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Peter Land

Call 2007

"A strong choice to handle technically complex construction disputes.”
“He is approachable and a pleasure to work with."

Chambers & Partners 2020

Peter practices across all areas of construction, engineering, infrastructure, information technology and associated professional negligence 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.

He is instructed on behalf of contractors, sub-contractors, consultants and employers (corporate, government and private individuals) both as sole counsel and as junior counsel. He is experienced in matters of all scales and value, from homeowner disputes to very large technically complex global infrastructure projects, most recently acting for the Panama Canal Authority in relation to multi-billion dollar disputes arising from the project to construct the third set of locks. He is qualified to take direct access instructions.

In addition to his litigation experience, Peter has experience of ADR including mediation, adjudication, domestic arbitration and international arbitration subject to foreign law, together with associated court enforcement and appeal proceedings.

In addition to his practice as an advocate, Peter is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator and has taken tribunal appointments including as a DIAC arbitrator and as a member of an adjudicator panel for a PFI waste management contract. He is co-author of the Construction Adjudication and Payments Handbook (OUP, 2013).


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.


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).