Before starting at the Bar, Peter Dodge worked in the City as a fund manager in the asset management division of a leading investment bank. He advised pension funds, building societies, unit and investment trusts, offshore mutual funds, charities and high net worth individuals. He participated in the London Business School’s Investment Management Programme and holds the Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance awarded by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. On completion of the Bar Vocational Course, he won the Everard Ver Heyden Foundation Prize for Advocacy.
Dispute resolution in the banking and financial services sector is one of the core areas of Peter’s practice. Having worked in the industry, Peter has a particular interest in matters involving asset management or the sale of investment products. In this area, he has advised a variety of clients including pension fund trustees, corporates and individuals.
Chambers is renowned for its expertise in the field of secured lending and Peter has extensive experience of acting for banks, building societies and other lenders as well as for borrowers. Other disputes in which Peter has been involved have concerned bank guarantees, insurance, financial spread betting, the mis-selling of non-investment products and the recovery of commission by insurers from their former agents. Often there will be an overlap with professional liability law, another of the core areas of Peter’s practice. In appropriate cases, Peter is happy to accept instructions under the Public Access Scheme.
Increasingly, many of Peter’s instructions have a regulatory element. He has experience of pure regulatory matters concerning, for example, the scope of the FOS jurisdiction in cases pre-dating FSMA and the responsibilities of IFAs under the Pensions Review. He has appeared before the FSA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee and the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal.
Peter is a member of the COMBAR working group considering the potential consequences of Brexit for financial services regulation. In particular, he has contributed to the working group’s analysis in relation to the Mortgage Credit Directive 2014/17/EU (in so far as it affects mortgage brokers and intermediaries) and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive 2011/61/EU.
Peter sees litigation as a continuing process, believing that consistency in the presentation of a case from the very beginning provides the strongest negotiating position for early settlement. He writes for various publications in his core practice areas and is regularly invited to speak on newsworthy topics within those areas both by legal training organisations and firm of solicitors. He sees this as an important part of the process of building relationships and understanding with professional clients and is always happy where possible to assist existing and potential clients with their in-house training programmes. In recent years, Peter has been in particular demand as a speaker on topics related to the mis-selling of financial products and mortgage fraud.
Flex-E-Vouchers Ltd v Royal Bank of Scotland plc  EWHC 2604 (QB)
Anderson v Openwork Ltd  EW Misc B14
Jacobs v Sesame Ltd  EWCA Civ 1410;  P.N.L.R. 6
Evans v Santander UK plc  EW Misc B55
Graves v Capital Home Loans Ltd  CTLC 233 (CA)
Williamson v Governor of the Bank of Scotland  EWHC 1289 (Ch),  BPIR 1085: Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 (whether applicable to guarantee of overdraft of LLP)
Rayner v The Financial Services Authority  UKFSM FSM009 (obligations under the Pensions Review; whether prohibition order to be made under FSMA 2000, s 56 and approval withdrawn under FSMA 2000, s 63)
Consumer Credit: a timetable for reform (2006) 124LAW (4) 10 (124 Law Ltd)
The following webinars presented by Peter are currently still available on demand:
The Latest in mortgages (LexisNexis Webinars) (originally streamed live on 18 March 2016)
Claims for Mortgage Mis-selling – In One Hour (MBL) (Webinar and DVD: click here for further details or to book)
Financial Mis-selling & Limitation (Webinar & DVD) (MBL) (Webinar and DVD: click here to view details or to book)