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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

Publications: 10 FEBRUARY 2020

Liability for breaches of sanctions: financiers, lessors and charterers beware, OFAC settles claims against Apollo and Eagle Bulk

Two recent settlements in the United States have highlighted the risks for parties involved in aviation and shipping of incurring liabilities for a breach of sanctions.  

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Publications: 28 JANUARY 2020

Top UK finance litigation and contract law developments in 2019

This is a round-up of the most interesting finance litigation and contractual developments in 2019. The selection is necessarily subjective and draws from a wide range of cases and developments that are of direct relevance to finance parties.

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Publications: 28 JANUARY 2020

Culture, compliance, and corporate governance in the new decade

This year marks the beginning of a new decade, challenging us to look back at the progress and innovation the business community has made with regard to compliance and corporate governance, but also to look ahead to the 2020s and what will be required of companies to thrive in an increasingly diverse and global consumer market. 

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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 structure of the Arbitration Guide remains unchanged – reflecting ISDA members’ broad satisfaction with the first edition (the 2013 ISDA Arbitration Guide) – a number of new model clauses have been added in response to users’ feedback, and amendments have been made to the guidance notes to reflect changes in arbitral rules and market practice over the past five years. This second edition reflects ISDA’s intention for the Arbitration Guide to be a “living document” that will be updated from time to time.

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