Professional practice

David has a broad commercial practice, focusing on large-scale international litigation. The legal directories describe him as “a brilliant junior”, “a very confident advocate” and as being “analytical, incisive and dynamic”.

Chambers UK recommends David as a leading junior for Commercial Dispute Resolution, Civil Fraud and Commercial Chancery work. The Legal 500 also recommends David as a leading junior for Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, Civil Fraud and Insurance and Reinsurance.

David acts as junior counsel, and as a sole advocate and advisor, in relation to substantial litigation in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division and Court of Appeal, as well as in International Arbitrations. He also has experience of litigation in a variety of offshore jurisdictions.

 

What others say

“A brilliant junior who places an emphasis on fraud within a productive commercial practice. He has appeared as sole counsel in several major matters. He is skilled at requesting and countering injunctive relief” (Chambers 2019- Fraud: Civil)

“Very bright” (Chambers 2019- Fraud: Civil)

“Confident and persuasive. He is ideal for fraud cases with elements of company and insolvency law” (Chambers 2019- Fraud: Civil)

“He has great judgment” (Chambers 2019- Fraud: Civil)

“A very confident advocate who’s very forthright in putting forward views which are invariably right” (Chambers 2019- Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“Great at cutting to the heart of a problem, he provides sensible, commercial advice” (Chambers 2019- Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“Has an incredibly quick mind and a thorough understanding of the applicable law” (Chambers 2019- Chancery: Commercial)

“He can look at difficult legal questions in ten different ways and come up with something extremely clever out of left field.” (Chambers 2019- Chancery: Commercial)

“Confident and forthright, he articulates powerful arguments and inspires confidence” (Legal 500 2018- Commercial Litigation)

“Good on his feet, feisty and to the point” (Legal 500 2018- Fraud: Civil)

“Analytical, incisive and dynamic” (Legal 500 2018- International Arbitration: Counsel)

“Oodles of common sense and the ability to sort the wheat from the chaff” (Legal 500 2018- Insurance and Reinsurance)

“A key member of the team on large fraud cases” (Chambers 2018- Fraud: Civil)

“A good strategic mind” (Chambers 2018- Fraud: Civil)

“Smooth and calm, but also forceful. He’s very forthright and will argue his corner” (Chambers 2018- Chancery: Commercial)

“David Peters is phenomenally bright and incisive. He has perspicacity and slice through mountains of material to get to the point” (Chambers 2017- Fraud: Civil)

“He is very clear in his thinking, very authoritative and very articulate” (Chambers 2017- Chancery: Commercial)

“A rising star” (Legal 500 2016 – Commercial litigation)

“He is very bright and produces excellent written submissions and pleadings” (Legal 500 2016 – Fraud: Civil)

“An up-and-coming star – bright, commercial and understands where clients are coming from” (Legal 500 2016 – International Arbitration: Counsel)

“A very good pleader who gets to grips with the facts and is accessible and commercially minded” (Chambers 2016 – Chancery: Commercial)

“He is very impressive when delivering oral submissions” (Chambers 2016 – Fraud: Civil)

“He is an enormously impressive advocate. Cool and clear in his advice, he has a thorough grasp of the law.” (Chambers 2015 – Chancery: Commercial)

“A rising star whose quality of work is often beyond his level of call. He is able to distil complex facts into clear and concise arguments.” (Chambers 2015 – Chancery: Commercial)

“A bright and commercial lawyer who is creative and effective in the use of his legal knowledge and skills.” (Chambers 2015 – Fraud: Civil)

“Impressive when delivering oral submissions, he regularly outshines his opponents.” (Chambers 2015 – Fraud: Civil)

“He rolls up his sleeves and brings a tremendous analytical approach.” (Legal 500 2014 -Fraud: Civil)

“We throw him in at the deep end on large cases and he comes through with flying colours. He rolls his sleeves up, gets on with it and is not afraid to speak his mind on strategic points.” (Chambers 2014 – Chancery: Commercial)

“He is very impressive when delivering oral submissions, and outshines his opponent on every occasion” (Chambers 2014 – Chancery: Commercial)

“Very impressive when delivering oral submissions” (Chambers 2014- Fraud: Civil)

“Very bright and very good on paper” (Chambers 2014 – Civil Fraud)

Examples of notable cases

Hosking v Apax Partners LLP [2018] EWHC 194 (Comm): Acting for the successful Defendants to a €900m claims arising out of the collapse of a Greek mobile telecoms company.

