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Peter Godwin

Regional Head of Practice - Dispute Resolution, Asia


Peter is a Partner in the Tokyo office and Regional Head of Dispute Resolution in Asia.



Peter is the head of disputes in Asia. Based in Japan since 2000, Peter is widely recognised as the leading figure for dispute resolution in Japan. With extensive experience in arbitration, litigation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, he helps clients to resolve their cross-border disputes across a range of sectors. His experience working with clients to resolve disputes in arbitration is particularly highly regarded, having represented clients in arbitrations all over the world, under various laws, and under ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, SIAC, TAI, UNCITRAL and ad-hoc rules.

Peter's expertise in dispute resolution is widely acknowledged as among the best in the field. He is consistently listed in Chambers, Legal 500 and Who's Who as a leading individual, and wins constant praise from clients for his successful dispute resolution strategies. Chambers Asia-Pacific ranks him in Band 1 since 2008, and has describes him as a "real expert," "superstar," and a "doyen" in the Japanese dispute resolution market. Peter works with clients on multi-jurisdictional matters, including on disputes arising in relation to join ventures, fraud, distribution agreements, insolvency and international trade. 

Peter also leverages his specialist expertise in dispute resolution to help international clients manage their employment issues in Japan, including compliance, harassment, employee investigations and labour disputes. 

Peter works with clients across a range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, TMT, financial services, automotives, construction and manufacturing, as well as multi-sector conglomerates. 

Peter is licensed to advise in Japan as a registered foreign lawyer.

Peter's recent experience includes:

  • representing the subsidiary of a major pharmaceutical company in ICC arbitration proceedings relating to the temirnation of a drug-co-promotion agreement 
  • representing a Middle Eastern company in JCAA arbitration proceedings relating to the non-renewal of a long term distribution agreement by a Japanese company 
  • representing a Japanese trading company in ad-hoc arbitration in London and in parallel TOMAC arbitration on a dispute arising from a seiries of shipbuilding contracts 
  • representing a Japanese company in ICC arbitration regarding a US$150 million contract for the construction of a transcontinental telecommunications cable system and on its successful settlement
  • advising an auto manufacturer in relation to a debt claim and other contractual issues arising from distribution arrangements in Europe and the US 


Peter is a member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and Japan Arbitration Association. Panel Member of JCAA, SIAC and HKIAC.