Peter Arden KC > Erskine Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Erskine Chambers


Peter is a highly regarded silk, with a focus on insolvency and restructuring, company and commercial chancery work. He has a particular expertise in large and complex insolvency cases, often with a cross-border element and, in many instances, concerning or involving businesses in the financial sector. Significant cases include: the Federal Mogul / T&N restructuring, Eurotunnel, the HIH litigation, the Baugur administration, Lehmans, the Landsbanki and Kaupthing insolvencies, Miss Sixty and other retail insolvencies, the TXU company voluntary arrangement, and the winding-up of Danka Business Systems and Travelodge.


Called 1983, Gray’s Inn, QC 2006.


Member of Association of Business Recovery Professionals; Member of the Chancery Bar Association.


Chichester High School for Boys; University College, London (1981 LLB); Queens College, Cambridge (1982 LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Peter Arden KCErskine Chambers ‘Peter is one of the leaders in the field. Extremely knowledgeable and very thorough.’

Company law heavyweight Erskine Chambers has particular strength in areas where insolvency meets banking and finance or civil fraud. The liquidation of Carillion led to some of chambers’ most notable work in this area, Andrew Thompson KC acting for its five non-executive directors and James Potts KC representing its former finance director in directors’ disqualification proceedings. CVAs have been a notable trend and leading insolvency silk Peter Arden KC has led Ben Shaw on a number of these, including acting for a group of landlords challenging the New Look CVA, the leading case on CVAs in the retail industry.

London Bar > Company

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Peter Arden KCErskine Chambers ‘Peter is extremely knowledgeable and very thorough.’

Undoubtedly top of the league in company law, from the silks down to the juniors‘, Erskine Chambers are the standout set, housing members that cover the range of both litigation and transactional matters. The set were unsurprisingly a key player across various of the market trends this year, one notable area being contested schemes of arrangement. A particular highlight in that respect saw David Chivers KC leading Andrew Blake in hedge fund HBK’s successful opposition to Caesars Entertainment’s acquisition of William Hill. Martin Moore KC acted on the opposite side in that case and is, along with Chivers, routinely instructed on the highest stakes cases spanning multiple jurisdictions. Michael Todd KC specialises in contentious and transactional advice on company law in the UK and internationally, whereas Peter Arden KC‘s practice has more of an insolvency and restructuring focus. Experienced company and finance litigation expert David Mabb KC is another name to note, and Andrew Thompson KC has a standout practice in both LLP law and shareholder disputes, including representing the five non-executive directors of Carillion in defending directors disqualification proceedings. Experienced senior junior Catherine Roberts also has vast experience in shareholder disputes in England and offshore, and Nigel Dougherty is another highly regarded senior figure.