About Me

I am an experienced dispute resolution lawyer and advocate based in London. I am head of the London international arbitration team and have been helping clients to solve problems, manage risk, defend their interests, and win their cases for over 20 years.

I am a highly-regarded dispute resolution lawyer with extensive experience of international arbitration, complex commercial litigation and ADR.

I have a broad sector experience across Technology, Energy/Power, Mining, Financial Services, Hotels & Leisure, Transport/Aviation, Automotive, Manufacturing & Industrials and Chemicals.

I am based in London, having also previously worked in Singapore, and handle cross-border commercial and investment treaty arbitration from around the world.

I am an experienced solicitor-advocate and have argued cases as counsel before arbitral tribunals seated in numerous different jurisdictions, as well as appearing before the English High Court in arbitration-related proceedings. I sit as arbitrator under various institutional rules and ad hoc both as a sole arbitrator and as part of a panel. I also currently serve as a director of the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC) in London, a Users Council member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), and a Council member for the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA).

I am recognised as a leading practitioner and thought leader in international arbitration by various directories and journals, including Chambers, Legal 500, Global Arbitration Review, Benchmark Litigation, and others. Chambers Global legal directory describes me as 'in demand as a leading arbitration lawyer', and reports client comments that 'He delivers what he says he can deliver. He's our first port of call for bet-the-company litigation."

I work with clients and co-counsel to plan and execute strategies for the most efficient, effective, and advantageous resolution of their commercial disputes. As a lawyer and advocate, I take problems from their initial stages, through formal or informal dispute resolution, and all the way to enforcement of the judgment, award or settlement.
Experience
  • A global rental car company on ICC arbitration proceedings regarding the licensing and use of rental car brands across EMEA.
  • A major Russian bank on emergency arbitration proceedings, and subsequent LCIA arbitration, in relation to the sale of a network of banks in a neighbouring state.
  • Vedanta Resources on a claim under the UK-India Bilateral Investment Treaty arising from the imposition of retrospective tax by the Indian tax authorities.
  • A UK media group on a claim in relation to the distribution rights for a Hollywood film under the Independent Film and Television Association (IFTA) arbitration rules.
  • An Asian telecoms company on a joint venture dispute and parallel arbitrations in India (ad hoc) and the UK (LCIA) concerning the ownership interests in an Indian mobile telephone network.
Education

Studied

  • Oxford University, BA (Hons), Modern History
  • Nottingham Law School, Post-Graduate Diploma in Law & Legal Practice Course
  • King's College London, Diploma in EC Competition Law

Admissions

  • England & Wales - admitted 1999
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Testimonials

Nick Peacock comes recommended for his expert handling of commercial disputes, acting for clients in the oil and gas, financial services and aerospace sectors. He is particularly recognised for his work with Russian and African entities. 'He has proven himself as a professional of an extraordinarily high level who is eager to come up with the best possible solution and highly client-oriented.'

Chambers UK & Global 2021

UK solicitors – London: IT & Telecoms: 'Nicholas Peacock is aware of the ground realities when dealing with a matter and provides workable solutions. He is capable of gaining client confidence very quickly and draws equal measure of respect from the other side.'

Legal500 UK Solicitors 2021

'Outstanding credentials in India-related arbitration and litigation work, including for BIT claims and large commercial disputes ... Impressive client roster includes a number of big-name conglomerates in the Indian energy, resources and infrastructure sectors. Consistently active in the English courts on India-related resources and energy disputes. Also recognised for capabilities in white-collar crime, corporate fraud, anti-bribery investigations and tax disputes.'

Chambers Asia Pacific & Global 2021

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