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.

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Insights YH v Kirklees Council, Occupiers' Liability Act 1957

The defendant local authority was not liable for injuries suffered by a primary school pupil who fell when using play equipment in the school...

Insights Cavanagh v Witley Parish Council, Court of Appeal

The defendant local authority was liable to the claimant for a tree that fell onto the highway and collided with the bus he was driving.

Insights Duty of care, negligence and assumption of responsibility

When the Supreme Court reconvene for the Michaelmas term in October, public bodies will be keenly awaiting the judgments in...

Insights Welcome decision for schools as claim dismissed in PE accident case

A physical education activity during which the claimant pupil was injured was reasonably safe and adequately supervised.

Insights Nothing to fear but fear itself

High Court confirms that fear alone is not a recognised personal injury and therefore it could not ground a claim in which the court had discretion to…

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