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Innovative, insightful and practical, honed by 25 years + diverse experience.

Whether helping clients broker multi-party deals, navigate the intersection of business and government or find the right business structure, Peter distils what really matters and uses creative solutions where necessary.

Peter has a particular interest in managing change and in setting legal issues or transactions in the wider context, understanding the perspectives of multiple parties and how they are relevant to delivering success. He has delivered many projects in technology and media solving complex issues concerning software, rights and data. He understands the particular sensitivities of the public sector whether expressed through regulation or direct state involvement in deals. He knows how important it is not to see a supply chain or distribution network as a series of separate transactions but as a series of interdependent relationships from the source to the ultimate consumer.

In addition to his work with clients Peter has also held a number of leadership roles at the Firm including heading the Commercial practice and Co-Leading the Firm's TMT Sector work as well taking a prominent role in the Firm current transformation programme and serving for many years as a member of the International Operations Committee of predecessor firm Lovells.

Peter has written, spoken and appeared on many platforms including Reuters TV, Sky News and PLC magazine on subjects as diverse as the trends in TMT M&A, the UK's Consumer Rights Act and preparing your business for a downturn. He is also one of the principal creators and contributors to the Hogan Lovells proprietary set of global contracting tools and insight (


B.A., University of Leeds 1985.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s London-based team, which operates within a wider global network of commercial contracts lawyers, provides standalone advice to clients in sectors such as financial services, TMT, automotive, transport and logistics. Its extensive expertise spans strategic alliances, outsourcings, sponsorship and advertising agreements, among other matters. Paul Joukador has particular knowledge of cross-border supply and distribution arrangements. Andrew Skipper has a wealth of experience advising clients in the sports, life sciences and consumer sectors, and also heads the firm’s Africa practice. Food sector specialist Richard Welfare works with senior associate Jane Summerfield and others to advise Mars on advertising campaigns and promotional activities, as well as distribution, warehousing arrangements and various other types of commercial contracts. Other recent work includes Peter Watts and associate Helen McGowan assisting Brown Forman with establishing an e-commerce platform for selling Jack Daniel’s whiskey products online, directly to consumers. Counsel Penny Powell, and senior associates Oliver Wilson and Helen Kimberley, are other notable individuals, as are Derek Meilman and senior associate Oliver Wilson.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a dedicated Brexit taskforce, which includes founding members Peter Watts and Charles Brasted (‘an exceptional individual and professional’) and is led by managing partner Susan Bright. It works with businesses and industry associations to anticipate and shape the legal and policy considerations arising from Brexit through active engagement with government, and also to manage the commercial implications. The firm is particularly active in the regulated sectors which are most immediately affected by Brexit, such as financial services, energy, media, insurance and pharmaceuticals. Rachel Kent is leading the firm’s response to financial services clients, and has chaired TheCityUK’s working group on third country regimes and other alternatives to passporting. Elsewhere in the network, Brussels-based Hugo Paemen and Warren Maruyama in Washington DC have experience in negotiating trade agreements. The firm is appreciated for its ‘extraordinarily helpful events, webinars and raft of publications’, which complement its core legal advice.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The ‘excellent’ team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is praised for its ‘industry knowledge’ and ‘business acumen’. Peter Watts, who is co-global head of the TMT practice, has ‘a commercial’ and ‘pragmatic’ approach. He recently advised Sepura on refinancing and capital restructuring. Don McGown has expertise in M&A and restructuring in the telecoms sector and consultant Quentin Archer is an expert in IT law, primarily handling transactions. John Salmon, who is highly regarded for acting for financial services sector clients, provided strategic and regulatory advice to Open Banking. Counsel Susan McKiernan specialises in IT contracts. Charlie Hawes joined Clifford Chance in 2017.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Hogan Lovells International LLP acts for a range of global media and entertainment groups and advertisers and its expertise spans IP, regulatory, advertising, marketing, corporate matters, financing and restructuring, litigation, competition and antitrust. It is advising Mars on advertising campaigns and on promotional activities and advised the British Paralympic Association on brand enforcement issues in the build-up to, during, and following the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. It is also advising STIM on its joint venture with PRS for Music and GEMA on the creation of a multi-territory music licensing hub. Team head Peter Watts advises on complex networks of contracts and innovative commercial structures. Richard Welfare handles regulatory work, including advertising and marketing, copy clearance, promotional activities and product compliance.

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