After a distinguished judicial career, Peter retired as a Senior Circuit Judge in February 2013. Since then, Peter has provided a specialist alternative dispute resolution service, including mediation, arbitration and early neutral evaluation.
Peter holds the degree of MA and LLB from Trinity College, Dublin, and a PHD from the University of Cambridge. He was called to the Irish Bar at King’s Inns, Dublin, in 1964 and to the Bar of England & Wales at Lincoln’s Inn in 1967. He lectured at the University of Durham before moving to London, where he started practice at the Bar in 1970. He took silk in 1983. During his time at the Bar, he co-edited (with Judge Paul Baker QC) two editions of Snell’s Equity, and produced his own book on Civil Procedure, which was designed for students reading for the old Bar Finals examinations and which went into three editions.
For most of his time at the Bar, Peter practised in Lincoln’s Inn, with a strong emphasis on litigation, including Landlord & Tenant and other property-related work, Wills and other inheritance cases, and professional negligence (solicitors, valuers, accountants and others). He was, however, prepared to work in any area of civil litigation, and during his final years at the Bar, for which he moved to Chambers in the Temple, his primary interest was in heavy personal injury work.
Peter was appointed to the Circuit Bench in 1991. From 1991 to 2001, he was based in East Anglia, and oversaw the introduction of the Woolf Reforms in the area covered by the Norwich & Cambridge trial centres. He became a Senior Circuit Judge in 2001, when he was appointed to the Mercantile and Chancery Courts of the North Eastern Circuit. Besides the specialist work which is the business of those Courts, he heard all types of High Court civil litigation, including personal injuries and clinical negligence. At the time of his retirement, Peter was Mercantile Judge for the North Eastern Circuit, as well as being assigned to the Administrative Court panel.
Peter is an ADR Group accredited civil and commercial mediator. His long and varied experience qualifies him to undertake dispute resolution and all types of civil dispute, and he is prepared to do so in any part of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. Besides acting as arbitrator and mediator, he offers an Early Neutral Evaluation service. This is based on a scheme which he introduced in the Leeds Mercantile Court where it was found to have a high success rate in bringing about settlements of claims.