About Peter Ashford

Peter Ashford
Fox Williams LLP
t: +44 (0)207 614 2596
e: pashford@foxwilliams.com

The 2009 edition of Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession said: “The head of this “highly impressive” commercial dispute team is Peter Ashford. Hailed as “a decisive leader and a shrewd tactician,” he continues to draw recognition for his pragmatic and business-oriented approach to proceedings.”

The 2010 edition said: “The brilliance of “decisive, flexible and adaptable” Peter Ashford is part of what gives his firm the edge over its competitors.”

The 2011 edition said: “International arbitration expert Peter Ashford is praised for his “cool and efficient approach.” Sources note his “attention to detail and quality of advice.””

In the 2012 edition Chambers says: “Peter Ashford is praised as a lawyer who “really manages the process very carefully.” He is highly regarded by sources as one of the region’s leading experts in commercial dispute resolution.”

In the 2013 edition Chambers says: “The “unflappable” Peter Ashford … [is] a significant name …”

The 2012 edition of the Legal 500 says: “Peter Ashford specialises in international arbitration and is ‘exceptionally good’.

In the 2014 edition Chambers says: “Clients say Peter Ashford “has enhanced the international arbitration service line” of Fox Williams LLP since joining the firm late in 2012. Interviewees say he is “very clever in understanding immediately what the issues are and in terms of dealing with the other side.”

The 2014 edition of the Legal 500 says “Peter Ashford is ‘intelligent, commercial and tenacious’.”

The 2015 edition of Chambers  says: “He is known as a “top-notch” lawyer who “works very hard for clients.””

The 2015 edition of Legal 500 says: “Peter Ashford is ‘intelligent, commercial and tenacious’.

The 2016 edition of Chambers says: “Sources say Peter Ashford of Fox Williams LLP is “fantastic to work with” and offers “the incredibly high standard of service that you would normally find in major City law firms.” He specialises in international trade, joint venture and commercial contract disputes.”

The 2016 edition of the Legal 500 says: “Peter Ashford is ‘level headed’“.

Peter advises on a wide range of commercial disputes with a particular emphasis on substantial commercial contract disputes, especially those involving an international aspect and subject to arbitration. He is particularly experienced in complex, high value claims, especially those involving fraud, dishonesty and illegality and he acts for many international clients. In addition Peter retains an active interest in issues affecting the legal profession. He handles disputes in arbitration, court, mediation and disputes without any formal process.

He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the author of two books on international arbitration:

  • the Handbook on International Commercial Arbitration published by Juris Publishing of New York in 2009 and a second edition in 2014 is available at http://www.jurispub.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=14790  ).
  • a Guide to the IBA Rules on Taking Evidence in Commercial Arbitration published by Cambridge University Press in early 2013 and available at http://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item6969277/?site_locale=en_GB.

Peter has been appointed by the President of the Law Society as arbitrator and has practised in international arbitration for many years and has acted for clients from Serbia, Malaysia, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Italy, the US, France, Germany, the Middle East and Ireland.  He has participated at arbitration conferences in London, New York, Miami, Dublin, Paris, Washington DC, Milan and Vienna and this international practice is now firmly entrenched as part of Peter’s practice together with the occasional resolution of English domestic disputes either by arbitration or through the courts.

Peter is a frequent commentator and speaker on a variety of issues where he has been described by fellow professionals as “Excellent” and as having made an “Excellent contribution in a difficult slot. Made a potentially dull topic very interesting.”  He is a visiting lecturer at Loyola University School of Law, Chicago.


Peter is available for appointment as solicitor, arbitrator or mediator. Please contact me to discuss any specific enquiry.

Peter trained in London and qualified in 1986. He joined Cripps Harries Hall LLP (now Cripps LLP) in 1987 and became a partner in 1991 before joining Fox Williams LLP as a partner in 2012.

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Member of the LCIA.

Examples of international arbitration experience
2001 – 2003:
Acted for Czech Investment Fund in dispute with an English merchant bank over banking covenants concerning a shareholding in the major department store in Prague. Arbitration in London under LCIA Rules. Arbitrator: Gary Born.

2004 – 2008: (1) Acted for English / Italian joint venture company in dispute with global vehicle manufacturer. Claims for unpaid invoices and injunctions to restrain interference with contractual rights.

(2) Acted for same JV company in resisting claim that contract lawfully terminated for overcharging and dishonesty. Counterclaim for lost profit for wrongful termination.

Arbitrations (1) and (2) were consolidated. Arbitration in London under ICC Rules. Arbitrators: L Yves Fortier CC QC, Paul Hannon and Anthony Boswood QC. Evidential hearing March 2007 on liability involving c.30 witnesses and 4 experts. Quantum hearing involving 4 witnesses and 3 experts October 2007.  My clients were successful at both stages recovering £40+m.

Specific activity included resisting application for a summary determination and several discovery applications.  Partially reported as CNH Global NV v PGN Logistics Ltd [2009] EWHC 977 (Comm)

2007: Advised a Yemeni construction company in dispute with government agency on payment disputes.

2008: Advised pharmaceutical company in dispute with American manufacturer of medical products on alleged failure to properly market products.

2008: Acted for logistics company in claim for freight charges in ICC arbitration. Tribunal: Hilary Heilbron QC.

2008 / 2009: Acted in applications to Commercial Court in London under ss67/68 Arbitration Act 1996 arising from award made in international arbitration. Case reported as CNH v PGN (as above)

2009 / 2010: Acted for listed UK plc in dispute with US wine company for termination of distribution and storage contract. Tribunal: Andrew Foyle, William Rowley QC and Hilary Heilbron QC.

2010: Acted as sole arbitrator in English / Scottish dispute concerning a contract for a film set.

2010/2011: Acted to register and enforce a Bulgarian award in the UK.

2011: Acting for Dutch metals company in claim for non-delivery and loss due to market movements.

2011: Acting on commission claims arising from introductions of Chinese oil and gas companies to opportunities in Saudi Arabia.

2011 onwards: Acting for German wind farm technology company in dispute with Indian joint venture partner. Partially reported as Enercon GmbH v Enercon (India) Ltd [2012] EWHC 689 (Comm)

2012 onwards: Acting for Serbian agency for medical testing products in dispute with Anglo-German principal. Tribunal: Michael Lee

2014 onwards: acting for claimant in DIFC claim

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