Peter Leaver is an experienced international commercial arbitrator and a Queen's Counsel with many years of experience of complex litigation and arbitration. He has considerable knowledge of the banking, insurance and financial services and intellectual property sectors. He has acted as chairman, sole arbitrator and party-nominated arbitrator in arbitrations with seats worldwide. These arbitrations have been conducted under the rules of leading arbitral bodies, including the LCIA, HKIAC, SCC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC and SIAC, and have covered a wide range of disputes, including bank loans and guarantees; power supplies in the EU; shareholder agreements; joint venture agreements; the construction of an offshore oil platform; the supply of oil and the construction of a communications satellite; intellectual property disputes; licensing; franchising; royalty claims; commodity and insurance. In addition, he has been appointed in many ad hoc arbitrations, both as chairman and co-arbitrator.
Peter Leaver believes it is essential that arbitrations are conducted efficiently and effectively, and that arbitrators have a duty to ensure that awards are delivered promptly. In order to achieve the efficient and effective conduct of arbitrations, he is strongly in favour of effective case management with the aim of ensuring that each party to the arbitration is given a fair opportunity to advance and present its case.
He was for many years a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He has spoken on arbitration practice and procedure at many symposiums and conferences around the world.
Peter Leaver was for five years chairman of the board of the London Court of International Arbitration and for eight years was president of the UK National Anti-Doping Panel. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
WWL says: Peter Leaver QC is "renowned as a pre-eminent arbitrator" in both ad hoc and international proceedings.
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