James Barratt is a counsel in O’Melveny’s London office, specialising in investment and international commercial arbitration. He has represented clients in numerous arbitrations under all leading arbitral rules (including ICC and LCIA), as well as in ad hoc arbitrations at various seats (including London, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Hong Kong and New York). James frequently represents and advises clients on investment treaty disputes and on public international law. His broad experience includes representing parties from both common and civil law systems in disputes governed by a wide variety of substantive and procedural laws (including English, New York, Spanish, Brazilian, French, German, Malaysian and PRC law). James is an English qualified barrister with full rights of audience before all English courts, and has appeared as the sole and joint advocate before international arbitral tribunals in several trials and in a considerable number of applications.
James has a particular focus on disputes concerning the following sectors: joint ventures, M&A, investment banking, project finance, insurance and reinsurance, aerospace and defence, pharmaceutical, technological, telecommunications, construction, energy, shipping and the airline industry. He was previously at one of the world’s leading international arbitration practices. James is listed in Chambers and Partners for International Arbitration (2014) and in Euromoney’s World’s Leading Experts for Commercial Arbitration (2013).
James read history and law at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge. He is the author of several publications and has given numerous presentations on international arbitration. James also speaks Portuguese.