Peter Burgess

Partner and Mediator

Peter trained at top family law firm Withers LLP, where he qualified in 2005 as a family law solicitor. He continued working there until founding Burgess Mee with Antonia in 2013.  Peter is also a solicitor-advocate.

Peter is a trained Resolution and FMC Accredited mediator and has a flourishing dispute resolution practice.

Peter regularly advises on pre and post nuptial agreements, separation agreements and cohabitation agreements for high net worth individuals and new partners. 


Peter has recently been involved in High Court and Court of Protection proceedings and has experience of advising and acting on issues around capacity.


During his time at Withers, Peter was involved in many landmark cases including Charman, the largest reported payout by an English court, and Imerman v Tchenguiz, which changed the law on financial disclosure on divorce. He brings to bear his experience and discipline in every case, no matter how big or small.

Peter is has been described in Legal 500 as "one of the best there is.  Accessible and down to earth, but with a huge brain and appetite to commit to his clients and their case"; "an outstanding lawyer in his own right…" and "a skilled mediator" (2019).  He is also recommended in the Legal 500 as being "outstanding"  and that he "works equally well on the children and money cases" (2018) and “genuinely interested in securing the best possible outcome” (2017).


Peter is also recommended in Chambers and Partners as "very passionate about what his clients want and believes in their story" (Chambers and Partners High Net Worth, 2019), "an extraordinarily sensitive, patient and accessible person who clients feel very confident in" (2018) and "a very skilled negotiator" (2018).  He has been recognised as a leading family lawyer in London by SuperLawyers, Citywealth and Spears Wealth Management Service and was nominated for 2018 Citywealth Future Leaders Family Lawyer of the Year - Partner.


Peter's clients have described him as "simply excellent", "extremely well informed, willing to put the time in to discuss matters at length" and "realistic about the options but showed a real flair".  A former client of Peter's stated, "I owe Peter a huge life-debt: he literally came up with the formula which has enabled me to see my children in the intervening years".


Peter is an active member of Resolution, a national member organisation for family lawyers. He was elected to the National Committee and is Co-Chair of the Drafting Committee, responsible for drafting precedents and sits on the Publication Board.


Peter also writes articles and speaks on family law and is a co-author of International Trust and Divorce Litigation, a leading text for lawyers on how complex international trusts have been treated by the divorce courts.