Peter is a leading commercial barrister who has been involved in some of the largest commercial and civil fraud claims in recent years.  He has particular expertise in fraud claims with an insolvency element, as well as insolvency and company law claims more generally.  He is also an experienced practitioner in commercial arbitration. 

Peter is ranked in Chambers UK, Chambers Global and Legal 500 for commercial litigation, civil fraud and restructuring and insolvency.  The directories describe him as "truly brilliant", "phenomenally bright", a "born strategist", "excellent on his feet", "the best example of the modern barrister", and having a "gold dust ability to think laterally and see ways around problems that leave the rest of us flummoxed."  

Recent cases include:

  • Arcelormittal USA LLC v Ruia and others.  Acting for one of the world's largest steel companies in a $1.5bn conspiracy claim arising out of a Minnesota iron ore pellet agreement.  Related proceedings in the Cayman Islands and US, and related insolvency proceedings in Mauritius.
  • Suppipat v Narongdej and others.  Acting for the Claimant in a $1-2bn fraud claim relating to the sale of a wind energy business in Thailand.  
  • The Football Association Premier League Limited v PPLive Sports International Limited.  Acting for the Premier League in a dispute arising out of its $701m contract for broadcasting rights in China.
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China v Ambani.  Acting for an Indian businessman in relation to a claim under a personal guarantee for $657m.
  • AIG Financial Products Corp Inc v Gruber and others. Acting for AIG in a dispute with employees arising out of the US Government's $85bn bailout of AIG in 2008.  
  • Organic Grape Spirit Limit v Nueva IQT.  Acting for the successful appellant in a significant Court of Appeal decision in relation to the ordinary and proper course of business exception in a freezing order.
  • Barings (UK) Limited and others v Galapagos SA.  Acting for a Luxembourg company in a dispute arising out of a €1bn debt restructuring.

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Commercial

Peter's commercial practice takes in a wide variety of disputes including claims for and against financial institutions, joint venture disputes, claims for and against commercial agents, professional negligence claims, company law claims, jurisdiction disputes, and a range of general commercial and contractual disputes.  He is frequently instructed in very high value claims as part of a counsel team, and also has considerable advocacy experience as sole counsel.

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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

  • Peter has wide experience of high value commercial fraud claims, injunctive relief, and associated enforcement issues. Most of his cases have cross-border elements, and often involve related insolvency proceedings. In recent years he has been heavily involved in claims arising out of bribery allegations, and jurisdiction disputes.

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Restructuring & Insolvency

Peter acts for office-holders, creditors and debtors across the range of corporate and personal insolvency disputes, both UK and offshore. He is frequently instructed in insolvency cases with a fraud element.

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Arbitration

Peter has extensive experience of arbitrations under LCIA, SIAC, ICC, SCMA and UNCITRAL rules, and related Court applications.

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Sport

Peter has experience of claims involving football clubs, registered intermediaries, and sponsors.

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Achievements

Education

MA (Cantab); LLB (first class)

Prizes & Scholarships

  • Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn 
  • Eastham Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn
  • Lincoln’s Inn Mooting Competition, winner
  • Mansfield Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln's Inn

Memberships

  • COMBAR
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
  • LCIA

Selected earlier reported cases

Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

  • JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov and others (2011)
  • Jenington and others v Assaubayev and others [2010] EWHC 2351 (Ch)
  • Cadogan Petroleum plc v Tolley and others (2011) 
  • Royal Westminster Investments SA v Nilon Limited (2011) 

Restructuring & Insolvency

  • Official Receiver v Negus [2011] EWHC 3719 (Ch) 

Arbitration

  • A dispute relating to a satellite supply contract (LCIA, 2011)
  • A claim by a telecommunications operator arising out of multi-million dollar construction contract in Kuwait (ICC, 2011)
  • A partnership dispute between solicitors (ad hoc, 2011)
  • A claim by an Indian real estate management company with connected proceedings in Singapore, Mauritius and India (LCIA, 2010) 

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