Peter J Wilson

Year of call:



1993 - St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, BA (Hons) History, 2:1

1994 - City University, London, Common Professional Examination

1995 - Inns Of Court, School of Law, Bar Vocational Course


1997 - Pupil at 5 Paper Buildings Chambers, London

1998 - 3rd Sixth Pupil at 25 Park Square Chambers, Leeds (now Sovereign Chambers)

1998 - Tenant at 25 Park Square Chambers, Leeds (now Sovereign Chambers)

2015 - Sovereign Chambers becomes Park Square Barristers


1998 - North Eastern Circuit

Ranked as a Leading Junior in The Legal 500 (2023) for Personal Injury and Band 1 in Chambers and Partners (2024) for Motor Insurance Fraud.

“Peter is approachable, reliable and thorough in his research, drafting and advices. He is tenacious in his advocacy on applications.” – Chambers and Partners (2024)

“Peter is meticulous in his preparation. The granular detail in which he reviews his cases shows in his superbly considered cross-examination.” – Chambers and Partners (2024

“A conscientious and very personable junior. Peter is a robust, forceful and persuasive advocate.” The Legal 500 (2023)

“He is excellent with both lay and insurer clients. His cross-examinations are beautifully planned and in a manner attractive to judges.” – The Legal 500 (2022)

“He’s absolutely thorough – you know that any instructions will be gone through with a fine-tooth comb and every eventuality and legal argument will be covered.”  “He’s extremely personable and very good with lay clients. He goes through things, calms nerves and ensures they are prepared for questioning.” – Chambers and Partners (2021)

“He is meticulous in his preparation; good with the client, both lay and professional; a wonderful advocate, very organised of thought.” – The Legal 500 (2021)

Peter works exclusively for insurers defending suspicious or fraudulent personal injury claims, usually arising out of actual or alleged road traffic accidents.  This has been his sole area of practice for over a decade. He works for all the major solicitors in his practise area and is involved at each stage of the claims process, from pre-action advice and conference work through to trial advocacy.

“Very technical.” “He’s a good operator whose paperwork is excellent.” – Chambers and Partners (2020)

“An excellent choice if you want to win your fraud cases.” – The Legal 500 (2020)

“Very well known for acting for insurers in fraudulent personal injury matters.” – The Legal 500 (2019)

 “Has excellent technical knowledge and his preparation for trial is second to none.” “He’s very good at dealing with clients and really good on his feet.” – Chambers and Partners (2018)

“At the forefront of civil fraud and meticulous in his preparation.” – The Legal 500 (2016)


Peter has extensive experience of the numerous forms of suspicious/fraudulent claims including low speed impact claims, bogus passenger claims, deliberately induced collisions, staged accidents, fabricated accidents and fraud rings.  He often acts for insurers who have withdrawn indemnity from their insurer clients.  Such work frequently involves special damages claims for recovery, storage, hire and rehabilitation charges.

Whilst Peter retains a healthy paperwork practise, recently his workload has been focussed pre-dominantly on trial work.  In relation to his trial preparation, given that very detailed analysis of the evidence is required in order to prepare to the highest standard, Peter usually ensures that at least one full day is booked out of his diary for that purpose.  As a result, he self-limits the number of trials he does to a maximum of 3 per week.

Peter frequently lectures to his instructing solicitors, insurers and others within the industry, on developments within his practise area. He is also an advocacy trainer for the ‘North Eastern Circuit New Practitioners Programme’.  Peter’s abilities in his practise area have been recognised in both ‘The Legal 500’ and ‘Chambers & Partners’ for many years.

“He’s really thorough. He will go through instructions with a fine toothcomb, and prepare to within an inch of his life. If you’ve got a high value or very technical claim, you know he will be ready.” – Chambers and Partners (2017)

‘Extremely thorough and meticulous in his pleadings’ – Legal 500 (2014)

 Contact Peter’s clerks

Senior Clerk – Andy Reeves on 0113 213 5252

Talia Webster on 0113 202 8609

Joshua Duree on 0113 213 5246

Mike Alexander on 0113 2135268

Ben Ellison-Tope on 0113 2135207

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