Peter McHugh*


Specialist in commercial contract disputes


Described as “giving straightforward advice” – Legal 500

Professional Experience

Peter has over 20 years’ experience acting in both multi-party, multi-million pound disputes and also in more general cases, working for individuals, families and small businesses.  He is an experienced Accredited Mediator within Dispute Resolution.

ADR Group In 1993 Peter qualified as a Chartered Arbitrator and achieved Category A status as a mediator with the ADR Group in 2005. He has achieved successful outcomes and resolution in over 85% of the disputes in which he has acted as a mediator. An above average mediation success rate demonstrating his experience and ability. He is regularly invited to deliver presentations and speeches across the UK on his experiences in relation to dispute resolution, mediation, and arbitration.

Within the field of Dispute Resolution, there are various ways that a client may resolve a dispute. Taking cases to court are not necessary if a positive outcome can be arrived at by utilising other options such as mediation and arbitration. Alternatives Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedures – encompassing mediation and/or arbitration, can be an affective way at arriving at a positive resolution for many clients avoiding the need to involve the courts.

Peter carries out a large number of mediations each year, some involving commercial, construction and property related disputes, but also involving other far more varied business sectors and often acting for individuals and families assisting in the resolution of private disputes.

Peter is a Co-opted member and Legal Adviser to the Council of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and President of the Birmingham branch. He is also co owner of Parle, a specialist provider of mediation services to individuals and organisations involved in the construction industry. In March 2012, Peter was appointed Chairman of the Forum for the Built Environment, Birmingham Branch as well as ‘Boardroom Knowledge’ a specialist net working Forum for developers and investors.


Aside from his work as a mediator, Peter is also a respected lawyer specialising in construction and commercial property law. For more information on Peters work a lawyer please visit his web page at Clarke Willmott  –

“He is a very experienced and effective mediator.”– Client testimonial