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Peter Skelton KC specialises in Inquests, Public Inquiries, and complex Personal Injury Litigation.
Peter is recognised by both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a top-tier silk in public inquiries and inquests. He is regularly instructed by families, corporate bodies, charities, government departments, coroners, and tribunals, and has appeared in many of the most high-profile cases of the last 20 years.
Most recently, Peter has been instructed in the Covid Inquiry, the Infected Blood Inquiry, the Undercover Policing Inquiry, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Reading Terror Attack Inquests, the Gosport Memorial Hospital Inquests, the Birmingham Inquests (1974), and the Stephen Port Inquests.
Peter’s personal injury practice encompasses the full spectrum of complex and high-value litigation, including human rights, clinical negligence, physical and sexual abuse, and international claims.
He has been instructed in many high-profile group actions for both claimants and defendants. These include the claims arising from the abuse perpetrated by David Fuller, Jimmy Savile, and Max Clifford, and the malpractice of former surgeons Ian Paterson and Rob Jones; together with the claims brought in respect of Guantánamo Bay detention camp and the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya in the 1950s.
Before taking silk, Peter was appointed to the Attorney General’s A, B and C panels, and as a Special Advocate. For many years, he has acted for government departments and agencies in some of their most sensitive cases.
Peter is also the founder and current chair of the Inquests and Inquiries Bar Association and the co-author of two of the leading books in the field, Public Inquiries (Oxford) and The Inquest Book (Hart).Inquests
Peter acts for all participants in inquests, including families, private corporations, state bodies, and coroners. His cases often involve proceedings in the High Court, Divisional Court, and Court of Appeal.
He is currently representing the families of the victims of the terrorist attack in Reading in 2020 in which three men were fatally stabbed, and the families of the patients who died from suspected over-medication at the Gosport Memorial Hospital.
He was recently instructed to act for the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in the inquests into the murders by serial killer Stephen Port; and the tram operator in the inquests arising from the 2016 Croydon tram crash.
Prior to that, he was Counsel to the Coroners in the inquest into the 1974 terrorist bombings in Birmingham and the inquest into the sudden death of the Russian businessman Alexander Perepilichnyy.
- Reading Terror Attack Inquests: for the families.
- Gosport Memorial Hospital Inquests: for the families.
- Stephen Port Inquests: for the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
- Croydon Tram Inquests: for the tram operator.
- R (Wandsworth Borough Council) v HM Senior Coroner for Inner West London  EWHC 801 (Admin).
- Farrell v HM Coroner for North East Hampshire  EWHC 778 (Admin).
- Birmingham Inquests (1974).
- Coroner for Birmingham Inquests (1974) v Hambleton  EWCA Civ 2081.
- Alexander Perepilichnyy Inquest.
- Secretary of State for the Home Department v HM Senior Coroner for Surrey  EWHC 3001 (Admin),  4 WLR 191.
- Alice Gross Inquest.
- Brecon Beacons Inquest.
- In Amenas Inquest.
Peter acts for all participants in the inquiries, including families, corporate bodies, government departments, charities, and the tribunals themselves.
Most recently, he has been instructed by the Chancellor of Exchequer in the Infected Blood Inquiry and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
Previously, he was counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, where he was responsible for the accountabilities and reparations investigation, which led to recommendations for major reform to the national systems of redress for victims and survivors of abuse.
He also acted for the families of the victims in the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry and the Royal Liverpool Children’s Inquiry; and for two charities, the Patients Association and Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), in the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry.
- Covid-19 Inquiry
- Infected Blood Inquiry: for the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
- Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI): for the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
- Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA): for the Inquiry.
- Leveson Inquiry: for the Mayor's Office of Policing and Crime.
- Al-Sweady Inquiry: for the Iraqi judges.
- Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry.
- Rosemary Nelson Inquiry: for the Inquiry.
- Royal Liverpool Children's Inquiry: for the families.
- Bristol Royal Infirmary Public Inquiry: for the families.
- Ayling Inquiry: for the Inquiry.
Peter acts for claimants and defendants in a wide range of complex and high-value personal injury claims. His cases routinely involve catastrophic injuries, allegations of human rights violations, or events in foreign jurisdictions. He is also experienced in claims arising from allegations of physical and sexual abuse of adults and children.
