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Practice Summary

Peter Leaver QC is an experienced full-time international commercial arbitrator, recommended in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500, who sits in arbitrations in many parts of the world, both under the Rules of many different institutions as well as under the UNCITRAL Rules. He sits as an arbitrator in a broad spread of commercial disputes and is a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre Panel, the Hong Kong Arbitration Centre Panel and HKIAC’s Intellectual Property and Financial Disputes Panels. He is a past Chairman of the Board of the London Court of International Arbitration, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) and appointed to The Law Society’s Accreditation Panel of Arbitrators. For many years he was a Recorder of the Crown Court and a Deputy High Court Judge, and a Director of the Investment Management Regulatory Organisation.

Whilst he was in practice at the Bar, Peter Leaver concentrated on heavyweight, highly detailed contractual work for corporations and institutions, and was described as ‘a highly experienced and persuasive advocate’. Through his extensive practice at the Bar, Peter Leaver has experience in many areas of commercial law, including banking, sale of goods, insurance, financial services, energy disputes and intellectual property, and of related jurisdictional questions.

He has a working knowledge of French.

The Legal 500 2020 refer to Peter Leaver as “A leading arbitrator by any standard, he is clear in his no-nonsense approach and focuses on conducting the arbitration fairly and effectively”, whilst Chambers UK 2020 notes that Mr Leaver is "Extremely well regarded" and "Really smart”. "Peter Leaver QC receives extensive recommendations from peers for his top-tier work as arbitrator spanning financial services, energy and intellectual property disputes" (Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2020) and is recognised as being “Very commercial in his approach and is fair but sympathetic with the witness” (The Legal 500 2018-19).