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Peter Barnes

Partner, London Markets and Global Risk Team, London

Peter is an experienced insurance lawyer, specialising in complex and highly technical claims which arise both nationally and internationally.
Peter Barnes


Peter’s practice covers a variety of contentious and non-contentious insurance and reinsurance matters for clients based in the London market, Japan, the US, and Europe, in a number of classes of business.

Peter's areas of specialty include Insurance/Reinsurance, Aviation, Product Liability, Product Recalls, Construction and Property Litigation for Lloyds, the Companies Market and international insurers. The disputes he handles typically involve coverage arguments and he has particular expertise in highly technical matters. 

Peter’s clients praise him for his understanding of complex technical issues, his common sense approach to disputes, and his pragmatic and effective solutions to commercial requirements.

Product Liability

Peter handles complex technical product liability claims which typically fall into the areas of motor, engineering, aviation, life sciences, medical devices and construction. He has handled these claims both within the UK and internationally and has led mediations in foreign jurisdictions on many occasions.. Peter is the point of contact for a number of blue chip companies, including well known Swedish, American and Japanese manufacturers, as well as representing Lloyd’s and international insurers. Specifically, Peter has developed a practice supporting Japanese insurers and their insureds globally.


In the aviation arena, Peter handles high profile aviation liability disputes which arise out of fatal or near miss air accidents. He is also regularly instructed in relation contractual and coverage disputes and dealing with aviation product liability issues - often with cross jurisdictional elements. Peter has most recently been involved in coverage disputes in Europe, fatal accidents involving high profile historic aircraft, fatal accidents involving multiple aircraft, and contractual disputes arising from hangarage and maintenance obligations.


Peter acts for insurers and reinsurers handling complex casualty and property coverage claims. He regularly advises on high value, high profile matters in both contentious and non-contentious work.


Peter is regularly instructed by Lloyd's Syndicates, London and international company markets and Composites in respect of high value property claims and business interuption arising from, amongst other things, catastrophic flooding, Covid 19,explosion, storm or fire damage and in respect of offshore and onshore energy risks. 


'His experience, knowledge and technical ability is second to none and we feel lucky to have him working with us providing sensible advice on how to deal with claims. His commitment to staying up to date with us as a business and ensuring that DWF are always serving us in the best way possible is admirable.’ - Legal 500 2021

'…dedicated, hardworking, easy to work with, thorough and very talented''". - Legal 500 2020