Halliburton v Chubb Bermuda [2018] 1 WLR 3361: Acting for the Defendant insurer (in the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) in relation to the Claimant’s application for the removal of the Chair of an Arbitral Tribunal on the ground of apparent bias.

Re Last Lion Holdings Ltd [2018] EWHC 2347: Acting for the successful claimant/petitioner in a shareholder’s dispute concerning a substantial technology company

Angola v Perfectbit & Others: Acted for the Claimant in relation to a successful application for a $500m freezing order

Dinglis Properties Ltd v Dinglis Management Ltd & Others [2017] EWHC 2099 (Ch): Acted (as leading counsel) for the Defendants to a fraud claim relating to the affairs of a substantial property investment business

In the matter of the Libyan Investment Authority (Commercial Court) Acting in respect of a dispute over the control of Libya’s sovereign wealth fund.

Blue Holdings v Unites States of America [2014] EWCA Civ 1291: Appearing for the Appellants in their successful appeal against a worldwide freezing order obtained by the US Government.

Arbitration & related court applications

Halliburton v Chubb Bermuda [2018] 1 WLR 3361: Acting for the Defendant insurer (in the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) in relation to the Claimant’s application for the removal of the Chair of an Arbitral Tribunal on the ground of apparent bias.

Venture Investment & Yield Management v RIMC International Hotels & Resorts GMBH: Acting for the Claimant in relation to a challenge to the jurisdiction of an Arbitral Tribunal under s.72 of the Arbitration Act 1996.

Acting for Insurers in numerous coverage disputes determined by way of Bermuda Form arbitration.

Acting for Reinsurers in an LCIA Arbitration concerning cover for the destruction of a chemical plant during the Syrian civil war.

Acting for Reinsurers in an ad hoc arbitration arising out of the settlement of a substantial personal injury claim in the USA.

Acting for the Respondent to an LCIA arbitration concerning the financing of a Ukrainian fruit juice producer.

Acting for the Respondent to an LCIA Arbitration concerning oil trading in the Ukraine.

Acting for the Claimant in an LCIA arbitration concerning an agreement for the International supply of pharmaceutical products.

Acting for the Claimant in an LCIA arbitration concerning the acquisition of a construction company operating in Bahrain, the UAE and Qatar.

Acting for insurers (as sole counsel) in a successful Commercial Court application for an anti-suit injunction restraining US proceedings brought in violation of an English Arbitration clause.

Civil Fraud & asset tracing

Suppipat v Narongdej & Others (Commercial Court): Acting for certain Defendants to a $1-2bn fraud claim arising out of dealings in the shares of a substantial Thai renewable energy company.

Hosking v Apax Partners LLP (Chancery Division): Acting for the Defendants to €900m claims arising out of the collapse of a Greek mobile telecoms company.

Angola v Perfectbit & Others: Acted for the Claimant in relation to a successful application for a $500m freezing order.

Dinglis Properties Ltd v Dinglis Management Ltd & Others [2017] EWHC 2099 (Ch): Acted (as leading counsel) for the Defendant to a substantial fraud claim relating to the affairs of a substantial property investment business.

Dynami v Chiriboga & Others (Commercial Court): Acting for the Claimant in a $35m fraud claim arising out of the acquisition of a power generating barge in Ecuador.

LKB v Antonov (Commercial Court): Acting for the Claimant in a £70m fraud claim arising out of the collapse of one of the largest retail banks in Latvia.

Acting for the Claimant in relation to confidential applications for Norwich Pharmacal (and associated) relief in a dispute relating to an insolvent Bank.

JP SPC4 v Schools & Others (Chancery Division): Acting the Claimant in a £110m fraud claim arising out of the collapse of a Cayman Island Investment fund.

Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development v Al-Refai & others: Acting for one of the Defendants to claim for breach of confidence/conspiracy worth in excess of $500m.

VTB Capital v Nutritek & Others [2012] EWCA Civ 808: Appeared for the Claimant in the Court of Appeal in a complex jurisdictional dispute relating to a US$350m fraud claim.

Commercial Chancery Disputes

Dinglis Properties Ltd v Dinglis Management Ltd & Others [2017] EWHC 2099 (Ch): Acted (as leading counsel) for the Defendant to a substantial fraud claim relating to the affairs of a substantial property investment business.

In the matter of Dragon Capital: Instructed in connection with an ongoing BVI shareholder dispute.

