Peter's practice has three core areas: Banking and Financial Services, Property Litigation and Professional Negligence. Having started his career in the City as a fund manager at a leading investment bank, he has a particular interest in matters concerning asset management or investment products.
Peter is known for his extensive experience of misselling claims and other matters relating to the sale and distribution of financial products. In recent years, he has appeared perhaps more often than any other member of the Bar at hearings concerning a claimant's date of knowledge for limitation purposes in the context of financial advice (including in the Court of Appeal in one of the leading recent authorities on the subject). Read more
Peter's property practice includes cases concerning the enforcement of mortgages and the management of property investment portfolios. He appeared for the lender in the Court of Appeal in Graves v Capital Home Loans Ltd, one of a limited number of authorities considering the unfair relationships provisions of the Consumer Credit Act in the context of mortgage enforcement. Read more
Peter's professional negligence practice reflects his two other core practice areas. In addition to his involvement in claims against financial practitioners, Peter acts not only for claimants but also for defendant professionals and their insurers in matters arising from conveyancing, secured lending and other property transactions. He has appeared in two of the recent line of cases involving claims against solicitors (including for breach of trust and breach of warranty of authority) in respect of losses resulting from identity fraud: Dreamvar (UK) Ltd v Mishcon de Reya (with Jeremy Cousins QC) and Ikbal v Sterling Law. He is frequently instructed to attend the mediation of professional negligence claims. Click here for further details of Peter's practice in this area.
A significant proportion of Peter's financial mis-selling practice concerns pension products. He has been instructed in numerous recent claims brought by members of occupational schemes or holders of personal pension plans who have been persuaded to invest (usually via a SIPP) in a variety of failed or fraudulent ventures. Many such claims involve issues as to the obligations and potential liability of the SIPP operator. Click here for further details of Peter's practice in this area.
In addition to commercial disputes in the banking and financial services sector, Peter has acted in various cases involving the commercial application of trust or other equitable principles. Furthermore, Peter's expertise in the field of investment overlaps with those practice areas where clients tend to make extensive use of investment products and services: in particular, charities and private clients. In the course of his career at the Bar, Peter has acquired experience of most areas of Chancery work. Click on the Practice Areas menu to the left for further details of Peter's practice in the relevant area. .
Peter is permitted to accept instructions under the Bar public access scheme and is always happy to consider doing so in suitable cases (in particular, where an institutional client is seeking specialist advice or a client is seeking preliminary advice with a view to instructing solicitors in due course).
Press: Germany plans English-speaking courts after Brexit The Barrister, 14 August 2018
Forthcoming Conference: Prof neg and Property fraud (workshop with Jeremy Cousins QC) Property Bar Association Conference 2018 - Fraud and Equity for Property lawyers London (Gray's Inn), 27 November 2018
Press: FCA Impotence Over RBS Exposes Gap In Lending Regs Law360, 2 August 2018
Press: Day Trader Sues After Making €10 Million on ‘Dummy’ Trades The Wall Street Journal, 21 June 2018
Forthcoming Webinar: Collective investment schemes (co-presenter) LexisNexis Webinars, 13 September 2018
Blog: Six points: practical issues arising from the judgment in Dreamvar May 29, 2018
News and Cases: "Dreamvar": Mishcon de Reya appeal allowed in key property fraud liability case 15 May 2018
Article: Tackling Unfair Practices in the Leasehold Market: The PPI of the Housebuilding Industry? (2018) 22 L & T Rev (2) 54 (Sweet & Maxwell Landlord & Tenant Review)
Article: Redress due to insolvent companies: set-off and floating charges (2018) 1 JIBFL 16 (Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law)
Blog: The Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman's first full year: ten bullet points (6 June 2017)
Article: Consequential loss exclusions in financial misselling claims (2017) 5 JIBFL 277 (Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law)
Publication: Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR) Brexit Report (Financial Services Sub-Group) (24 January 2017) (contributor)
Blog: Can ‘active cash’ really beat the Stock Market? (June 19, 2016)
Conference: Fraud during the conveyancing process and critical advice for solicitors (with Jeremy Cousins QC) sg Legal conferences and webinars: Hot Issues in Property Transactions London (Grange White Hall Hotel), 31 January 2018
Conference: Gibraltar & Brexit: The funds and investment sectors Chancery Bar Association Gibraltar Conference (Sunborn Gibraltar), 12 October 2017
25 May 2017 (London) - Conveyancing Fraud and Solicitors' Liability - Peter and Jeremy Cousins QC reviewed the current state of the law following the much publicised decision in Dreamvar (UK) Ltd v Mishcon de Reya.
18 May 2017 (Dr Johnson's House, London) - William Woodfall - who do you think he was? Peter spoke at Dr Johnson's Bluestocking Salon about the life of William Woodfall (b. 1771), barrister of the Middle Temple and original author of The Law of Landlord and Tenant.
26 April 2017 (Nottingham) - Conveyancing Fraud and Solicitors' Liability - Peter and Jeremy Cousins QC presented to an audience including members of the Nottinghamshire Law Society at an event kindly hosted by Browne Jacobson LLP.
14 March 2017 (COMBAR seminar, London). Financial Regulation After Brexit (panel member)
28 February 2017 (Chancery Bar Association New Practitioner’s Programme, London). Chancery Limitation Periods (co-presenter)
Press: A CPD revolution Counsel, September 2016
Exhibitioner of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Commendation in Diploma in Law (University of Westminster)
The Everard Ver Heyden Foundation Prize for Advocacy (Inns of Court School of Law)
Chancery Bar Association
Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA)
Society of English and American Lawyers (SEAL)
VAT Registration Number: 628226146
Bar Membership Number: 29009
Judgment at Nuremberg
Peter played chief US military prosecutor Col.Tad Parker in the Tricycle Theatre's 2011 production of Judgment at Nuremberg (the cast of which consisted entirely of lawyers). The initial run raised over £40,000 for the Tricycle’s Education, Social Inclusion and Artistic Programme and the Corinne Burton Memorial Trust. A revival at the Bridewell Theatre in March 2013 raised over £10,000 for Paul's Cancer Support Centre. Click here to read John Cooper QC's article in Counsel magazine about the original Tricycle production and here to read Nigel Pascoe QC's' review for Counsel of the Bridewell revival.
"Peter Dodge was a powerful prosecutor, giving no ground" - Counsel
"The poor man's Richard Widmark" - Sir Ivan Lawrence QC