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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.


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited focuses on complex cross-border litigation and regulatory matters spanning a range of industries, but is particularly well-known for handling disputes in the insurance, IP and tech, aviation and real estate and construction sectors. As one of the firm’s major strengths, the Bangkok team has specialists in all areas of litigation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Managing partner Peter Shelford assisted a member of one of the world’s largest aircraft leasing companies with obtaining a repossession order of two jet engines, which represented the first time the Thai courts granted such an order on engines that were already installed on an aircraft. Shelford is also representing Diebold Nixdorf in seven separate claims against the Thai Customs Department concerning import duties and other taxes on certain ATM machines; the team has won two of these claims, which are now pending in the Supreme Court, while five claims are ongoing at the time of publication. Of counsel Don Rojanapenkul and Chanvitaya Suvarnapunya are additional contacts in the litigation and regulatory department, while notable clients include FWD Insurance, Yum! Restaurants International and HKR International. Suraphon Rittipongchusit joined Kennedys in 2017.

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Within: Tax

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited provides ‘clear and pragmatic advice’ in non-contentious tax structuring and optimisation, as well as tax disputes, including those involving customs and excise duties. The Bangkok team regularly works alongside its regional colleagues, and is led by Chanvitaya Suvarnapunya, who has particular experience in the tax aspects of large cross-border M&A. In 2016-2017, Suvarnapunya has provided tax advice to regional investment managers, manufacturers and professional services firms. On the contentious side, Peter Shelford successfully represented Diebold Nixdorf in two claims brought by the Thai Customs Department regarding the import duties and taxes imposed on certain ATM machines; in addition to these two claims, there are five more ongoing claims. Notable clients include St Jude Medical, Cognizant Technology Solutions and ACI Worldwide (Thailand).

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Within: Transport

The shipping team at DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited has true specialism in disputes and regulatory matters. In addition to the contentious and regulatory expertise – bolstered by a deep knowledge of the insurance industry – the team also handles commercial and corporate work and chartering negotiations with government entities. Chanvitaya Suvarnapunya assisted clients such as EMAS Offshore (Thailand) and MMA Offshore with applications for foreign business licenses under specific vessel chartered agreements with PTT. Much in line with the Bangkok office’s focus, however, about 90% of the group’s work is contentious, and it is in that space that the shipping team particularly stands out. In 2016-2017, Peter Shelford has acted for P&I clubs, trade organisations, insurance companies and charterers in a range of disputes, covering passenger liability, sunken vessels and collisions and insurance contract disputes. Clients include Shipowners P&I Club, UK P&I Club and United Thai Shipping Corporation.

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International arbitration

Within: Leading individuals

Peter Shelford - DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

Within: International arbitration

Though the Bangkok office is going through a period of regrowth, DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited remains active in arbitration proceedings in a range of forums, including ICC, SIAC, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and TAI. Managing partner Peter Shelford has expertise in insurance, investment and regulatory matters, and has been involved in arbitral proceedings regarding energy pricing and construction, and has also handled enforcement matters. The department’s key clients include Diebold Nixdorf, FWD Insurance, Global Procurement Pty and Yum! Restaurants International (Thailand). Chatchai Inthasuwan retired in 2017, though the team has recruited a number of new junior-level lawyers and is investing in a period of training and organic growth. Suraphon Rittipongchusit joined Kennedys in 2017

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