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Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC
39 Essex Chambers
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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).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 1

Peter Rees KC39 Essex Chambers ‘An outstanding arbitrator, arguably one of the best in the UK if not worldwide. Highly knowledgeable in both the law and international arbitration practice, quick, efficient, fair and no-nonsense.’

39 Essex Chambers is ‘full of excellent arbitrators‘ and is considered ‘an outstanding construction law set with many of the leading construction law specialists in the country‘. Energy and infrastructure disputes in Europe, the Middle East, Hong Kong and China, all feature prominently on the agenda for its strong selection of full time and part time arbitrators. The members come from an impressive mix of backgrounds, including former judges such as Lord Dyson, highly rated barristers including Adrian Hughes KC and Richard Wilmot-Smith KC, and former solicitors such as Peter Rees KC,  David Brynmor Thomas KC and David Bateson.

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Arbitrators

(Leading arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 2

Peter Rees KC39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers  has arbitrators active in Asia, both in its London headquarters and in its offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Notable names among the set’s silks include Adrian Hughes KC, who continues to be popular in China-linked disputes, and Peter Rees KC , who has experience at the top level of both solicitors firms and in-house, having served as Shell’s in-house lawyer. Singapore-based and Italian-qualified Loretta Malintoppi contributes investor-state arbitration experience; Steven Lim is another notable name based in the city-state.