Peter has worked in the aviation industry for more than 40 years, starting as an Aircraft Apprentice and progressing through various technical, management, executive director and advisory board roles. He has a unique mix of business, commercial, operational and technical expertise and has provided expert witness evidence at the highest levels from International Arbitration and the London High Court to The Hague.
He has been instructed on behalf of both the claimant, defendant and also as a single joint expert. In addition to giving written and oral evidence he has provided input to CPR Part 36 offers, Part 18 requests, e-disclosure, litigation risk assessments, attended mediations, expert meetings and prepared joint statements. He has completed the full (1 year) Cardiff University Law School / Bond Solon expert witness program including written examinations in civil law and procedures plus independent assessment of written evidence and performance under cross-examination.
Peter’s broad understanding of the aviation industry, coupled with his claims experience as an Aviation Loss Adjuster and expert witness, has made him equally in demand as an expert advisor. This is especially so in complex disputes involving multiple heads of claim where he can bring clarity to issues such as the factual and counterfactual scenarios, causation, mitigation, the nature and quantum of a claim, what supporting evidence is required and its likely source.
His early involvement in a dispute can prove invaluable in assisting counsel assess the merits of a case, help with the selection of suitable experts and their scope of instruction. His experience is increasingly being sought by Insureds and Loss Payees to assist with the presentation and negotiation of complex aircraft and engine insurance claims.
Peter has also been a CEDR accredited mediator since 2011 and specialises in aviation disputes within his areas of expertise which allows him to immediately engage with the parties at their level of industry, technical or commercial knowledge. This ability to fully understand the issues in dispute and deal immediately with the detail where necessary, typically allows the parties to quickly get to the heart of the matter and so increase the likelihood of reaching a settlement.
Areas of expertise
Peter specialises in disputes involving the management, planning, operation and maintenance of aircraft which includes: