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Peter R. Morton

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Mr. Morton is a partner in the Dispute Resolution & Litigation practice group. He focuses on arbitration and commercial litigation and is a member of the firm’s International Arbitration group.

Mr. Morton is involved in all aspects of arbitration and commercial litigation which frequently include an international dimension. His experience includes acting for clients in a variety of sectors including energy, commodities, maritime, telecoms, insurance, finance, aviation and sports.

Over recent years, Mr. Morton has dealt with numerous institutional arbitrations (commonly ICC or LCIA), trade association arbitrations (e.g. LMAA, FOSFA, ICA and GAFTA), and ad-hoc arbitrations as well as substantial High Court trials and appeals. Many of the cases Mr. Morton deals with are international contractual disputes, including issues of jurisdiction as well as arguments on the merits.

Professional Background

Peter qualified as a lawyer in 1997.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Member)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), European Users Council (Member)
  • London Solicitors Litigation Association (Member)

Speaking Engagements

  • “ICC Launches New Expedited Procedure” - K&L Gates, “Hub Talks”, Podcast - October 2017
  • "Is your asymmetric dispute resolution clause enforceable any more?" Webinar, February 2016
  • "Arbitration in Scandinavia" Webinar, May 2016
  • "Dispute Resolution Clauses in Insurance Contracts" Presentation to Insurance Brokers, July 2016
  • “What Happens When Islamic Finance Transactions Go Wrong? The Use of Arbitration to Resolve Disputes,” Islamic Finance Conference, February 2012
  • “After the Event Insurance and Funding Solutions in International Arbitration” Webinar, April 5 2011
  • “Common Pitfalls in Drafting and Negotiating Dispute Resolution Clauses and How to Avoid Them” Webinar, June 29 2010
  • “Paring to the Bone - Cutting Costs without Causing Delay,” IBC and CPR Cross Border Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Conference, November 2009

Additional Information

  • Author of various maintained precedents on Thomson Reuters’ “Practical Law”, including “Settlement Agreement” and “Commencing ICC Arbitration (2012 and 2017 Rules)”, with drafting notes.
  • Author of various maintained guidance notes on Thomson Reuters’ “Practical Law” including “Selection of Party-nominated Arbitrators”, “Settlement (Civil Litigation) Q&A: United Kingdom (England and Wales)” and “Tactics of Settlement”.
  • Acting in a London-seated price review arbitration under a long term LNG supply agreement (LCIA Rules)
  • Acting for a Western European state electricity company in ICC arbitration proceedings involving a substantial claim for breach of contract on the sale of electricity generators
  • Acting for the investment arm of an Asian government in relation to ICC arbitration proceedings in respect of a failed property investment in the Middle East, including consideration of Shari’a law
  • Acting on commodities/trade association arbitrations (including FOSFA, ICA, GAFTA and the RSA)
  • Acting on maritime arbitrations under LMAA Terms
  • Advising on issues arising upon the termination of aircraft purchase agreements and aircraft lease agreements and related claims.
  • Acting in High Court proceedings relating to the claim for damages for termination of aircraft leases for breach of contract, including issues of mitigation.
  • Advising on disputes regarding cargo agreements between agents and airlines.
  • Acting for policy holders in insurance coverage arbitrations in London under the Arbitration Act 1996
  • Acting for the West Indies Cricket Board in arbitration proceedings arising out of the “Stanford 20/20 for 20” event between England and the “Stanford Superstars” in November 2008
  • Acting on a Singapore-seated arbitration related to the refurbishment of an oil rig
  • Acting on a London-seated ad hoc arbitration related to a cruise ship charter
  • Acting in a Swiss-seated ICC arbitration related to the termination of a licensing agreement by a manufacturer of agricultural machinery
  • Acting in a multi-million pound dispute with the Sultan of Brunei’s brother
  • Acting in Commercial Court and Court of Appeal proceedings related to a dispute over the sale of a substantial telecommunications company in Eastern Europe
  • Acting for a distributor of electrical goods in opposing a Commercial Court application for an anti-suit injunction
  • Advising on claims made under a number of PFI projects
  • Advising Ryder Cup Limited on the consequences of the postponement of the 2001 Ryder Cup and disputes arising from the postponement
  • Defending High Court proceedings challenging decisions of the stewards of the NGRC, including the successful appeal in Flaherty -v- NGRC, a decision with significant implications for sports governing bodies