About Me

As Of Counsel in our International Dispute Resolution Group in London, I help our international clients to find innovative solutions to complicated and challenging problems.

For over 30 years, my practice has covered an extremely wide range of complex disputes for clients ranging from global corporates to high net worth individuals, in sectors spanning insurance, infrastructure, engineering and beyond. These disputes have included numerous upstream energy, power and mining projects, rail, water and marine claims in many different parts of the world.

I have acted in high profile international investigations involving regulatory and prosecutorial bodies including HMRC, SFO and FSA/FCA and have extensive experience of tax investigations, and bribery and corruption investigations and prosecutions. In addition to fraud cases, I have also dealt with contentious trust disputes, Companies Act offences, duties of directors and partnership disputes.

Having worked extensively in Latin America, I have responsibility for Bird & Bird's initiatives both in that region and in Turkey, where I have over 20 years' experience.

As well as dealing with commercial litigation, I am a member of the International Arbitration Group and have managed international arbitrations, investment treaty arbitrations and energy charter treaty arbitrations.
  • An investigation into payments made to government officials for a technology company related to the 2014 World Cup.
  • Corruption investigation relating to the procurement of a landmark, World Heritage building, in the Middle East.
  • Corporate fraud concerning the misstatement of accounts for a publicly listed company.
  • Regulatory investigation into a publicly listed company arising from breach of Director's fiduciary duties.
  • Civil tracing actions to recover stolen funds including funds removed from a joint venture project.
  • A complex inter-related series of disputes concerning the procurement of a contract, subsequent seizure of assets enquiry by an anti-bribery body pursued by way of proceedings in a local jurisdiction, Court proceedings in England and international arbitration in Washington.
  • Contract negotiations and dispute resolution action relating to an international process engineering subject (c.$1.5bn).
  • Court proceedings relating to the construction and delivery of a subway system for a world capital.
  • Advising on a substantial telecoms dispute between the telecoms regulator in a Middle Eastern country and a telco operator in a neighbouring country (c.$500m).
  • Losses suffered in Iraq by a foreign ship owner and subsequent claims on its marine insurance policy.


  • University of Reading, BA (Hons), History


  • Law Society of England & Wales in 1981
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Peter Knight 'has a solid grasp of both legal and commercial realities'.

Legal 500 UK 2016

Peter Knight is a 'shrewd lawyer who knows when to fight and when to settle'.

Legal 500 UK 2013

Peter Knight is described as 'first-rate'.

Legal 500 2009

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