Peter Hastings


Email ph@rogers-norton.co.uk

Tel 01603 675639

Peter Hastings

Director, Litigation

Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2016

Role

Peter specialises in commercial litigation, particularly contract disputes, directors' and shareholders' claims. He also specialises in construction litigation (including arbitration and adjudication), insolvency claims (corporate, personal and fraud) He is a leading specialist in disputes and litigation with HMRC  and Border Force, and deals with appeals to the First Tier Tax Tribunal relating to assessments, VAT issues, restoration and WOWGR issues (and Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme), detentions and seizure of goods including condemnation proceedings, appeals to the Court of Appeal and Crown Court, Judicial Review and Injunctions.  Peter’s regulatory practice also includes also successfully pursuing and defending claims through the Financial Ombudsman Service, and he advises on Financial Conduct Authority matters in relation to finance.  He has acted for a national finance company on consumer credit matters for over 20 years. 

Reported cases included Banham Marshall v Lincolnshire County Council 2007 EWHC 402 QBD and Re Checkprice 2010 All ER (D) 296 and CC&C v HMRC 2014/3351.

E v S (ICC 2013) Instructed for Claimant in ICC arbitration concerning an operating agreement for a Guinea Gold Mine, in which both parties alleged that the other was in repudiatory breach, resulting in a temporary shut-down of the mine and substantial claims for damages. Arbitration settled on favourable terms shortly before substantive hearing. Arbitral Tribunal: John Marrin QC, Joe Smouha QC, Sir Gordon Langley.

Peter is also experienced and has recently dealt with High Court injunctions acting for both Employer and Employee in High Court Claims seeking to enforce and defence breaches of restrictive covenants in contracts of employment and breach of confidential information claims.  

Clients

Peter acts for small and medium-sized businesses across East Anglia, national and international clients, PLCs, insolvency practitioners, directors, shareholders and partners. He also acts for clients in retail and manufacturing, construction, healthcare (especially GP partnerships), alcohol and warehousing/transport, sport and leisure, and agriculture. Peter has dealt with several multi-million pound claims. Peter successfully arbitrated a £1 million claim within three weeks.

Career to date

Educated at Woodbridge School, Peter completed his law exams at De Montfort University, Leicester. Having qualified as a Legal Executive in 1993, Peter qualified as a solicitor in 2001.

What people say

Norfolk based Surgery...... "Thankfully, we had Rogers & Norton on board while we were going through our difficulties...Obviously we had the best ...”

Peter's attention to detail and energy are regularly praised by clients. Comments include: "You have restored my faith in the British legal system" and "The board found you both professional and personable, and would highly recommend you to anyone else needing a solicitor".  "I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for all your hard work over the last four years in securing a successful outcome with our case against the Bank".  Counsel has also commented on Peter "doing a Rolls-Royce job".

"If I ever need anyone to fight my corner in the Corporate world, you will be the first to hear about it.  Very many thanks for your remarkably swift and positive approach to the whole thing."

"Just a quick e-mail to say how much we appreciate all the hard work you put in on our behalf over the past 10 months on our complicated case, including your help with the Bank and dealing with our opponent. Your efforts were brilliant. I would have caved in if not for you. 

We are very pleased with the result.

If we ever have need for a solicitor,  we will definitely use yourself/Rogers and Norton and recommend you."

"Excellent result - I recommend you anytime !!"

"thank you for all your assistance and advice this year on what proved to my eyes a difficult case. Mrs J and I are so relieved above all to get our lives back and we are looking forward to a happy Christmas"

"you have been thorough given the timescale you were given"

"You are wonderful!  I was lucky to find you.  Thank you so much."

"The money arrived safely in my account overnight.  Feels very good that at last the saga is over.  I'm more grateful to you than I can say"