Peter Leaver QC is a sophisticated advocate and top-class arbitrator who has vast experience in complex disputes, most notably involving insurance and financial services.
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, the HKIAC, the SCC, the DIFC-LCIA, the ICC and the 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’s recent appointments have been concerned with a number of energy disputes, including a Stockholm Chamber arbitration about an agreement to finance the repair of methane gas leaks in Russia, a PCA arbitration under a Bilateral Investment Treaty, an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning offshore oil exploration, an LCIA arbitration concerning the price formulae for iron ore, an ICC arbitration concerning the exploration and recovery of oil in South America and an ICC arbitration concerning the construction of an offshore oil platform.
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.
Peter Leaver is a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Panels, and was for many years a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He has spoken on arbitration practice and procedure at many symposia and conferences around the world.
Peter Leaver was a deputy High Court judge from 1994 to 2017 and chairman of the board of the London Court of International Arbitration from 2008 to 2012. In addition, for eight years he was president of the UK National Anti-Doping Panel. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.