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 has appeared before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He has also acted in arbitrations under a range of domestic and international institutions.

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.” He also currently serves as a member of the Junior COMBAR committee.

Before becoming a barrister, 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. After his legal education, Peter received the Oxford Pro Bono Publico scholarship for his work at the AIRE Centre, assisting in interventions before the ECJ and the ECtHR. He also served as a tutor and examiner in tort at King’s College, London.

Peter has a good understanding of conversational Arabic.

Areas of Expertise

Insurance
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Peter is ranked in Chambers and Partners for Insurance work and is described as giving “clear, considered and strategic advice. He gets straight to the nub of the issue and is very hard working and responsive”. For his year of call, he has extensive experience of insurance law including disputes involving issues such as misrepresentation, non-disclosure, notification, dishonesty, coverage and aggregation.

Cases

AIG Europe Limited v Woodman

Peter appeared in the Supreme Court for the successful appellants, AIG, led by Colin Edelman QC. The case is the firs...

[2017] UKSC 18, [2017] 1 All E.R. 143, and [2016] Lloyd's Rep. I.R. 147
[2017] UKSC 18, [2017] 1 All E.R. 143, and [2016] Lloyd's Rep. I.R. 147
AIG Europe Limited v Woodman

Peter appeared in the Supreme Court for the successful appellants, AIG, led by Colin Edelman QC. The case is the first to come before the Supreme Court in relation to aggregation clauses since 2003. Peter also appeared as junior counsel for AIG in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal.

Claim under a Property Damage Policy

Sole counsel advising on the applicability of an exclusion clause in relation to business interruption flowing from p...

Claim under a Property Damage Policy

Sole counsel advising on the applicability of an exclusion clause in relation to business interruption flowing from property damage.

Confidential English Law Arbitration

Sole counsel advising insurers in relation to notification and dishonesty under an insolvency practitioner’s profes...

Confidential English Law Arbitration

Sole counsel advising insurers in relation to notification and dishonesty under an insolvency practitioner’s professional indemnity policy.

Claim under Product Liability Policy

Sole counsel advising a policyholder on coverage issues under a product liability policy. In particular, the case con...

Claim under Product Liability Policy

Sole counsel advising a policyholder on coverage issues under a product liability policy. In particular, the case concerns claims made and notified arising out of fire damage caused by heating appliances sold by the policyholder company.

CCHL v Collingwood Insurance Co Ltd

Sole counsel for an insurer resisting an injunction application in the High Court in relation to coverage issues unde...

CCHL v Collingwood Insurance Co Ltd

Sole counsel for an insurer resisting an injunction application in the High Court in relation to coverage issues under a commercial insurance policy.

Graham v Lloyds Syndicate

Sole counsel acting for insurers in relation to a coverage dispute which raised issues of notification and of the tim...

Graham v Lloyds Syndicate

Sole counsel acting for insurers in relation to a coverage dispute which raised issues of notification and of the time permitted to insurers to adjust a loss. Insurers successfully struck out the claim against them.

Claim against Insurance Brokers

Sole counsel in a claim against insurance brokers raising questions as to the meaning and validity of a clause prescr...

Claim against Insurance Brokers

Sole counsel in a claim against insurance brokers raising questions as to the meaning and validity of a clause prescribing territorial limits in the underlying insurance policy.

Advising on a Legal Expenses Policy

Sole counsel acting for a legal expenses insurer in a claim against its former advisers, raising issues of the meanin...

Advising on a Legal Expenses Policy

Sole counsel acting for a legal expenses insurer in a claim against its former advisers, raising issues of the meaning of the terms of business and the manner in which those terms interplay with the cover provided.

Advising on Successor Practice Rules

Advising on successor practice rules under the SRA minimum terms and conditions and in particular in the context of a...

Advising on Successor Practice Rules

Advising on successor practice rules under the SRA minimum terms and conditions and in particular in the context of a merger of two firms.

Commercial Dispute Resolution
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Peter is building a practice in all areas of commercial dispute resolution, and has experience across a wide range of cases. Peter is regularly instructed as sole counsel in commercial disputes, but is also currently involved in several cases where he is led by more senior barristers and silks.

As part of this, Peter is often instructed as a junior in document heavy cases, and has advised on complex issues of legal advice privilege, litigation privilege, without prejudice privilege and confidentiality. He also has experience advising on and assisting with interim applications including for specific disclosure and security for costs.

