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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.

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Publications: 15 February 2022

If it ain't broke, don't fix it? The Law Commission's Review of The Arbitration Act 1996

Allen & Overy’s International Arbitration Group invites you to join a discussion of the reforms of the Arbitration Act 1996 being considered by the Law Commission (and some reforms that are not).

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Publications: 17 January 2022

Structuring investments in 2022: time to rethink

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Publications: 02 December 2021

Effect of non-compliance with a pre-arbitral obligation to mediate: who decides?

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Publications: 02 December 2021

Governing law of arbitration agreement

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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)