Call: 2017 (call 2002 Dublin)
Peter was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2002 where he has a broad commercial and chancery practice. He was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2017 and accepts instructions in all chambers’ core practice areas. He has particular experience in the following areas:
Probate & Trusts
Peter has acted in asset recovery proceedings for an investor seeking the return of investment funds advanced to a property syndicate for development purposes. This entailed obtaining interlocutory orders tracing the monies as well as securing declaratory relief that the plaintiff was entitled to a beneficial interest in the development property. Peter has experience of securing a mareva injunction freezing bank accounts and restraining the removal of assets from the jurisdiction. He also appears in various personal and corporate insolvency applications including bankruptcy, liquidation, administration and individual/company voluntary arrangements. He has broad experience of directors’ disqualification proceedings and corporate fraud actions.
Peter has acted for commercial landlords including the consortium of a major shopping centre and retail park containing in excess of 100 commercial units. He has extensive experience of issues such as rent arrears, rent review, assignment, sub-letting, forfeiture, compensation for improvements and the right to a new tenancy. He successfully acted for the tenants of the National Aquatic Centre against whom an order for possession had been sought following the expiry of the lease therein. Peter has also acted in many residential cases including dilapidations, nuisance, boundary and easement disputes. He was involved in a lengthy dispute over the ownership of a plot of residential land, which entailed a forensic analysis of the relevant title deeds and whether title had been acquired to the lands by adverse possession.
Peter has acted in shareholders disputes including for the shareholders of a prominent French wine bottling company who sought injunctive relief to prevent the sale of the company to a third party in circumstances where the proposed sale was invalid and unlawful. He has also represented a major building supplier in defence of claims that oxidising pyrite contained in its materials caused structural damage to numerous buildings including three large housing estates. Peter has successfully secured a stay of summary proceedings brought against a company director domiciled in the Philippines under the doctrine of forum non conveniens.
Peter has experience in claims disputing the validity of wills including those based on mental incapacity and undue influence. He has acted in inheritance claims particularly where adequate provision has not been afforded to a beneficiary from the deceased’s estate and is experienced in claims based on promissory and proprietary estoppel. He has also advised executors as to their duties and has secured the dismissal of a claim wrongfully initiated by an executor de son tort in the absence of a grant of probate. Peter has also acted for the trustees of a charitable trust in both contentious and non-contentious matters and is a former lecturer to prospective solicitors in ‘Equity and the Law of Trusts’.
Peter acted for the family of a deceased firefighter in a lengthy inquest under Article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights. Following a 17-day hearing into the tragic and un-natural deaths of two firefighters, the inquest jury returned narrative verdicts in which they enumerated risk factors that contributed to the mens’ deaths and were particularly critical of the health & safety system employed by the local authority concerned. The inquest garnered national media attention and was subject to extensive commentary. Peter was subsequently involved in the associated civil proceedings in which settlement was reached.
Education & Qualifications
2017 The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
2002 The Honorable Society of King’s Inns: BL (2:1 Honours)
2000 University College Dublin: BCL (First Class Honours)
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
The Honorable Society of King’s Inns
University College Dublin, Sports Scholarship (Rugby)