Peter trained with Furley Page and became a Partner in 1983. He was later appointed Head of 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.
- 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 for Peter
Chambers UK 2021 – Peter Hawkes - November 2020
Peter Hawkes frequently advises on shareholder and partnership disputes, and is also experienced in matters concerning professional negligence and contested trusts. ...he has an impressive knowledge of the law and a tremendous amount of litigation experience.
The Legal 500 2021 – Commercial litigation - October 2020
Brilliant customer service and they really care about the client. In my case I felt that they really cared about me and wanted justice to win out in the end, which ultimately it did.
The Legal 500 2021 – Commercial litigation & Dispute resolution team - November 2020
I am very happy with the team. The response was rapid, professional and expert. The administrative support was excellent and they handled the communications such that key messages were passed on efficiently. I think my case was very complex, but the lawyer assigned quickly came to an understanding and found a good mutually agreeable solution. In summary, during a very stressful time for me, the Furley Page team were excellent and I’m very grateful.
The Legal 500 2021 – Peter Hawkes and Deborah Geering - November 2020
I have worked with Peter Hawkes, Deborah Geering. Peter is one of the most experienced solicitors I work with; he always brings an impressive amount of legal knowledge and commercial wisdom to the table. Deborah is incredibly hard working and a very effective litigator.
The Legal 500 2021 – Commercial litigation feedback
First class litigation service in the most demanding commercial disputes.
Chambers UK 2020 : Peter Hawkes
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 : Litigation
They are very helpful and incredibly supportive. The input simply doesn't stop after the consultation; they provide constant dialogue to help and support us." "They are very detailed and thoughtful for us to make the right decisions."
"They are the sort of firm that goes over everything with a fine-tooth comb. Everybody is incredibly user-friendly and client-focused.
The Legal 500 2020 : Peter Hawkes
'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.'