Technology & Construction
Peter is a dual qualified construction professional and barrister. He has 36 years’ experience in the construction industry and has worked as legal adviser on major projects around the world. According to The Legal 500 UK Peter has acted in several international multimillion-pound disputes, he “stands out as being a specialist” and is recommended as “extremely knowledgeable, tactical and reliable”. After 15 years working in the construction industry, Peter was called to the Bar in 1994.
Peter has acted in a wide variety of construction, building, civil engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, water and sewage engineering, power, clean room and IT disputes, as well as in professional negligence matters involving architects, building surveyors, quantity surveyors, civil engineers, M&E engineers and project managers.
Peter has significant experience of FIDIC, JCT, ICE, NEC, IChemE, IMechE and EPC contracts both in the UK and internationally as well as PFI and PPP experience both in the UK and internationally. Peter negotiated one of the first PFI Hospital projects in the 1990’s and since then has been involved in a number of disputes over PFI and PPP arrangements both in the UK and Internationally.
Peter has particular expertise in dispute resolution, acting both as a party adviser and an independent neutral. Peter has had over 250 appointments as an independent third party dispute resolver.
Peter provides strategic, detailed and tactical advice to clients, be they employers, contractors, subcontractors or banks, in relation to their rights and obligations under and relating to construction contracts around the world and in the UK. He provides written advocacy and appears as an advocate for his clients in courts and tribunals around the world. He has appeared as advocate in the TCC and the Court of Appeal as well as in arbitrations in the UK and internationally.
Peter is licenced to conduct litigation by the Bar Standards Board and provides a full legal service for his clients.
Dispute Boards (DB, DAB and DRB)
Peter is on the FIDIC President’s Panel of Dispute Board Members. This list is currently limited to 69 people worldwide. He is a member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation. Peter is an international adjudicator on Dispute Adjudication Boards, Dispute Resolution Boards and Dispute Avoidance Boards. He has lectured on the benefits of Dispute Boards in the UK, India, Italy, Mauritius and Dubai. He has been appointed to dispute boards by FIDIC, RICS and the ICC. Peter enjoys acting on standing dispute boards where he can use his construction and legal skills to work with the parties to avoid disputes.
Peter is an adjudicator under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 and internationally under ICC, FIDIC and DRBF procedures.
Peter is a Chartered Arbitrator and has conducted arbitrations in the UK and internationally, including in Dubai. He has been appointed as arbitrator under the Water Industry Act, DIAC, and CIArb, as well as undertaking party appointments.
Peter qualified as a mediator on the CEDR training programme in 1999 and has acted regularly as a mediator having dealt with a range of matters including construction disputes, IT, copyright, internet and professional negligence.
Peter has been appointed by third parties and nominating bodies such as the ICC and RICS on numerous occasions to act as “expert” to determine disputes.
Examples of Peter’s expertise include:
• Appointed Sole Standing Dispute Board across 3 Roads Contracts in Georgia by ICC
• Adjudicator in a dispute over the design of the work in an EPC Waste to Power Project.
• Appointed as Sole Expert Review Board by ICC on a US$2 Billion PPP gas-fired power station & desalination plant in Bahrain.
• Appointed as a dispute avoider on Crossrail projects (TfL CAP)
• Appointed as Adjudicator on a £3million professional negligence claim on a roads project in Scotland.
• Appointed 4 times as Adjudicator on a housing development in London
• Representing a contractor in an ICC Arbitration relating to a PPP Desalination Plant in Saudi Arabia.
• Representing a government in an arbitration over an Infrastructure project in the Caribbean (FIDIC Contract).
• Advising a specialist contractor in relation to several coal fired power stations in South Africa.
• Appointed Adjudicator in relation to a professional negligence claim on a 5 star Hotel.
• Appointed Adjudicator 4 times on a Combined Cycle Power Station in the UK.
• Appointed Adjudicator on an Olympic 2012 Legacy Project.
• Appointed as Expert on a Housing Project in Bahrain.
• Appointed Arbitrator on a dispute in Mauritius.
• Appointed Adjudicator on a dispute over a Waste to Energy and Composting Facility.
• Acting as co-arbitrator (DIAC) in a dispute over the termination of a contract for a large water plant (UAE).
• Acting as co-arbitrator (DIAC) on a dispute over professional fees and alleged negligence (UAE).
• Appointed as Adjudicator on four disputes over a new Football Stadium
• Counsel in the first no payment or payless notices dispute enforcement in the UK.
• Litigation representing a major contractor in a procurement dispute in the UK.
• Appointed Adjudicator on a dispute over the Media Centre for the London 2012 Olympics.
• Appointed as Adjudicator 5 times in relation to disputes under an NEC Contract.
• Appointed Adjudicator 5 times in relation to disputes over the construction of a boutique hotel.
• Appointed as Arbitrator on a dispute over professional fees.
• Appointed as Arbitrator on a dispute over the construction of a large private residence.
• Arbitration (FIDIC); Representing a specialist erection company in relation to a dispute over the erection of wind turbines in the North Sea.
• Advising a blue-chip client with regard to their contractual entitlement in relation to a large PFI Light Rail Infrastructure Project in a £45 million dispute.
• Representing a blue-chip client in a £7 million dispute over who caused delays to a major PFI project.
• Acting as adjudicator on a FIDIC engineering contract in a circa £10 million dispute over the construction of a power station. The dispute included termination and the correct valuation of the works.
• Sole Dispute Board Member on a dispute over water and sewerage installation in Bulgaria.
• Representing a contractor in relation to sewage works scrubbing plant disputes.
• Representing the employer (HAT) in a major claim for breach of contract and professional negligence.
• Advising a specialist international cladding contractor on a dispute over the supply and delivery of cladding for a mixed-use development, including successfully appearing as advocate to lift an injunction to prevent a bank paying under a Standby Letter of Credit.
• Advising a main contractor in an adjudication under the NEC form of contract over the measurement and value of the works.
• Acting as mediator in a five-party dispute in relation to high aluminium concrete structures.
• Advising on a contract for the construction of an international airport.
Peter is a visiting lecturer on the MSc in Construction Law at the University of Wolverhampton.
He lectures, examines and assesses candidates for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the RICS. He lectures regularly for the CIOB, RICS, CIArb and various clients.
He is the author of the CIArb’s book “Introduction to Adjudication”.
He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building’s Dispute Resolution Board.
He was part of the working party revising the RICS Practice Note on Surveyor’s Acting as Expert Witnesses.
He chaired a Webinar on Procurement Law and co-presented a Webinar on the NEC3 suit of contracts.
He was awarded the Chartered Institute of Building’s Silver Medal for the Contract Administration Paper of the Membership Examination in 1988.
Peter’s memberships/positions include:
• Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
• Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
• Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building
• Fellow of the Institute of Carpenters
• Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
• Licentiate of the City & Guilds of London Institute
• Member of the Society of Construction law, TECBAR, the Association of Midland Mediators, the Dispute Review Board Foundation.
Peter is on the following panels:
• Arbitration: CIArb, TECBAR, DIAC, GIAC
• Adjudication: RICS, TeCSA, CIArb, CIOB, CIC, TECBAR, ACE (Founder Member), FIDIC, DRBF
• Dispute Boards: DRBF, FIDIC, TECBAR, RICS
• Mediation: RICS, CIArb, Bar Council, TECBAR, ADR Chambers, AMM.