Peter Livingstone

Solicitor and Chairman

Commercial Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Personal Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Clinical and Medical Negligence, Contesting a Will

Location: Yeovil

Director and Battens Chairman Peter Livingstone leads the Dispute Resolution team. He is a renowned and accomplished expert in this field, bringing 30 years’ experience and a wealth of tactical judgement which benefits the whole Dispute Resolution team and its clients.

Peter has conducted dispute resolution cases to a consistently high standard throughout his career, excelling at complex cases which require clear and strategic thinking as well as an organised mind with a forensic eye for detail. He has acted for clients in relation to complicated and varied challenges, amassing an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience.

He regularly carries out dispute resolution of the highest quality, for example, he recently completed a £20 million case for a group of the firm’s clients.

He has represented clients of all sizes, from web-based businesses and companies whose family members have been in dispute with each other, to national supermarket chains, a Premiership rugby club, a company purchasing a complete farm of wind turbines, and a bank which was purchased by Virgin Money.

He also conducts clinical negligence claims. He led a team which handled an action on behalf of over 2,000 clients in a group litigation claim against a number of hospitals and other medical defendants arising from their breaches of duty.

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1988, he worked initially for Clarke Willmott where he for several years headed a litigation department of nearly 100 staff and sat on the firm’s management board. Peter joined Battens in 2009 as a director, becoming head of the Litigation and Commerce Division. In 2021 he became its Chairman.


“I have had dealings with a number of solicitors over the years but Battens stands out for me as the one who inspired the most confidence and in whose hands I have felt safe. I really felt Peter Livingstone, Lynn Voizey and Cate Barnes had my best interests at heart and went above and beyond to support me. They were very efficient in keeping me updated with progress and obtaining very positive outcomes for me and my family. Any queries were dealt with swiftly in a professional and friendly manner. I will be very happy to call Battens again should I need of a solicitor in the future.”

J Shea

“Thank you Peter, Kate and the team for the excellent service I have received from you. Thank you once again.”

J Chant