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Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC

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Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester, Singapore

Peter Rees QC

Work 020 7832 1111
39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC)


Peter specialises in international commercial arbitration and litigation and is widely recognised as one of the leading arbitration and construction disputes lawyers in the world. He has been recommended as a leading expert in commercial arbitration and litigation by, amongst others, the Euromoney Guides to the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers and Experts in commercial arbitration and in the Legal Business Report on Legal Experts as an expert in arbitration, commercial litigation and construction and in the Chambers ‘Leaders in their Field’ as an expert in construction.


Qualified 1981; Norton Rose 1981-2006; partner 1987; partner Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 2006; legal director Royal Dutch Shell plc 2011-14. In this role, Peter had ultimate responsibility for the Shell global legal function and for advising the Shell Group management on all legal matters of group-wide importance.


Member of the Court of the London Court of International Arbitration; member of the Governing Body of ICC Court of Arbitration; member of the Board of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution; member of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; vice chair of the European General Counsel’s Association; solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales; fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Chartered Arbitrator; Accredited Mediator – ADR Chambers.


Downing College, Cambridge University (BA law); Nottingham Trent University (MBA).

Asia Pacific: The English Bar


Within: Construction – Leading silks

Peter Rees QC 39 Essex ChambersAn absolute delight to work with: well prepared and always thoughtfully responsive.

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Within: Energy – Leading silks

Peter Rees QC 39 Essex ChambersAt the top of the field for energy-related construction disputes.

Within: Energy

39 Essex Chambers has members handling a range of energy work, including hydrocarbon extraction disputes and the construction of power stations. One name of note is Peter Rees QC, who brings in-house expertise as a former legal director of Shell.

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Within: International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Peter Rees QC - 39 Essex ChambersAn efficient and courteous arbitrator.

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