Peter de Verneuil SmithBarrister at 3 Verulam Buildings
Peter de Verneuil Smith is a leading senior junior well known for his advocacy and excellent client skills. He specializes in complex commercial matters, banking and financial services (in particular securities litigation), commercial fraud, company litigation, international arbitration, company & partnership disputes, professional negligence and insurance and reinsurance.
He is ranked as a leading junior in a range of practice areas by both Chambers and Partners (Commercial Dispute Resolution, Civil Fraud, Chancery Commercial and Offshore) and Legal 500 (Banking and Finance, Commercial Litigation, Civil Fraud, International Arbitration and Insurance/Reinsurance) and Who’s Who Legal (Civil Fraud and Professional Negligence). He is adept in finding innovative litigation and arbitration solutions that achieve effective commercial outcomes. Client comments in directories include “we like him because he’s very clear on the law and extremely pragmatic. He drives cases rather than just letting them drift on” and “he has a keen, almost prophetic understanding of which legal arguments a judge will find persuasive”.
Peter’s advocacy, in trial and interlocutory matters, is highly regarded and directory comments include “On his feet he is just extraordinary; he takes people apart in court. He has phenomenal, charismatic style that judges like and his analysis is absolutely spot on” and “He has the ability to surgically dismantle even an opponent’s best points”. As a senior junior Peter is often lead counsel in heavy matters including at present a £300m claim against Tesco arising from the accounting scandal of 2015. In 2017 he was one of the legal team which achieved a settlement of the Prospectus claim against RBS in the well-publicised claim arising out of the collapse of the bank in 2008.