The Rt Hon Lord Justice Peter Gross (Sir Peter Gross) has enjoyed an eminent legal career spanning over 40 years and joined Twenty Essex as a full-time arbitrator in October 2019. Sir Peter has accepted appointments as party-appointee and as Presiding Arbitrator under leading institutional rules (ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC) and in ad-hoc arbitrations (UNCITRAL, LMAA, SCMA).
He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018. He has undertaken many judicial visits abroad, including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, Argentina, USA, Jordan, Brunei, Singapore and Uzbekistan since 2003.
Sir Peter was Co-Chairman of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC) Case Management Working Group, “Working Presumptions – International Best Practice”, which were endorsed and published by SIFoCC in May 2020.
On retirement from the Court of Appeal, Sir Peter was appointed President of the Slynn Foundation in November 2019, dedicated to advancing the Rule of Law internationally.
In December 2020 Sir Peter was appointed by the Lord Chancellor to chair the Independent Human Rights Act Review (IHRAR) examining whether the Human Rights Act 1998 is working effectively.
Sir Peter has been included in the list (published in December 2020) of those to be appointed to arbitration panels established under the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement to address disputes between the EU and UK under that Agreement.
In January 2021, Sir Peter was appointed to the Court of Appeal of the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”).
Sir Peter was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2010 and was appointed Deputy Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales in October 2011, thereafter becoming Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from January 2013 to December 2015. A Bencher of Gray’s Inn, he was an elected member of the Management Committee (2016-2018), serving as Chairman of the Management Committee for 2018 and has been elected as Vice-Treasurer for 2021.
Appointed a Judge of the Queen’s Bench Division in 2001, he was designated a Judge of the Commercial Court in 2002 and was Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court from 2009 to 2010. Sir Peter was a Presiding Judge of the South-Eastern Circuit (2005 – 2008). He was designated a Judge of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in 2009 and was Chairman of the Standing Committee on Judicial Security (2009 – 2011).
At the Bar, Sir Peter practiced in commercial chambers, from 1989 at 3 Essex Court (now Twenty Essex), and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1992. He specialised in international commercial, admiralty and arbitration disputes (as both barrister and arbitrator).
Lord Justice Gross sat as a Recorder from 1995 until 2001, latterly as a Deputy High Court Judge, and chaired the London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association from 1995 until 1997. He also chaired the Bar Education & Training Committee (1998 – 2000) and the Bar International Relations Committee (2001).
Below is a selection of judgments from 2001 to 2019. Key cases as a barrister are also listed.