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James Watthey

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4 PUMP COURT (4 Pump Court (Chambers of Nick Vineall QC and Sean Brannigan QC))


An experienced commercial barrister handling heavyweight international arbitration and litigation. In addition to LMAA, LCIA, SIAC, ICC and other institutional and ad hoc arbitrations all around the world, he also frequently handles disputes in the Mercantile Court, the Commercial Court and the Admiralty Court, as well as other divisions of the High Court. He also has experience in mediation and as an arbitrator and expert in English law in foreign proceedings. His arbitration practice includes both substantive proceedings and challenges under the Arbitration Act 1996, on grounds such as want of jurisdiction, apparent bias, serious irregularity and errors of law. Particular specialist expertise in shipping and commodities; shipbuilding, offshore construction and energy; insurance and reinsurance; professional negligence; general commercial dispute resolution. Reported cases include: Austen v Pearl Motor Yachts Ltd [2014] EWHC 3544 (Comm); Sun United Maritime Ltd v Kastelli Marine Inc [2014] 2 Lloyd's Rep 386; Med Marine v Castillo Schiffahrts-Gmbh & Co KG MS & anor [2014] EWHC 1064 (Comm); Summit Navigation v Generali Romania [2014] EWHC 398 (Comm); Snow Bunting [2012] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 647; F&M Bunkering Services Ltd v Bulgarian River Shipping & ors [2012] EWHC B26 (Comm); TE HSING [2012] EWHC B16 (Comm); Lombard Marine Finance v Hussein LTL 7/3/2011; BON AMI [2009] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 356; Total Air Management Services v Helipad LTL 20/9/2012; Braceforce Warehousing v Mediterranean Shipping Co [2009] EWHC 3839; National Landlords Association v Stimpson [2008] EWHC 2340; Oliver v Dubai Bank Kenya Ltd (Comm) [2007] All ER (D) 135 (Sep); BCM v Visualmark [2006] EWHC 1831; MAGGIE [2005] EWHC 2042 (Comm); South East Windscreens Ltd v Jamshidi [2005] EWHC 3322.


Called 2000, Gray’s Inn. Formerly insurance and reinsurance litigator at Lovells. Chairman, Gray’s Inn Barristers’ Committee. Tenant at Hardwicke Building, Lincoln’s Inn (2002-March 2014). Tenant at 4 Pump Court from April 2014.


Supporting member of the LMAA; member of the LCIA Users’ Council; BILA; COMBAR; London Shipping Law Centre; founder committee member Young Maritime Professionals; Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.


Ashcroft High School; Luton VIth Form College; Christ’s College, Cambridge (1998, MA (Cantab) (Law); Christ Church, Oxford (1999, BCL).


Family, food, cycling (London Dynamo) and sailing (Bar Yacht Club, RORC).

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Within: Shipping – Leading juniors

James Watthey - 4 Pump CourtHe has good communication skills and is easy to deal with.

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