Peter Shelford


DLA Piper
47th Floor, Unit 4707, Empire Tower
195 South Sathorn Road
Bangkok, 10120 Thailand

Tel: +66 2 686 8500
Fax: +66 2 670 0131


Peter Shelford is Country Managing Partner for Thailand, based in DLA Piper’s Bangkok office. He is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales (1975) and Hong Kong (1996). Resident in Hong Kong from 1996 to 2001, he joined DLA Piper Singapore as a partner in May 2001. He moved to Bangkok in January 2006 but remains a Director (Partner) in the Singapore office and works in Singapore one week each month.

His principal areas of practice are commercial litigation and arbitration with an emphasis on insurance, reinsurance and marine. Having been practising in this area for over 40 years, he has a deep understanding and knowledge of all aspects of the insurance business, including corporate, restructuring, regulatory and compliance, employment, licensing, tax and claims. He has taken a significant role in developing DLA Piper’s insurance and reinsurance practice in Thailand and in Asia Pacific and he is currently Head of DLA Piper’s Asia Pacific Insurance sector. He is widely recognised as one of the leading lawyers in Asia in the insurance sector.

Apart from his expertise in the insurance sector, Peter has also been involved in various other litigation matters, including banking, personal injury, shareholder disputes and defamation. He has substantial experience of English, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thai arbitration procedures and is particularly experienced with LMAA and SIAC arbitrations.

  • Recognised as a leading individual (Band 1) in Thailand in Insurance by Chambers Asia 2013
  • Recognised as a leading individual in Thailand in Dispute Resolution by Asia Legal 500, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013
  • Recognised as a leading individual (Band 2) in Thailand in Dispute Resolution-International Arbitration by Chambers Asia 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Described in client research that “He is a real leader in explaining both theoretical and practical solutions”, quoted from Chambers Asia 2011
  • Described in client research that he is “praised for his ‘understanding of insurers’ needs and expectations’…” quoted from Asia Legal 500, 2010/2011 edition
  • Described in client research that he “is praised as ‘second to none in Thailand’ for insurance claims…” quoted from Asia Legal 500, 2009/2010 edition
  • Recommended by Who’s Who Legal Commercial Litigators and World’s Leading Business Lawyers in 2009
  • Recommended by the Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers 2006, 2007 and 2009
  • Named as one of the “Leading Lawyer 100” by the Lawyer Monthly magazine
  • Described as a recommended lawyer by Legal Experts 2000
  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Maritime Law Association, Singapore
  • Panel member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Regional panel member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre
  • Panel member of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration
  • British Chamber of Commerce, Thailand
  • International Chamber of Commerce
We view the companies that we work with not only as clients for a discrete project but also as business partners with whom we seek to create value over both the short and long term. We focus on providing advice in the context of the insurance sector as a whole and clients’ existing circumstances and aspirations within the industry.
Our insurance and reinsurance practice is one of the largest and strongest, comprising over 300 lawyers serving the insurance industry globally. We offer a comprehensive range of specialist insurance services, including transactional, regulatory, commercial, coverage, dispute resolution and claims, competition, restructuring and emergency response.

We represent both start-ups and established multi-national life and non-life (re)insurers, Lloyd’s entities, intermediaries, banks, other financial institutions, capital providers (including hedge funds, private equity funds and venture capital funds), regulators and other insurance industry participants.

We understand the business of insurance as well as the legal issues that underpin the insurance sector. Many of our lawyers previously worked as business executives, in-house counsel, bankers and management consultants within the insurance industry. This combination of legal and industry experience enables us to implement practical and cost effective solutions for our clients. Our strong international network of lawyers provides swift access to knowledge and coordinated cooperation across practice areas and jurisdictions.

We regularly second lawyers to work directly for clients and we welcome the opportunity this gives our people to deepen their understanding of the industry. We believe in building a deep understanding of each client’s business to enable us to deliver the appropriate outcome, whether the matter relates to structuring, negotiating, and closing sophisticated transactions, litigating complex coverage and commercial disputes, or addressing regulatory compliance concerns.

DLA Piper became one of the largest business law firms in the world in 2005 through a merger of unprecedented scope in the legal sector. We were built to serve clients wherever in the world they do business – quickly, efficiently and with genuine knowledge of both local and international considerations. Whether our clients require seamless coordination across multiple jurisdictions or delivery in a single location, they can count on us to deliver the right service and solutions.

Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. As we build our global presence, we remain committed to maintaining regional practices around the world where we do great work for longstanding clients. This gives us an understanding of middle market clients and insight into the issues facing both large clients and those seeking to establish a foothold.

Country managing partner Peter Shelford is widely identified as a leading figure in the Thai insurance market. He is best known for his handling of contentious matters related to all lines of insurance, and he also has significant transactional experience.
Chambers Asia & Pacific, 2015