Peter Skelton (of 1997 call) will become a tenant at 1COR in December 2010 joining us from Outer Temple Chambers. He has a practice in clinical negligence, public inquiries and personal injury with a particular emphasis on multi-party actions and human rights. He is also on the AG’s B Panel of Counsel and has been nominated to be a Special Advocate. His practice makes an excellent fit with 1COR’s.
Peter has appeared in several major public and private inquiries in the last ten years. From 2005 to 2009, he was junior Counsel to the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry, which investigated allegations of Government collusion in the murder of the Northern Irish solicitor, Rosemary Nelson.
Peter has also appeared in many inquests, representing various interested parties, from bereaved families to Government organisations. He has a particular experience with inquests involving detention and medical or psychiatric treatment.
He also has considerable experience in dealing with litigation arising from medical and dental treatment.
He has a particular interest in multi-party litigation. Most recently, he has been a member of the senior counsel team representing five Government departments accused of complicity in the torture of detainees by the United States (the “Guantanamo Bay Litigation”). He is also instructed by the claimants in the Cornwall Partnership Trust litigation which centres on allegations of long-term physical abuse and financial mismanagement within care homes in Cornwall.
The nature of his practice means that he is already well known to many Members of 1COR who are delighted to have him join these Chambers.