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Peter practices across all areas of construction, engineering and information technology dispute resolution and advisory work. Originally qualifying as an engineer, prior to coming to the bar he gained 15 years’ experience across a broad range of industry sectors including power generation, construction, defence, oil and gas, financial and professional services, and FMCG, initially as an engineering consultant and latterly as an IT consultant, manager and project manager.
Peter’s experience includes advising in the areas of law commonly encountered in his areas of practice including issues of contract formation, letters of intent, construction of terms, scope of duty and obligations, termination, limitation, jurisdiction, conflicts of law, and expert evidence. He is experienced in all aspects of drafting and has experience of procedural applications, including security for costs, amendment, strike out, summary judgment, set aside of default judgment and specific disclosure.
In addition to his litigation experience, Peter has experience of ADR including mediation, adjudication, adjudication enforcement, arbitration, both domestically and in the Middle East, and arbitration appeals.
He is co-author of the Construction Adjudication and Payments Handbook (OUP, 2013), is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator, has sat as a DIAC arbitrator and is appointed to an adjudication panel for a PFI waste management contract.
CONSTRUCTION, ENGINEERING AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Peter has acted for parties at all levels of the contractual chain including purchasers, developers, contractors and sub-contractors in relation to all common areas of dispute including payment, insolvency, defects and delay and disruption. Examples include acting:
- As junior counsel for the main contractor in a multi-party dispute arising from the design and construction of a dance floor in a major mixed use development.
- For the employer in multiple adjudications under a PPP contract for provision of rail infrastructure engineering services.
- As junior counsel for a groundwork and civil engineering contractor in Part 8 proceedings to determine if the dispute was susceptible to adjudication.
- For a building product manufacturer in a dispute relating to unpaid invoices and a counterclaim for defects and loss and expense.
- For a local authority in a dispute arising from coastal defence works.
- For numerous homeowners in disputes arising from domestic improvement works.
- Peter is familiar with the common forms of contract and engagement including numerous JCT forms, DOM/2, NEC3, FIDIC, ICE and RIBA forms.
Peter has acted for both suppliers and employers. Examples include acting:
- As junior counsel for a major IT supplier during the 4 week TCC trial of a case concerning recission of a software supply agreement to provide bespoke software to manage the employer’s uncut diamond global supply chain.
- For a major IT supplier as one of a team of counsel in a case where £970m was claimed following the termination of a government contract to update and integrate national IT systems.
- For a logistics company in relation to the supply of defective ERP software and associated consulting services.
Peter has acted for and against architects, engineers, surveyors and project / construction managers. Examples include:
- A claim against project managers arising from a failure to secure execution of a formal contract for construction works.
- A claim against an engineer for negligent advice and design in relation to basement waterproofing works in a new build residential development.
- Acting as junior counsel for specialist M&E design engineers in a multi-party dispute arising from corrosion in HVAC systems in a large office development
In addition to his experience of construction, engineering and IT contracts, Peter has experience of energy purchase, manufacturing, logistics services and outsourcing agreements.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION
Qualifications: 1989 St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge – Engineering MA 1st Class; 2006 College of Law – Graduate Diploma in Law Distinction; 2007 BPP – BVC Outstanding; TECBAR accredited adjudicator.
Memberships: SCL; Society for Computers and Law, Member of the Society for Computers and Law Media Board.
Publications: Contributing editor of Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts, 12th Edition; co-author of Construction Adjudication and
Payments Handbook (OUP 2013).