Peter Kirby practices international law with Fasken Martineau, one of Canada’s largest law firms. He was born in Cork, Ireland, and grew up in Brixton in South London. As a scrappy kid in a tough neighbourhood, he left school early, heading to the U.S. and eventually working as an itinerant chef. He ended up in Montreal, taking up law as a mature student at McGill University, working as a chef by day and student by night. In 2012, The American Lawyer listed him as one of Canada’s leading 500 lawyers. Benchmark Litigation calls him one of Canada’s stars in international arbitration. His practice has seen him involved in post-conflict arbitration in the Balkans and litigating disputes against the U.S. government in Washington and the Egyptian government in Paris.