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Lord Peter Goldsmith

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Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC, PC, London Co-Managing Partner and Chair of European and Asian Litigation, joined Debevoise in September 2007. Lord Goldsmith served as the UK’s Attorney General from 2001-2007, prior to which he was in private practice as one of the leading barristers in London. Lord Goldsmith acts for a variety of clients, alongside his role as chair of the firm’s European and Asian litigation practices, in arbitration and litigation in the UK and other countries. He is a QC and appears regularly in court as well as in arbitration.


Lord Goldsmith was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1972 and New South Wales in 2010.




Lord Goldsmith is Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, on the panel of arbitrators for the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel, and is closely connected with both the LCIA and the ICC. He recently co-chaired a Task Force on ICC arbitration involving States and State entities which recommended changes to the ICC rules of arbitration to take account of special issues faced by States in ICC arbitrations. Lord Goldsmith is a nominated member of the P.R.I.M.E. Finance Panel of Experts. P.R.I.M.E. is a panel of Recognised International Market Experts in Finance based in The Hague, established to assist judicial systems in the settlement of disputes on complex financial transactions.


Lord Goldsmith was a graduate in law from Cambridge University with double first class honours and a Master’s from University College London.

Hong Kong

Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance

Within: Regulatory: anti-corruption and compliance

Mark Johnson and Lord Peter Goldsmith head up the practice at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, routinely handling civil and criminal investigations, litigation and parallel administrative proceedings involving the FCPA, SEC regulations, money laundering statutes, antitrust laws and other laws and regulations. Litigation associate Elly Tso is another key contact, with experience representing companies and liquidators in international insolvency proceedings, as well as advising clients in anti-bribery, corruption and money laundering investigations, including FCPA.

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Hong Kong: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: litigation

Mark Johnson¬†and Lord Peter Goldsmith¬†QC lead the team¬†at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Johnson has¬†significant experience advising clients in relation to litigation in other Asian jurisdictions including Indonesia, China and Thailand; Goldsmith spearheads¬†the firm‚Äôs European and Asian litigation efforts. The team regularly represents financial institutions including investment banks, brokers, asset managers, private equity firms and high-net-worth individuals. The practice has been significantly bolstered by¬†Gareth Hughes' arrival from Ashurst¬†in October 2018, a¬†‚Äėhighly professional and skilled legal operator who inspires confidence and is an extremely safe pair of hands‚Äô.

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London: Dispute resolution

Public international law

Within: Public international law

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has 'unmatched breadth of experience' across a broad spectrum of public international law-related areas. The team regularly undertakes complex cases involving international environmental law; international humanitarian law; treaty interpretation; indigenous rights; arbitrary detention; political persecution; state responsibility for internationally wrongful acts; and denial of justice claims. Lord Peter Goldsmith is particularly noted for his substantial experience in representing sovereign and commercial clients in public international law arbitration and other court proceedings worldwide. He is currently lead counsel in a series of high profile public international law disputes pursued by the State of Qatar, including in its case before the International Court of Justice under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Wendy Miles and Patrick Taylor are the other key names for proceedings in the financial services, telecoms, construction, and energy and natural resources sectors. Aimee-Jane Lee advises on the international protection of investments, particularly under bilateral investment treaties, the Energy Charter Treaty and investor-state contracts.

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