Overview

Overview

Peter specialises in professional negligence claims and in insurance law. The major part of his practice is concerned with claims for professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud against solicitors, barristers, accountants, financial advisors,surveyors, valuers, architects, engineers and insurance brokers, together with the insurance coverage issues to which such claims can give rise.

Some of this work is done for insurer clients, whether as underwriters of the defendant’s professional indemnity insurance (including excess layer insurers) or as commercial property insurers, including those pursuing recoveries through subrogated claims. However, Peter also regularly acts for claimants (whether individuals, partnerships or companies) in professional negligence claims and for professional insureds in coverage disputes with their insurers.

Peter also undertakes general commercial litigation. He has a special interest in art law, where he has dealt with disputes ranging from breach of copyright to conversion of goods. Although primarily a litigator, Peter is a strong advocate of mediation and other forms of ADR, which can provide cost-effective solutions in many disputes.

After taking a first in English at Cambridge, Peter became a book publisher before gaining the Diploma in Law at City University. Following vocational training at the Inns of Court School of Law, he was called to Bar in 1995. He completed pupillages at Essex Court Chambers and 7 King’s Bench Walk and practised for 12 years as an employed barrister with the niche City firm of Squire & Co. Peter joined Cubism Law as a consultant in 2009.

His reported cases include Noblebright v Sirius [2007] Lloyd´s Rep IR 584 (proposal form waiver). Peter contributed the chapters on Contribution and Professional Indemnity Insurance in Tomlinson and Grant, Lender Claims (2010, Sweet & Maxwell). His other recently published work includes a new translation of Arthur Schnitzler´s La Ronde (2008, Nick Hern Books).