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Dr Peter Fields

Peter is a civil practitioner specialising in dealing with commercial disputes faced by small and medium-sized companies, their directors, shareholders and employees. He also has a growing family law practice. He is happy to accept instructions as counsel from solicitors or through public/direct access.


Dr Peter Fields

Prior to joining the bar, Peter started his career with a PhD in chemical engineering and spent 15 years in the chemical industry in a variety of roles in research, production, sales and business management. He then led a management buyout and implemented a buy-and-build strategy to create a leading European speciality chemical producer.

Peter continued investing and building a diverse range of successful companies working as a chairman, entrepreneur, investor and non-executive director in the chemicals, logistics, food, consumer and legal sectors. Whilst working in business, he gained practical experience of a range of legal activities in a variety of areas, including employment, dispute resolution, commercial litigation, company law, M&A, banking, and regulatory. 

His unusual combination of technical and legal training, coupled with business experience and psychology, enables Peter to develop a deeper understanding of clients’ needs and the legal and practical solutions that can be offered to resolve legal issues successfully.


Peter's Experience

Called in 2014

Public Access Accredited


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Business & Commercial Law

With extensive commercial experience, Peter has a distinctive ability to understand and analyse company accounts and financial information, as well as complex business structures. He makes a valuable contribution to disputes involving consideration of financial information and cross-examination of experts, valuation of companies and any financial wrongdoing. Peter's skills and experience are particularly valuable in matters including: 

  • Shareholder and director disputes
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Company law
  • Breaches of contract
  • Wrongful trading
  • Insolvency
  • Civil and criminal fraud
  • Banking and finance matters
  • Investment disputes
  • Complex technical/engineering disputes
Family Law

Peter’s financial experience provides a distinct advantage when resolving family disputes where the valuation of business assets and investments is a key issue. He also has significant experience in business and family negotiations. Coupled with his experience of mediation, he is well placed to be involved in all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

  • Private family law
  • Divorce settlements
  • Financial dispute resolution
  • Domestic violence/non-molestation
Employment Law

Employment Law

Utilising his practical experience of how companies work, Peter acts for both employers and employees in a range of employment disputes, including: 

  • Unfair dismissal
  • Discrimination
  • Equality
  • TUPE
  • Non-compete covenants
Additional Areas

Peter’s pupillage in a common law set provides him with the experience necessary to act in hearings including clinical negligence, credit hire (claimant or defendant) and road traffic accidents/personal injury.

Memberships & Advisory
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb)
  • British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
  • Institute of Directors
Privacy Policy

1. This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).
2. The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.
3.  I, Peter Fields, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend (usually a parent), through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
4.  It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:

  • Advise on the prospects of litigation;
  • Advise on the value of your claim;
  • Representation at a court hearing;
  • Representation at trial;
  • Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.

5. Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.

6.The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.

7. If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.

8. If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.

Recipients of your data

9.  I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:

(i)  Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;

(ii) Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;

(iii) Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;

(iv) Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;

(v) Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;

(vi) Education and examining bodies; and

(vii) Current, past or prospective employers.

Special Categories of Data

10.  In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.

11. This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.


12. I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.

13. How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.

14. Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:

(i) The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;

(ii) To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;

(iii) For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;

(iv) To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.

15. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

16. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation. 

Your Rights

17. Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

18. Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.

19. You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.

20. You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.

21. You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests. 

22. Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object. 

23. You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:

(i) The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;

(ii) You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;

(iii) Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;

(iv) The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or

(v) The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.

24. You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).

25. Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort. 


26. I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. 

Complaints or Queries

27. If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me: mailto:, or my clerks: telephone 01823 247 247.

28. I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.

29. You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to:

Peter's Testimonials

I was totally bowled over by Dr Fields’ assiduousness and attention to detail, his exceptional memory and his relentless pursuit of justice. Throughout the entire 16 months that it took both matters to conclude, I came to thoroughly rely on Dr Fields’ broad knowledge and understanding of the law, his keen intellect and his sage guidance.

Ilse Gifford

Consultant Solicitor

Peter presented as a calm advocate with a good grip on the subject matter as well as the complexities of my case. He presented the arguments succinctly in court and solidly in discussion with our opponents leading to a successful conclusion. I would certainly recommend Peter for such advocacy in the future.

Solicitor Client

Dr Fields’ endless patience, his steadfast handling and his bright sense of humour made a cinch of what would otherwise have been a very stressful matter for me. I cannot thank Dr Fields enough for his brilliant advice and assistance and simply cannot wait to instruct him on my next impossible case!

Ilse Gifford

Consultant Solicitor



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