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Peter Shelford

Senior Consultant
About

Peter Shelford is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales (1975) and Hong Kong (1996). Based in London from 1975 to 1996, then in Hong Kong from 1996 to 2001, he joined DLA Piper Singapore as a partner in May 2001. His principal areas of practice are commercial litigation and arbitration with an emphasis on insurance, reinsurance and construction. He also advises the insurance industry generally on investment into Thailand and on various insurance regulatory issues.

He is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales and the Maritime Law Association, Singapore, a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the regional panel of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, a panel member of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration, a panel member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and a panel member of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration. He is currently accepting appointments as an arbitrator and has delivered numerous Awards. He has acted as both a sole arbitrator and as a member of a three man panel.

Peter has been involved in various other litigation matters, including construction, product liability, banking, personal injury, shareholder disputes and defamation. He has substantial experience of English, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thai arbitration procedures and is particularly experienced with LMAA, ICC, SIAC and TAI arbitrations. 

Professional QualificationsSolicitor of the High Court of Hong KongSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

EXPERIENCE

  • Advising a major Korean construction company in relation to piling problems at an office building in Singapore. The dispute was subject to arbitration in Singapore
  • Advising insurers and reinsurers in relation to a substantial dispute arising from construction of a power plant in Thailand
  • Advising construction liability insurers of a major French power company in relation to issues arising from a black out during construction work of a power plant in Thailand
  • Advising insurers and reinsurers under a CAR policy in relation to a major fire which occurred during construction of the Thai Airways catering building at the new Airport in Bangkok
  • Advising manufacturers and their insurers in relation to a product liability claim arising from the crash of a passenger aircraft in Thailand, killing all on board
  • Advising designers of the runway and aprons at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in relation to an arbitration claim for approx US$ 100million
  • Advising owners and insurers of the "HYUNDAI 105" which sank following a collision in the Singapore Straits in June 2004, with the loss of 4,191 cars, including dealing with wreck removal issues. Claim amount exceeded US$ 140million
  • Advising Thai insurance market in relation to various hotel Tsunami claims, including handling the claims through to arbitration in Thailand, and acting as Counsel in those arbitrations
  • Advising the Asian reinsurance market in relation to an explosion and fire at a power plant in Thailand, the claim amount exceeding US$ 70million
Languages
  • English
Education

    Awards

    • Ranked as Senior Statespeople in Thailand for Insurance practice by Chambers Asia Pacific, 2022
    • Ranked as lawyer on Spotlight Table for Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration in Thailand by Chambers Asia Pacific, 2021 - 2022
    • Ranked as a leading individual in Thailand for Insurance practice by Chambers Asia Pacific, 2013 - 2021
    • Ranked as a leading individual in Thailand for Insurance practice by Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2020 - 2022
    • Ranked as a leading individual in Thailand for Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration practice, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2012 – 2022
    • Ranked as a leading individual in Thailand for Dispute Resolution practice, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2012 - 2018
    • Recommended lawyer for Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyer by Who's Who Legal Insurance & Reinsurance, 2017
    • Recommended lawyer for Litigation by Who's Who Legal Litigation, 2017
    • Recommended lawyer for Shipping by Who's Who Legal Transport: Shipping, 2017
    • Named as one of the 'Leading Lawyer 100' by the Lawyer Monthly magazine
    • Described as a recommended lawyer by Legal Experts 2000

    Insight Overview

    Peter has written papers and articles in a number of business magazines such as ALB and Director. He also delivered talks at seminars on a wide variety of topics in the UK, Korea, Canada, the USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia, and is regularly invited by Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) to be a guest speaker at seminars in Asia on various shipping related issues.

    Publications

    Prior Experience

    Based in London from 1975 to 1996, then in Hong Kong from 1996 to 2001, he joined DLA Piper Singapore as a partner in May 2001. Peter held the role of Country Managing Partner for DLA Piper Thailand from January 2006 to April 2021.

    Memberships And Affiliations

    • Law Society of England & Wales
    • Maritime Law Association, Singapore
    • Panel of Arbitrators of the Thailand Arbitration Center
    • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
    • Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
    • Singapore International Arbitration Centre
    • Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration
    • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
    • European ASEAN Business Centre
    • British Chamber of Commerce, Thailand
    • International Chamber of Commerce
    • American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand
    • Australian -Thai Chamber of Commerce

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