Before starting at the Bar, Peter Dodge worked in the City as a fund manager in the asset management division of a leading investment bank. He advised pension funds, building societies, unit and investment trusts, offshore mutual funds, charities and high net worth individuals. He participated in the London Business School’s Investment Management Programme and holds the Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance awarded by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. On completion of the Bar Vocational Course, he won the Everard Ver Heyden Foundation Prize for Advocacy.
Commercial dispute resolution (with a particular emphasis on the banking and financial services sector) is one of the core areas of Peter’s practice. Having worked in the industry, he has a particular interest in matters involving asset management or the sale of investment products.
However, his expertise is not limited to the financial sector; he has extensive experience of disputes concerning, for example, the validity and enforcement of guarantees; the sale of businesses and shares; bribery and other types of fraud, the dissolution of partnerships and the sale and supply of goods and services. Moreover, the boundaries of Peter’s core practice are not rigid. Many sets of instructions also require thorough expertise in other branches of Chancery work including insolvency law, company and partnership law and trust law. It is Peter’s experience that a good understanding of trust and fiduciary principles is of increasing importance in the litigation of modern commercial disputes.
Within the field of commercial dispute resolution, Peter has acted for a wide range of clients including banks and other mortgage lenders, independent financial advisers, office holders such as liquidators and administrators, corporates trading in a variety of sectors and insurers. Equally varied are the types of professional client for which he has worked, these including City solicitors, large regional firms, smaller specialist or niche practices and corporate in-house lawyers. In appropriate cases, Peter is happy to accept instructions under the Public Access Scheme.
As well as being a highly effective courtroom advocate, Peter has experience of arbitration and mediation. He sees litigation as a continuing process, believing that consistency in the presentation of a case from the very beginning provides the strongest negotiating position for early settlement.
Peter writes for various publications in his core practice areas. He is regularly invited to speak on newsworthy topics within those areas both by legal training organisations and firm of solicitors. He sees this as an important part of the process of building relationships and understanding with professional clients and is always happy where possible to assist existing and potential clients with their in-house training programmes.
Acting for a company limited by guarantee in a claim arising from the exercise of a discretionary power vested in the directors to terminate membership: Dymoke v The Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK Ltd  EWHC (QB) (Judgment reserved by Popplewell J)
Dyson Technology Ltd v Curtis  EWHC 3289 (Ch) (knowing receipt and dishonest assistance)
Barry M Cosmetics Ltd v Alkos Cosmétiques SA (2008) (London Mercantile Court) (sale of goods; whether manufacturing error entitled buyer to reject)
Olympian Automotive Ltd v Hill (2006) (Ch D, Manchester) (freezing injunction; whether to be varied to permit disposal of certain assets)
Hill v RFS Ltd (2006) (Ch D) (guarantee of company liabilities; whether District Judge wrong to dismiss application to set aside statutory demand)
Williamson v Governor of the Bank of Scotland  EWHC 1289 (Ch),  BPIR 1085: Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 (whether applicable to guarantee of overdraft of LLP)
Re Loxston decd, Abbott v Richardson  WTLR 1567 (Ch D) (testamentary capacity)
Public Trustee v Bailey  All ER (D) 12 (Dec) (Ch D) (actual undue influence)
Gilhooly v Grix (2000) (Ch D) (whether Tomlin order to be set aside on grounds of economic duress)
R v London Borough of Southwark, Ex p Mason (2000) CO/4112/98 (QBD) (Legal Aid Act 1988; liability of legally assisted party under order for costs)
Butterworth v Soutter  BPIR 482 (Ch D) (liability for trustee’s costs where statutory demand subsequently set aside and bankruptcy annulled with petitioner’s consent)
Corporate Governance: the Practical Guide for Directors (contributor, chapter on Insolvency) (2002) (Finance & Investment Research Ltd), (2nd edn, 2003) (FIR Publications Ltd)