Professional Negligence, Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Construction Disputes
Peter is a senior lawyer in the Dispute Resolution department.
He has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with claims for professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud against solicitors, barristers, accountants, financial advisors, surveyors, valuers, architects, engineers and insurance brokers.
Peter is a senior lawyer in the Dispute Resolution department. He has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with claims for professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud against solicitors, barristers, accountants, financial advisors, surveyors, valuers, architects, engineers and insurance brokers.
He also has extensive experience in advising on the professional indemnity insurance coverage issues to which such claims sometimes give rise and pursuing claims against insurers under the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act in cases involving insolvent defendants.
Peter’s clients include professional indemnity and commercial property insurers. He also regularly acts for claimants (whether individuals, partnerships or companies) in professional negligence claims and for professional insureds in coverage disputes with their indemnity insurers.
Peter also undertakes general commercial litigation, arbitrations and ADR, with particular expertise in mediation.
He has a special interest in art law, where he has dealt with disputes ranging from breach of copyright to conversion of goods.
Peter contributed chapters on Contribution and Professional Indemnity Insurance in the leading practitioner textbook on lender claims.
His extra-curricular activities include translations from German for the London stage and of a long-lost Hungarian memoir of the First World War. He is currently working on a book about T S Eliot and is planting an orchard.
- Recently acted for a major Bank in two multi-million pound claims against valuers for negligent over-valuation of commercial and residential properties in London and the South-East
- Acted for a defendant sole practitioner surveyor facing an uninsured claim for negligent over-valuation of a London residential property
- Acted for a defendant surveyor in complex multi-million pound litigation over the valuation of development land and in a professional indemnity insurance dispute with his insurers in relation to the claim
- Acted for the purchasers of a residential property in a professional negligence claim against their conveyancing solicitors for failing to advise in relation to Planning issues affecting the property
- Acted for a firm of Independent Financial Advisors in relation to a coverage dispute with their professional indemnity insurers
- Acted for the owners of a valuable work of art in a claim against a leading auction house
- Acted for the purchaser of a residential property in a claim against surveyors for negligent advice in relation to its value and against their indemnity insurers over coverage for the claim
- Acted for a major clothing manufacturing company in a claim against a firm of accountants for negligent advice in relation to a corporate acquisition
- Acted for a luxury goods manufacturing company in relation to a claim for breach of copyright in the design of packaging
- Acted for a commercial property insurance company in a coverage dispute with their policyholder following a major fire loss
- Acted for a solicitor facing a multi-million pound professional negligence claim from the purchaser of a bespoke luxury West End property
- 1997-2009 – Barrister, Squire and Co
- 1996-1996 – Pupil Barrister, 7 Kings Bench Walk
- 1995-1996 – Pupil Barrister, Essex Court Chambers
- 1987-1992 – Editorial Director, Longman Group
- University of Cambridge
- Inns of Court School of Law
- City University
- Poole Grammar School
- Lender Claims (Sweet & Maxwell, 2010) (co-author)
- La Ronde (Nick Hern Books, 2007) (co-translator)
- The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914 (New York Review Books, 2014) (translator and editor)