Peter trained at Weightmans and qualified in 2003. He became a partner in 2011 and leads the firm's local government litigation service.

He acts for local authorities across the country as well as fire and rescue authorities, education establishments and housing providers. Peter has particular expertise in defending professional negligence and human rights claims against social services and education authorities. He also specialises in abuse claims to include historical matters, multi-claimant cases and group actions.

Peter has a special interest in defamation and human rights law. He also represents local authorities at inquests, particularly Article 2 inquiries and inquests that involve safeguarding issues, social care and Children's Services departments.

Peter also lectures and presents on related topics.


Insights Personal injury, Negligence, Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957

Spearman v Royal United Bath Hospitals NHS Trust. Hospital liable for claimant’s fall from a roof on basis of negligence.

Insights Mitigating security vulnerabilities of local authorities

Department for Transport issues new preventative terrorism guidance for local authorities

Insights Partially worn utility cover not a highway danger

A utility cover on which the surface pattern had partially worn away did not amount to a danger on the highway.

Insights Fraudster who sued council for bogus highway accident found guilty by High Court

Doncaster MBC established contempt of court in committal proceedings against a claimant who lied about suffering an injury on the public highway.

Insights Court of Appeal ruling 'serious harm' - Defamation Act 2013

The Court of Appeal has handed down its first judgment on the interpretation of the ‘serious harm’ test under section 1(1) of the Defamation Act…

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