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Peter R. Morton

Peter Morton is a partner in the dispute resolution and litigation practice group. He focuses on arbitration and commercial litigation and is a coordinator of the firm's international arbitration practice group.

Peter 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, with a particular emphasis on aviation and energy. Peter has also acted on a number of disputes in the commodities, maritime, telecoms, finance, and sports industries.

Over recent years, Peter 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 Peter deals with are international contractual disputes, including issues of jurisdiction as well as arguments on the merits.

Independent feedback from clients and industry commentators includes the following:

Peter did an “excellent job” in an international arbitration that was “key to the company’s business” and the client was “impressed with the arguments [Peter] came up with to substantiate our position."

- The Global Arbitration Review (GAR) 100 (12th Edition), 2019-2020

An in-house counsel as describing Peter as a “great” lawyer who “understand[s] the client, work[s] endlessly to satisfy their needs and come up with great suggestions,” and that Peter provided “excellent, accurate and responsive advice” for a multimillion-dollar case that eventually settled.

- The GAR 100 (13th Edition), 2020-2021

[A]n outstanding combination of analytical and organisational skills means that Peter provides highly effective leadership, and he secures successful outcomes for his clients. He is approachable and alive to the pressures that dispute resolution imposes on industry.

- Legal 500 - 2022 Edition

Reliable, highly intelligent, good tactical and strategic instincts, enjoyable to work with.

- Legal 500 - 2022 Edition

A great strategist who provides strong leadership to his team. Combined with his strong analytical skills, Peter is highly effective in achieving strong outcomes for his client.

- Legal 500 - 2022 Edition

Very hardworking; extremely practical; good lawyer.

- Legal 500 (International Arbitration) 2021

Peter qualified as a lawyer in 1997.

  • Recognised by The Legal 500 United Kingdom edition as a Recommended Lawyer for Aviation and International arbitration in London, 2024
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Member)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), European Users Council (Member)
  • London Solicitors Litigation Association (Member)

Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • Letters of Intent: Are you (un)intentionally bound?Airline Economics, April-May 2018
  • 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”
  • “ICC Launches New Expedited Procedure”, Arbitration World, October 2017
  • Taming Price Review Clauses: Lessons from the Transactional and Arbitration Battlefields,” LNG18, April 2016
  • The Growth of Gas and LNG Price Review Arbitrations," Arbitration World, April 2015
  • “Can a world exist where expedited arbitration becomes the default procedure?” Arbitration International (The Journal of the LCIA), Vol. 26, No.1, 2010
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