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Peter Shelford

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation & Regulatory


Peter Shelford is experienced in all aspects of litigation and international arbitration, with particular emphasis on insurance and reinsurance, having been practising in this area for over 35 years. On the marine side this covers shipping and marine insurance, including cargo claims, salvage and general average, charterparty disputes, multi modal transport, hull and cargo insurance and reinsurance policy advice, off-shore construction, and shipbuilding contractual advice and disputes. On the non-marine insurance side, this covers experience in property (Fire, CAR, IAR) and casualty, including financial lines (E&O, D&O and other liability insurance). As sector head of insurance and reinsurance for DLA Piper in Asia, Peter is responsible for the development of the firm's insurance and reinsurance practice and is now widely recognized as one of the leading lawyers in SE Asia within these areas. Since moving to Bangkok from Singapore (where he still practices) in January 2006, Peter has developed a specialised insurance industry in Thailand on all aspects of their business, including corporate, restructuring, regulatory and compliance, employment, licensing, tax and claims. Peter is also a member of the DLA Piper's global steering committee on insurance. Peter has been involved in various other litigation matters, including banking, personal injury, shareholder disputes and defamation. He has substantial experience of English, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thai arbitration procedures and is particularly experienced with LMAA arbitrations.




Law Society of England & Wales; Maritime Law Association, Singapore; Panel member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre; Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators; Regional panel member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre; Panel member of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration; British Chamber of Commerce, Thailand; International Chamber of Commerce.


Southampton University; Guildford College of Law.

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration

Leading firms

Within: Leading firms

In DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office, Kevin Chan and Ernest Yang (who represented GD Midea Air-Conditioning Equipment in a Singapore arbitration against its former Israeli distributor, with around 300GB of evidence involved) have been joined by Andrew Chin and Benjamin Ng, who joined from Baker McKenzie and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP respectively in Hong Kong. Other highlights concern the maritime sector and construction. Of counsel Xiaoshan Chen, who is based in Shanghai, is a notable contact in mainland China. Elsewhere in the region, Peter Shelford is a key contact in Bangkok, as is John Goulios in Singapore.

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Foreign desks

Within: Foreign desks

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited's team in Myanmar acts for multinational and domestic companies across numerous sectors including hospitality, retail, insurance, real estate, manufacturing and technology. Thailand country managing partner Peter Shelford has a particular focus on work in the insurance, reinsurance and construction sectors; Joe Bauerschmidt, country managing partner in Singapore, handles capital markets and M&A matters and Mohammed Hakim advises on inbound and outbound investment.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution is among DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited’s major focus areas. As such, it fields a sizeable team of litigators including Don Rojanapenkul, who was promoted to partner in May 2018. The group is seeing a higher number of employment and construction disputes, and has also been kept busy with extensive investigations work, where it calls upon the unique expertise of its highly regarded restructuring and special situations practice. Headed by Peter Shelford, the Bangkok team also has strength in insurance litigation, which it brought to bear in representing a hotel operator and its insurers in multiple public liability claims arising out of a high-profile incident in Myanmar. Further, in a case that involved the application of English law, lawyers in the firm's Thai and UK offices worked together to represent an international broadcasting company in a dispute with a Thai company. At the pre-partner level, of counsels Panuwat Rattanawechasit, Komson Suntheeraporn and senior consultant Robert Tang are key contacts. Chatchai Inthasuwan is now senior partner and practice leader of Chandler MHM Limited’s disputes practice.

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Dispute resolution: international arbitration

Within: Leading individuals

Peter Shelford - DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

Within: Dispute resolution: international arbitration

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited has notable local, regional and international dispute resolution capabilities. Leveraging an expansive office network, the team has developed a reputation for domestic and cross-border disputes, and though it works across a variety of industry sectors, it has maintained particular strengths in construction, infrastructure and insurance-related disputes. 2017 and 2018 saw the team handling a range of ICC and TAI arbitrations. In one case, practice head Peter Shelford, recently promoted partner Don Rojanapenkul and senior consultant Robert Tang acted for an oil and gas company in an ICC arbitration arising out of a gas sales agreement with two Thai companies; complex pricing issues were at the heart of the dispute. Also recommended are of counsels Komson Suntheeraporn and Panuwat Rattanawechasit, who have experience in litigation, domestic and international arbitration and restructuring.

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Within: Insurance

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited has established itself as one of Thailand's leading insurance practices. Owing to its global network and the international experience of its Bangkok-based lawyers, the team is equipped to handle a range of cross-border work, both contentious and non-contentious. In fact, its industry expertise covers the gamut of commercial, corporate and regulatory work relevant to major insurance-sector participants. In the corporate and regulatory space, a multi-office team including Peter Shelford advised Aetna on its acquisition of Bupa's Thai business, while contentious highlights included Shelford and senior consultant Robert Tang acting for a hotel operator and its insurer in relation to claims arising out of a high-profile incident in Myanmar. In another illustration of its multi-jurisdictional capabilities, the team represented the captive insurer of a fast food chain in a product liability claim arising from an allegation of food poisoning at a branch in South Korea. Litigator Don Rojanapenkul is another key contact for insurance disputes.

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Labour and employment

Within: Labour and employment

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited has sought to expand its employment law capabilities, drawing on the expertise of multi-disciplinary lawyers from the corporate, litigation and regulatory departments to handle a host of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. The team advises on employee transfer issues in connection with its multi-jurisdictional M&A work, and also handles a spread of non-transactional labour law matters for its longstanding client base. For example, it advised a technology company on the review of its employment contracts in Thailand and the region, and assisted a client in the life sciences sector with a revision of its termination, harassment and data privacy policies. Further, Peter Shelford and Don Rojanapenkul have been involved in numerous labour court proceedings, and Chadaporn Ruangtoowagoon has handled a variety of employment advisory work.

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Within: TMT

The multi-disciplinary TMT team at DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited acts for local and international technology and telecoms companies. It draws on the expertise of IP lawyers at the firm to provide a well-rounded service, advising on marketing, distribution, licensing, data protection and privacy, among other areas. A team that included senior associate Pattama Jarupunphol advised a multinational telecoms conglomerate on various legal issues concerning Inter-Operator Tariff roaming in Thailand. The firm's impressive dispute resolution capabilities are another distinguishing feature. In a recent case, Peter Shelford acted for a broadcasting company in high-value litigation against a Thai company. Don Rojanapenkul is an additional contact for contentious matters. Other clients include Telstra, Commvault and LINE Plus Corporation. Dusadee Jittasaiyapan took over as practice head following the passing away of Chanvitaya Suvarnapunya.

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Within: Transport

Under the leadership of Peter Shelford, DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited has developed a busy shipping practice, which is underpinned by its strength in the insurance sector. Among its clients are prominent shipping, logistics and insurance companies, including a number of major P&I Clubs. The department sits within the broader litigation and regulatory group and thus has a bent towards contentious matters, though non-contentious work – including commercial and regulatory advisory work – is also a feature of the practice. The team is staffed by lawyers with broad expertise in commercial shipping, trade and insurance, and benefits from the firm's extensive office network, which provides it access to the firm's shipping and insurance experts in London, China and the US. In one recent highlight, Shelford, of counsel Panuwat Rattanawechasit and associate Terdkiat Rujirawanakorn acted for the insurers in a matter involving a collision between two cargo vessels.

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