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Peter Morcos

Call: 2012

Peter has a practice that encompasses all areas of commercial dispute resolution, with a particular focus on commercial litigation and arbitration, professional liability, insurance, and construction.

Peter is ranked in Chambers and Partners for Insurance work. He is described as an “up-and-coming junior” with a “broadly commercial practice” who "Gives clear, considered and strategic advice. He gets straight to the nub of the issue and is very hard working and responsive."

Recent Work

Peter’s recent and current instructions include:

  • Acting for AIG in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal ([2016] Lloyd's Rep. I.R. 289) and the Commercial Court ([2016] Lloyd's Rep. I.R. 147) in AIG Europe Limited v OC320301 LLP, an aggregation dispute under the SRA minimum terms and conditions. The case is the first to come before the Courts in relation to the construction of the aggregation clause under the minimum terms and conditions.
  • Sole junior to Tim Chelmick in an ICC arbitration worth in excess of $80million, regarding a dispute relating to a power station in the Middle East.
  • Acting for a firm of accountants in a professional negligence claim stated to be worth in excess of $60million, involving allegations of breach of contract, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, led by Justin Fenwick QC.
  • Acting for a sub-contractor in a dispute arising out of a petrochemical project involving issues in relation to delay and disruption as well as in relation to acceleration costs, with a pleaded value in excess of $50million.
  • Sole counsel for the claimant in the Commercial Court in a claim against insurance brokers arising out of fire damage to the claimant’s waste management business.
  • Sole counsel for the claimant in relation to a dispute under a share purchase agreement, and defending counterclaims stated to be worth up to £2million.
  • Sole counsel successfully striking out a civil claim against a Member of Parliament arising out of the discharge of her official duties.
  • Part of a counsel team acting for an investment authority in a billion dollar claim against an investment bank in relation to the sale of equity derivatives.

Qualifications and Further Information

Peter received a BA in Law with First Class Honours and a BCL with Distinction from Lincoln College, Oxford where he won prizes at an undergraduate and graduate level. Peter has also attained an LLM with Distinction from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Dean’s Scholar and a Withers Scholar. As part of his time at the University of Pennsylvania, Peter completed a course in financial accounting taught by Wharton Business School.

Having been graded Outstanding on the BPTC he was called to the Bar by Inner Temple, where he was awarded an Exhibition.

Peter has also served as a tutor and examiner in tort at King’s College, London.

Peter is a member of COMBAR, BILA, PNBA, TECBAR, SCL and the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association. He currently serves as a member of the Junior COMBAR committee.

Education

BA, University of Oxford (First Class Honours); BCL, University of Oxford (Distinction); LLM, University of Pennsylvania (Distinction); BPTC (Outstanding).

Languages

Peter has a good understanding of conversational Arabic.