James Watthey




James is an experienced commercial barrister handling heavyweight international arbitration and litigation. James focuses on charterparty disputes, cargo claims, sale and purchase, shipbuilding disputes, international trade and marine insurance. In addition to LMAA, LCIA, SIAC, ICC and other institutional and ad hoc arbitrations all around the world, he also frequently handles disputes in the Commercial Court and the Admiralty Court, as well as other divisions of the High Court. He has particular experience of international actions involving jurisdictional disputes. James also has experience in mediation and as an Arbitrator and expert in English law in foreign proceedings. His arbitration practice includes both substantive proceedings and challenges under the Arbitration Act 1996, on grounds such as want of jurisdiction, apparent bias, serious irregularity and errors of law.

More recently, he has handled a lot more commodities and energy related shipping disputes.  He also works on Admiralty matters and is widely regarded as pre-eminent in the superyacht market. Increasingly, he is being sought after as an arbitrator.

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)20 7842 5555 / E-mail: clerks@4pumpcourt.com

Areas of Practice


Year Qualified



MA (Cantab) Law
BCL (Oxon)


London Shipping Law Centre
Worshipful Company of Shipwrights
Member of the LCIA Users' Council
Supporting member of the LMAA