Peter Rees QC, former Legal Director of Royal Dutch Shell, is to join 39 Essex Chambers with immediate effect it was announced today.
With over three decades of legal experience in both private practice and in-house roles Peter, who is widely recognised as one of the leading international arbitration lawyers in the world, joins the set after three years overseeing the global legal function of the FTSE 100 company.
He was appointed Legal Director of Royal Dutch Shell in 2011 where he was responsible for all legal matters of group-wide importance, heading a division of some 1,000 staff. In his role as Legal Director, Peter was also a Member of the Executive Committee. Prior to joining Royal Dutch Shell, Peter had spent five years as a litigation and international arbitration partner in Debevoise & Plimpton and before that was a partner and Head of Global Dispute Resolution at Norton Rose where he started his career in 1979.
In private practice he had extensive experience of major projects and disputes in the international commercial, construction and engineering and energy sectors; and represented government departments, local governmental authorities, inter-governmental agencies, contractors, sub-contractors, developers and professionals in many multi-million dollar projects and disputes.
In 2009 Peter was appointed Queen’s Counsel, a reflection of the caliber of his practice, being one of very few solicitors to have been so appointed. He is also a Chartered Arbitrator, an accredited adjudicator and mediator and, at 39 Essex Chambers, will be practising both as counsel and arbitrator focusing on international commercial arbitration.
Peter has been recommended as a leading expert in commercial arbitration and litigation by the Euromoney Guides to the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers and Experts in Commercial Arbitration and in the Legal Business Report on Legal Experts as an Expert in Arbitration, Commercial Litigation and Construction and in the Chambers “Leaders in their Field” as an expert in construction.
The announcement is the latest coup for the set which has had a number of high profile members join in recent months and has expanded significantly in the international market with an office opening in Singapore in 2013 and a second confirmed in Kuala Lumpur later this year.
39 Essex Chambers’s Chief Executive and Director of Clerking, David Barnes, says:
“We are absolutely delighted that Peter will be joining 39 Essex Chambers. He comes with an outstanding reputation. His expertise and focus on international arbitration fits perfectly with our rapidly growing practice and offering in this arena both in the UK and abroad.”
Stephen Tromans QC, Joint Head of Chambers comments:
“39 Essex Chambers Street has put much effort into developing a cross-cutting Energy Practice Group and we are delighted that Peter’s background, both within the energy industry and in private practice, will bring a great deal of further experience to bear on this area of work, which we see as of major importance. We are very much looking forward to seeing his practice flourish here.”
Neil Block QC, Joint Head of Chambers adds, “These are exciting times for 39 Essex Chambers and we believe that Peter will further strengthen our international commercial team which has, in recent years, enjoyed great success.”
Peter Rees QC says:
“I am very excited to be returning to the practice of international arbitration and 39 Essex Chambers is the perfect set to be joining. With its international focus and wide variety of specialisations it provides the ideal platform for me both to represent parties in disputes and to sit as an arbitrator. I am thoroughly looking forward to being part of their continuing growth and success.”