Peter Lees is a director in the Litigation team in Manchester. Peter advises on a wide range of commercial disputes, with a particular focus on defamation and professional negligence claims.

    Defamation: Peter has considerable experience of advising clients on defamation matters, as part of the firm’s wider reputation management expertise. Peter’s commercial and strategic approach is informed by his background; prior to joining the firm, Peter worked in advertising and media for companies including the Telegraph Group, Viacom and Carat.

    Professional negligence: Peter advises numerous financial services and commercial clients on negligence claims against professionals, such as accountants, solicitors, surveyors and patent attorneys. Peter’s approach has led to a successful track record representing clients at mediations.

    Commercial litigation: Peter also advises on a wide range of commercial disputes. In particular, Peter has advised numerous clients on the enforcement of restrictive covenants, building on experience gained acting for the successful franchisor in Pirtek (UK) Limited v Joinplace Ltd & others [2010] EWHC 1641 (Ch).

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    Defamation

    • Advising a leading football club in respect of a defamatory article about the club and its chairperson.
    • Advising a healthcare company in respect of defamatory claims made by a sales representative.
    • Advising the firm’s US LLP to help ensure the removal of a defamatory article about a client’s business activities in Africa.
    • Advising a construction client to ensure the removal of a defamatory post on social media.

    Professional Negligence

    • Advising numerous banks and building societies on claims against negligent accountants, solicitors and surveyors.
    • Advising a leading online retailer on a claim against a negligent accountant (securing a 100% net recovery).
    • Advising a care home business on a claim against its former financial adviser.

    Education

    • University of Birmingham, B.A., Honors, 1996
    • Manchester Metropolitan University, Graduate Diploma, Law, 2005
    • Manchester Metropolitan University, L.P.C., 2006

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2008
    • Reputation management: recognised in The Legal 500 2019 as a “key lawyer” and a “name to note” for trade defamation claims
    • Professional negligence/financial services: recognised in The Legal 500 2019 as a “rising star” and “recommended”
    • Commercial litigation: recognised in The Legal 500 2019 as a “key lawyer”

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