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Peter Hawkes

Peter Hawkes

Senior Partner & Head of Dispute Resolution

Peter Hawkes

Senior Partner & Head of Dispute Resolution

Peter Hawkes
Locations Canterbury, Chatham
Tel01227 763939
01634 828277
Email pwh@furleypage.co.uk
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  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Partnership and shareholder disputes
  • Construction
  • Competition regulation
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Insolvency and corporate recovery

Peter trained with Furley Page and became a Partner in 1983. He was later appointed Head of what is now the Dispute Resolution Team. In 2001 Peter was elected Senior Partner.

Peter acts for a wide range of business clients.  He has extensive experience of dispute work in most types of forum including High Court and County Court together with alternatives such as arbitration and mediations. Peter is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

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 on a range of succession issues.

In addition to client work, Peter is actively involved in many business organisations including the board of Canterbury for Business (C4B), the Business Advisory Board (BAB) for KCC and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce.

Peter is a Patron of the Turner Contemporary in Margate.

Peter Hawkes is recommended for commercial litigation work by The Legal 500. Peter is also recognised by Chambers and Partners for his work in dispute resolution, “Sources say he has great commercial nous and a real sense of empathy with his clients.”

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

  • Competition Lawyers Association

  • Society for Computers and Law

  • Association of Employment Lawyers

  • Mediation Clinic Advisory Board, Canterbury Christ Church University

Peter Hawkes heads the firm's dispute resolution team...

Peter Hawkes heads the firm's dispute resolution team and is a renowned litigator acting in all levels of court. He focuses on partnership disputes, construction, contentious IP and insolvency matters. Clients note that he has "very good attention to detail and is very pragmatic. Chambers UK 2020 : Peter Hawkes

'Peter Hawkes is an extremely experienced practitioner and...

'Peter Hawkes is an extremely experienced practitioner and has a wealth of knowledge in commercial dispute resolution and is a go-to name in the South East market.' - 'Peter Hawkes is a well-seasoned and highly intelligent solicitor.  He has an excellent understanding of the law and procedure and is a great person to bounce ideas off.' The Legal 500 2020 : Peter Hawkes

Practice head Peter Hawkes is an esteemed practitioner,...

Practice head Peter Hawkes is an esteemed practitioner, particularly adept at handling partnership disputes, shareholder disputes, construction disputes and IP-related matters. One source describes him as a "technically confident, calming and practical" lawyer. Chambers UK 2019 - Peter Hawkes

'Hands on and great lateral thinker' Peter Hawkes...'...

'Hands on and great lateral thinker' Peter Hawkes...' The Legal 500 2019 - Peter Hawkes

Peter Hawkes is experienced in professional partnerships, shareholder...

Peter Hawkes is experienced in professional partnerships, shareholder and joint venture dispute work. Clients say: 'His knowledge of contract law is second to none. His commercial awareness likewise is extremely good.' Chambers UK 2018 - Peter Hawkes

Furley Page Solicitors ‘carries out substantial litigation and...

Furley Page Solicitors ‘carries out substantial litigation and adjudication with the skill of a much larger law firm’. The team has expertise in data protection matters, joint venture disputes and high-value damages claims. Head of dispute resolution Peter Hawkes is noted for his ‘commercial wisdom and ability to think laterally’. He is ably supported by George Crofton-Martin, who ‘is excellent and takes time to understand the client’s needs’. The Legal 500 2017 - Commercial litigation

Furley Page Solicitors attracts praise for its ‘great...

Furley Page Solicitors attracts praise for its ‘great knowledge of the industry’. ...areas of expertise include property debt recovery such as rent and service charge arrears as well as international commercial debt collection. Senior partner Peter Hawkes now heads the team. Also recommended are Natasha Biggs, who ‘gives clients real confidence’ and ‘has a strong knowledge of the law’; George-Crofton Martin; and legal adviser Alex Hargrove. The Legal 500 2017 - Debt Recovery

Peter Hawkes's scope of expertise includes professional partnerships,...

