Peter MacDonald Eggers QC is a “very user-friendly and commercial barrister” who specialises in all aspects of commercial law, with a particular focus on insurance and reinsurance , shipping and transport, energy, commodities and international trade, financial services, professional negligence, and international investment projects. Peter appears before the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court and in commercial and international arbitrations. Peter has also appeared before Courts in other jurisdictions. Peter also accepts appointments to act as an arbitrator.
In 2017, Peter MacDonald Eggers QC was appointed by the Lord Chief Justice as a Deputy High Court Judge, assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division.
Peter has appeared in a number of the recent leading commercial cases, including Generali Italia SpA v Pelagic Fisheries Corp (hull insurance, jurisdiction), Aspen Underwriting Ltd v Kairos Shipping Ltd (hull insurance, jurisdiction), Cultural Foundation v Beazley Furlonge Ltd(professional indemnity insurance, third party rights against insurers), The Cape Bari (Limitation Convention and collision with sea berth), Suez Fortune Investments Ltd v Talbot Underwriting Ltd (constructive total loss of an oil tanker ), Rathbone Brothers plc v Novae Corporate Underwriting (insurance claim for breach of trust and subrogation), The Princess of the Stars (reinsurance claim for the loss of a vessel in a typhoon), Sea Glory Maritime Co v Al Sagr National Insurance Co (The Nancy) (duty of utmost good faith, ISM warranty and public policy relating to a hull insurance claim), Arash Shipping v Groupama (impact of EU sanctions against Iran on a fleet insurance policy), Masefield v Amlin (insurance claim for cargo seized by Somali pirates), Gard v Tunnicliffe (reinsurance claim relating to Hurricane Rita losses), The WD Fairway (insurance claim relating to vessel damaged by collision), Limit v AXA (energy reinsurance treaty claim), and AIG v Faraday (D&O reinsurance).
In 2019 Peter was awarded Insurance Silk of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards 2019.
Peter is recognised as a leading silk in Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal, being described as “The finest lawyer and a superb advocate, with an engaging and authoritative courtroom presence”, “a great person to work with, and a real team player”, a “fearsome advocate and a fantastic lawyer”, and “is praised for his winning combination of deep legal knowledge, great interpersonal skills and astute understanding of clients’ needs”.
Peter has practised as a commercial barrister at 7KBW since 2000. Prior to that, he practised as a commercial litigation solicitor for 10 years at a City law firm, where he was a partner for 4 years. Having practised as both barrister and solicitor has given Peter “the advantage over many of his peers of being able to converse fluently with solicitors and lay clients”. Peter teaches at UCL and has published widely, regarded as having “Strong academic credentials and pronounced creative streak”.
1976 Limitation Convention And Jurisdiction Agreements
Peter MacDonald Eggers QC and Sandra Healy successfully obtain interim anti-suit injunction for excess reinsurances
7KBW publication – Carver on Charterparties, Second Edition
7KBW success in US$10 million loan dispute
English court considers how Article 31(2) of Brussels I Recast operates where there is a dispute as to which of two courts, if either of them, has exclusive jurisdiction
Appointed Deputy High Court Judge – 2017
Vice Chair, British Insurance Law Association
University of Sydney, LL.B. First in year (1986), winner of John George Dalley Prize and Butterworth Prize Member of Editorial Committee, Sydney Law Review
Magdalene College, Cambridge, LL.M.
Solicitor (England and Wales): 1991-1999
Hill Dickinson: 1988-1989
Hill Taylor Dickinson, London: 1989-1999; Partner 1995-1999
Barrister (England and Wales): since 2000, practising at 7 King’s Bench Walk
Queen’s Counsel: since 2011
Visiting Professor, University College London
Honorary Professor, University of Nottingham
Honorary Fellow, Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, Swansea University
Admitted New South Wales (solicitor) – 1987
Admitted Eastern Caribbean (British Virgin Islands) (barrister) – 2006
Admitted Gibraltar (barrister) – 2007
Admitted Bahamas (barrister) – 2013 (single case)