His recent and current instructions include:

Cases

Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs

Part of a counsel team acting for an investment authority in a billion dollar claim against an investment bank in rel...

Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs

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.

AIG Europe Limited v Woodman

Acting for the successful appellants, AIG, in the Supreme Court in AIG Europe Limited v Woodman, an aggregation ...

[2017] UKSC 18, [2017] 1 All E.R. 143, and [2016] Lloyd's Rep. I.R. 147
[2017] UKSC 18, [2017] 1 All E.R. 143, and [2016] Lloyd's Rep. I.R. 147
AIG Europe Limited v Woodman

Acting for the successful appellants, AIG, in the Supreme Court in AIG Europe Limited v Woodman, an aggregation dispute under the SRA minimum terms and conditions. The case is the first in relation to aggregation clauses to go the Supreme Court in over a decade.

Harlequin Property v Wilkins Kennedy

Acting for a firm of accountants in a professional negligence claim stated to be worth in excess of $60million, invol...

[2017] 4 W.L.R. 30; [2016] 6 Costs L.R. 1201
[2017] 4 W.L.R. 30; [2016] 6 Costs L.R. 1201
Harlequin Property v Wilkins Kennedy

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.

International Sale of Goods Dispute

Acting for the Respondents in an ICC arbitration in relation to the international sale of goods, in a dispute raising...

International Sale of Goods Dispute

Acting for the Respondents in an ICC arbitration in relation to the international sale of goods, in a dispute raising issues of actual authority, ostensible authority, conflict of laws and penalty clauses.

Navitas v Hall

Sole counsel for the claimant in relation to a dispute under a share purchase agreement, and defending counterclaims ...

Navitas v Hall

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.

AAL Limited v Eytan

Sole counsel for the claimant in relation to a contractual rectification claim, and defending a counterclaim for brea...

AAL Limited v Eytan

Sole counsel for the claimant in relation to a contractual rectification claim, and defending a counterclaim for breach of warranty under an investment agreement.

Hazelhurst v Larchgreen Ltd

Sole counsel for the claimant in relation to a dispute under a share purchase agreement, and defending counterclaims ...

Hazelhurst v Larchgreen Ltd

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.

Claim by a Telecommunications Company

Sole counsel for a telecommunications provider in a contractual dispute with a business consumer in relation to the s...

Claim by a Telecommunications Company

Sole counsel for a telecommunications provider in a contractual dispute with a business consumer in relation to the standard of service required under a telecommunications contract.

Shareholder Dispute under JV

Acting for a major middle eastern entity in a shareholder dispute subject to UNCITRAL rules in relation to the commer...

Shareholder Dispute under JV

Acting for a major middle eastern entity in a shareholder dispute subject to UNCITRAL rules in relation to the commercial use of an offshore rig production yard.

 

International Arbitration
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Peter has a keen interest in international arbitration, and is developing his practice in this area. He has experience of a broad range of both domestic and international institutions, with a focus on middle-eastern work.

Cases

ICC Arbitration – Petrochemical Plant

Acting for a sub-contractor in a dispute arising out of a petrochemical project involving issues in relation to delay...

ICC Arbitration – Petrochemical Plant

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.

UNCITRAL Arbitration – JV Dispute

Acting for a major middle eastern entity in a shareholder dispute subject to UNCITRAL rules in relation to the commer...

UNCITRAL Arbitration – JV Dispute

Acting for a major middle eastern entity in a shareholder dispute subject to UNCITRAL rules in relation to the commercial use of an offshore rig production yard.

 

ICC Arbitration – Power Station

Sole junior to Tim Chelmick in a major ICC arbitration worth in excess of $80million. Peter appeared for the employer...

ICC Arbitration – Power Station

Sole junior to Tim Chelmick in a major ICC arbitration worth in excess of $80million. Peter appeared for the employer in a dispute in relation to the construction of a power station.

Public Procurement Arbitration

Part of a multi-counsel team led by Roger Stewart QC and Anneliese Day QC in a multi-million pound public procurement...

Public Procurement Arbitration

Part of a multi-counsel team led by Roger Stewart QC and Anneliese Day QC in a multi-million pound public procurement arbitration.

ICC Arbitration – Sale of Goods

Acting for the Respondents in an ICC arbitration in relation to the international sale of goods, in a dispute raising...

ICC Arbitration – Sale of Goods

Acting for the Respondents in an ICC arbitration in relation to the international sale of goods, in a dispute raising issues of actual authority, ostensible authority, conflict of laws and penalty clauses.

