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Peter Watson



Peter Watson



Peter has substantial experience in a wide range of contentious commercial, banking and financial matters both in England and abroad. He has significant expertise in acting for public bodies and regulatory authorities on procedural issues and judicial reviews and has acted on many DTI, Inland Revenue and financial regulatory investigations, representing both institutions and regulators. In addition he has extensive experience of aviation disputes, in particular aircraft detention, arrest and repossession. He was a member of the Lord Chancellor's Civil Procedure Rules Committee responsible for producing new court rules as part of the implementation of Lord Woolf's reforms. He is a non-executive director of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).

Ranked as a leading individual in the current editions of Chambers and Legal 500, independent legal directories observe that Peter Watson adds lustre to all litigation he is involved in’. (Legal 500 2013)

Peter Watson is seen as an absolutely superb practitioner. (Chambers UK 2013).

Sources state that Peter Watson is a hugely impressive individual – he's thoroughly decent to deal with and has a real grasp of commercial issues. (Chambers UK 2011 – Commercial Litigation)

Peter Watson is shrewd and knowledgeable. (Legal 500 2011 Administrative and Public Law)

The firm is valued for its excellent advice and strong team, with Peter Watson highly rated for his legal acumen, professionalism and good humour. (Legal 500 2011  Aviation)

News & insights

View of an airplane from the departure lounge in an airport

Publications: 05 MARCH 2021

Podcast: How does a material adverse change clause work in these uncertain times?

The enforceability of material adverse change clauses (“MAC clauses”) in commercial contracts is an area which has come under increased scrutiny in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Aircraft propeller

Publications: 26 AUGUST 2020

Podcast: Good faith – what does this mean for me?

The issue of good faith in commercial contracts is an area in which the English courts have been very active recently.

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Publications: 12 AUGUST 2020

Webinar: International sanctions update

This webinar discussed recent U.S., EU and UK developments in relation to China, Russia, Venezuela and Iran.

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Publications: 10 JUNE 2020

Covid-19 – Podcast: Pitfalls of relying on force majeure clauses in asset finance transactions

Senior associate Chris Mitchell leads a discussion with litigation counsel Helen Biggin and litigation consultant Peter Watson about the use and ambit of force majeure clauses and the pitfalls…

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Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1981


BA, Jurisprudence, St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, 1978