Peter’s practice spans both the prosecution and defence of very serious criminal offences; military law; licensing; inquests and regulatory law especially in rural and agricultural matters.
In Chambers UK 2020, Peter is described as a “Pre-eminent practitioner in cases concerning firearms licensing and wildlife crime who is applauded for the depth of his knowledge.”
He has previously been listed in the Legal 500 as being “particularly good for anything to do with firearms” and the 2020 edition commented that he is “A charismatic, charming and highly effective advocate who goes the extra mile for his clients.” and “An exceptional advocate with a solid grasp of the particular issues involved in military cases and an encyclopaedic knowledge of criminal law.”
A large part of his practice involves defending military personnel at courts martial in the UK and abroad. Peter has been involved in many if not most of the more serious and high-profile court martial cases of recent years – including allegations of murder, manslaughter, rape, serious sexual assault, other violence and dishonesty, as well as cases arising from alleged ill-treatment of enemy combatants, non-combatants and subordinates on operations.
Peter has a specialist knowledge of, and expertise in, firearms and firearms legislation – and is frequently instructed for the appellant in firearms licensing matters throughout England and Wales.