Peter Stewart

Peter Stewart is head of the Dispute Resolution Group at Field Fisher Waterhouse, London. He is particularly responsible for our commercial litigation, corporate risk management, shareholder disputes and travel and tourism groups.

Peter advises clients across a range of industry sectors. He has particular experience in dealing with high profile and/or high value and/or high sensitivity litigation where the nature and outcome of the litigation is most significant for the client.

Peter advises a wide range of travel companies, insurers and travel trade associations on all issues affecting the travel industry. He is currently involved in the two most high profile and significant cases for the travel industry.

Peter is generally perceived as the father of his specialism, many commentators regard him as the “cleverest man in travel law .” Chambers, 2008.

Recent cases:

• General/Commercial Litigation/Shareholder Disputes
• A shareholder’s dispute spread across English, South Africa and Mauritian jurisdictions involving cross-border freezing and search and seizure applications, and overall claims in excess of US $100 million.
• Judicial Review proceedings against HMRC in relation to tax issues running to billions of dollars, which proceedings led to satisfactory overall resolution for the tax payer company.
• Claims against our client, a UK listed company, by a middle eastern bank for half a billion dollars, where the claims involved allegations of fraudulent trading.
• Corporate Risk Management:
• Advising a large petrochemical company on the risks involved in a worldwide roll out of new products.
• Advising a US company on the risks involved in the sale in Europe of its anti-terrorism product.
• Acting on behalf of a multi-national travel company and its employees in its defence of an overseas manslaughter prosecution and related matters.

Travel:

• Advising the Association of British Travel Agents on the application of the ATOL Regulations 2003. This includes judicial review proceedings against the CAA, where the CAA, having lost on first instance, unsuccessfully appealed to the Court of Appeal. This was a landmark decision for the travel industry.
• Advising Travel Republic in its defence of a prosecution instigated by the CAA – a continuation of landmark issues for the travel industry in relation to the ATOL Regulations and the definition of package.
• Acting on behalf of a multi-national travel company and its employees in its defence of an overseas manslaughter prosecution and related matters. This is hugely significant for the travel industry.

Peter is authorised by the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) as a practitioner permitted to issue and conduct proceedings in the DIFC Courts which hear all types of civil and commercial matters. Proceedings in the DIFC Courts are conducted in English applying common law principles.

Peter is the author of “A Practical Guide to Package Holiday Law and Contracts” (third edition 1993) and “Product Liability - the law under the Consumer Protection Act 1987”, co authored with Rodney Nelson-Jones.

Peter regularly presents on health and safety issues at seminars hosted by bodies such as the Institute of Travel and Tourism and Central Law Training. Peter and his team also regularly give tailored “added-value” seminars to client in-house. Peter has also recorded podcasts on the implications of the new Corporate Manslaughter Act.

(August 2011)

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