Leonie Amarasekara

Associate, London



Leonie Amarasekara is an associate in the Dispute Resolution group based in London. Leonie's practice focuses on international commercial arbitration. Her experience includes representing commercial entities from the construction and energy sectors, as well as other cross-border arbitrations under the LCIA and ICC Rules.

Prior to joining the Dispute Resolution group, Leonie spent six months in the Firm's Abu Dhabi office where she gained experience in Project Finance.

Bars and Courts
Solicitor, England and Wales
BA Jurisprudence
University of Oxford
International Law
London School of Economics


Examples of recent experience include:

Representing a minority shareholder in an LCIA arbitration between joint venture parties to an oil and gas project in the Middle East concerning a multi-billion dollar dispute over the approval of field development plans. Key issues included whether the FDPs for two fields were binding and in accordance with industry standards. 

Acting for the minority shareholder in an LCIA arbitration brought by the majority shareholder of a joint venture oil and gas company in relation to a claim for deferred consideration. 

Advising a European integrated oil and gas company in relation to a dispute and potential arbitration concerning a substantial on-shore upstream gas project, including regarding contingent compensation, reserves estimation, field development planning and the application of price caps to the project's products.

Representing a property developer in an ICC arbitration against a Qatari contractor regarding the construction of residential towers, in respect of the validity of the contract termination.

Representing a multinational rail equipment manufacturer in an ICC arbitration arising out of its acquisition of a competitor. The arbitration relates to the breach of various contractual provisions of the sale and purchase agreement.

Acting for a West African state-owned petroleum company in a potential expert determination against a joint venture partner, relating to the distribution of insurance policy proceeds following an incident on an FPSO.  

Advising in relation to a dispute concerning a high-profile UK Ministry of Defence procurement project.