These include (1) the Guantánamo Bay litigation, which focused on allegations of extraordinary rendition and torture by the US and UK governments, (2) Pike v Indian Hotels Co Ltd  EWHC 4096 (QB), which arose from the Mumbai terrorist attack in 2008, (3) Kalma v African Mineral Ltd, a multiparty human rights action arising from allegations of police brutality in Sierra Leone, and (4) the Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation arising from allegations of mistreatment by the colonial authorities during the Mau Mau Emergency in Kenya in the 1950s.
- David Fuller.
- Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI).
- Jimmy Savile.
- Max Clifford.
- Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation: ('Mau Mau' litigation).
- Belhaj v Straw  EWCA Civ 1394,  2 WLR 1105.
- Kalma v African Mineral Ltd.
- Pike v Indian Hotels Co Ltd  EWHC 4096 (QB).
- Al Rawi v The Security Service  UKSC 34,  1 AC 531.
- Guantánamo Bay litigation.
- Nationwide Organ Group Litigation  EWHC 644 (QB),  2 WLR 358.
1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review – Spring 2023 – Issue 13 – July 2023 - Jul 2023
Undercover Policing Inquiry’s Interim Report Published - Jul 2023
Gosport scandal: High Court orders fresh inquests into hospital deaths - Jun 2023
Relatives of David Fuller’s victims eligible to claim compensation - Dec 2022
Peter Skelton QC appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge - Aug 2021
Chief Coroner provides useful guidance for how coroners should approach findings of fact and conclusions at inquests - Apr 2021
Divisional Court clarifies court’s approach to applications for fresh inquests - Apr 2021
Hear from Peter Skelton QC at Evershed & Sutherlands webinar: The Practical Guide to Public Inquiries - Nov 2020
Undercover Policing Inquiry’s hearings begin today - Nov 2020
Inquests in Interesting Times Webinar - Jun 2020
LawPod UK Ep. 111: Covid-19 and Inquests with Peter Skelton QC - May 2020
Is this too sensitive? Dealing with difficult issues in Inquests and Inquiries - Oct 2019
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse publish investigation report into Accountability and Reparations - Sep 2019
Peter Skelton QC appointed Counsel for the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police at the Undercover Policing Inquiry - Sep 2019
Peter Skelton QC in hearing of claim by child of an undercover police officer - May 2019
The Birmingham Pub Bombings Inquest concludes - Apr 2019
The Birmingham Pub Bombings Inquest opens - Feb 2019
Inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy concludes - Dec 2018
The Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation is at an end - Nov 2018
Guy Mansfield QC upholds Kenya Emergency Group Litigation judgment in Court of Appeal - Oct 2018
Peter Skelton QC, Matthew Hill and Gideon Barth successful in Court of Appeal inquests challenge - Sep 2018
Peter Skelton QC, Matthew Hill and Gideon Barth in Court of Appeal inquests challenge - Jul 2018
1COR Public Law Seminar – Life, Liberty & Security - Sep 2017
Peter Skelton QC and Robert Wastell, Leanne Woods instructed as counsel for the inquest into Mr Perepilichnyy’s death - Apr 2017
Profits from the sale of the Inquest Book given to the Bar Pro Bono Unit - Nov 2016
Birmingham bombings inquest to be reopened - Jun 2016
Birmingham Coroner hears application to re-open inquests into the 1974 IRA Birmingham Pub bombings - Feb 2016
‘Six of the Best!’ 6 members appointed Queen’s Counsel - Jan 2016
1COR quiz team wins the Leigh Day / Silverlining Brain Injury Charity Quiz night - Feb 2015
New appointments to the Attorney General’s A and C Panels - Feb 2014
4 members of 1COR in the Kenyan Mau Mau Case - Jun 2013
Nine members of 1COR involved in Al-Sweady Public Inquiry - Mar 2013
New Appointments to the Attorney General’s A, B and C Panels – February 2013 - Feb 2013
One Crown Office Row instructed on Jimmy Savile claims - Feb 2013
Members of 1COR acted in the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust Public Inquiry - Feb 2013
Members of One Crown Office Row acted in the Leveson Inquiry - Nov 2012
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC, Henry Witcomb and Peter Skelton are representing women who were wrongly diagnosed with breast cancer by Ian Paterson - Nov 2012
Lizanne Gumbel QC, Justin Levinson and Peter Skelton are instructed to act on behalf of sexual abuse victims of Jimmy Savile - Oct 2012
Peter Skelton acting for the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in the Leveson Inquiry - May 2012
New Appointments to the Attorney General’s A, B and C Panels – February 2012 - Feb 2012
Peter Skelton in Supreme Court case on closed material procedure - Jul 2011
Peter Skelton joins One Crown Office Row - Nov 2010