Peter has a broad commercial practice with a particular emphasis on shipping, marine insurance, private international law, insolvency law and commercial injunctions.
Peter is recommended as a leading junior in The Legal 500 and in Chambers & Partners UK in which he is variously described as ‘bright and punchy on his feet.’ ‘savvy, quick and sharp’, ‘someone who can turn things around very quickly” and ”very good at getting to the nub of the issue."
Peter regularly appears in the High Court and has been led in a number of significant appellate cases both in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court including The Alexandros T  1 Lloyd's Rep. 223, Star Reefers v JFC  1 C.L.C. 294 and The Cendor Mopu  UKSC 5
"...Gives clear, no-nonsense advice."... "A very bright and astute barrister who thinks a couple of moves ahead of the opponents..."(Chambers UK, 2018)
"...He has good experience in the area...."(Legal 500, 2017)
"...very commercial and very responsive, he really gets to the nub of things..." "...he is good when we are struggling, he comes up with good ideas..."(Chambers UK, 2017)
..."very able, confident and a good advocate"...(Legal 500, 2016)
“...very savvy, quick and sharp, he is someone who can turn things around very quickly...” “...he is very good at getting to the nub of the issue...”(Chambers UK, 2016)
“...bright and punchy on his feet...”(Legal 500, 2015)
Peter is recommended as a leading junior in the field of shipping in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.
Most of Peter’s dry shipping work is in arbitration. He has been instructed in a wide range of charterparty and bill of lading disputes concerning issues including (amongst others), unsafe port/berth claims, cargo claims (for damage and delay), unsafe cargo claims, laytime/demurrage claims, claims concerning liens on cargo and freights, speed/performance claims and off-hire claims, claims concerning piracy and war risk, claims under the NYPE implied indemnity and claims for contributions to general average.
Peter has also acted on a number of reported cases including The Alexandros T  UKSC 70) and the leading case on anti-suit injunctions.
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Peter is instructed in an increasing number of collision and salvage matters.
Peter has been instructed as junior counsel on a number of high-profile insurance disputes. He is also instructed as sole counsel on a broad range of marine insurance disputes. Illustrative cases include:
Peter is frequently instructed in general commercial disputes, both as sole and junior counsel. Many of Peter’s commercial cases involve issues of jurisdiction or injunctive relief and he is regularly instructed on emergency injunction applications including applications for freezing injunctions, anti-suit injunctions and anti-arrest injunctions.
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Peter has a particular interest in the field of cross-border insolvency and has been instructed on a number of cases concerning the application of the EC Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings and the Cross Border Insolvency Regulations 2006. Peter has also represented various creditors seeking the winding up of debtors.
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Peter is regularly instructed in complex and valuable shipbuilding and ship purchase disputes. He has advised on issues ranging from late delivery, repudiatory breach, refund guarantees and option agreements. Recent examples include:
Peter has been instructed in a number of offshore and energy disputes. Notable examples include:
"...very commercial and very responsive, he really gets to the nub of things..." "...he is good when we are struggling, he comes up with good ideas..."(Chambers UK, 2017
MA (Hons) (First Class),University of Edinburgh [1998-2002]
CPE (Distinction), City University [2006-2007]
BVC (Outstanding), BPP Law School [2007-2008]
Prior to being called to the Bar, Peter Stevenson worked on the foreign desk at The Times and as an aide to a US presidential candidate.