Peter Smith is a Senior Associate in the Litigation practice in Dubai.
Peter is a barrister with experience of a wide range of commercial disputes, including banking and finance, technology and construction, and professional negligence (acting for both claimants and defendants, including professional indemnity insurers). He has also represented claimants in employment tribunal proceedings. Peter has extensive knowledge of media law including defamation (both libel and slander), malicious falsehood, data protection and media regulation.
He came to the firm from the English Bar on a Pegasus Scholarship, during which he spent time at the DIFC Courts and Dispute Resolution Authority. He has experience of DIFC Courts’ law and practice.
- Commercial litigation: disputes involving sales of goods and the supply of goods and services; misrepresentation claims and litigation over distribution agreements; general banking and finance contacts (including derivatives); and real property.
- Alternative dispute resolution: acting for numerous SMEs and sole traders in the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s Interest Rate Hedging Product Review.
- Media: acting on behalf of individuals, charities and companies in disputes involving libel and slander, malicious falsehood, privacy and confidence, and data protection breaches. E.g. one of the first cases to test the requirement of serious harm to reputation under s.1 Defamation Act 2013 (Sam Theedom v (1) Nourish Training t/a CSP Recruitment (2) Colin Sewell  EWHC 3769 (QB) and  EWHC 1364 (QB)). Also involved in proceedings brought against Google, Inc., on behalf of a number of anonymous clients pursuing claims under the ‘right to be forgotten’ principles.
- Professional liability and insurance: claims against solicitors, accountants and IFAs, including very high value work; acting on behalf of professional indemnity insurers including policy coverage issues. E.g. part of a team representing a company in liquidation in a professional negligence claim against the company’s former solicitors (a ‘silver circle’ London firm), one of the UK’s largest commercial claims in 2014.
- Technology and construction: contractual disputes involving range of public and private clients; professional negligence disputes in related fields, e.g. engineers, architects and surveyors.
- Costs disputes, including successful detailed assessment of multi-million pound bill of costs involving conditional fee agreements and ATE insurance.
BA, MA, MPhil – University of Cambridge
2016 – Part II Registered Practitioner, DIFC Courts
2008 – Bar of England & Wales