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PETER AEBERLI
MA, BA Dip Arch, DipICArb, RIBA, ARIAS, ACE, FCIArb.
Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Accredited CEDR Mediator

PETER AEBERLI is a Canadian citizen, resident in the United Kingdom.  He is duly qualified as Architect and Barrister and is an experienced arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator.  Apart from his work as a barrister, his focus is dispute resolution principally, but not solely, in the construction industry.  He has handled two and multi-party disputes.  He is available for and has received appointments as arbitrator, adjudicator and/or mediator by party agreement and from bodies such as the CIArb (including NHBC), the CIOB, the Construction Confederation, CEDR, AICA, the RIBA, the RICS, the ICE, the ICC, the LCIA and the Law Society.  He was recently asked by the ICDR (AAA) to chair a tribunal but had to decline for personal reasons.  He is listed as an adjudicator on high value and prestigious projects including the London 2012 Adjudication Panel, Crossrail and BAA Terminal 5.  He is listed on numerous panels including the FIDIC President’s list of dispute adjudicators, the ICC Canadian National Committee Panel of International Commercial Arbitrators, the ICDR (American Arbitration Association) panel of international arbitrators, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (USA) Roster of arbitrators and mediators and Engineers’ Ireland panel of arbitrators.

Prior to reading law as a scholar at Hertford College, Oxford, Peter was a project architect with the Building Design Partnership, a large multi-disciplinary consultancy, and gained experience and understanding of the different skills, both professional and contracting, needed to realise complex construction projects, including hospitals, retail development and military installations.  He has a good understanding of building technology being, for a number of years, a visiting lecturer in building construction at what is now Oxford Brooks University and starting a degree in Chemistry and Physics before changing to Architecture.  He was, for a number of years in the mid 1990s a Joint Secretary of the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT).

Disputes on which Peter has acted, have involved:

  • Legal issues and contact interpretation.
  • Development agreements.
  • Technical and scientific issues, such as paint, roofing, cladding, corrosion, mechanical and electrical and structural defects.
  • Civil and structural engineering disputes including concrete structures, piles, roads, bridges, sewers and water treatment works
  • Environmental (including nuclear) issues.
  • Marine equipment.
  • Railways (infrastructure, computer equipment and rolling stock)
  • Professional negligence.
  • Delay and programming issues and disruption and delay costs.
  • Quantity surveying issues including interim and final account valuation.
  • High value/specification (up to £40 million) residential properties.
  • Commercial agency agreements
  • International commercial disputes including ICC arbitration (sole and chairman) UNCITRAL Rules and FIDIC dispute board.

Peter has served on committees concerned with arbitration, mediation and adjudication.  He was one of the drafters of the Construction Industry Model Arbitration Rules and was involved in consultations with the Government on the Scheme for Construction Contracts.  He is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and was a member of the Commission Task Force on Reducing Time/Costs in complex arbitrations.  He is a visiting senior lecturer at Kings College, London and course director for the dispute resolution module of the MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution.