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Hillerstrom, Peter

Peter Hillerstrom

Of Counsel
Direct Tel: +44 20 7653 2062
Tel: +44 20 7653 2000 Fax: +44 20 7653 2100

Peter is Of Counsel in Quinn Emanuel’s London office, having joined the firm in 2017.  An experienced disputes lawyer, Peter's practice has a particular focus on contentious matters in the construction and energy sectors.  He routinely acts for clients in arbitrations under each of the major institutional rules, and is experienced in expert determination, adjudication, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel's construction and engineering practice, Peter was a member of the London disputes practice of a leading international firm, where he was an experienced managing associate specialising in international arbitration. Peter also has significant experience working in Asia, having been based in the Tokyo office of a Magic Circle firm for two years, working closely with that firm's pan-Asian practice.

Most recently, Peter has been acting for a state-owned energy company in two London-seated arbitrations arising from a complex pipeline and platform construction project, as well as on additional construction matters for clients in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

Peter is a solicitor-advocate, and is admitted in England and Wales as well as Australia (where he first qualified). Peter also holds a graduate diploma in international commercial arbitration, awarded by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and has completed an internship with the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

Peter has been included in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2020, 2021, and 2022's list of Future Leaders.  Who’s Who Legal reports that Peter is "a very smart lawyer" who "offers practical and knowledgeable advice" on complex arbitration proceedings, notably in the construction and energy sector.

  • Acting in an ICC London-seated arbitration and related expert determination regarding the design and construction of a landmark health care project in the Middle East and governed by the national law of the project location.
  • Counsel for a Middle Eastern state-owned entity in two LCIA London-seated arbitrations regarding pipeline construction in an offshore oil and gas field and governed by English law.
  • Acting for a US contractor in a complex LCIA London-seated arbitration related to the construction of an oil processing and storage facility in the Middle East and governed by English law.
  • Representing a South American conglomerate in London-seated arbitrations arising from the construction of two semi-submersible drilling rigs, and in related court proceedings (including an application under section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996).
  • Acting for the Employer in a trio of ICC London-seated arbitrations relating to the construction of a major commercial development in Moscow.
  • Representing a supermajor in an LCIA London-seated arbitration arising from a post M&A dispute, and in two UNCITRAL Stockholm-seated arbitrations arising from a joint venture dispute.
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia) with the University of New South Wales
  • (Graduate Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration, 2008)
  • University of Sydney
  • (L.L.B., First Class Honours, 2005)
  • University of Sydney
  • (B.A., First Class Honours, 2002)
  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Proceedings)
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • High Court of Australia
  • Linklaters LLP:
    • Associate and Managing Associate, 2011-2017
  • Clifford Chance LLP:
    • Associate, 2008-2011
  • Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons):
    • Law Graduate and Solicitor,  2007-2008
  • Ranked for Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration - Future Leaders Guide, 2023
  • Listed in Legal 500 UK as a “Rising Stars” for International Arbitration, 2023
  • ‘Emergency and Pre-Tribunal Relief: Current Approaches of the Key Arbitral Institutions,’ Stockholm International Arbitration Review, 2008: 2, pp 39-47.