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Peter Smith, Senior Associate

Peter is a commercial disputes lawyer based in Dubai.


Peter is a barrister with experience of a wide range of civil and commercial disputes and sectors, including arbitration, banking and finance, company, employment, insurance, insolvency, media, real estate, technology and construction, and professional negligence.

Peter was recommended as a ‘Rising Star’ in the Legal 500 in both 2020 and 2021 and was “notable” in the Legal 500, 2019 (UAE Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation).

Peter is admitted to practice in England and Wales (barrister), Dubai International Financial Centre (Part 1 and Part 2 registered), and the Emirate of Dubai.


Recent experience includes:

  • Acting in complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation for a prominent UAE insurer in the DIFC and Dubai Courts.
  • Acting in the winding up of a family office in the ADGM.
  • Acting as sole advocate for a respondent UAE (DMCC) company in an ad hoc, Dubai-seated arbitration relating to specialist engineering equipment.
  • Acting for a Russian SPV in an insurance dispute in the ADGM Courts.