Called in 1984
Essex University BA Hons
Diploma in Law (London)
Peter is a highly experienced counsel with a wealth of experience in defending and prosecuting cases across a broad legal spectrum having a particular interest in the area of fraud.
Fraud and Dishonesty
Peter’s recent cases in this area have involved defendants of high standing in their respective professional communities;
R v S – (Southwark CC) – A senior civil servant charged with fraud offences concerning expense claims and related payments. A substantial amount of accounting evidence was served on the defence.
R v L – (St Albans CC) – A senior solicitor charged with offences of fraud and perverting the course of justice. A good knowledge of civil law and procedure was vital in this case.
R v M – (Kingston CC) – A cargo manager charged with a multi-million pound VAT fraud. This case resulted in leave being granted to appeal from the Court of Appeal in relation to financial confiscation proceedings,
Peter has recently advised in a number of cases involving the Bribery Act 2010 particularly in relation to payments in respect of business transactions.
He also has extensive experience in the area of asset recovery and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 proceedings and related legislation.
Among his reported cases involving fraud and jurisdiction is the case of R v Ngan (1998) 1 Cr.App.R. C.A.
He has extensive experience across the spectrum of criminal charges involving alleged dishonesty from both the defence and prosecution position. Recently he has been instructed in cases involving persons running enterprises valued at substantially more than one million pounds charged with money laundering and related offences.
Drugs and Firearms Offences
Peter has defended and prosecuted in multi-handed cases involving allegations of drug importation and supply throughout his career. He has been briefed in cases involving firearms and gang related allegations many of which have involved PII and disclosure applications of some complexity.
He has also been instructed in cases involving the most serious allegations of violence both by groups and individually.
He has acted in cases concerning the most serious sexual charges such as gang rape, historic sexual abuse, sexual allegations within the family, as well as sexual allegations made against professional persons within the course of their work.
Peter is often recommended for cases involving children and other vulnerable witnesses as he has had substantial experience within the field of family law.
Public Law and Regulatory Work
He is developing his practice in this area.
Defamation and Media Law
Peter has been retained by Associated Newspapers for over 20 years and has also advised other national papers groups in respect of pre-publication matters such as defamation, privacy, contempt of court and copyright.
His recent instructions in this area have concerned advising the chief executive of a leading trade organisation in relation to online publications. He has advised a leading local councillor on allegations made by rivals both within and outside council meetings, as well as an author of a book faced with an action for defamation following the book’s publication.
Peter is qualified to accept instructions under the Bar Council Direct Public Access to Barristers scheme.
Membership and Affiliation
Criminal Bar Association
Inner Temple (Pupil Master)