Peter Burgess

Called to the Bar 2019; admitted as a solicitor 2016

Peter specialises in Chambers’ core areas of practice, including banking and finance law, offshore litigation, corporate restructuring and insolvency, company law, and commercial litigation and arbitration.

Peter has a particular focus on financial matters and distressed debt situations, assisted by his experience as a solicitor and his admission in New York. He acts as sole counsel and as junior counsel to senior members of Chambers in large-scale banking, financial, and commercial cases.

Peter is also developing a significant international practice, having appeared unled in the BVI Commercial Court and the ECSC Court of Appeal, as well as instructed in matters involving the BVI, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, and Guernsey. He has a particular interest in issues of private international law, with experience of numerous cross-border matters and having won the prize for private international law at Harvard Law School.

Before joining South Square, Peter worked as a Judicial Assistant to Lord Sales, Lord Lloyd-Jones, and Lord Hamblen at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, assisting the Justices on numerous high-profile cases including: R (on the application of Miller) v The Prime Minister, on whether the advice given by the Prime Minister to the Queen that Parliament should be prorogued was lawful; Micula & Others v Romania, relating to the attempted enforcement of an investment arbitration award against Romania; and Sevilleja v Marex Financial Ltd, on the ‘reflective loss’ principle.

Peter is a former solicitor-advocate, with experience at a magic circle firm and a US law firm, working on banking, insolvency, and commercial litigation as well as international commercial and investor-state arbitration. He holds a first-class BA in Ancient and Modern History from the University of Oxford (where he was first in his year), a first-class LLB from the University of Law, and an LLM from Harvard Law School.

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