Peter Rees
39 Essex Chambers

81 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1DD

Peter Rees

Peter Rees QC is a member of Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers.Prior to joining Thirty Nine Essex Street, Peter was Legal Director of Royal Dutch Shell plc for just over 3 years and before that he spent 27 years at Norton Rose, including 8 years as Head of Global Dispute Resolution, and 5 years as a litigation and arbitration partner at Debevoise & Plimpton.

Peter specialises in international commercial arbitration and litigation and has been recommended as aleading expert in commercial arbitration and litigation by, amongst others, the Euromoney Guides to the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers and Experts in Commercial Arbitration and in the Legal Business Report on Legal Experts as an Expert in Arbitration, Commercial Litigation and Construction and in the Chambers “Leaders in their Field” as an expert in construction.

In 2009, Peter was appointed Queen’s Counsel, one of very few Solicitors to have been so appointed.

Professional Qualifications

  • MA (Law – Downing College, Cambridge University)
  • MBA (Nottingham Trent University)
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Chartered Arbitrator
  • Queen’s Counsel

Professional Appointments

  • Former Chair – International Construction Projects Committee, International Bar Association
  • Former Chair – Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association
  • Former Chair – Board of Management of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Former Member of the Governing Body of ICC Court of Arbitration
  • Member of the Council of ICC UK
  • Member of the Court of the London Court of International Arbitration
  • Member of the Board of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators


  • 2009 – TeCSA Clare Edwards Award for Contribution to the Practice of Construction Law
  • 2012 – Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Corporate Leadership Award 2013 -Association of
  • Corporate Counsel – European Corporate Counsel of the Year – Litigation
  • 2013 – Association of Corporate Counsel – Global Corporate Counsel of the Year – Litigation
  • 2013 – Director’s Roundtable World Recognition of Distinguished General Counsel


  • The legal textbook “Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments – Briggs & Rees” (from First Edition (1993) to Fifth Edition (2009) – with Adrian Briggs) (Lloyds of London Press); The Conduct of International Arbitration in England: the Challenge has Still to be Met (Arbitration International (LCIA))
  • Dissenting Opinions; Can they Fulfil a Beneficial Role? (with Patrick Rohn) (Arbitration International (LCIA))
  • The Revised IBA Rules of Evidence (Arbitration (CIArb))
  • Dispute Management – Going Global (with Kathy Bryan) (Alternatives (CPR))
  • Mediators: Fit for Purpose? (Arbitration (CIArb))
  • Revenue Transparency: Global not Local Solutions (Journal of World Energy Law and Business)

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