Ranked in Tier 1 for Crime – The Legal 500 (2020)
“He has a charm with juries that defuses tense situations.” – The Legal 500 (2020)
“Very well known for handling cases of complex homicide.” – The Legal 500 (2019)
“Highly regarded for complex homicide cases.” – The Legal 500 (2017)
“He’s very conscientious and has a very nice manner, he gets on extremely well with clients and solicitors.” – Chambers and Partners (2017)
“An expert in complex cases.” – The Legal 500 (2016)
“Specialises in factually and legally complex cases.” – The Legal 500 (2015)
During his career as Silk; Peter has been instructed in lengthy, complex, joint-enterprise murder and manslaughter cases for the Prosecution and Defence.
He has prosecuted and defended in multi-defendant international and domestic conspiracy cases. He has appeared in homicide cases involving loss of self-control, self-defence, abnormality of mental functioning, and cases involving complex medical-causation issues. He has defended regularly in multi defendant cases involving “cut – throat”defences.
He is very well versed in the analysis and presentation of complex telephone evidence and able to challenge attribution and other evidence relating to the seizure and alleged use of electronic devices.
Peter has defended in lengthy complex cases involving spousal and other familial homicide and in many “one punch manslaughter” cases.
In November 2016 Peter was leading counsel for the Crown in his fifth multi-defendant joint enterprise murder by shooting. He has prosecuted and defended in numerous joint enterprise knife-crime homicides. Additionally, in February 2017 Peter was leading Counsel for the Prosecution in a multi defendant motor – manslaughter “cash for crash” case.
In March 2017, Peter defended in a case involving the murder and serious serial physical abuse of a baby aged four and a half months. This involved the assimilation of, and challenge to, highly complex pathological, neuropathological and histo-pathological evidence. In April 2017, Peter defended in a murder case involving loss of self-control involving complex psychiatric issues.
In addition to the forgoing, he is instructed regularly by the defence in a range of cases on a privately paid basis. He has successfully defended clients from the professions.
Peter has recently returned from a month in Nigeria, having been invited by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office to advise Nigeria’s elite advocates on the investigation and presentation of counter-terrorism cases. Peter continues this specialist training for elite Prosecutors and Judges in Tanzania and Somaliland.
- R v AM, DB & RA (2018) – secured 18 year sentence for M2 fatal shooting driver. Please click here for media coverage of the case.
- R v JW (2018) – prosecuted prisoner who murdered child killer.
- R v ZL (2018) – secured life sentence against a husband who murdered his wife in Halifax and was sentenced for life with a minimum term of 24 years. Media Coverage: Halifax Courier, BBC News
- R v NH (2018) – prosecuted murder of Aldi worker. A man who stabbed to death his ex-partner’s daughter at an Aldi supermarket has been jailed for at least 30 years. – Media coverage: BBC.
Lecturing & training
Peter has delivered seminars and lectures to defence solicitors on a range of topics including closing speeches, cross-examination, examination in chief and principally disclosure. He has designed and delivered numerous courses on disclosure. He is an accredited advocacy trainer and has addressed 250 delegates from the National Ballistics and Intelligence Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers concerning firearms legislation.