Ranked in Tier 1 for Crime – The Legal 500 (2021) and Band One silk for Crime (Chambers and Partners, 2019).
“He has a charm with juries that defuses tense situations.” – The Legal 500 (2021)
“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 in Silk Peter has been instructed in lengthy, complex, joint-enterprise murder, and manslaughter cases initially for the Prosecution and in the last 6/7 years increasingly by the Defence.
In 2022 alone he has defended a son for the murder of his father ( R v A 2022 refers ) and at the time of drafting this profile is engaged in defending in a lengthy multi handed terrorist case. ( R v W,W, H and S)
In 2020 and into 2021 he defended in lengthy joint enterprise knife crime cases and murder and attempted cases involving the use of firearms with alleged gang related affiliations ( R v B and R v D refers )
He has defended in multi-defendant international and domestic conspiracy cases. He has appeared in murder cases involving firearms, knife crime, loss of self-control, self-defence, abnormality of mental functioning, and cases involving complex medical-causation issues.
Peter has 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.
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.
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.
As indicated by the commentaries above he has an excellent manner with clients from all backgrounds. He is alive to their needs taking time and care with them to explain the case and his presentation of it on their behalf.
Peter has worked in Nigeria, having been invited by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office to advise Nigeria’s elite advocates in the presentation of terrorism cases. Peter continues this specialist training for elite advocates in Tanzania and Somaliland
- R v A (2022) Defended a man accused of murdering his father
- R v W,W,H & S (2022) Defending terrorist and firearms offences
- In 2020 he defended in a lengthy joint enterprise knife crime case (R v B refers)
- In 2021 he defended in murder and attempted cases involving the use of firearms with alleged gang affiliations (R v D refers)
- R v M 2019 (refers) and others – a case involving a fatal shooting of a man by the police
- R v W 2019 (refers) a case concerning a serving inmate who murdered a child killer
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.
Chambers and Door tenancies
Rose Court Chambers -Covent Garden London
Bank House Chambers Sheffield