thoughtful’”.

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Partner, 2018

Counsel, 2015

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2004


BA (Hons), First Class, Ancient & Modern History, New College Oxford University, 1998

Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Distinction, City University London, 2000

LPC, Commendation, The College Of Law, London, 2001

Diploma in International Arbitration, Distinction, Queen Mary College, University of London, 2010

Published work

  • Joint editor of "Gas Price Arbitrations" (2nd edition, 2015)
  • Chapter on "Practical aspects of price reviews" in "The Law and Business of LNG" (2nd edition)
  • Chapter on "Practical issues specific to arbitration concerning financial products" in "International Financial Disputes - Arbitration and Mediation" (OUP, 2015)
  • "The use of arbitration in the financial services industry" in Business Law International (December, 2014)
  • "Arbitration in international banking and finance : recent developments" in Practical Law (2012)
  • "Should parties specify the law applicable to their arbitration agreements"? in Practical Law (January 2014)
  • "Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration" (International Arbitration Law Review, 2013)
  • "Demystifying the use of arbitration clauses in international finance documents" (Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, 2012)
  • "Ethical issues for counsel in international arbitration" (Practical Law, 2012)