Peter Hawkes's scope of expertise includes professional partnerships, shareholder and joint venture disputes. Sources assert: "Technically, I think he is a very good lawyer as he has that commercial angle when he's dealing with a case. He's very practical, straightforward and business-oriented." Chambers UK 2017 - Peter Hawkes

Areas of Specialism

  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Partnership and shareholder disputes
  • Construction
  • Competition regulation
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Insolvency and corporate recovery

Career

Peter trained with Furley Page and became a Partner in 1983. He was later appointed Head of what is now the Dispute Resolution Team. In 2001 Peter was elected Senior Partner.

Peter acts for a wide range of business clients.  He has extensive experience of dispute work in most types of forum including High Court and County Court together with alternatives such as arbitration and mediations. Peter is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

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 on a range of succession issues.

In addition to client work, Peter is actively involved in many business organisations including the board of Canterbury for Business (C4B), the Business Advisory Board (BAB) for KCC and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce.

Peter is a Patron of the Turner Contemporary in Margate.

Peter Hawkes is recommended for commercial litigation work by The Legal 500. Peter is also recognised by Chambers and Partners for his work in dispute resolution, “Sources say he has great commercial nous and a real sense of empathy with his clients.”

Memberships

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Competition Lawyers Association

Society for Computers and Law

Association of Employment Lawyers

Mediation Clinic Advisory Board, Canterbury Christ Church University

Testimonials

Peter Hawkes heads the firm's dispute resolution team...

Peter Hawkes heads the firm's dispute resolution team and is a renowned litigator acting in all levels of court. He focuses on partnership disputes, construction, contentious IP and insolvency matters. Clients note that he has "very good attention to detail and is very pragmatic. Chambers UK 2020 : Peter Hawkes

'Peter Hawkes is an extremely experienced practitioner and...

'Peter Hawkes is an extremely experienced practitioner and has a wealth of knowledge in commercial dispute resolution and is a go-to name in the South East market.' - 'Peter Hawkes is a well-seasoned and highly intelligent solicitor.  He has an excellent understanding of the law and procedure and is a great person to bounce ideas off.' The Legal 500 2020 : Peter Hawkes

Practice head Peter Hawkes is an esteemed practitioner,...

Practice head Peter Hawkes is an esteemed practitioner, particularly adept at handling partnership disputes, shareholder disputes, construction disputes and IP-related matters. One source describes him as a "technically confident, calming and practical" lawyer. Chambers UK 2019 - Peter Hawkes

'Hands on and great lateral thinker' Peter Hawkes...'...

'Hands on and great lateral thinker' Peter Hawkes...' The Legal 500 2019 - Peter Hawkes

Peter Hawkes is experienced in professional partnerships, shareholder...

Peter Hawkes is experienced in professional partnerships, shareholder and joint venture dispute work. Clients say: 'His knowledge of contract law is second to none. His commercial awareness likewise is extremely good.' Chambers UK 2018 - Peter Hawkes

Furley Page Solicitors ‘carries out substantial litigation and...

Furley Page Solicitors ‘carries out substantial litigation and adjudication with the skill of a much larger law firm’. The team has expertise in data protection matters, joint venture disputes and high-value damages claims. Head of dispute resolution Peter Hawkes is noted for his ‘commercial wisdom and ability to think laterally’. He is ably supported by George Crofton-Martin, who ‘is excellent and takes time to understand the client’s needs’. The Legal 500 2017 - Commercial litigation

Furley Page Solicitors attracts praise for its ‘great...

Furley Page Solicitors attracts praise for its ‘great knowledge of the industry’. ...areas of expertise include property debt recovery such as rent and service charge arrears as well as international commercial debt collection. Senior partner Peter Hawkes now heads the team. Also recommended are Natasha Biggs, who ‘gives clients real confidence’ and ‘has a strong knowledge of the law’; George-Crofton Martin; and legal adviser Alex Hargrove. The Legal 500 2017 - Debt Recovery

Peter Hawkes's scope of expertise includes professional partnerships,...

Peter Hawkes's scope of expertise includes professional partnerships, shareholder and joint venture disputes. Sources assert: "Technically, I think he is a very good lawyer as he has that commercial angle when he's dealing with a case. He's very practical, straightforward and business-oriented." Chambers UK 2017 - Peter Hawkes

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