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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

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 01/05/2018
    UK Manufacturing Growth Slows

    “The sector’s growth has slowed and although this isn’t too surprising bearing in mind what other recent economic barometers have shown, it’s important to remember that overall we are still seeing growth. “There are concerns for the rest of the year, but I remain optimistic that manufacturers can deal with the current uncertainty and that the overall picture for 2018 will be positive.”

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  • 27/04/2018
    Rotherham Maintains Position As One Of Yorkshire's Fastest Growing Economies

    “This latest report highlights the excellent work being undertaken within Rotherham and how the city has been able to maintain its strong performance in terms of GVA growth across the final months of last year. “Manufacturing will have undoubtedly played an important role in terms of Rotherham’s figures, with the Advanced Manufacturing Park just outside of the city being a vital hub of activity. “However, the report does come with a word of warning in terms of long-term prospects and it could well be an issue that business leaders need to try and address in the coming years.”

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  • 03/04/2018
    UK Manufacturing Sees Solid Growth In March

    “The manufacturing sector is continuing to deliver a strong performance, buoyed in recent months by booming global trade volumes and the strong economic performance of key trading partners including the US and the EU. “I expect this to continue in the short term and result in the continuation of solid output figures. However, I anticipate that the uncertainty over how our future trading relationship with the EU will be structured will increasingly start to concern the sector, which with have an inevitable effect on confidence.”

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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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