Peter Brunner

Year of Call: 1971

Clerk: Julian Hawes

Peter Brunner

Year of Call: 1971

Clerk: Julian Hawes



Peter Brunner has appeared in a broad range of disputes, both with and without a leader, in the House of Lords, the Court of Appeal, the Commercial Court, the Chancery Division, the Queen’s Bench Division and the Technology and Construction Court. In addition he has been involved in many arbitrations, and has represented clients in mediations.

His most recent work includes M&J Polymers Ltd v Imerys Ltd (a substantial claim in the Commercial Court for breach of a long-term supply agreement, involving the issue whether a take or pay clause in the agreement could be regarded as a penalty clause) and Motherwell Bridge Construction Ltd v Micafil Vakuumtechnik AG (a six week trial in the TCC involving complex issues of design change and delay in a claim by a sub-contractor against the main contractor).

Peter Brunner has also conducted well over fifty depositions, principally for use in the courts of the United States.

practice areas


Experience/Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Law
  • Banking
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Shipping

Important Cases

  • Sun International v Bulk
  • Von Horn v Cinnamond
  • RG Mayor (T/A Granville Coaches) v P&O Ferries Ltd and Others (The "Lion")
  • Medway Packaging Ltd v Meurer Maschinen GmbH & Co KG
  • MacMillan and Others v AW Knott Becker Scott Ltd and Others
  • Societe Anonyme des Minerais v Grant Trading Inc (The "Ert Stefanie")
  • Transcontainer Express v Custodian Security
  • Aggelikos Prostatis Corporation v Euro-Frachtkontor GmbH
  • AIG v Ethniki



(School) Bryanston School
(College) Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Scholarships and Prizes

Astbury (Middle Temple)


B.A. (1969) LL.B (1970)


1971, Middle Temple
Began pupillage in October 1972 after spending year in Germany on scholarship from German Academic Exchange Service
(Pupillages) A.B.R. Hallgarten - 3 Essex Court & J.G.C. Phillips - 1 Brick Court


Very good speaking and working knowledge of German


Briefcase on Contract Law (with Simon Salzedo) 2nd Edn., Oct 1997

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