Professional Liability
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Peter has experience of a wide range of professional liability disputes, and he acts for both claimants and defendants. He is comfortable dealing with technical issues, and has completed a course in financial accounting at Wharton Business School. His recent instructions include:

Cases

Harlequin Property v Wilkins Kennedy

Acting for a firm of accountants in a professional negligence claim stated to be worth in excess of $60million, led b...

[2017] 4 W.L.R. 30; [2016] 6 Costs L.R. 1201
[2017] 4 W.L.R. 30; [2016] 6 Costs L.R. 1201
Harlequin Property v Wilkins Kennedy

Acting for a firm of accountants in a professional negligence claim stated to be worth in excess of $60million, led by Justin Fenwick QC.

Dalamd Ltd v Butterworth Ltd

Sole counsel acting for the claimant against an insurance broker in a Commercial Court claim worth in excess of £2mi...

Dalamd Ltd v Butterworth Ltd

Sole counsel acting for the claimant against an insurance broker in a Commercial Court claim worth in excess of £2million.

Rosbotham v Harvey

Sole counsel in a multi-track trial for a successful defendant solicitor in a claim arising out of the conduct of an ...

Rosbotham v Harvey

Sole counsel in a multi-track trial for a successful defendant solicitor in a claim arising out of the conduct of an underlying criminal matter.

Secondment – Auditor’s Claim

Working as part of a team at a top city law firm on a major auditor’s negligence claim with a stated value of over ...

Secondment – Auditor’s Claim

Working as part of a team at a top city law firm on a major auditor’s negligence claim with a stated value of over £50 million.

Marrache v Baker Tilly

Acting for defendant accountants in a fraud and negligence claim stated to be worth £30 million arising out of the ...

Marrache v Baker Tilly

Acting for defendant accountants in a fraud and negligence claim stated to be worth £30 million arising out of the liquidation of a firm, led by Graeme McPherson QC.

Mortgage Fraud Claim against Solicitors

Sole counsel advising a solicitors firm on issues of professional negligence, breach of trust and breach of warranty ...

Mortgage Fraud Claim against Solicitors

Sole counsel advising a solicitors firm on issues of professional negligence, breach of trust and breach of warranty of authority in relation to a claim arising out of an alleged mortgage fraud.

Claim against Tax Consultant

Sole counsel acting for a former client of a tax consultant in a dispute in relation to tax mitigation strategies.

Claim against Tax Consultant

Sole counsel acting for a former client of a tax consultant in a dispute in relation to tax mitigation strategies.

Claim against Architect

Sole counsel for a defendant architect in a case involving a duty to advise on planning permission.

Claim against Architect

Sole counsel for a defendant architect in a case involving a duty to advise on planning permission.

Claim against Surveyor

Sole counsel acting for a defendant surveyor in litigation concerning an alleged overvaluation.

Claim against Surveyor

Sole counsel acting for a defendant surveyor in litigation concerning an alleged overvaluation.

Civil Fraud
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Peter has experience in a range of civil fraud cases, and has acted for parties in this area in both the domestic and international context.

Cases

King v Primekings Ltd & Others

Acting for the claimants in a fraud claim, in which allegations of dishonest and unlawful means conspiracy are made a...

King v Primekings Ltd & Others

Acting for the claimants in a fraud claim, in which allegations of dishonest and unlawful means conspiracy are made against the purchasers in share sale agreement, led by Alex Hall Taylor.

Claim against Betting Company

Advising a potential claimant corporation on causes of action against a spread-betting company (including knowing rec...

Claim against Betting Company

Advising a potential claimant corporation on causes of action against a spread-betting company (including knowing receipt and dishonest assistance), in circumstances where a former director of the potential claimant had misappropriated company funds in breach of fiduciary duty and lost millions of pounds.

Marrache v Baker Tilly

Acting for defendant accountants in a fraud claim stated to be worth £30 million arising out of the liquidation of a...

Marrache v Baker Tilly

Acting for defendant accountants in a fraud claim stated to be worth £30 million arising out of the liquidation of a firm, led by Graeme McPherson QC.

Confidential ICC Arbitration

Acting for the claimant in an ICC arbitration in relation to allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation.

Confidential ICC Arbitration

Acting for the claimant in an ICC arbitration in relation to allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation.

AAL Limited v Eytan

Sole counsel for a defendant company against which an allegation has been made that the corporate veil should be pier...

