Peter has a busy Crown Court practice, encompassing manslaughter, drug conspiracies, firearms, violence, sexual offences and dishonesty. A popular junior, Peter is completely confident in the use of technology and is able to quickly master significant volumes of evidence. He has a calm, straightforward manner which puts his clients at ease. He is a sharp and effective cross-examiner and a persuasive jury advocate.
Operation Tendersea (January 2023): Defended in ‘grooming gang’ case concerning over 30 defendants. Peter’s client was acquitted.
Operation Samnite (May 2022): Sole defence counsel in conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration, concerning undercover officers and allegation of entrapment.
Operation Haemus (May 2022): Three-handed drive-by shooting in Manchester. Peter’s leader became unwell and Peter conducted the trial for the first defendant in his absence.
Operation Thunder (February 2022): Led junior for first defendant in 24-handed drug conspiracy.
Operation Embossed (2021-2022): Led junior in multi-million pound drug conspiracy. Early ‘encrochat’ case involving extensive technical argument on encryption, interception, interference and warrantry, and subsequent appeal.
R v V (March 2020): Successful prosecution of re-trial for s.18 assault (biting of nose).
R v P (January 2020): Successful defence of s.18 assault (stabbing).
R v M (December 2019): Successful defence of assault emergency worker (police officer) on basis of self-defence.
R v H (August 2019): Successful defence of police officer charged with drink driving.
R v L & G (February 2018): Led junior for the prosecution in ‘single punch’ manslaughter concerning complex issues of joint enterprise and medical causation.
R v K (November 2016): Secured the acquittal of an 18-year-old charged with rape and sexual assault.
R v L (May 2016): Successful defence of motorist, using the evidence of an accident reconstruction expert.
Operation Infrared (June 2015): Secured the acquittal of his client in a Rochdale ‘grooming gang’ case.
R v W & G (October 2014): Led junior in £70m fraud by cheating at online poker.
R v F (August 2014): Successful defence under s.172(4) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (famously relied upon by Christine Hamilton) for client charged with failing to identify the driver of his vehicle.
R v B & H (April 2014): Secured the acquittal of a client facing public order offences where all prosecution witnesses were either police officers and police community support officers.
R v H, D & D (October 2012): Secured an acquittal for a client charged with robbery at Open University campus, captured on CCTV. Co-defendants convicted and sentenced to 20 months’ and 15 months’ imprisonment.
Contempt of Court
Peter’s experience in the criminal courts make him well-suited to these quasi-criminal proceedings. He is often instructed by civil, commercial or family specialists to defend such applications in their cases.
Coveris v Brears (June 2022): Peter was instructed at short notice in relation to breach of search order, for a defendant who had previously represented himself.
Pharmagona Limited v Taheri (September 2021): Alleged breach of freezing injunction, complicated by sanctions on Iran, hawala money transfers and counter-allegations of whistleblowing. Peter secured the dismissal of the contempt application at the permission stage.
Minstrell Recruitment Limited v Lockett (January 2021): Breach of court order not to disparage former employers on social media. Sentence reduced on appeal to Court of Appeal.
Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust v Metcalf (February 2021): Vastly inflated multi-million pound claim against NHS hospital.
Esure v Hiwa Nouri & Others (June 2018): Peter established that the solicitors who had acted in the original claim had forged his client’s signature and acted without his instructions. Permission to bring contempt proceedings was refused.
Re: MK (A child) (December 2017): Committal proceedings were initiated by the Family Court against the child’s grandparents in attempt to secure the child’s return to the jurisdiction. The case was transferred to the High Court, where Peter secured the dismissal of the committal proceedings.
Accident Exchange v George-Broom & Others (June 2017): Effectively an industrial-scale conspiracy to commit perjury, impacting around 30,000 civil claims all over the country. This was a highly complex case, involving approximately two million pages of evidence, which culminated in an 8-week trial at the High Court. Reported in The Guardian.
Network Rail & QBE Insurance v Dermody & Dermody (May 2017): Exaggerated claim in respect of an injury sustained in the course of his employment. After a trial, the case against Peter’s client was found to be “totally without merit and lacking any real basis” and was accordingly dismissed.