Tsiattalou v Tsiattalou (Commercial Court): Acting for the Claimants in a shareholders dispute concerning ownership and control over a very substantial bakery business.

Re: MBRSS Group (Chancery Division): Appearing (as sole counsel) for the successful Claimant in an application to restrain presentation of a winding up petition.

Williams v Blundell (Chancery Division): Appearing (as sole counsel) for the successful Defendant in a three day trial of claims under s.423 of the Insolvency Act 1986.

In the matter of Beppler & Jacobson Ltd: Acting for the provisional liquidator (appointed in the context of an ongoing shareholders dispute) of a company responsible for operating a hotel in Montenegro.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Suppipat v Narongdej & Others (Commercial Court): Acting for certain Defendants to a $1-2bn fraud claim arising out of dealings in the shares of a substantial Thai renewable energy company.

Hosking v Apax Partners LLP (Chancery Division): Acting for the Defendants to €900m claims arising out of the collapse of a Greek mobile telecoms company.

Angola v Perfectbit & Others: Acted for the Claimant in relation to a successful application for a $500m freezing order.

 

In the matter of the Libyan Investment Authority (Commercial Court) Acting in respect of an ongoing dispute over the control of Libya’s sovereign wealth fund.

Tartsinis v Navona [2015] EWHC 57 (Comm): Appeared as sole counsel for the Claimant in a week long Commercial Court Trial. The case concerned the proper interpretation of an agreement for the sale of shares in a company operating a fleet of ships.

Blue Holdings v Unites States of America [2014] EWCA Civ 1291: Appearing for the Appellants in their successful appeal against a worldwide freezing order obtained by the US Government.

Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development v Al-Refai & others: Acting for one of the Defendants to claim for breach of confidence/conspiracy worth in excess of $500m.

BPL Broadcasting v International Broadcasting Convention (Comm): Acting for the Defendant to a claim arising out of the operation of an International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam.

FXCM v Digby [2013] EWHC 762 (Comm): Acted for the Claimant options broker in respect of a claim arising out of trading losses suffered by the Defendant customer.

Company & Insolvency law

Dinglis v Dinglis & Others (Chancery Division): Acting (as sole counsel) for the petitioner in relation to a petition under s.994 of the Companies Act relating to his minority shareholding in a substantial property investment business.

Re Last Lion Holdings Ltd [2018] EWHC 2347: Acting for the successful claimant/petitioner in a shareholder’s dispute concerning a substantial technology company.

David has extensive experience of Civil Fraud and Commercial Chancery Claims (see above). In the course of acting in relation to these claims, he has dealt with a wide range of Company and Insolvency Law issues.

Insurance & Reinsurance

Halliburton v Chubb Bermuda [2018] 1 WLR 3361: Acting for the Defendant insurer (in the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) in relation to the Claimant’s application for the removal of the Chair of an Arbitral Tribunal on the ground of apparent bias.

Venture Investment & Yield Management v RIMC International Hotels & Resorts GMBH: Acting for the Claimant in relation to a challenge to the jurisdiction of an Arbitral Tribunal under s.72 of the Arbitration Act 1996.

Acting for Insurers in numerous coverage disputes determined by way of Bermuda Form arbitration.

Acting for Reinsurers in an LCIA Arbitration concerning cover for the destruction of a chemical plant during the Syrian civil war.

Acting for Reinsurers in an ad hoc arbitration arising out of the settlement of a substantial personal injury claim in the USA.

Acting for insurers (as sole counsel) in a successful Commercial Court application for an anti-suit injunction restraining US proceedings brought in violation of an English Arbitration clause.

Off Shore Litigation

In the matter of Dragon Capital: Instructed in connection with an ongoing BVI shareholder dispute.

Doraville v AG of Jersey: Instructed by the applicant in relation to an application to discharge a $300m freezing order obtained by the Attorney General of Jersey pursuant to Jersey anti money laundering legislation.

In the matter of Axiom Legal Financing Fund: Advising the receivers of a Cayman Island investment fund in relation to a number of issues/claims arising out of the fund’s collapse into Insolvency.

Advising the liquidators of a Cayman Island Hedge Fund on the effect of the liquidation on options granted over the fund’s assets.

Education

2005 Called to the Bar (Middle Temple) BVC (Very Competent)
2004 BA (Law) (Trinity Hall, Cambridge) Semi Finalist- World Universities’ Debating Championships
2003 Elected Scholar of Trinity Hall, Cambridge