Peter Wood

Partner | London

Peter is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team and CEO of the dispute resolution division.

He is an experienced commercial litigator with almost 30 years’ experience in dispute resolution. He specialises in commercial litigation, international arbitration, restructuring and insolvency. He frequently advises in company disputes such as shareholder and joint-venture issues.

Peter frequently advises Italian companies and banks that are active in the United Kingdom

Secretary Federica Spagnoletti


Withers have represented us and our clients, both insurers and collectors, on major and complex cases, all successfully resolved, and are our lead London lawyers.

Julian Radcliffe, Chairman - Art Loss Register

Peter is ‘…praised for his good judgement and client-handling skills. He is the global head of litigation and regularly handles work for Italian clients … a member of the British Italian Law Association and the Italian Chamber of Commerce, for which he acts as honorary legal counsel.’

Chambers Global, 2016

The ‘phenomenal’ Peter Wood is ‘very good at identifying arcane points of law and identifying the potential traps before the client walks into them’. Peter is ‘very impressive’.

Legal 500 UK, 2017

Peter is a true leader and an excellent lawyer and deal-maker.

Legal 500 UK, 2018

Track record



Acting against an Italian listed multinational for breach of an exclusive agency agreement before the ICC in Paris where issues of illegality, corruption and international public policy were found.

Advising in Arbitration before ICC arising out of termination of an agency agreement between an Italian firm and an Iranian company.

Acted for Greek clients in substantial LCIA arbitration (under the LCIA rules) in respect of a proposed merger in Greek Pay TV market.

England and Wales, 1988

British Virgin Islands, 2013

British Italian Law Association - Committee member and ex-President

Member of the London Court of International Arbitration

Italian Chamber of Commerce, London- Honorary Legal Counsel

Association of Business Recovery Professionals

British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce

Business Club Italia

Me in a minute

I enjoy getting to know my clients and their businesses

I have always enjoyed a good argument and finding solutions where others have failed and in the past 25 years have come to enjoy taking clients through the inevitable strains and stresses of commercial disputes and out the other side.

Since I grew up in Italy and speak fluent Italian I have for almost all of my professional life acted for Italian companies and investors and enjoy getting to know my new clients and their businesses.

I am often asked to help mediate between the competing Anglo Saxon approach to disputes and the more ‘commercial’ approach taken by European clients and crossing that divide is a real joy.

I get a real kick out of seeing those I interviewed as potential trainees finally qualify into my department and in some cases even making partner so I must along the road have got something right.

When not in the office I try to guide a small white ball into 18 holes in a number of shots which is ideally less than 90 …as a means of relaxation.



  • English
  • Italian







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