Public Inquiries

Over the last five years, Peter has been instructed by large numbers of claimants who allege that they were abused by Jimmy Savile and Max Clifford. He has also been acting for claimants in several other high-profile cases, including Ian Paterson (breast surgery) and Rob Jones (gynaecological surgery). Previously, he acted for the claimants in the Winterbourne View Litigation (institutional neglect and abuse exposed by Panorama), the Cornwall Partnership Trust Litigation, and the Nationwide Organ Group Litigation.

On the defendant side, Peter is counsel for the Metropolitan Police Service in a multi-party action arising from allegations of inappropriate sexual liaisons by undercover police officers. He acted for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation, which involves allegations of mistreatment by the Colonial Government of Kenya in the 1950s. He is also representing an international mining corporation in a multi-party human rights claim arising from allegations of police brutality in Sierra Leone.

From 2009 to 2010, Peter was a member of the senior counsel team in the Guantánamo Bay Litigation, representing five Government departments accused of complicity in the rendition and torture of detainees by the United States. In early 2011, he appeared in the Supreme Court case which determined whether the courts in England and Wales have a common law power to order secret hearings (Al Rawi v The Security Service [2011] 1 AC 531); and in 2014, he appeared in the Court of Appeal in Belhaj v Straw [2015] 2 WLR 1105.

Peter has been instructed in several major public and private inquiries in the last thirteen years, most recently the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Leveson Inquiry, the Al-Sweady Inquiry and the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry. 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. He previously represented participants in the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry and the Royal Liverpool Children’s Inquiry.

Selected Cases

  • Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI)
  • Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
  • Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation: (‘Mau Mau’ litigation)
  • Belhaj v Straw [2015] 2 WLR 1105
  • Al Rawi v The Security Service [2011] 1 AC 531
  • Leveson Inquiry.
  • Al-Sweady Inquiry.
  • Guantánamo Bay Litigation
  • Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry.
  • Rosemary Nelson Inquiry.
  • Ayling Inquiry.
  • Royal Liverpool Children’s Inquiry.
  • Bristol Royal Infirmary Public Inquiry.
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