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James Freeman



Freeman James
James Freeman



James is a partner in the International Arbitration Group based in London. He conducts arbitrations, specialising in the energy and finance sectors, but also has experience of insurance, aerospace, telecoms, commodities and steel. James acts in both commercial and investor-State cases and is a former Co-Chair of the LCIA’s Young International Arbitration Group. James is now on the Steering Committee of CPR Y-ADR. He also sits as an arbitrator.

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.

Experience highlights



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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)

News & insights

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Publications: 24 JUNE 2020

The governing law of an arbitration agreement and why it matters

The Court of Appeal ruled that, where there is no express choice of law governing the arbitration agreement, there is a strong presumption that the parties have impliedly chosen the law of the seat.…

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News: 15 MAY 2020

Partners Mark Levy QC and James Freeman co-edit the second edition of Gas and LNG Price Arbitrations

The second edition of Gas and LNG Price Arbitrations, the only book dedicated to the specialist world of these high-value disputes, has been published.  The book, published by Globe Law and Business,…

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Publications: 25 FEBRUARY 2020

Arbitration: English seat does not guarantee English governing law and anti-suit injunction

The English High Court (Andrew Baker J) has refused to hear an application for an anti-suit injunction to restrain proceedings in Russia allegedly in breach of an arbitration agreement.  The court…

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Publications: 17 DECEMBER 2018

ISDA publishes a new edition of its Arbitration Guide

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) (advised by Allen & Overy LLP) has published a second edition of its Arbitration Guide (the 2018 ISDA Arbitration Guide). While the basic…

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