Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC, PC, London co-managing partner and Chair of European and Asian Litigation joined Debevoise as European Chair of Litigation in September 2007. He is based in the firm’s London office. Lord Goldsmith served as the UK’s Attorney General from 2001-2007, prior to which he was in private practice as one of the leading barristers in London.
Lord Goldsmith has a long practice in arbitration and in the interface between arbitration and litigation. He appears as counsel for leading cases in a number of jurisdictions and different arbitral institutions, including ICC, LCIA and ad hoc in London, Paris, Singapore and India. He also sits as arbitrator in London, Paris and Singapore. He is Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, on the panel of arbitrators for the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel, and is closely connected with both the LCIA and the ICC. He recently co-chaired a Task Force on ICC arbitration involving States and State entities which recommended changes to the ICC rules of arbitration to take account of special issues faced by States in ICC arbitrations. Lord Goldsmith regularly speaks on arbitration issues. Recent engagements include teaching international arbitration at the University of Milan Summer School. He is a member of the European Commission Expert Group on the interface between Brussels I Regulation and Arbitration.
Lord Goldsmith is a nominated member of the P.R.I.M.E. Finance Panel of Experts. P.R.I.M.E. is a panel of Recognised International Market Experts in Finance based in The Hague, established to assist judicial systems in the settlement of disputes on complex financial transactions.
The panel of experts comprises some of the most senior people in the financial markets sector. In 2013 Lord Goldsmith was a visiting professor of European Legal Studies at Columbia University, New York.
Consistently acknowledged for his prominence, American Lawyer states that “[he has] the advocacy skills of one of the finest barristers of his generation”. He is recommended as a in the top band of lawyers in Chambers UK (2014) for International Arbitration. The guide describes him as “a real superstar”, renowned for being an “excellent advocate and extremely busy”. Chambers Europe (2014) describes him as “very easy to deal with and seems really easygoing, but he is a terrier and will fight to the death. Incredibly quick”.
Chambers UK (2013) states Lord Goldsmith is recognised for his “overwhelmingly brilliant advocacy”. In Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 he is noted as being “very impressive – a heavyweight counsel who is user-friendly and practical”. He is ranked under Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration in Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2013). Chambers Global (2014) describes him as a “prolific arbitration lawyer” with “tremendous ‘experience and stature’ globally”. He is also ranked as a Notable Practitioner in the public international law category of Chambers Global (2014) where he is described as “exceptionally accomplished”. He has also been described as “breathtakingly persuasive” and “one of the great doyens of the English bar”. Legal 500 UK (2014) ranks Lord Goldsmith as a “leading individual” for International Arbitration, where the guide quotes sources as saying he “delivers high-level standards”. Chambers Global (2013) quotes that “He wins plaudits for his tremendous advocacy skills and “is certainly one of the most exceptional lawyers of our generation.” He is recognised as having “a standout reputation in relation to India disputes; and is highly sought after as both arbitrator and counsel.”
Lord Goldsmith has appeared in numerous cases in the House of Lords, the Privy Council and the Court of Appeal as well as international and European courts and in the courts of a number of other jurisdictions. Significant work includes leading cases on auditors’ liability, insurance and takeover law, banking law, company law, insolvency litigation, revenue cases, public law and public international law and arbitration.
Lord Goldsmith has published numerous articles and is a frequent public speaker. Recent public speaking engagements include delivering the 2014 Goldman Lecture at the Paris Academy of Arbitration. Recent publications include “An Introduction to International Public Policy”, International Arbitration and Public Policy edited by Devin Bray and Heather L. Bray (October, 2014), “Clarity Needed On Foreign Arbitration Institutions In China”, China Business Law Journal (November, 2013), “What the NY Convention Means for Myanmar”, International Financial Law Review (April, 2013), and “Investors Should Invoke Bilateral Investment Treaties if they are Hurt by Adverse Policies”, The Economic Times (November, 2012).
Lord Goldsmith was a graduate in law from Cambridge University with double first class honours and a Master’s from University College London. He was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1972, Paris in 1997, Belize in 2010, St. Kitts and Nevis in 2010, New South Wales in 2010 and the British Virgin Islands in 2011.