James Leabeater

Barrister at 4 Pump Court

James Leabeater is recommended for shipping, construction, energy and professional negligence disputes by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 where comments include:

  • Exceptionally clever and a star in the making
  • An absolute star: fantastic attention to detail, great strategic brain, always available to discuss issues
  • A ferociously intelligent lawyer; he’ll give it to you straight and is very good on technical matters
  • A very impressive and highly articulate advocate
  • A man with the best of judgment and real courage in his convictions
  • Clear and un-legalistic with clients
  • Very bright and articulate, he’s a pleasure to work with
  • Just fantastic


A large part of James’ practice is international, and he is regularly instructed in arbitrations around the world, particularly London, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore. He has particular expertise in the following areas:


  • Shipping, Shipbuilding and Offshore Construction
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Energy
  • Professional Negligence
  • Insurance & Reinsurance