AAL Limited v Eytan

Sole counsel for a defendant company against which an allegation has been made that the corporate veil should be pierced in order to sustain a counterclaim for breach of an alleged royalty agreement.

Construction
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Peter is developing a strong practice in construction law, and has experience of a broad spectrum of domestic and international litigation and arbitration in relation to many of the standard form contracts used in construction and infrastructure projects.

Cases

ICC Arbitration – Power Station

Sole junior to Tim Chelmick in an ICC arbitration worth in excess of $100million, representing an employer in a dispu...

ICC Arbitration – Power Station

Sole junior to Tim Chelmick in an ICC arbitration worth in excess of $100million, representing an employer in a dispute over the construction of a power station. The claim raised issues of fraudulent misrepresentation as well as delay and disruption.

Harlequin Property v Wilkins Kennedy

Acting for the defendant in a professional negligence claim in the TCC with a pleaded value in excess of $60million, ...

[2017] 4 W.L.R. 30; [2016] 6 Costs L.R. 1201
[2017] 4 W.L.R. 30; [2016] 6 Costs L.R. 1201
Harlequin Property v Wilkins Kennedy

Acting for the defendant in a professional negligence claim in the TCC with a pleaded value in excess of $60million, led by Justin Fenwick QC.

UNCITRAL Arbitration – JV Dispute

Advising a JV partner in relation to a dispute arising the use of an offshore platform construction yard.

UNCITRAL Arbitration – JV Dispute

Advising a JV partner in relation to a dispute arising the use of an offshore platform construction yard.

Public Procurement Arbitration

Part of a counsel team led by Roger Stewart QC and Anneliese Day QC on a complex multi-million pound construction dis...

Public Procurement Arbitration

Part of a counsel team led by Roger Stewart QC and Anneliese Day QC on a complex multi-million pound construction dispute.

ICC Arbitration – Petrochemical Plant

Acting for a sub-contractor in a dispute arising out of a petrochemical project involving issues in relation to delay...

ICC Arbitration – Petrochemical Plant

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.

Property Damage
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Peter has experience in a range of property damage cases. As well as his recent instructions, Peter assisted on a variety of property damage cases as part of his pupillage and has experience of issues in relation both to liability and to issues of insurance coverage.

Cases

Dalamd Ltd v Butterworth Ltd

Sole counsel for the claimant against insurance brokers in a Commercial Court claim with a pleaded value of over £2m...

Dalamd Ltd v Butterworth Ltd

Sole counsel for the claimant against insurance brokers in a Commercial Court claim with a pleaded value of over £2million, arising out of fire damage to business premises.

Cleanbake Ltd v Atkinson Maintenance Ltd

Sole counsel acting for the defendant in a claim arising out of the alleged failure of a water filtration system.

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Cleanbake Ltd v Atkinson Maintenance Ltd

Sole counsel acting for the defendant in a claim arising out of the alleged failure of a water filtration system.

Bidwell v Network Rail

Sole counsel defending Network Rail in a nuisance and breach of contract claim.

Bidwell v Network Rail

Sole counsel defending Network Rail in a nuisance and breach of contract claim.

Nash Ltd v Chartmoor Ltd

Sole counsel successfully defending a claim brought by a consultancy firm against an adjacent business for damage to ...

Nash Ltd v Chartmoor Ltd

Sole counsel successfully defending a claim brought by a consultancy firm against an adjacent business for damage to its property.

Property Damage Insurance Claim

Sole counsel advising on the applicability of an exclusion clause in relation to business interruption flowing from p...

Property Damage Insurance Claim

Sole counsel advising on the applicability of an exclusion clause in relation to business interruption flowing from property damage.

Information Technology
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Peter has acted in a variety of commercial disputes that relate to IT contracts, often as sole counsel. He is comfortable with technical issues and has recently acted for software producers and telecommunications providers in contractual disputes. Recent and current instructions include:

  • Sole counsel for a software producer in a dispute against its distributor arising out of a dispute in relation to payment mechanism under a distribution contract.
  • Sole counsel for a telecommunications provider in a contractual dispute with a business consumer in relation to the standard of service required under a telecommunications contract.
  • Sole counsel for a provider of wireless internet products in a dispute with a wireless and fibre optic telecommunications internet service provider.
  • Sole counsel for a printing company in a contractual dispute with a business consumer.

Qualifications & Memberships

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

Peter is a member of COMBAR, BILA, PNBA, TECBAR, SCL and the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.

Publications

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