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Areas of Expertise

About Peter

Peter has represented Defendants in relation to their employers’ liability issues for over 25 years. He represents public sector organisations and private companies through their insurers  on a nationwide basis. Peter also deals with regulatory matters arising from incidents at work and involving HSE investigations, prosecutions and inquests.

 

Peter deals with all types of personal injury litigation and has particular expertise in occupational cancer, asbestos-related disease (particularly mesothelioma), hand/arm vibration syndrome (vibration white finger), occupational asthma and dermatitis.

 

Peter deals with traumatic injury claims of the utmost severity and has experience of occupational disease Group Litigation Order cases. In regulatory matters, Peter advises public sector and industry clients in relation to HSE investigations, including the defence of prosecutions in the Magistrates or Crown Court. He regularly provides presentations to clients on regulatory matters.  

 

Peter is a member of the Sports Law team and has represented clients and sports professionals who have suffered injury by accident.

Legal Commendations

“Peter is definitely the expert in his field due to his knowledge and understanding of liability law."

Chambers & Partners, 2024

"The ‘outstanding’ Peter Bennett regularly takes the lead on challenging matters, including group litigation for public authorities and insurers in the defence of claims relating to industrial accidents and industrial disease."

"Appreciated for his 'attention to detail and ability to distil complex information', team head Peter Bennett has a 'complete dedication to the client's needs', both in terms of litigation/inquests, as well as from a risk management perspective."

"Peter Bennett’s attention to detail and ability to distil complex information quickly is outstanding."

Legal 500, 2024

 

“Peter Bennett is particularly adept at handling employers’ liability matters and ‘is a first choice for catastrophic personal injury claims‘ in this context including as it relates to industrial disease.”

“Benefiting from the 'ability to get to grips with complex legal issues and present them in ways that clients understand', Peter Bennett is a very popular choice for public sector clients, in particular, where his longstanding experience in numerous high-profile matters ensures that he is also well-versed in effectively mitigating any potential adverse media attention.”

“Peter Bennett has 'superb analytical skills'.”

Legal 500, 2023

“Peter's knowledge, expertise and the fact that he is approachable and engages well with our customers reassure us that our customers are provided with the best service and are cared for. Peter goes above and beyond for our customers."

"Peter Bennett has our complete faith and trust in his professionalism and integrity."

Chambers & Partners, 2023

“Peter Bennett is ‘tremendously helpful’ on behalf of local authorities, as well as some private sector companies (through their insurers), in employers’ liability claims, relating to both industrial accidents and industrial disease.”

Legal 500, 2022

"Once he gets his teeth into something, he doesn't give up until he gets the result he thinks we should have."

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“It is Peter Bennett’s brilliant leadership and attention to detail which makes the magnificent team what it is. The way he gets to grips with the issues and works out the solutions, rightly gives his clients great confidence.”

Legal 500, 2021

“Peter Bennett acts for insurance companies on high-value personal injury claims. Clients describe him as ‘a very knowledgeable, hard-working and tenacious practitioner’.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“Outstanding team head Peter Bennett  has a wealth of experience in the health and safety industry.”

Legal 500, 2020

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Creer v BMW UK Limited [2018, unreported]: fundamental dishonesty; first known strike out and displacement of Qualified One Way Costs Shitfing in £1M+ employers' liability claim against major car manufacturer garnering significant press attention

Creer v BMW UK Limited [2018, unreported]: fundamental dishonesty; first known strike out and displacement of Qualified One Way Costs Shitfing in £1M+ employers' liability claim against major car manufacturer garnering significant press attention

Notable Cases

Rogers v Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council [2006] EWCA Civ 1134: recoverability of staged ATE premium in a personal injury claim; suitability of ATE product; reasonableness of premium produced and extent of risk permissible in personal injury claims

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