|Location:||Canterbury and Chatham office|
Commercial disputes resolution including contracts, competition, construction, intellectual property and partnerships. Regularly appears as an advocate in tribunals and arbitrations.
Peter Hawkes qualified in 1981 and has practised exclusively in commercial work, principally dispute resolution. Peter was elected Senior Partner in 2001 and in addition to his partnership role, he heads a separate team specialising in dispute resolution.
Peter Hawkes is a highly experienced arbitrator and litigator and practices across a wide range of commercial subjects, including intellectual property and competition law. Peter’s portfolio of clients range from national and international companies to smaller entrepreneurial enterprises. Peter acts for a number of educational institutions in the schools, colleges and higher education sectors. He also regularly advises professional partnerships (lawyers, accountants, architects, doctors) agricultural and commercial partnerships (including transition to LLP status and succession issues). Peter appears in courts at various levels, in arbitrations and in the Employment Tribunal, as well as regularly presenting seminars.
Peter Hawkes has strong local business links; he is a member of Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce’s Canterbury Economic Development Group and Kent County Council’s Business Advisory Board. Peter Hawkes is recommended for commercial litigation work by The Legal 500. Peter is also recognised by Chambers and Partners 2011 for his work in dispute resolution, “Sources say he has great commercial nous and a real sense of empathy with his clients."
Peter Hawkes works from our Canterbury and Chatham offices.
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Member of the Employment Lawyers Association.
Member of the Competition Law Association.
Member of the Society for Computers and Law.
Clients say that head of department Peter Hawkes "always impresses with his incisive analysis and the range of solutions he finds to deal with issues." Sources praise his "structured" approach and "robust communication with the various parties involved in the dispute." His recent highlights include representing the sole beneficiary of the estate of George Wharton in a high-profile inheritance dispute which attracted widespread media attention. His specialisms in partnership disputes and in professional advisory matters continue to attract comment.
Chambers 2013 : Peter Hawkes
'...We only wish we had seen you in the first instance some three years ago. After our first meeting with you we felt that at last someone was trying to help us, we could see a light at the end of the tunnel. We also feel that had we seen you three years ago the matter would have been resolved in half the time.'
Client of Peter Hawkes, Mr & Mrs D