Peter spent more than 35 years practicing law in City of London law firms. Most recently, he was Head of International Arbitration (and, subsequently, a Consultant) with Gowling (UK) LLP (formerly Wragge Lawrence Graham LLP). Prior to that, he was for many years a Partner at Watson, Farley & Williams LLP including a number of years as the Managing Partner of that firm’s Singapore office with wide responsibility in the firm’s Asia practice.
Throughout his career, he has focused on issues arising out of cross-border projects and investments, in particular in the energy, oil & gas and infrastructure sectors. He has extensive experience of bi-lateral and multi-lateral agreements for the protection of cross-border projects including Bilateral Investment Treaties, the Energy Charter Treaty and the Investment Agreement of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in addition to the more geographically specific agreements (for example, those in force in sub-Saharan Africa covering cross-border activities within the COMESA, OHADA and SADC regions). He has a particular interest in host country domestic legislation protecting inward foreign direct investment and has advised on these mechanisms in countries as diverse as Nigeria and Kyrgystan among others. His focus now is on providing commercial advice with the benefit of his many years’ experience in these areas.
He has represented numerous international companies in the context of disputes with host governments but has increasingly been called upon to assist in project formation and structuring to ensure that cross-border project owners have the benefit of all available protections including those which are not widely appreciated.
Peter is based near Guildford in South East England.