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Barrister specialising in insurance/reinsurance, commodities, shipping, international investment contracts and international arbitration.


Called 1999, Middle Temple; appointed QC 2011; solicitor, 1988-99; visiting professor UCL. Publications of note: contributing editor ‘Chitty on Contracts’, co-author ‘Good Faith and Insurance Contracts’ (4th edition, forthcoming); author, Deceit: The Lie of the Law (2009); author, The Vitiation of Contractual Consent (2016).


Sydney Grammar School; University of Sydney (1986 LLB); Cambridge (1988 LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Peter MacDonald Eggers QC7 King’s Bench WalkA star in terms of analysis of legal problems, and has a calm, measured and appealing quality as an advocate. His written advice is also excellent, and what makes Peter stand out is how client friendly and commercially astute he is when giving his advice.

With ‘real strength in depth‘, 7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘by far and away the leading insurance and reinsurance set, with particularly strong QCs covering the full range of insurance, as well as counsel of all levels, who are highly efficient and able to deliver high-quality service within tight deadlines‘. In recent wor of note, James Brocklebank QC acted for Azzouz Group in a claim to recover losses, which arose from the occupation of manufacturing facilities in Syria by insurgent forces. Josephine Higgs, led by Peter MacDonald Eggers QC, acted for an insured sugar trading company in an approximately $20m Commercial Court claim, which related to sugar losses from a warehouse in Ghana.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Peter MacDonald Eggers QC7 King’s Bench WalkA star in terms of analysis, he has a calm, measured and appealing quality as an advocate.

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘a market leader in this area and has great strength in depth‘, according to one client. ‘It has experts in commodities plus expertise in insurance and shipping, which strengthens its involvement in commodities disputes‘, says another. Members are skilled in all aspects of the trade of goods, including cargo damage and theft, bill of lading fraud, and breach of obligations under contracts of international sale and purchase. Robert Bright QC has a stellar reputation in the commodities arena and he recently led outstanding junior Sandra Healy in Septo v Tintrad, an $11m dispute concerning the supply of contaminated and off-spec fuel oil. Peter MacDonald Eggers QC, Jessica Sutherland, and the ‘unfailing responsiveClara Benn are among the set’s highly respected practitioners. ‘The clerks are, without exception, outstanding and absolutely committed to providing a first-class service‘.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Peter MacDonald Eggers QC7 King’s Bench WalkSimply enormously able, an encyclopaedic knowledge matched to an awesome capacity for work.

‘A very good set with barristers of a very high standard’, 7 King’s Bench Walk is noted for its work on high-profile shipping matters. A particular highlight of the last year for the set was the 52-day Commercial Court case Brillante Virtuoso (Suez Fortune Investments Ltd & Piraeus Bank AE v Talbot Underwriting Ltd & others), featuring Peter MacDonald Eggers QC, Tim Jenns and Richard Sarll against Jonathan Gaisman QC and Richard Waller QC. In other work, litigation related to the Atlantik Confidence involved Robert Bright QC and David Bailey QC, while Siobán Healy QC and Marcus Mander acted in the long-running OW Bunker litigation. Andrew Pearson is a rising star in the set.