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Dorrien Peters



Dorrien specialises in commercial and construction litigation and dispute resolution (including domestic arbitration and international dispute resolution). 

He qualified as a solicitor in 2002, having spent seven years working in the aerospace engineering sector. 

Dorrien has extensive experience of commercial dispute resolution including High Court litigation, adjudication, mediation, expert determination and domestic arbitration. He has advised clients or been involved in cases in many foreign jurisdictions including the USA, Hong Kong, the Middle East and much of Europe.  

Dorrien particularly enjoys cases with technical content or that are heavily reliant on expert evidence. He has significant experience of IT, manufacturing, engineering and construction disputes for clients that include engineering companies, construction contractors and local authorities.  

Dorrien also specialises in the gathering of electronic evidence and the use of computer forensic methods in support of civil fraud claims.

Recent cases include:

  • Leading a transatlantic team of disputes lawyers acting for a heavy engineering company in a case worth $20m in the Federal Court of Illinois relating to alleged design and manufacturing defects.
  • Acting for a multi-national company in a claim with potentially over 3000 claimants regarding alleged employment candidate blacklisting and breach of data protection legislation.
  • Acting for a government department in relation to an arbitration valued at over £200 million in respect of claims relating to the delayed implementation of an IT system thought to be the largest civilian ICT software project attempted. 
  • Acting for a client and its insurer in relation to the defence of a product liability claim valued at potentially £8.5 million in the Middle East. 
  • Acting for a construction company in proceedings issued in the Chancery Division of the High Court against a senior ex-employee alleging unauthorised copying and misuse of confidential information, and successfully obtaining and executing a search order allowing the search of the ex-employee's home and his IT equipment. 
  • Acting for a construction company in proceedings issued in the Technology and Construction Court. It was in a case that required extensive and complex forensic IT analysis against three senior ex-employees and their new employer, alleging unauthorised copying and misuse of confidential information and seeking springboard damages and injunctive relief. 

Market view:

Dorrien is "extremely experienced and hardworking" - Legal 500, 2016

Dorrien is praised for his "strong commercial acumen" - Legal 500, 2015

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  • 04/01/2018
    Rotherham, Hull And Wakefield Lead The Way As Yorkshire's Fastest Growing Economies

    “The rate of growth seen in Rotherham, Hull and Wakefield is a great testament to the excellent work being done by businesses across Yorkshire. “The location of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Rotherham and its success attracting investment from the likes of Boeing and McLaren makes a significant difference to the assessment of Rotherham’s performance against its peers. While there has been less good news for Leeds and Sheffield, the study has still emphasised that those cities are home to impressive education sectors which contribute a significant amount to their economies. “Our latest Powerhouse Report shows that Rotherham’s impressive growth is a huge testament to the vision of our universities, together with Rotherham and Sheffield, to build a world class Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District. It is a decision that is supported by the hard economic data that shows the worth of manufacturing and education to the wider Sheffield City Region.”

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  • 01/12/2017
    UK Manufacturing At Highest For Over Four Years

    “This is clearly a positive result for the sector and looks to put manufacturing in a strong position for the start of 2018. “Whilst the Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper is to be welcomed, the crucial test for the sector in the next 12 months and beyond however will be Brexit. “Although the sector has been resilient to the uncertainty so far, the priority in 2018 is for a breakthrough in EU negotiations in order to establish whether a meaningful trade deal is possible and allow the sector to plan accordingly.”

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  • 30/11/2017
    Irwin Mitchell Volunteers Support Sheffield Homeless Charity With Scavenger Hunt

    The Archer Project do amazing work to help people who are affected by homelessness and poverty. This includes support for issues such as substance abuse, regaining independence, improving wellbeing, careers advice, physical, mental and dental health check-ups and so much more. All members of staff at Irwin Mitchell have 14 hours per year to volunteer in the community and activities like this allow us to help others while developing skills we may not get to use in our day jobs. Winter and Christmas are often desperate times for homeless people and it is the least we can do to recognise the issue and offer our support.

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  • 02/10/2017
    Despite 'Robots Replacing Humans' Fears, 'Industry 4.0' Won't Have Negative Impact On Overall Employment Levels

    “This report shows that in the UK, usage of and familiarity with Industry 4.0 technology is at a low level in the manufacturing sector; however it is growing, especially within the adoption of cloud solutions and big data analytics. “This growth will provide productivity benefits but it appears that many manufacturing businesses in the UK are still concerned by the cost of investing in Industry 4.0 technology. Also, a number of businesses believe that their cyber security would be threatened by Industry 4.0. “While one in three businesses surveyed believe that Industry 4.0 will reduce employment in the next decade, the report forecasts that on aggregate, employment will be stable until 2021. The distribution in terms of type of job and the location is set to change considerably and could have major repercussions for a large number of businesses.”

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