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David Leckie



David Leckie

David Leckie


David specialises in dispute resolution and international arbitration, with a particular focus on the energy and marine sectors.

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David specialises in dispute resolution and international arbitration, with a particular focus on the energy and marine sectors.

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David is a dispute resolution specialist in the energy, renewables, marine and construction sectors.  He has over 30 years’ of international experience, representing a wide range of clients in these sectors in  international arbitration, litigation and mediation.   He has practised as an in-house counsel in the energy sector and as a Barrister in London.

David also has extensive experience of regulatory law, including fraud, bribery and corruption, health, safety, and environmental law. He has conducted internal investigations, appeared at Inquests and defended companies and individuals in a wide range of criminal prosecutions, many involving an international element.

David Leckie is one of the most talented and experienced practitioners I have ever worked with, having considerable knowledge and understanding of our industry and the types of disputes that we deal with on a regular basis, enabling him to provide insight into the preferred approach to resolving such disputes.

Legal 500 UK, 2022

An excellent advocate who conjoins an extremely pragmatic and realistic outlook with a warm personality leaving clients reassured that they are in safe hands



Energy/Marine/Construction Litigation/Arbitration

  • LCIA -  USD 500 million arbitration relating to EPC dispute in Iraq
  • LMAA - USD 500 million rig construction arbitration
  • ICC - USD 350 million arbitration in relation to a rig refurbishment in Mexico
  • LCIA - USD 130 million arbitration relating to termination of a drilling contract,  offshore Libya
  • LCIA - USD 60 million arbitration in relation to a construction contract in Iraq
  • DIAC - USD 50 million arbitration relating to an oilfield services contract in Iraq
  • LCIA arbitration relating to a drilling contract in India
  • LCIA arbitration relating to Cameroon JOA/PSA
  • Saudi Arabia  USD 50 million arbitration in relation to the construction of oil and gas facilities
  • High Court (Technology and Construction Court) - successfully defending a claim relating to a ECPI construction contract in Indonesia. Security for costs and third party costs orders: Trident Australasia Pty Ltd v Versabuild LLC [2015] EWHC 2890 (Comm)
  • High Court – successfully resisting an appeal in relation to sections 67 and 68 of the Arbitration Act – Interprods Ltd v De La Rue International Ltd [2013] EWHC 3971 (Comm)
  • High Court – successfully overturning interim injunction; contempt of court. Euroil Ltd v Cameroon Offshore Petroleum SARL [2014] EWHC 52 (Comm)
  • High Court – W Limited v M SDN BHD [2016] EWHC 422 (Comm)  - appeal in relation to section 68 of the Arbitration Act
  • Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering v Songa Offshore Equinox Ltd [2020] EWHC 2353 (TCC)


  • Acting for an EPCI contractor in relation to various international disputes arising from the construction of an offshore windfarm in the North Sea 
  • Acting for a contractor in a High Court litigation concerning a wind farm in the North Sea
  • Acting for an offshore services subcontractor in relation to a dispute concerning an offshore windfarm in Taiwan. 
  • Acting for an engineering services provider in an ICC arbitration arising from the construction of a biomass fuelled power plant 
  • Acting for an engineering services provider on a dispute arising in connection with the installation of a High Voltage Direct Current transmission link 
  • Advising generally in relation to contractual issues and disputes 

Regulatory and Investigations 

  • Conducting an internal investigation in relation to bribery allegations in Senegal and representation at subsequent proceedings
  • Representing clients in relation to various other bribery allegations/investigations/proceedings 
  • Advising a major international operator in respect of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Deepwater drilling following the Macondo incident
  • Advising in relation to an investigation by the Indonesian and UK Governments in respect of hazardous waste and the repatriation of that waste to the UK
  • Advising on decommissioning liabilities
  • Defending a major offshore oil & gas contractor in relation to a criminal prosecution by the HSE, following a radioactive source incident on an offshore platform 
  • Various manslaughter and HSE investigations/prosecutions 
  • CAA v Amazon -  Defending charges under carriage of dangerous goods regulations.   
  • Advising in relation to numerous agency agreements and disputes. 
  • Representing an operator in relation to enforcement action following pollution from oil refinery. 
  • Acting for contractors in relation to disputes with the North Sea Transition Authority


  • Droit maritime

  • Énergie et ressources naturelles

  • Infrastructures



  • Arbitrage international

  • Droit de l’environnement

  • Litiges commerciaux

  • Projets et construction

  • Réglementation et enquêtes