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Chambers of Lord Grabiner KC
One Essex Court
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Highly experienced international commercial arbitrator. Peter Leaver has acted as sole arbitrator, a member of the arbitral tribunal and chairman, in numerous arbitrations, often under ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC and UNCITRAL Rules. Recent examples of cases include a dispute concerning the licensing of patents; a dispute arising out of a joint venture for exploitation of shale gas; a dispute concerning a negligence claim in the spacecraft and telecommunications industry; a dispute involving the intellectual property rights of partners in a joint venture; a dispute concerning modernistaion of the Russian Federation gas system; a dispute concerning the supply of defective and non-confirming products (batteries), in breach of two supply agreements; a dispute concerning a share of purchase agreement regarding the issued share of capital of a company providing courier delivery services in Russia and Kyrgyzstan; and a dispute concerning the finalisation of a binding worldwide license agreement under the Licensed Patents on FRAND terms and conditions.


Called 1967, Lincoln’s Inn; QC 1987, KC 2022; contributor, ‘Pre-Trial and Pre-Hearing Procedures Worldwide’. Chairman of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) 2008-12; president of National Anti-Doping Panel.


Working knowledge of French.


Society of Legal Scholars; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb); Law Society’s Accreditation Panel of Arbitrators; Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC); Hong Kong Arbitration Centre Panel; HKIAC’s Intellectual Property and Financial Disputes Panels; appointed to chairman’s list of the Sports Dispute Resolution Panel (SDRP).


Aldenham School; Dublin University.


Wine, opera, sport; member, Garrick Club, MCC.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 2

Peter Leaver KCOne Essex CourtPeter is a leading arbitrator. He is incisive (and decisive) and likes to cut through the superficialities. He does not hesitate to bring matters into focus and is always a pleasure to deliberate with.’

One Essex Court is considered ‘one of the best sets in international arbitration‘ and commended for its ‘very significant number of excellent arbitrators‘. The set stands out for its members’ diverse range of tribunal expertise, from major commercial and investment treaty arbitrations through to more specialised areas such as construction and insurance. This is amplified by the broad spread of arbitrators on offer, including esteemed former judges such as Lord Neuberger and Dame Elizabeth Gloster. Other leading full time arbitrators include Christopher Style KC, Ian Glick KC, Peter Leaver KC and Andrew Foyle .