Former Senior Costs Judge Peter Hurst Joins 39 Essex Chambers

Former Senior Costs Judge Peter Hurst Joins 39 Essex Chambers


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Peter Hurst, former Senior Costs Judge of England and Wales at the Royal Courts of Justice, is to join 39 Essex Chambers as arbitrator and mediator.

Peter was appointed as Senior Costs Judge in 1992, a role which he held until his retirement in September 2014. During a judicial career which spanned over thirty years, he also held the post of the Judicial Taxing Officer of House of Lords from 2002 until 2009, when he became Judicial Taxing Officer of the United Kingdom Supreme Court. He was also Judicial Taxing Officer of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council from 2002.

Peter played an integral role in Lord Jackson’s highly-publicised Review of Costs where, in his role as an assessor, he travelled to several overseas jurisdictions and he has been heavily involved in the implementation process with Lord Justice Jackson and Mr Justice Ramsay. He also worked closely with Lord Woolf on the Access to Justice Reforms.

Following his retirement, Peter has been instructed in a number of roles as mediator and arbitrator and, at 39 Essex Chambers, he will focus on mediation and arbitration in costs matters both in the UK and internationally.

Chief Executive and Director of Clerking, David Barnes, says “We are thrilled that Peter is joining us. Mediation and arbitration in costs disputes is a growth area both domestically and abroad and Peter’s vast experience as the country’s former Senior Costs Judge will greatly enhance 39 Essex Chambers’ offering in this area.”

Peter Hurst adds “I am delighted to be joining such a prestigious set as 39 Essex Chambers and very much look forward to a close association with them.”

Peter will be practising from 39 Essex Chambers with immediate effect.

To see Peter’s full CV click here.


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